Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain #8 Orange de Chine - Debenhams/Selfridges - £23.50
The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain is a revolutionary product combining the effects of a lipstick, lip stain and lipgloss. In a range of beautiful shades, this product claims to add colour to the lips for what has been described as 'an annoyingly long time', which in my opinion can never be a bad thing! When applied you should be able to eat, drink and carry out your daily duties without any colour budging, whilst also showing off a long lasting, non sticky, glossy shine.
Despite its tongue twisting name, this YSL lip stain is perhaps one of my favourite beauty buys of the year. Pretty bold statement but honestly, this is just what I've been looking for for some time. I went for the beautiful coral shade of Orange de Chine which changes slightly in different lights; more red at times and a stronger tinge of tangerine at other times.
My pet hate with lipsticks is the feeling of cracking, drying or generally being too matte. To overcome this I sometimes add gloss or a balm, the only downside is I can't stand the stickiness or the thought of my hair getting stuck to them, how horrendous. This is where this product shines for me. After applying one coat with the wonderfully precise applicator I wait for one minute for it to dry, resisting the temptation to rub my lips together. This, for me, is the base of the stain and would generally be fine for a day to day wear. However, for more depth of colour, I add a second layer which also enhances the glossy shine and shows off its full potential. The result is a pair of long lasting glossy lips without the feeling of any stickiness. Magic!
Would I repurchase? Absolutely, I'm already debating which shade to pick up next!