YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura Review

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura Review

A lot has happened in the last couple of days, including me feeling extremely overwhelmed by your response on the write-ups posted earlier – Tips on Shopping for High End Makeup. Thanks for all the love and affection you sent my way! Feel blessed!  I’m back to my roots or should I say pouts and here I bring to you another Glossy Stain from YSL. I remembered shade #9 earlier – Rouge Laque, a bold gorgeous red. Today, I bring to you a bold rosy deep pink #13 – Rose Tempura!


Product Description:

A revolutionary new lip product! Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a truly innovative lip product. A lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips. Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy colour for an extremely long lasting new kind of shine. The applicator’s unique slanted tip and short soft bristles allow for flawless application with perfect precision.


How To Use:

For natural shine, apply one coat on the center of the lips and brush towards the outer corners.  For more coverage and sophistication, apply two coats using the outer curved side of the applicator, then dab on the formula generously over lips.


US $35 / INR 2200/THB 935 (I picked this from Bangkok Duty Free).



As is synonymous with YSL, packaging looks classy. The product comes packaged in a lip gloss kind of packaging with YSL logo displayed prominently on the golden cap. The product side of the tube is black in colour sans a strip of transparency allowing you to identify the colour. However, the material is some sort of plastic because it lacks the heft of a Rouge Volupte!  The bottle comes packaged in the standard YSL golden outer box.  The applicator shaped like a spade, is soft and slightly bent (refer pics).  Makes for easy and precise application. I prefer the length of this applicator (vs Giorgio Armani Maestro), since its not very long, precise application is easier.


My Experience with YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura:

As I mentioned in my previous review, this is more of a liquid lipstick than a lip gloss. Yes, it will add shine to your lips, however, the pigmentation and the staining effect is more like a lipstick.  YSL’s online site too has a separate category for it and does not feature it under their lipsticks or lip glosses.


Color:  The colour “Rose Tempura” is bright, bold, glossy, rose pink – its not red fuchsia or magenta, its bold dark pink with a prominent rosy hue. The colour instantly brightens any complexion taking centre stage. Keep everything else minimal with this one too.  In case you try it in the mall, you have to be cognizant of one thing, the colour visible immediately post application is not the true colour. It kind of intensifies in a couple of minutes. So for people, who like subtle tints, please wear the colour you pick for a minute or two and then decide if it fits your requirement.


Texture:  The liquid lipstick itself has a lightweight texture, it is a watery liquid, which sets to a more gel-like consistency once applied. As I mentioned earlier as well, the texture of the testers was more creamy while the fresh product is lighter and more liquidy. So, this will become thick over time, meaning there is a shelf life to the product.  However, it may not happen very quickly because the testers in stores see way more contact with air than our products do.



Since, it becomes thicker on contact with air, similarly, the texture on lips post 5-10 minutes of application moves from watery to gel like and continues to retain the glossy finish.  It’s hydrating and very comfortable to wear.

The texture is such that touch-ups do not feel patchy. You know how sometimes you touch up a lipstick and it looks all patchy with dry patches and glossy ones, this does not do that. Rather, it goes evenly making the colour look fresh and bright.  Also, you need to remember not to purse your lips post applying this as lines will form!

Pigmentation: The pigmentation is great. You get full colour with one application; however, you need 2 coats to make the application even. With a single swipe, you do get nice glossy colour, but for the full on force of the colour, you need to build it slightly by adding a little product.  So, you do have the option of doing a slight tint to your lips or full on colour.


Lasting Power:  The product lasted about 5-6 hours on me, leaving a stain, which stayed for another 3 to 4 hours. There was very little transference of colour, which absolutely amazes me considering the colour and the glossy look. You will need to use a makeup remover or cleanser to fully take it off.

Applicator:  The product is easy to apply from the applicator. It goes on smooth and evenly, no patchiness whatsoever. Since its small in length, it adds to the greater precision.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura:

  • A bold and beautiful color, need oodles of confidence to carry this one!
  • Lightweight texture.
  • Excellent pigmentation, opaque in a single swipe.
  • Hydrating.
  • Beautiful glossy shine which stays put for hours.
  • Easy to apply with the applicator.
  • It applies smoothly and evenly, no tug or pull!
  • Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
  • Lasts for about 5-6 hours.
  • Very little transference.
  • No sticky feel.
  • No feathering or bleeding.
  • Iconic luxe packaging.
  • Easy to identify colour from the tube itself.

Cons of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura:

  • Can look a tad tacky when it starts wearing off but can be remedied with a touch up.
  • Availability of the product across India.

IMBB Rating:

A 5/5 product.

These are absolutely fabulous. I still have one more shade to share with you and I don’t mind hoarding the entire range, they are awesome! But of course, there is a little thing called budget! Hmmmmmm…. What do you guys think?

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32 thoughts on “YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain – Rose Tempura Review

  1. *drool* *drool* very clean lip swatch *shy* *shy* lovely shade *powder* and 5/5 rating *drool* *drool* *woot* *woot*
    and i luved your nose pin 😛 😛

  2. I generally buy lipsticks and mascaras only most of the time, i always buy red and pink lippies some times corals, i dont like lipglosses(as they are less pigmented and i have pigmented lips), but these YSL one are more pigmented i feel by ur swatches, so i can easily carry on and such a beautiful pink shade, oh my i loved it on u, but i dont know when i buy one YSL *waaa* *waaa* *waaa* , KK how do u maintain ur lips, share some tips plz!! ur lips look great always, anyways nice review *hifive*

    yesterday my hubby asked what i need for valentines day gift (he generally wont give surprises, he just asks me what i need when ever i want gift) except makeup he said *waaa* , i said i need only makeup, finally it settled to gold(as i say south indian mentaility), but i am not happy *cry* i need some bobbi brown and ysl lipsticks and stains *cry*

    1. Your hubby is a smart guy – he doesn’t want to take a chance of getting something you don’t like! Settling for gold instead of makeup is not a bad deal! *hihi* *hihi* My hubby is ok with makeup phase because before this I have gone thru red gold phase, platinum phase, swarovski phase, diamond phase, etc, etc…he finds makeup to be a cheaper option!! rofl rofl

      For my lips… I have dry lips. So I ensure that i remove whatever I was wearing that day properly. I wasn’t very concsious of this earlier but i am now. I use the SHu Uemura cleansing oil – its absolutely fab. And lip balm…Im currently using one from Dermologica – review pending.

  3. omg gorgeous kk.. *jai ho* after tempting enough i finally laid my hands on guerlain just because of u.. lets see wen i get to try YSL.. *woot* *happydance*
    Totally loved dis on u.. *whistle*

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