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23 Sep 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipsticks continued...

Right. Let’s cut to the chase.

I went to an Estee Lauder event last week for the official Middle East launch of Pure Color Envy. I received 4 more lipsticks from the range and after a bit of experimentation I can confirm that the formulation is as good as Rebellious Rose led me to believe.
  • Good wear time - 4-6 hour wear on the lips, after which time a nice tint remains.
  • Opaque – a pigmented finish  - you only need one swipe so make sure it’s a precise one.
  • Hydrating (ish)– the finish is lightly glossy and although the formula hugs the lips it does so without feeling especially drying.  The marketing spiel states that these continually hydrate upon wear – something I don’t quite agree with – but they are definitely lightweight and won’t noticeably interfere with moisture levels.
  • Well packaged – a nifty magnetic closure (that I enjoy playing with) and packaging that feels pretty sleek.  The packaging feels like a fresh welcome departure from the classic Lauder casing that I have seen over the years.
Shade-wise, the 4 new additions to my stash include (l_R): Desirable, Dynamic, Infamous and Tumultuous Pink.

  • Desirable – a magnificent lip-toned nude.
  • Infamous – vibrant party pink
  • Dynamic – a tawny neutral, a little less rose than Rebellious Rose but in the same family.
  • Tumultuous Pink – an easy to wear take on a fuchsia. 

I put them on my face and surprise, surprise, Desirable is my favourite. 

Those of us who have loitered in the beauty world for long enough will remember a certain YSL Rouge Pur 148 Tea Rose. I long for that shade and Aerin’s limited edition Garden Path came close but in my mind, Desirable is dupe-worthy. It’s nude made pretty. If you don’t own it and nudes are your thing, then make sure you add it to your ever-expanding “Want” list.

Tumultuous Pink ranks as my second favourite. I love a fuchsia and Estee Lauder have interpreted this tone in the most wearable of ways. It’s statement of course but not clownish and the smooth finish of the formula helps make this appear more flattering than you might think.

I’ll wrap this up with a comment on the price. These are £24 each (or 180 AED in the UAE).  For some reason that seems like a lot for me. I think I expected something in the £19 range but I am truly deluded because department store brands no longer adopt that kind of pricing structure. If only lipsticks, as well as money, grew on trees….


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    1. I LOVE Desirable - if you like that sort of thing you must try :)

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    1. They really are lovely. Highly recommend :)

  3. Great shade selection! I really like Rebellious Rose but I feel that now it's autumn, I'd be better off looking at some deeper shades.
    Ting x


  4. I've been eyeing these up for a while…. I'm being tempted even more now!!! Duty free purchase maybe.. xx

  5. Oh I like the look of infamous!


  6. I'm eyeing up that beauty of a nude!

  7. it's $50 here in Australia :/ I can't wait for some duty free shopping! soon :)
    i think i will like defiant coral and desirable :) xx


  8. Those looks amazing! You've totally sold me on Desirable and I also really want to try Tumultuous Pink.


  9. Desirable definitely looks gorgeous on you - it's the perfect nude for your colouring!

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  10. Thanks so much for the review - noting Desirable down. Looks so good, though, I wish it was more hydrating now that autumn air is starting to toughen up.

  11. Ooooh love the colours! The nude shade looks gorgeous on you Laura!
    Hugs xoxo

  12. After your last review I went to the store and got tumultuous pink and vengeful red, I looooove these lipsticks, I just wished they had more color variety.


  13. Gorgeous colours!


  14. I got one in something Plum (looks very dark and vampy in the tube, more pink once work) and I love the texture. There might be more coming!

  15. That nude is definitely on my want list now! I'm going to have to take a look and find out how much they are in the States.


  16. So beautiful. I have Impassioned and love it so I clearly need some more of these babies. x

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  17. Infamous looks beautiful!!


  18. I got envious and its so perfect. i´d like one more but they are expensive in spain


  19. I adore Estee Lauder brand! I have a powder and must say it's gorgeous!!!