YSL 13 Rose Tempura Glossy Stain Review, Swatches, Photos

Ever since they first came out a little while ago, I’ve been intrigued by the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – Vernis a Levres Glossy Stains, which are a combination lipgloss and lip stain.  Today, I have a review and swatches of 13 Rose Tempura for you – which, as it turns out, is an exact dupe of NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Mexican Rose.

The YSL Glossy Stains are packaged in a luxe black and gold tube with a uniquely shaped doe-foot applicator that works very well for application.  I really like the packaging – it is both functional and elegant.

The gloss/stain has a nice texture – it’s nonsticky and only a little bit slippery, which I think is nice.  I don’t like thick or slippery lipglosses, and in fact I rarely wear lipgloss at all – but I find this product very comfortable to wear.   It is possible to apply a thin coat – which is how I like to wear it – and with a thin coat it’s not very glossy, though it does have a sheen.

YSL 13 Rose Tempura

The color is a mid-toned bright pink, and it does stain the skin. Above, I’ve wiped off the glossy color with a makeup wipe. If I scrub, I can remove all the color with some effort.

Although the packaging is completely different, this product is an exact dupe of NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil. Not only are they the exact same color, but both apply glossy, but then fade to a long lasting stain.


Here are lip swatches of both – sorry but I’ve switched the order from the swatches above!

YSL Glossy Stain 13 on left; NARS Mexican Rose on right

Even if you love this color – and it’s a lovely color – you definitely do not need both of these products! Since the packaging is so different, it’s really up to personal preference; the YSL is better if you prefer a liquid you apply with a doe-foot, and the NARS is better if you would prefer a pencil (though keep in mind that you will lose product when you sharpen).  The YSL is $32, and the NARS is $24.

Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain 13 Rose Tempura and NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Mexican Roseare both available at Sephora stores and online.

If this color appeals to you, which of these would you pick?


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