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Tearin’ Down the Old with the NewTo say that I’m ecstatic to try my very first Estee Lauder lipstick is a huge understatement. I’ve never been particularly drawn to any Estee Lauder product before (save for their skincare. The Advanced Night Repair has too many raves to slip up on) because I have this perception that their makeup items are tailored specifically for the “grown-up ladies” a.k.a my aunts and grandmothers who’ve been loyal to the brand even before I can say “makeup”. With this encounter, I’m pleased to say that the general impression I had regarding Estee Lauder has totally been reshaped. They’ve steered away from the traditional, oldish packaging and adapted a sleeker, more modern aesthetic with a discerningly innovative mechanism. Add to that their veering away from the ‘old lady’ scent that most of us crinkle our noses at. I feel like it’s definitely a more modern and a more “hip” Estee Lauder – of course, still with the touch of class and sophistication they’ve always exuded.
The LowdownLet’s talk about Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick* — the brand’s newly-released range that features lipsticks offering maximum hydration without compromising color pay-off slash pigmentation. What? Is that even possible? I know that when we hear lipsticks of the Shine variation, an instant thought would be “Ahhh this must be sheer“. I’ll tell you now that these lipsticks are not in any way included in my definition of sheer. I’ve learned that the Shine version is only available in Asia while the non-Shine version (more pigmented, more satiny) is reserved for the rest of the world. Why is this so, beauty world? Nevertheless, I actually like this lipstick very much despite so.
Texture & FinishCreamy and smooth that reminds me of the MAC Cremesheen finish, only less drying and more pigmented, at the same time more lightweight on the lips. Think an improved version of the Cremesheens. It glides on the lips smoothly with very minimal tugging, virtually none yet it doesn’t slip and slide that it runs or bleeds. It does have a tendency to pick up and accentuate the lips’ dry bits and patches being a cream formula, so I really scrub off and prep before application. If I do two layers, I find that the lipstick doesn’t “set” as when I do only one layer so it moves around and transfers a bit. One swipe is already enough.
PigmentationMedium opacity with one swipe on the arm in one swipe but almost full coverage on the lips. Shocker! And to think this is the less-pigmented version (the rest-of-the-world version is said to have stronger color pay-off). I only used one layer of color on my FOTDs below and the color is already poppin’.
HydrationMost important part of the lipstick for me! I can’t exactly say these are really hydrating my lips do feel moisturized while wearing the lipstick. They do not crack, peel further or bleed which I appreciate, especially since I really have troublesome lips.
ShadeSurreal Sun is a coral pink shade that leans orange on my arm but registers more pink on my lips. To be honest, not a shade I like on myself. On my arm, it looks like something I would totally wear, but when I applied it on my lips, I found it too bright for my preference. I am looking to get another shade though because I actually like the formula!
PackagingPackaging is something I usually don’t talk about but the magnetic closure of this one is a nice take. I like that I can effortlessly put the cap back on with the clickity assurance that it won’t be accidentally uncapped in the mess that is my makeup kit. It does have quite a heft to its weight and doesn’t feel quite as lightweight as the usual plastic-packaged tubes. To me, it actually looks super sleek and modern with its navy body and gold trimmings and plaques on the top and on the bottom.
Final ThoughtsThe formulation reminds me of my Tom Ford Spanish Pink, in terms of creaminess and pigmentation, although with a little less shine. Then I remembered Estee Lauder owns Tom Ford, you guys. Could it be they share the same manufacturer or even a part of their formulas? Who knows, right? But it can’t be that far-fetched… Tom Ford has a few shades in the Lip Color range that are more satin and have less shine like Sable Smoke (which could be the Pure Color Envy non-Asian version) while the Shine version could be the more sheen-y Tom Ford lipsticks like Spanish Pink, Crimson Noir. Don’t take my word for it, though! But overall, I’m impressed with how the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Surreal Sun wears. Ultra-pigmented for a Shine lipstick, glides smoothly and effortlessly as well as moisturizing when worn. The downside would probably be the wear-time because being a cream, it can be wiped off easily. Also, if you expected to be sheer, the good color pay-off would probably be a downside for you too.
Have you tried any Estee Lauder lipsticks? Are you interested to especially with their revamped range and image?
P.S. Why doesn’t Surreal Sun look like this on me?!
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