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.
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’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.
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.
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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