Lipstick Monday: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine in Graceful

I’ve never been one for nude lipsticks: the only lipstick I own that isn’t a derivative of red is the Shiseido Perfect Rouge in PK 303. For a good year and a half, nude lipstick has just not been something I care for — but then I bought the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istabul on a whim, and people started coming up to me to say that it suited me. Flattery is cheap, but it works on me and I bought the compliments hook, line, and sinker. I started to explore more nude lip option, and was extremely lucky to run into a new addition to the Estée Lauder that took nude lipsticks to a new level.

The Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick is a new addition of lipstick formulas to the Estée Lauder family, and the range is only available in Asia. I’m personally not a fan of “regional-exclusive” products, because depriving specific regions of potentially winning products is downright cruel — but boy am I glad this one made it past our borders :)

IMG_8523One of the first things you feel upon initial application is how comfortable it is on the lips: it feels creamy and rich, as if halfway between a satin lipstick and a plumping lip gloss. I mention plumping lip gloss because there’s a sculpting aspect to the formula that adds dimension to the lips, thanks to a specially-molded bullet. The secret to the formula’s long-lasting hydration effect is hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep lips hydrated over the course of 4-6 hours, so you never have to worry about chapped lips. This would be a GREAT lipstick to have for long-haul flights, since flight cabins tend to be very dry environments.

IMG_8536I got a tube of this lipstick in a shade called Graceful, a lovely sheer nude-pink with really great color payoff. Apply it once for a sheer, barely-there look; otherwise, build it up until it reaches the crystalline opaque effect that you are looking for. In true Estée Lauder fashion, it comes beautifully packaged in a signature deep navy blue tube with gold accents.

IMG_8530The Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick comes in 16 delicious shades in four color spectrum families (plums, reds, pinks, and browns). It retails at Estée Lauder counters for IDR 380,000. This one is a winner, ladies, don’t wait around to pick up your own tube ASAP!