I’M SORRY, WHAT DID YOU SAY!? I CAN’T HEAR YOU!! IT’S SO LOUD IN HERE!! LET ME TURN DOWN THE VOLUME FIRST…
There! That’s much better. I can hear you now. Sorry, but I can’t help it when it comes to The Purple One. Hello, Take Me With You? Kiss? Purple Rain? You know how it is — you gotta turn it up when you’re bumping Prince.
Speaking of purples that reign (LOL! How’s that for a lazy transition?), I was ferreting through my lipgloss stash last week when I rediscovered one of the greatest purples of all time (IMHO), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Pourpre Preview, or “purple preview” en Francais.
I’ve had purple lipgloss on my mind (and lips) a lot lately…partly because of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, making headlines, but it actually goes back much further than that — at least as far back as my twenty-sixth birthday, when my friend Jen got me my very first tube of purple lipgloss (Benefit Kiss Me).
So, Pourpre Preview — yeah, it’s $34, but for what it’s worth, with YSL’s Glossy Stains, it’s like you’re getting two lip products for the (pretty high) price of one.
In this case, the color starts as a gorgeous, glossy orchid violet, which then mellows out to a purplish pink stain.
- Lasts from 5-6 hours on my lips
- Has a moderately moisturizing, slightly sticky formula that feels quite thick when first applied
- Unflavored, but it smells a little like green apples to me (yum!)
It’s one of the most wearable purples I’ve ever seen, and that’s what makes it an Unsung Hero to me. It’s just so frickin’ wearable! It looks good on just about anyone.
It’s purple — but not too purple, if that makes any sense — and semi-opaque, so it allows your natural lip color to peek through.
Some purple lip products, particularly opaque ones like Topshop’s Double Take, are very obvious; there’s no mistaking that you’re wearing something purple, and it’s a very high fashion, straight-off-the runway look. Not something you could easily work into your everyday makeup routine.
Pourpre Preview, on the other hand, perhaps because it lets through a hint of your natural lip color, seems better suited to real life. When you walk into a meeting, the makeup lovers in the room will notice your lovely, unique lip color but won’t be all like, “Oh, snap! Is girlfriend really wearing full-on purple lips to this meeting? Where does she think she is — the club?”
What about cheek colors to go with it? Well, coupling purple lips with a purple or plum blush color can look a little dated (not that there’s anything wrong with it), but for most real life scenarios, I’d wear it with coral or peach cheeks. purple and coral/peach combo pair well and doesn’t look too matchy.
I’ve been wearing Pourpre Preview with MAC’s Cantaloupe (LOVE) and Buxom’s Euphoria blush, a bright and beautiful coral matte. (Side note: do you want me to give Euphoria the Unsung Heroes treatment? Just let me know…’cause it’s kind of phenom.)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,