YSL Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau Swatches

YSL Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau

I’ve had my eye on the Yves Saint Laurent glossy stains for quite some time, but never made the leap to purchase the $32 gloss. A bit hefty for a poor college student. Even as an employed graduate, I couldn’t face that hefty price tag until I received a gift card from my aunt and uncle to my favorite store of all time, Sephora. My aunt encouraged me to buy something I might not otherwise purchase, so I did! I chose Rose Forreau because it was one of the new shades available for Sephora VIBs, and it seemed like a great color to wear to work.

YSL Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau

YSL Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau

YSL Glossy Stain 29 Rose Forreau


The pigmentation is quite nice. It is very buildable. One layer leaves you with nice color and low-gloss and a second or third layer leaves you with even more pigment and medium gloss.


It feels like a lip balm rather than a gloss but certainly has a glossy appearance on the lips. It feels velvety and buttery on the lips. I have very dry lips but did not feel the need to re-apply the glossy stain or apply a lip balm at all. The glossy appearance fades a bit faster than I expected.


The smell is quite pleasant, though I can’t quite peg what it reminds me of.


Stain lasted for quite some time. I applied at 7 a.m. and by 1 p.m. my lips were still rosy. After that I ate and applied a balm, but my lips were still pinker than usual. When applied to the back of my hand for swatching, my hand was stained for a full day. Gloss appearance wears off throughout the day but the stain left behind is very true to the gloss color.

Packaging & Applicator

I love the flat, wide applicator. It allows for a more precise application when compared to a traditional doe-foot applicator. The packaging is sleek.

Final Thoughts

I would definitely purchase another Glossy Stain. It lived up to my expectations. Only major complaint – Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain. What a mouthful…

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  • Reply Olivia

    You should check out the new L’Oreal shine stain glosses…they’re exactly the same! And are around $7.99-$9.99!

    January 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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