Aug 05 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Review


Being a fan of satin and matte finishes (as long as they are comfortable), I was extremely excited to try the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipsticks. Having recently reviewed the YSL Fall collection, prior to making my Estee Lauder purchase…let’s just say I had deep, vampy lips on the brain. Which is probably why I went for the most “out there” shade in the collection: Shameless Violet.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Shameless Violet


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Shameless Violet

About the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipsticks: “Creamy, matte, and intense, this lipstick emphasizes the shape of your lips with saturated matte color. The lightweight, ultra-creamy formula glides on seamlessly, coating lips evenly while leaving a soft and smooth, and the lipstick bullet is shaped to sculpt the curves of your lips. More than a daring lipstick, the luxe, one-click case is a perfectly-chic accessory.”

There are 12 shades in the collection with one of those being exclusive to Estee Lauder (Irrepressible Deep Brick Red). They are housed in what is now the brands signature glossy navy magnetic bullet – just like the original Pure Envy and Pure Envy Shines (which are slightly thinner and taller). I love how “Estée Lauder” is actually etched into the gold cap – takes that luxury factor up one notch.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Review

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Review


Estee Lauder’s Shameless Violet is pure purple (with a hint of a warm pink undertone) and probably not for those who shy away from bold colors.  Admittedly something very different from Estee Lauder, as far as lips go, in my opinion. Even though I usually reserve bright colors for the drugstore (as I don’t tend to wear them as often) I just had to have this one.

Actually, as coincidence would have it, as I’m typing this, I also have Vogue online open in another window and am discovering that Model Joan Smalls collaborated with Estee Lauder on this collection. What’s more, she was inspired to create the shade Shameless Violet when, last year, her Instagram account blew up as her fans reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm to the violet lips she’d sported at the Met Gala (source: Vogue). I had no idea, but now that I know, it’s kind of cool, I suppose.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Review

Applied, Shameless Violet is mostly opaque and glides on without dragging or tugging. Very impressive for a matte – though the finish is more of a satin-matte. I achieve full color with two swipes, but I’ve also worn it toned down by patting on the lips and applying a complimentary gloss on top (think Chanel’s LE Glossimer in Songe). Lasting power was also more than decent, I got about six-seven hours. And the best part is that while it was not exactly hydrating, it was not at all drying over time either. Very comfortable. The only thing about this type of shade on my light skin tone is that it can emphasize my paleness. But I don’t mind.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Review Shameless Violet Swatch


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick Shameless Violet Swatch


The Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipsticks retail for $30.00 USD and can be found at Sephora, Estee Lauder and Department stores. Not yet available in The Bahamas.


What do you think? Would you wear a shade like this? And are the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipsticks on your radar? There’s a lovely nude in the collection that I’m dying to pick up! This one needs a friend, after all. 🙂





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  1. Oh my word!!!! How stunning is that purple!!!!!! Xo

    1. Hehe. Right? It’s such a statement! x

  2. Gosh, Kimmy.. I admire your courage wearing this shade, hope I can, too!
    Well, I wasn’t that someone who’s brave enough to wear shades like this,, I’m afraid it might not look well on me. But you know, there are lots of women who wears it so lovely and with a class. They’re amazing! You too!

    Jhem |

    1. I actually wore it to dinner the other night, but I did put a gloss over it. 🙂 x

  3. I have my eye on the nude from this collection! I don’t think I could get away with this purple! xx


    1. I’ll probably add the Nude at some point. It’s sold out on Sephora right now though and they aren’t available here as yet (so sad). 🙂

  4. WOW. This sure isn’t a typical Estee Lauder lippy shade! Way to shake off the old lady image there, EL! (well, I know they’re not really OLD LADY anymore, but they’re no Illamasqua or MUFE!)
    You really wore this lipstick out in public?!

