The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain (say that three times fast) first became available for purchase in early January at both Sephora and Nordstrom. I literally ordered one (in the shade #5 Rouge Vintage) the minute I saw that they were available for sale. And after testing out that bad boy for a couple of weeks, I took the plunge and ordered a second (#12 Corail Fauve) and I am sure it won't be my last!
|YSL Glossy Stain #12 Corail Fauve (apologies for sloppy application)|
A lot of people have commented that they don't like the smell of the product. I genuinely haven't noticed it, but I am not sensitive to smells. If you are, you might want to test these prior to purchase. I always apply two coats (as per YSL's instructions), the first coat ends up as the stain and the second as the gloss. They apply fairly evenly, but it does take a little time to get them completely even. The texture is a bit thick once it sets, but not really sticky. They haven't dried out my lips at all, although I wouldn't say that they are moisturizing, either.
|L to R: #12 Corail Fauve, #5 Rouge Vintage|
I feel I need to balance all of my gushing over this product with a few of the downsides. Like, for example, you can see in the picture above that Rouge Vintage has started to get a bit gunky. I think it is because it has been open for about two months, versus the two weeks I've had Corail Fauve. It still smells fine and is ok to use, but I fear that these might not have the longest shelf life. And as I mentioned above, they do take a bit of time to apply evenly (although still do-able). Last but not least, they are on the pricey side, at $32 a pop.
Feel free to skip these if you aren't a gloss lover, or if you don't like scented products. However, if you are obsessed with gloss (like me) you should definitely take a look!