Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review & Swatches: YSL Glossy Stain in no. 15 Rose Vinyl

I acquired this Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain (which is quite possibly the longest name for a lip product in the history of time) in no. 15 Rose Vinyl as a present to myself for getting a new job; but really, any excuse would have been appropriate. The YSL Glossy Stains have been 'the thing' for a while now, and after a not-so-subtle nudging from Suka & Spice ('Get it! Get it!!!'), I knew I wanted in.

The YSL Vernis À Lèvres (lip laquers, $32 for 0.2 fl oz.) are a curious hybrid of a stain with a gloss with the texture of a sticky liquid lipstick. The glossy stain definitely feels quite peculiar on the lips and make the wearer ponder the mysteries of modern cosmetic chemistry; or it could be just me. My favorite way of applying the stain is to put on a sheer coat and smooth it on the lips with a finger, and then top off with a more generous second coat. The effect is a gorgeous glossy pout that lasts for at least 4 hours in mint condition - I can't really attest to the wear above that, because a girl has to eat. It also lasts reasonably well through nibbling, but a larger meal would require some consequent touch-ups.

I'm a big proponent of the packaging - for once, it looks stylish, for twice, it features a window enabling you to see how much product is left in the tube, for thrice, the applicator is pure genius. How lush... and furry.


The shade 15 Rose Vinyl is a medium yellow pink; rather bright, but definitely in the everyday category in my book. It has teeny tiny shimmers running through, so fine that I can't really detect their color at all. To me, Rose Vinyl seems like an excellent universal pink, wearable on both cool and warm skintones. Very, very pretty. In the arm swatch, Rose Vinyl is on the right, compared to Sleek Pout Polish in Pink Cadillac on the left, the only vaguely similar shade in my collection; and I have a lot of pinks, believe me. As a side note, it seems that both Sephora and Nordstrom each have a shade that's exclusive to their counters.

In the lip swatches, the top one is one layer worked in with a finger, the middle is two coats, the bottom is what's left of the stain after vigorous removal with a tissue.

Lastly, as a bonus, myself wearing both YSL Glossy Stain in Rose Vinyl AND a pair of glasses; how dapper...

Have you tried YSL Glossy Stains? What is your favorite shade?

12 comments:

  1. You look so gorgeous in that last shot! I swatched that one a couple of times... I think you've just confirmed I need to own it. It is stunning! <3

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  2. Ahaha, you so pretty, Monika, so pretty!!! How's the new job? We need to get together again sometime soon!

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  3. That shade is lovely on you. And I agree - that is just about the longest product name I've ever seen!

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  4. Ahh, I think you are putting me back in to the pink lip product kick...I actually wanted one (08 Orange de Chine), maybe just to photograph but then I reckon I better just buy a sundress with the money, at least I will be wearing it often. The thing is that whenever I tried out some universal blogger favorite, I end up either feeling meh about the product or just hating it to pieces...

    P.S. Isn't Glossy Stain just the English translation of vernis a levres (so it doesn't really count)? I think I have heard longer name from Physicians Formula...

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    1. These have a weird texture, so I know they're not universally loved by everyone who tries them. Vernis a levres literally means 'lacquer for lips', I think both that and 'glossy stain' are good names for this product. And so true about Physicians Formula, they have ridiculously long names!

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  5. Congrats on your new job :) Rose vinyl looks gorgeous. I love the look with your cobalt frames!

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    1. Thank you, lovely! The frames are new and I'm still getting used to them :)

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  6. Color looks really pretty & love the glasses too! And congrats on getting a job! I finally posted my review of the YSL stain a few weeks ago. I've been very slow on the blog due to traveling for a few weeks. Glad you like the YSL stain!

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  7. first: congrats on your new job! and second: this colour looks stunning on you! kinda innocent but still strong :D

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  8. How is it that you look amazing in everything? I was scrolling through your past few posts and each pic was impossibly better than the last. <3 those lips and glasses!

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  9. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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