    1. Yes, I did. To dinner over the weekend. 🙂 I agree, I think EL is really trying to appeal to a younger crowd. They recently released some amazing eye shadow singles that I’ve been considering for weeks… x

  5. That shade looks so beautiful on you! 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you, Katie! x

  6. I have to say kudos for your bravery to pull off this shade, I love bold lips but I think this is out of my comfort zone. I love how the shade looks on you though and I can see how creamy it is too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Hehe. Thanks Shireen. It’s really fantastic with a gloss over it. I actually didn’t think twice about wearing it out – guess I’m becoming bolder these days! 🙂

  7. I absolutely looooooove purple and purple lipstick. That looks like the money. Thanks!

    1. Thanks! Glad you like it. 🙂

  8. YES! I love your bravery with this and I bet it looks stunning with your skin tone, so I’m glad you don’t mind it! Full coverage after 2 swipes is so good! 🙂


    1. Aww, shucks. Thank you, Karen. I say we all can sport a purple lip! xo

  9. Wow that is one brave lipstick and fair play to you for rocking it! I don’t think I could have the confidence to pull something like this off but I am intrigued about the formula of these lipsticks, they sound amazing x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. Aww, thanks hun. The formula is really nice for a matte. I’m impressed. 🙂

  10. Beautiful shade but it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I don’t think I would wear it outside the house 🙂 Well done for being daring though 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I think with a tan or on deeper skin tones, it definitely looks less stark. But I can’t help but love it. 🙂

    • colleenwelsch on August 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm
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    I’m so surprised that Estee Lauder would make a shade like this! I definitely couldn’t pull it off but it is a pretty color!


    1. It was surprised me too but learning the story behind the collab was fun and did put it into perspective. 🙂

  11. Wow, what a gorgeous shade! I’ve never tried an Estee Lauder lipstick but I might have to now I’ve read this post!

    lillies and lipbalm

    1. Thanks Mel, glad to have inspired you to give EL a go! 🙂

  12. I absolutely love this shade, I’ve been wanting to get a purple like this for ages!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. Yay! I’m glad you like it! I sure do! 🙂

  13. This is such a lovely post and what a bold colour! It’s absolutely beautiful but not something that I would wear out and about – I’d love to create a unique look though as it would be gorgeous!!! 🙂

    Layla xx

    1. I’m thinking I should have also featured it patted down with a gloss. It’s much more approachable then. 🙂

  14. I don’t think I´d ever wear this color. Bod is no problem, but a violet lip would make me look dead.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. It’s not for everyone. 🙂

  15. I commend you for being so brave to wear this BEAUTIFUL COLOUR! <3 I absolutely love this Kimmy! It looks amazing on you 😀 <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. Thank you Serene. I could see you in a colour like this for sure! 🙂

  16. The color of it is just beautiful <3 but I could never pull it off though, it makes me too pail 🙁

    Pink Frenzy

    1. It makes me look kind of pale as well – but I don’t mind that sometimes, especially in the “winter” 🙂

  17. I am in love with this colour! I think this might be incredibly tempting on payday! The packaging is so slick and chic, it’s perfect! x

    1. Isn’t it a stunner? I know not everyone seems to agree, but I LOVE this colour. 🙂

  18. I wouldn’t personally wear this colour but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a stunning colour. It is definitely a statement colour & if you have the confidence to wear it, awesome! 🙂 x

      • Kimmy on August 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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      Thank you, Brenda. I completely agree. 🙂

  19. Very brave choice, Kimmy! Looks pretty on you! I do want to check this range out (I probably will next week!) to see if I can add a shade to my collection. 😉

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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      I definitely recommend taking a peak at the other colours. I was sad that the brown nude sold out, would have like to see how that one looked. It will probably be a couple of months before they release here. It’s always chancy ordering online. 🙂

  20. Wow wow wow! What an amazing color! I’m amazed it’s from Estee Lauder. The formula sounds pretty great. I’m thinking I should check out some if these…

    1. Oh, do! And be sure to let me know how you find the formula. 🙂

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