I couldn’t think of a good title for this post, so I kept it simple and continued admiring my new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks. I concentrated very hard to not write colour there.
Ever since Emma did her review of the line I’ve been intrigued by this new offering from the company, and then Karen did a review, and I just couldn’t wait for it to pop up in stores here. I was not disappointed. These lovelies are everything you could want in a lipstick – unless you’re in the market for something matte.
The casing’s a classy, glossy navy blue and gold, that magnetically snaps shut with a click. One’d think this tiny detail didn’t matter, but it really adds to the feeling of luxe. And you know it won’t just slide open and ruin not just the product but the contents of your purse as well. Not that I’ve ever had that happen to me, or heard of anyone that did, but it’s nice to know.
The shades I invested in – Yes it’s an investment. Lipsticks make you happy. – are Intense Nude and Red Ego, forgoing the orange lip-trend currently seen just about everywhere. The former is something rare in my collection, as it’s a very neutral shade. This is not your concealer-nude shade of nude lippie, but a gorgeous brown with a pink tinge, that gives a bit more life to your face while still being subtle enough to pair with a smoky eye. The latter is a red berry, more suitable for everyday wear than Shame.
The formula applies smooth, without tugging. Combined with the angled bullet this leaves you with a precisely applied lipstick that in my experience doesn’t call for a lipliner or brush – I’ve yet to notice any feathering or bleeding so Score! The shades are opaque in one swipe, so if you’re in the market for a bright pink or a Kim K grade shade of nude you might want to have a swatch of these. They seem long lasting, though I haven’t really put them through any extreme testing – but I’ll edit should they fail – yet is very lightweight without being drying. Quite the opposite, actually.
After spending the weekend at a volleyball tournament my skin, including my lips, is parched and having acquired yet another nasty cold doesn’t help. Even so, my session of swatching Pure Color Sculpting Lipsticks left my lips feeling moisturzed and healthy. There’s no shimmer in these, just creamy loveliness with a slight sheen that enhances the lips, making them look naturally full and erases any visible traces of dryness.
I probably should mention that the lipsticks are scented, but it’s very discreet, and either fades very quickly or is mild enough that I’m easily accustomed to it – and let me just say that I hated the new YSL glosses based solely on the scent alone. I couldn’t bear to wear ’em for longer than it took to find a tissue so I could wipe it off. The point I’m trying to make is that scent might make or break a product, and with these lovelies that is not an issue.
When lipsticks get this lovely I start lusting for vivid pinks. I’ll even confess that I opted out of a Guerlain Rouge Automatique I’d been wanting in favour of Intense Nude. Because that’s just how fabulous the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks are.