Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain
Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain is a summer-inspired spinoff of YSL's original Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. While the formulas are similar, this version is marketed as a long-wear lip gloss that leaves a vibrant splash of sheer color. It doesn't come close to the "10-hour hydration" claim that YSL makes (you'll be lucky to get a couple hours at best), and we also noticed that it took multiple coats to reach "vibrant" status due to the translucency of the colors, but there's still reason to consider this glossy stain if sheer, bright lip color is your thing.
Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain offers a nice compromise for those who are anti-lipstick but want something that gives them longer wearing color than a gloss. Its hybrid texture resembles a lightweight gel that feels a bit tacky on lips. It doesn't feel as silky-smooth as gloss, but as a tradeoff, you get longer lasting wear and a hint of color left over after it wears off. The slanted applicator is easy to work with and is just the right size to allow for precise, even distribution.
What about the shades? The range leans toward bright, sheer hues (including berries, pinks and orangey red), though there a few softer options (such as "Eau De Corail 203"). To reach full intensity, it definitely helps to layer these babies on. Each leaves a wet sheen on lips that is nicely balanced, not overly glossy (no shimmer).
All things considered, Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain is a worthwhile option to check out if you're a fan of the translucent colors—just don't count on it to feel amazingly smooth or hydrating for hours on end.
Note: This formula contains fragrance, though not an overwhelming amount.
- Offers long-wearing glossy color.
- Translucent yet vibrant shades that can be layered for more intensity.
- Leaves a subtle hint of even color as it wears off.
- Has a tacky feel.
- Falls vastly short of "10-hour hydration" claim.
Yves Saint Laurent At-A-Glance
Strengths: Every sunscreen includes avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection; some moisturizers with elegant textures; good makeup removers and toners; Radiant Touch is a favorite for good reason; intriguing blushes; two fantastic mascaras; very good liquid highlighter; innovative gloss/stain lip products.
Weaknesses: Expensive; no AHA or BHA products; no products to manage acne or combat skin discolorations; mostly mundane moisturizers and serums; pervasive use of jar packaging; antiwrinkle claims that epitomize ridiculous, yet cost hundreds of dollars; mostly average foundations; eyeshadow quads; mostly average lipstick and gloss options.
We have never reviewed an expensive cosmetics line with the intent of criticizing it based on the price tags alone. Our standard for reviewing all cosmetics remains the same whether the prices are rock bottom or stratospheric. What cannot be denied is that there are many consumers who just refuse to give up the notion that, in terms of cosmetics, expensive means better. If you're one of those consumers you may have been curious about our take on Yves Saint Laurent's makeup, which by far outshines their skin care.
In the past, as we surveyed the other French-themed lines at the department store (including Lancome, Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain), YSL almost always came in last, barely stepping up to the plate to compete in any category. Lately, we've been pleasantly surprised to find several impressive products, along with some needed improvements for many of their previously lackluster options (whose price-to-performance ratio was depressingly low). YSL still isn't the French line to set your sights on and fill your makeup bag with, but there are enough positives to make a trip to their counter worthwhile, assuming that your budget extends far enough to comfortably afford these items. (Even the best products from this line have less-expensive counterparts, but if you're label-conscious, you should know what to focus on.)
What's not so great is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in products with sunscreen, or SPF ratings that are too low given what we know about the need for a sufficient level of daily sun protection. Adding sunscreen to many of the foundations and lip products was a smart move, but doing so without getting the basics right doesn't get a passing grade. Most of the mascaras are surprisingly average also, yet on the other hand the foundation and powder shade selections have improved considerably. It's this off-kilter blend of outstanding and boring products coupled with steep prices all around that earn this line an "approach with caution" statement. However, careful shopping from YSL will undoubtedly net you some wonderful products you'll be pleased with, at least until the credit card bill comes due!
When it comes to skin care, Yves Saint Laurent relies heavily on its fashion heritage to convince consumers to give these products more than a passing glance. Based on the formulas and outlandish prices, we see no reason for anyone to admire, let alone purchase, most of the skin-care products this brand sells. The claims are nothing short of ridiculous, especially for any YSL product designed to minimize wrinkles or stop sagging. It's good that all of the sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection, but the cost means you'll be replacing them quickly (if you're being diligent about liberal application, as you should be) and, of course, all of them contain wafting fragrance. The moisturizers are much less impressive, but carry some of the most too-good-to-be-true claims imaginable. None of what they're said to do in terms of wrinkles, skin regeneration, firming, and sculpting skin is the least bit reliable, though many of the moisturizers have luxurious textures.
What's missing is a focused approach to provide skin with what it really needs to thrive and remain healthy. Some of the basics are covered, but antioxidants are seemingly an afterthought, water-binding agents and skin-identical substances are mostly lacking, and once again fragrance takes precedence over advanced ingredients with substantiated research to support their use. If your skin-care routine must involve a designer brand, you'd be better off shopping Chanel and only considering YSL for the makeup products they have that, cost notwithstanding, are worthy of the attention they get in, where else, fashion magazines.
For more information about Yves Saint Laurent, call 800-399-0929 or visit www.ysl.com.
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