A short while ago, I reviewed the new YSL Glossy Stain in #14, Fucshia Dore. I said in that post that I loved the formula so much, I planned to head back to Nordstrom for more...and I did. I now am the proud owner of 4 Glossy Stains, and today I'm going to tell you about #13, Rose Tempura.
The official name for these little lip wonders is Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Á Lèvres Glossy Stain. For the sake of my typing fingers, I'm going to stick with the much simpler (and English) Glossy Stain. Glossy Stains are amazing products. They apply as a liquid but set within about 30 seconds to a lipstick-like consistency. According to my SA, you should apply the stain and then refrain from rubbing your lips together for 30 seconds to allow the stain and gloss to set. Apparently, rubbing your lips together too soon will interfere with the gloss of the product. I, however, have a terrible habit of pressing my lips together immediately after applying any lip product, and even when I've been unable to avoid that temptation, I've found my Glossy Stain to be just that...a glossy stain.
The applicator is a flexible (but not flimsy), angled, doe-foot applicator that allows for precise application. The first coat is fairly sheer, while subsequent coats build. I find two coats to be more than enough for full opacity and color.
The texture of the stain is similar to that of a liquid lipstick. As a matter of fact, it feels a lot like Rouge Allure Lacque from Chanel in the way it applies. However, it dries down somewhat as it sets, leaving a lightweight but substantial feel on the lips, much like a gloss. The finish is glossy, as well. What I love most about the Glossy Stains is that they give shine and color without being overly sticky or slick. While there is a bit of tackiness left even after it sets, it serves mainly to make the lips feel moisturized rather than gloppy or gooey. I also find that my hair doesn't get stuck to my lips every time a breeze blows by---a huge plus in my book! Even more important is the longevity of Glossy Stains. They literally last for hours and hours. The gloss stays unmarred for 4 hours or longer even through drinking, and the stain lasts up to 8 hours and wears down evenly.
The color Rose Tempura is a stunning rosy-fuchsia-red color that if I had to compare, I'd say was close to watermelon but with more depth. There are very slight sparkles, but they aren't really obvious to the naked eye when applied. I love this color because it seems to be a cool pink with warmth. It works well with my corals, yet pulls cooler when I'm wearing teals, blues and purples. It goes with everything I own.
Top: #14, Fuchsia Dore. Bottom: #13, Rose Tempura
Above, you can see how much warmer Rose Tempura is than Fuchsia Dore (which is, admittedly, a very cool fucshia). However, even when compared to such a blue-based color, you can see the blue undertones of Rose Tempura. They're simply intermingled with a much warmer rose, which is why the color is such a chameleon.
Bottom Line: Rose Tempura, while being undeniably pink, is an extremely versatile shade that goes with virtually anything. I have extremely neutral undertones, which is probably why I pick up both the warm and the cool tones in this one. Those of you with warmer or cooler skin will see the undertones reflect on you accordingly. The formula is outstanding, as it's lightweight yet long-wearing, and it retains its gloss for hours and its color for hours longer than that. I'm truly addicted to these, and will be bringing you more shades soon!