YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres in Encre Rose

This was an absolute blimin’ nightmare to review as no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the photos right.  However, I’ve battled on and now have a few images to work with, although they really don’t do this intriguing lipstick/lipgloss/lipstain justice!

This was the first hybrid lip product to enjoy success in the UK and having treated myself to the Encre Rose (17) shade yesterday, I can ‘kind of’ see why.  However, this particular shade is a bit of a nightmare to work with, especially if you have high pigment lips like me.

Applied thinly, this is a barely there stain but you can layer it up to create more of a glossy finish.  I absolutely love the stain finish, once I’ve actually managed to get the application technique working for me, which does take a bit of getting used to.


Above as a gloss and below as a stain. 

The doe-foot applicator that appears to be a current popular choice for lip product applicators makes filling in lips a breeze.  The frustrating thing about this shade is that, even though it’s quite a pretty, vinyl pink, it’s very milky which means getting an even coverage is a bit of a nightmare, which you can no doubt see in my images.

1 coat.  

I’ve found, the best way to apply it is to gradually layer it, allowing a few minutes between each layers, and try to do this a good 20 minutes before you’re leaving the house.  A lot of work for someone who enjoys a quick slip of lippy as I’m rushing out of the door, and I’m not 100% sure it’s worth it.  The formula itself strikes a balance between not being drying but also not moisturising particularly well either.

1 coat when it’s had a chance to settle in. 

I do like this product, it lasts well (I can still feel it on my lips a couple of hours after application and the stain is still present for a good 4-5 hours) and the shade is right up my street, but I’m not confident that it’s something I’ll keep reaching for considering the work involved in getting the finish I want.  The key to getting this right is to allow time for the product to settle in and warm to the lips.

2 coats.  

However, I do absolutely love the idea of it and think it’s one of those products that will inevitably work better with darker shades.  I probably will end up trying one of the red shades soon, so expect the review of that any day now.

2 coats when it’s had a chance to settle in. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres is priced at £22.50 and more information can be found here.


1 Comment

  • dianasmakeupworld
    May 4, 2012

    The color is so pretty, too bad it is such high maintainance. I was seariously considering buying this (another colour) but decided I have too many lip products. But then again, what is “too many”?

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