When a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or How I Really Feel About Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Vinyl LipColor in Controversial

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Praising the heavens above for Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Vinyl LipColor in Controversial (and praying that I don’t have food in my teeth, OMG!)

Believe it or not, but this color I’m wearing on my lips is from Estée Lauder.

Yeah! Who knew? I didn’t know they could do video chick cool like this, but this one is from a new line of glosses called the Pure Color Envy Vinyl LipColors, which are a little like lipsticks and a little like gloss.


There are only a few shades ($32 each), and all of them are bright, so no nudes. This one’s called Controversial.

I dunno… Maybe it’s controversial because it’s Estée Lauder? Because whenever I think of the brand, I think of pretty reserved makeup, but over the past couple years, though, they’ve done some hip stuff, and they’ve done it really well. They have some edgy, cool stuff if you kind of dig in.

Dang, this color reminds me of patent-leather shoes, which might be why I like it, because I used to have a pair of patent-leather shoes that were the same color.

I wish I knew what happened to them…


The formula’s pretty thick and sticky, but not annoyingly sticky. It’s comfortable, and just sticky enough to stay on your lips, although I wouldn’t wear it if I were going to be on Connor duty — like, there’s no way if I was wearing her in her baby carrier in front and kissing her forehead, because it would be a mess and get all over her hair and her skin and her clothes.

But if I were going to a Who Loves the ’90s concert with a friend? — then it would be totally wearable.

And don’t even go there! Of course you can wear brights. Don’t be crazy like that. Everyone can wear brights. 🙂 This one doesn’t even need a lip pencil. I just use the doe-foot applicator, and it’s not even hard. I would tell you if it were hard. The formula’s thick, which is key.

PRICE: $32
AVAILABILITY: Available now from Estée Lauder (I’m not sure if it’s LE or permanent)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Anna Oh says:

    I have been loving everything Estee Lauder has been doing this year! I would love to try this one out along with the Victoria Beckham goodies! Btw, I don’t think I know anyone else that can rock a bang like you. Love.

  2. akriti says:

    I love this ‘picture worth a 1000 words ‘ series.. shiny pigmented lipsticks r right up my alley. . Would love to wear a hot pink lip vinyl ..my latest obsession -hot pink/fuschia lipstick

  3. Hahaha 🙂 Yeah, pictures, emojis, they all say so much more than words!
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Review | MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Double Fudge + Cordovan

    • mave says:

      The funny thing is I think they really do say much more than words sometimes. It’s amazing. I describe works of art as a docent and it’s incredible how many words it takes to accurately convey the beauty and detail in a painting.

  4. Erin says:

    I love how bright it is!
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  5. Tatiana says:

    I love the bright color of this on you. I’ll wear brights, but not if they’re sticky. Stickiness is just one thing I can’t abide by. I am loving the EL Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre lipstick I bought. So much so, I think I need to buy two more colors.

    • Karen says:

      Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try that lippie! Which color do you have?

      • Tatiana says:

        I have Naked Ambition which isn’t all that naked/nude on my super fair skin. More of a warm, slightly coppery rose. I want to get Power Mode and/or Sly Ingenue next. Really comfortable formula. Not too scented.
        This is crazy because I just went through all my sheers, neutral pinks and hot pink lipsticks today and tossed about two dozen. I still have 34 reds to go through tomorrow. The sun went down and my lips just couldn’t handle trying on another lipstick today.

  6. Georgia says:

    Love the color, but I usually dislike Estee Lauder lip products because they are so overly scented – and it’s not a good scent nor taste. I love the color! Are these heavily scented?

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