Vivid Enough to Tussle With a MAC Lipglass, Estée Lauder’s Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers Flaunt Powerhouse Pigment

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Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer

Wearing Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Peach Glass

I think that over the course of almost every MAC-aholic’s time as a semi-professional MAC makeup hoarder/enthusiast, there’s a period during which Lipglasses are, like, the end all, be all pinnacles of lip glossy-ness, and everything else might as well be a sub-par knockoff sitting on a folding card table on a sketchy street corner sidewalk being sold by some guy named Zipper, know what I mean?

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer

From the left, six of the 12 Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers in Peach Glass, Ruby Glow, Melting Sun, Liquid Petals, Wet Plum and Amber Halo

For me, that period was the late ’90s, when if I couldn’t have MAC Spite or Nymphette, I didn’t want anything at all.


But times change. Eventually, my eyes (and makeup bag) opened to new possibilities, with the possibilities in this case being different glosses.

Thank goodness, too, because I would have kicked myself for missing these new potently pigmented Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers from Estée Lauder ($25 each), a new line of 12 long-wearing glosses available now.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer Swatches

Swatches from the left: Amber Glow, Peach Glass, Liquid Petals, Wet Plum, Melting Sun and Ruby Glow

Basically, they’re like MAC Lipglasses raised on a high-pigment diet and taught to wield a flocked applicator instead of MAC’s doe foot. They’re also unscented and unflavored.

Estee Lauder Peach Glass

Peach Glass

Similarly thick, sticky Lipglass-like formula, even application, smooth texture and shiny finish…but with hella high levels of pigment.

Estee Lauder Amber Halo

Amber Halo

Part of me finds the coverage super satisfying, especially with the light and nude shades like Amber Halo (a peachy nude) and Peach Glass (a peachy pink). My lips are pretty pigmented, and I can’t always find opaque glosses in nude shades that are able to completely cover up my natural lip color.

But Amber Halo and Peach Glass do it just fine (even one layer).

LOVE that!

Estee Lauder Liquid Petals

Liquid Petals

On the flip side, though, that pigment can make application tricky, like with Ruby Glow and Wet Plum, the darker wine and berry shades.

Yeah, the flocked applicator helps where precision’s necessary, like around the inner corners, but sometimes I still stray outside my natural lip line.

Bottom line: unless you have the steady hands of a surgeon or a professional Jenga player (I’m so terrible at that game), you might want to line your lips first with a lip liner when you wear the darker shades.

Estee Lauder Wet Plum

Wet Plum

EL claims they last six hours. I’ve been getting more like two hours of the glossy finish, which then wears down to a stain that lasts another 2-3, so about 4-5 hours total from one application.

Pretty good.

Estee Lauder Melting Sun

Melting Sun

Estee Lauder Ruby Glow

Ruby Glow

I dig these and think they’re cool, even the slightly high maintenance darker colors, but my favorites are the ones I know I could wear day in, day out, like the nudes and lighter ones I’m unlikely to mess up…like Peach Glass, Amber Halo and Liquid Petals.

PRICE: $25 each
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now at Estée Lauder counters and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. So long, Monday. Don’t let the door hit you in the have a great night!

P.P.S. Did you just smile? I hope you did. 🙂


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  1. Roda says:

    Very pretty! Love the whole look! Please give the rundown on the face-foundation, powder, blush, etc.

  2. Gowthami says:

    Peach Glass is fab shade!! I’m loving it!!

  3. Sunny says:

    These look amazing! Not sure I’m big on the trickier application though, so maybe I’ll look at the lighter shades. You look great with Peach Glass!
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  4. Erin says:

    Melting Sun is my favorite here! Good name too. I’m really glad to see oranges sticking around and making appearances in a bunch of post-summer collections.
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  5. hanna says:

    Liquid Petals is my favorite, but they’re all so pretty.
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  6. ki. says:

    For once, I’m drawn to the lighter, more natural shades than the darker ones! Peach glass and Liquid Petals look great on you and since I’m also a MAC NC42, I’m hoping they will suit me as well 😀

  7. Jess Scull says:

    I just got these in to review and I LOVE them already! So awesome!

  8. Chris25 says:

    I love Wet Plum and Melting Sun!
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  9. Charisma says:

    I love what you wrote: They are like Mac lipgloss raised in a high pigment diet. This just cracks me up!
    Charisma recently posted … Illamasqua Sacred Hour Collection Velvet Blusher in Sleek and Peaked Reviews, Photos w/ Swatches

  10. Nice. I really love the colors the lip glosses come in. There is like a shade for every occasion.

  11. Danielle says:

    WOW. Ruby Glow is my favorite, but they are all amazing.
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  12. Neeraj says:

    These look so fabulous and pigmented…Melting Sun and Ruby Glow are screaming Fall-Winter 2013…Estee Lauder does have some drool worthy products to try out…
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  13. Amanda says:

    Wow these look really great… do they bleed?
    I don’t understand why everyone loves MAC gloss, they are SO sticky and goopy. I don’t find it attractive to have lines of gloss from upper to lower lips every time I talk…….
    Why am I not a MAC fan.. AHH!!!!!!! I only really like their lipsticks.. (some)

  14. Natalye says:

    I love the pigment!

  15. gio says:

    Liquid petals is gorgeous! The others are all very pretty too.
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