Estée Lauder Pure Colour Sensuous Rouge…
A sensuous rouge? Is that like Zorro or Robin Hood?
Wait — oh, rooozh. I thought I read something else. I pictured a handsome roguish blush pan whispering into my ear (it had an accent like Antonio Banderas), “Hello, señorita. May I come over tonight, so I can make sweet love to your cheeks?”
Okay…chances are that’s not what Estée Lauder was going for when they developed this new line of 12 moisturizing lipsticks ($28 each). It doesn’t arrive on makeup counters till fall, but the colors are available for pre-sale online now.
See the dot in the middle of these two bullets? That’s what makes these lipsticks special. At the center of each tube, surrounded by lipstick, is a core of EL’s hydrating “lip elixir.”
Orchid Surrender (left) and Wistful Wisteria (right)
The idea with these, and I’ve been wearing two of the shades this week — rosy brown Orchid Surrender and pinkish berry Wistful Wisteria — is that you’re not just getting a lip color, but you’re also getting the benefits of a balm.
Swatches of Orchid Surrender (left) and Wistful Wisteria (right)
Wistful Wisteria on lips
Orchid Surrender on lips
In terms of how I think the colors look on my lips and of their overall presentation, these remind me of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. They’re certainly priced like Chanel, but I think these have a finish with a quieter, softer sheen.
I like their sheer-to-medium coverage and how light and smooth they feel. On top of that, they’re moisturizing as all heck! — probably due to their nifty core of lip balm.
They also have a subtle vanilla flavor and scent that doesn’t offend my schnoz. Actually, the scent brings back memories of the sugar cookies my Auntie Maggie used to make.
My lips get awfully dry and uncomfortable every fall and winter, so I can always use another moisturizing lip product…
Ouch! That’s a lot.
Estée Lauder’s lippies typically cost from $21-$24, and charging a 20% premium for a little extra lip balm seems like a lot (it’s enough to bring out my inner grumpy goat).
Even for a moisturizing lipstick with a lovely, soft sheen, that $28 price tag is tough to overlook.
PRICE: $28 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Estée Lauder counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
This girl loves The Band Perry!
I like every tune on The Band Perry’s self-titled album. What a pleasant surprise! They all have such catchy melodies, but I love their lyrics the most (some are very poetic).
Here are two of my favorites…
And something you can dance to!
Hope you’re having a great afternoon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,