I was sent an invitation to the Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick launch at Rustan’s last June 11. I honestly don’t have high-end lipsticks (e.g. Guerlain, Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder etc.) and I was curious on how different is it from the mid-range (e.g. MAC, Smashbox) to drugstore brands (e.g. Maybelline, Revlon, NYX etc.).
The attendant at Rustans was very accommodating and never made me feel uncomfortable (Which is the case for a lot of high-end stores). She actually walked me through every color possible in their range. I liked most of the colors but since it was a pricey brand (Php1350 ~ about $31) I tried to eliminate colors in my head… one color stood out among the multitude of colors… Passion fruit. I wanted to try it on my lips because it swatched beautifully on my hand but I honestly don’t like trying samplers on my lips… nor do I want to spend on a pricey lipstick that might not look good on me. The attendant was nice enough to offer to sanitize the lippie for me to try. As soon as I tried it… I knew I had to have that shade. It was unique and I don’t have anything similar to it on my existing collection.
On the tube it had very visible shimmer chunks which I am not a fan of. But when I tried it, the shimmer chunks seemed to disappear on my lips. Instead, it made my lips look pretty… juicy even (lol!!!)… I fell in love… and it seemed to love my lips back.
Bare lips vs Passion fruit on lips:
The shade is a sheer berry red with silver micro shimmer. As you layer-on the color on your lips, it builds its intensity. You can go from flushed red lips (one coat) to classy crimson (about 2-3 coats) which makes the color a bit versatile. Office appropriate to date-night worthy lips in a matter of 2 swipes. The shimmer, as I have mentioned earlier is noticeable on the tube but when applied to the lips, it makes the lips look a tad bit plump or juicy. You would only see the shimmer when you wipe off the lipstick on a tissue.
The consistency of the lipstick is not dry nor is it creamy. I think it’s just the right level of moisture to keep the color on your lips for about 5-6 hours without the need for you to apply lip balm. It has a scent which is described as apricot (but I honestly don’t know how an apricot smells like) but I think its similar in scent to sweet tamarind (in my opinion). It’ not overpowering so it doesn’t bother me at all.
Passion fruit swatch…see the shimmer:
Buildable color which makes the shade quite flexible to probably most occassions; Makes your lips look pretty juicy; Moisturizing without sacrificing staying power of the color; Long-wearing; Packaging looks luxurious.
Expensive (I can’t think of anything else because that’s my only issue with this product)
This is actually my favorite lipstick at the moment… we are in a committed relationship. 😉 I think it’s worth the price. If I finish this tube, I might consider buying this again.
Oh… since I got my lippie at their event, look at the extra goodies I got:
2 chocolate truffles from Bizu specially made for the event and…
a cute pink and gold Estee Lauder cellphone charm 😀 (I’m a sucker for cute freebies… so sue me! 😛 )
So yeah, I’m loving this lippie big time. I got this in Rustans Makati branch. 🙂