It is no secret that I love lip products. I love lip scrubs lip masks, lip treatments and any variety of gloss stick or cream. My inability to walk past a lipstick display in the grocery store and not add a lip product to the cart is one of the reasons that even if I don’t do any other declutter that year, I have to do a lip declutter on an annual basis. It also doesn’t hurt that I love free shipping and with companies that have a minimum to get free shipping I often find myself adding a lip product to make the free shipping limit.
And I can’t lie, sometimes I am drawn in purely by the lipstick packaging. And Yves Saint Laurent has some pretty packaging. Their Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick comes in a sleek square gold case with the black YSL logo placed on the front. While I do like decorative bits, I also appreciate the clean lines of this packaging. There is something I just find very appealing about it.
The shade I tested is #70 Le Nu in a satin Finish. The product description reads…
What it is: Rouge Pur Couture delivers rich and luxurious color in a satin finish.
What it does: In just one stroke, luxurious and highly pigmented color dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care. In a signature couture jewel-like packaging, Rouge Pur Couture delivers the promise of edgy style and ultimate feminine strength.YSL Website
For me the color on the lips is slightly lighter than it appears in the tube. Personally I have found this to be true with most of the YSL lipsticks I’ve tried. As i am the queen of picking the wrong shade of lipstick in the store, I kind of find it helpful to remember. This formula looks more neutral in the tube and applies slightly more pink. I tend to favor darker neutrals and berry shades so this color isn’t ideal for me, however with the use of a darker lip liner I can make it a very good shade for me.
It is an easy fix and one I don’t mind doing. Especially since it is a very moisturizing formula. Since lip liners tend to dry my lips out, pairing them with a moisturizing lipstick is actually ideal. And if it gets me a better color on top of that I am all for it.
But the color is lighter on the lips.
It is true to the description in the only one swipe will cover the lips. It is full on color as you apply it. Multiple passes aren’t needed which means the product will last a little longer. It doesn’t dry down so you will leave lip prints on glass rims and you will have to reapply after a meal. However even after the lipstick wears off the moisturizing effects remain. It is a really good formula that my lips love.
There is however one problem. And its a big one.
While the scent of the lipstick is light and quite pleasant, the taste is not. Even if you are someone who manages to never lick your lips during the day, simply pressing your lips together after applying your lipstick is enough for the taste to slip into the mouth. Or at least it was for me. And once in the mouth, I was tasting perfume for the rest of the day. I also slightly lick the center of my lower lip when I am thinking actually. I don’t have mu tongue hanging out, but i will curl my lower lip in and run my tongue over it (I also occasionally make strange sounds with my mouth when i am thinking, but only when i am working alone as it annoys others.)
So the taste of perfume in my mouth was unpleasant and constant. It is the one drawback to this Rouge Pur Couture lipstick from YSL. And unfortunately for me it is a deal breaker. Everything else is fabulous, but i just can’t stand the taste. I will occasionally reach for this lipstick, to use it up, especially on days when my lips feel a little on the dry and chapped side, but I won’t be reaching for it often, and when this tube is empty, it won’t be replaced.