While the YSL Kiss&Blush colour didnt quite workout for me, this  YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain definitely wasn’t a mistake :) . I was tempted to buy this set  , but it includes a shade of red (Glossy Stain No. 9 ) that looked pretty orange on me, so I passed on it.

Onto this stain. Like all things YSL the packaging is gorgeous!

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I’m such  a sucker for packaging. I think that’s one of the BIG reasons why I’m  so drawn to YSL and Guerlain . Damn these companies and their beautiful packaging!!

When I swatched it, it was on the sheerer side, but I really liked the texture so I decided on this one. The brush/applicator is super soft and comfortable too!

 

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 I’ve tried a couple of other shades from this line before but they would always  turn into a weird shade of unflattering red on me. I waited for this one to change colour and it didn’t so I went ahead and bought it!  This is what it looks like once worn:

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My lips are pretty pigmented and this is quite opaque on me ! I’ve heard of  these being compared to the L’oreal Shine Caresse Gloss Stains ( or the other way round) but  I have to say these feel quite  a bit different. While the L’oreal ones did have a similar issue where they’d all turn to some form of fuschia / red, the texture is not the same. This feels tacky going on for a few seconds but settles quickly to a comfortable stain that does indeed stay glossy so I guess it really *is* a “glossy stain”!! It lasts around 4 hours on me and then leaves a pretty stain behind that is not streaky/patchy.

Verdict

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say – so to me, this stain was worth the 38$ CAD that I shelled out on it and the colour is very neutral and pretty. However,  I think I still love their Rouge Voluptes the most and would spend 38$ on those more comfortably. You might be able to find a comparable dupe in the Sephora Infusion Lip Inks ( if not in colour at least in terms of the “glossy stain”) if you’re looking for one ( and if they still have them around!). Have you tried any of these YSL Glossy Stains? Did you  like them?

In other news, Ive made references to this in my last few posts but just to mention again –  I’ll be away on vacation (Turkey & possibly Greece) starting this weekend, for 3 weeks. I’m hoping I’ll be able to visit Pamukalle too while I’m there but we’ll see! It looks so beautiful there..sigh! When I started this blog I pretty much used to write posts for my sister (MsEpiphany) and  one of my best friends (Mungey). I’m guessing that if you’re a more recent reader you haven’t gotten around to reading most of those posts, so I’ve scheduled “re-runs” of those for when I’m away ( so my posts are going to be more regular when I’m *not* around bahah). I hope you enjoy them!

I’m pretty sure I’ll  post to my Instagram when I’m away so you can follow me there if you’re interested (it has more updates regardless). Im also on BlogLovin ,Facebook and Twitter . On that note – do you actually like using Twitter? I’m just not able to get with the program!! I find it too much of a nuisance to be updating things all over the place :s  How many ways do we need to keep in touch and get our news :s

Have a great weekend :)