My First Estee Lauder Lipstick: Pure Color Envy Shine in Surreal Sun

June 5, 2014
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Tearin’ Down the Old with the New

To 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 Lowdown

Let’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 & Finish

Creamy 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.


Medium 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’.

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Most 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.


Surreal 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!


Packaging 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.

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Final Thoughts

The 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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Sharlynn June 6, 2014 at 12:18 am

Really really love that shade, its such a fresh bright pink thats not too light! I’ve yet to try any of their lipsticks but would love to!

Sunny @Mostly Sunny June 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

Hey Shari, ooo now I want one of these so bad! We have a different formula which is great, but this shade is gooooorgeous!!! So hoping I’ll get to take a look at the Asian line-up soon!

Juvy | Plump Cheeks June 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

It really feels always luxurious reading your posts, Shari! Love them! 😀

Divya June 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

This is such a pretty warm pink on you Shari! So so pretty! I haven’t been able to get these as they are always out of stock but look this explains! 🙂

Cassandrapamela June 6, 2014 at 4:29 am

Beautiful color!!
I bought pink dragon on my trip to Singapore and I looooove it!
I have tried the non asian version of the pure color envy but I didn’t like it at all! it was heavyweight and didn’t feel comfortable on the lips!
Surreal sun looks very pretty on you ^^

Victoria June 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

This is such a beautiful color! I’ve only ever tried Estee Lauder’s blushes and shadows but didn’t like them very much, I just gave them to my mother. But this one’s super pretty!! 🙂

Shana June 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

This looks gorgeous! I’m dying to try the Shine formula from what I’ve seen online, but I’m in the USA! At the least it seems all the posts about the Shine formula are pushing me toward MY first Estee Lauder lipstick too, though mine will likely be from the “regular” Pure Color Envy line 🙂

expatmuaddict June 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Estée Lauder is a brand I wore when I was younger then didn’t for years and have just started getting back into now. I have one of these lipsticks are really love the formula. Shame you don’t love the colour as, as always it looks fabulous in you xx

Raven Ang June 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

A beuatiful color. Looks like there’s no need to buy TF. hehehe

Aviva June 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Ba’t anlayo ng color dun sa advertisement???? I, too, like the arm swatch better.

Tine Despares June 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

That lipstick looks so good on you Shari, though napakalayo sa AD image.hmm I think it’s probably because of editing the image. I like Estee Lauder products, I think they always have a touch of sophistication. The packaging is great also <3

love lots,

Eileen June 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Omg I love this!! You should check out the shade Wild Lace the color is so beautiful and unique! It’s on the plummy/mauve spectrum, and it’s just so pretty huhuhu.

Ty Phang June 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I’ve never tried Estee Lauder lipsticks. Only their lip glosses. Now I’m curious. I am on the hunt for a good red lippie to replace my old one.

Jae June 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I always associated Estee Lauder as an “old woman’s brand” lol. It’s memories of my aunt using an EL lipstick way back, I guess. Anyway. Surreal Sun indeed is different on your lips! Still, I think you look lovely. 🙂

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Jennifer Monforton June 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I’ve heard nothing but good things about these- glad you’re liking them too! The shade you chose is so pretty and perfect for summer 🙂

Nikki P. June 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

I really, really, really wanted to get the non-Asian version of these. The shades are all so beautiful! Btw, mas gusto ko ang shade sa arm swatch din.

Elaine June 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Beautiful shade! You look gorgeous as always, Shari!

reveriebelle June 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Love that Estee Lauder changed their look on their lipsticks! I remember them having that old lady scent- definitely a turn off! The packaging looks gorgeous and I adore magnet closures (Giorgio Armani do it too). Surreal Sun looks so pretty and wearable 🙂 I would love to try these revamped lipsticks some time 😛

Rae June 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I want my first Estee Lauder lipstick too. My sister in law bought a few from the stay-in-place line and it looked great on her.

Smita Roy June 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

oh my god…this was supposed to be my 1st Estee lauder lipstick as well…unfortunately it was out of stock and I couldn’t buy..even I was surpised that it looks so different on the lips…amazing review… 🙂

fiona furtado June 16, 2014 at 2:22 am

I had exact same thought about Estée Lauder until a friend of mine insisted I try this out. And boy! I love everything about the lipstick. The classy sophisticated packaging, the formula and shade selection. Estée Lauder just nailed it


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