Resist Red Lipstick Mediocrity With Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral

Wearing Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral ($30) on my lips

I love the name of this Estee Lauder Lipstick — Defiant Coral.

Like it hangs out with a bunch of ruffians in front a 7-11 past curfew or, I dunno, stands up in the middle of a boring staff meeting and yells, “KISS THIS!” to the boss on its way out the door.

LOL! Oh, Defiant Coral, you rebel, you. 🙂

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral, $30

Defiant Coral is one of the new Sculpting Lipsticks in Estee Lauder’s permanent line, which are called “sculpting” because the multi-faceted pigments in each of the 21 high-intensity statement shades is supposed to make lips look more defined, shaped and curved.

  • Full coverage with 6-hour wear time
  • Time-release moisture complex helps capture and seal in moisture
  • Lips feel continuously moisturized throughout the day

They sound pretty expensive for Estee Lauder at $30 a pop, but they remind me of Guerlain’s pricier $51 Le Rouge Gs in terms of how they feel, look and perform.

I mean, I don’t think the packaging is as sexy as the silver bulleted Rouge Gs — although the navy and gold is elegant in its own way — but Defiant Coral’s smooth creaminess, rich hydration, opaque coverage and 5-6 hour wear time is like something out of the Rouge G line.


As for the sculpting angle, I feel like it’s an interesting hook, and yeah, I guess my lips do seem a little curvier because of how the light reflects, but ya know, basically any bright lippie can give you a similar effect.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral

Smooth, creamy, long-lasting and sooo comfortable. Plus, the formula smells and tastes a little like vanilla, yum!


I like Defiant Coral. I like it a lot. I think it’s totally worthy of hanging with the rest of my coral crew this summer. I just hope it doesn’t rumble with Hourglass Muse, the resident red lipstick diva in my makeup bag (that battle would be like Mariah versus Beyonce, man!).

The two of them are similar, but I think Defiant Coral is a little less red.

You can find Defiant Coral raising its fist and fighting the man now at Estee Lauder counters and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    Was wondering about these lipsticks, and I like that coral cause its more pink than red. Will have to wait for a gift with purchase though!

  2. Sylirael says:

    This is such an interesting colour! It comes out almost neon orange on me (cool-tone vampire), but I love it anyway. When I can scrape together the $60, I’m totally getting one of these 🙂
    Sylirael recently posted … A Rogue At The Rave – Australis Neon Crush Collection Green Eyeshadow and Coral Blush!

  3. Divya says:

    Oh well yeah! This is stunning on you! I haven’t caved in for these but the time isn’t too far!
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  4. Sunny says:

    Again, this is such a gorgeous shade on you, Karen! I have it as well, and I think it’s THE coral that packs the most ka-pow in my collection without pulling orange on me (which is a problem I often have)!
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  5. Ann B. says:

    Very pretty! What other makeup colors are you wearing? Thank you…

  6. I love this color! Unfortunately EL has introduced a different line called the Envy Sculpting Shine lipstick for Asia so I’ll have to get my paws on this online somehow!
    Ankita@corallista recently posted … L’Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse Lipsticks : Dating Coral, Aphrodite Scarlet, Rock N Mauve, Hypnotic Red

  7. Efraín says:

    Karen I need to know which blush you are using in the photos, it looks gorgeous on you.
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  8. Defiant coral is the prettiest coral shade.. love at first sight.. looks absolutely fabulous on u.. <3
    Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters recently posted … What Am I Wearing Today: Orchid’s Garden

  9. Irene says:

    OMG! This is such a gorgeous shade! This is definitely MY shade, it’s just perfect, I love it. and it looks great on you, Karen.

  10. Nikki says:

    This is going to be the first shade I’ll buy from the EL Envy Sculpting Line because it’s so gorgeous!

  11. Natalie says:

    This is beautiful!

  12. Fancie says:

    I am absolutely loving these kind of colors lately! I don’t see how I’ve lived without them for so long lol. This lipstick is so beautiful on you! Perfect for spring and summer!
    Fancie recently posted … Milani Rose Hip Color Statement Lipstick Review

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