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Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks (Review & Swatches)

Brand new to Estee Lauder is their 30-colour range of the Pure Color Love lipsticks. Ranging from “ulta mattes to shimmer pearls, cool chromes and edgy cremes”, the colour lineup has a blissful diversity that doesn’t seem too heavy in any area. There are loads of nudes, heaps of brights, and plenty of deep shades.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this range is the shape of the lipstick bullet. I don’t even know what to call it – chisel edge point? X-acto knife? Like what the heck even is that? It comes to a sharp point as both sides are exactly identical – a steep vertical slant to the end of the lipstick bullet. One thing’s for sure – I don’t like the shape. Sure, it’s edgy, unique, whatever the heck else you want to call it, but it’s not for me. I’m currently trying to wear the lipstick down in the shape *I* want. Which means a heck of a lot of wear on one side of it – and yet I can never remember which size I’m wearing it down! ARGH!

Weird shape aside, the lipsticks themselves are quite lovely – which is really the whole point of the product now isn’t it? The packaging is a pull out tube with a lovely satisfying snap closure. It’s a weighty product, which to me has always meant luxury.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks swatches - Orchid Infinity, Bar Red and Flash Chill
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks swatches – Orchid Infinity, Bar Red and Flash Chill

I was gifted an interesting variety of shades at the Pure Color Love launch event:

  • Orchid Infinity – an edgy cream
  • Bar Red – an ultra matte
  • Flash Chill – a shimmer pearl

The colours were pre-selected for us, but I like how they approached the selection as it gave me the chance to try out a variety of finishes.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Orchid Infinity
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Orchid Infinity

Of the three I tried, Orchid Infinity, the edgy cream, was the shade I had the most issues with. It required a few layers to get opaque coverage, however it whenever it wore away, it melted away on my lips nicely – no nasty edge that looks like you applied lip liner wrong (and heavily). The formula was smooth and creamy – almost slippery.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red

Bar Red, an ultra matte, was my favourite out of the three in this post. Although pegged as an ultra matte, this was not drying on my lips. It went on smoothly – albeit stiffly at first since I had to break through that initial layer (why are mattes like this?) – and afterwards it was smooth to apply. Pigmentation was on point and it such’s a glorious colour – your true red, or “Christmas red” as I tend to think of shades like this. This shade and formula can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Flash Chill
Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Flash Chill

Flash Chill was the last shade I tried and the one I was the least interested in. But isn’t that the way it always goes before we discover a new shade that we suddenly love? Granted, Flash Chill looks very similar on my lips to plenty of coral shades I’ve been in love with over the years, but in the bullet I wasn’t convinced it would come out this nicely. I stand corrected however and Flash Chill is gorrrrgeous! It’s a peach that turns coral on my lips with some gold flecks of glitter splashed in for good measure. The glitter isn’t gritty, but it will stick to your lips a little longer than the lipstick will, so re-application will be necessary. (Which is fine – layering with all three of these lipsticks was absolutely fine and caused no issues.)

Final Thoughts

In order of finish preference for the Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks, the ultra matte was by far my favourite. Super comfortable to wear and gorgeous pigmentation. Second was the shimmer pearl – it’s a lot of fun and there’s a glimmer of sparkle in the partial translucency of the colour. The cream was sadly my least favourite, but I think it may be partially because of the colour. Purples are a bastard in the makeup world, and this colour did suffer from some patchiness. That being said, the texture and feel of it was really, really nice, so you may fare better with a less volatile pigment.

In short, yes – I’d absolutely recommend these!

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks are available exclusively in Canada via www.beautyboutique.ca where they retail for… actually I can’t tell you. This is really bizarre – I’m positive they’re available on www.beautyboutique.ca but the entire domain seems to be blocked in Australia (where I’m currently writing this post). Not sure why that is!

Estee Lauder Summer 2016 (Review & Swatches)

Estee Lauder Summer 2016

Summer is in full swing here in Toronto (seriously, it feels like a million degrees ever single day here – please send us some rain!), and I’ve got some items from the Estee Lauder Summer 2016 collection to play with!

Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette
Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette

The Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette is a small, but hefty feeling compact. The hinge snaps shut with a solid “I’m closed” feeling (you know the one!) and it has a huge mirror on the inside as well.

Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette
Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette

The palette contains six eyeshadows, two of which are matte/satin, the others are all shimmers. I very, very much appreciate the fact that the cream and deep brown shades are the non-shimmers!

Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette - swatches
Estee Lauder Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette – swatches

This kind of palette colour scheme is really not unexpected for summer, but it’s still really nice to see the gold and blue punch added to an otherwise neutral palette.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer

The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer is a 1 ounce bottle of cream bronzer. You can use this to add colour to your foundation, or – do what I do – and use it as any regular bronzer to add targeted dimension and colour to your face.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer - heavy swatch
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer – heavy swatch

That’s a very, VERY heavy swatch, but I wanted you to be able to see the texture. It’s not overly thick, but it’s definitely not a liquid either.

Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst
Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst

The Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst is a 2-in-1 type product intended for both your lips and cheeks.

Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst
Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst

It’s a bit bulky in terms of packaging, but you are getting two items at once. The balm/traditional lipstick-looking side is fairly creamy (and smells amazing by the way), the gloss is easy to apply and looks beautiful on.

Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst - swatches
Estee Lauder Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst – swatches

As it stands though, I prefer both sides of the product for the lips. I found the gold cast of the lipstick bullet oddly flattering (I had originally though it would pale me out too much) and the gloss with the specks of glitter in it is just beautiful. On the cheeks (I only tried the balm), it was a bit too tacky and never dried down completely.

Estee Lauder Summer 2016 Looks

Estee Lauder Summer Look
Estee Lauder Summer Look #1

For this look, I opted to use the more colourful shades in the eyeshadow palette (teal, gold, darker brown).

Estee Lauder Summer Look
Estee Lauder Summer Look

I also applied the Gelee Bronzer to the perimeter of my face, using a sculpting brush to blend it in. I used the Lip & Cheek Glow gloss on my lips, as well as the stick side where I usually apply my face highlighter on my cheekbones.

Estee Lauder Summer Look
Estee Lauder Summer Look

I applied the teal/blue all over the lid, the champagne rose through the crease, the darker brown through the outer corner and then through the crease and topped it off my highlighting my inner corner with the gold.

Estee Lauder Summer Look #2
Estee Lauder Summer Look #2

For my second look, I opted for more natural/bronzey tones. I skipped on foundation and instead used the Gelee Bronzer to warm up my skin in the usual bronzing places. I used the lipstick side of the Lip & Cheek Glow on my lips and LOVED the effect it gave them – kind of muted gold with a sheen.

Estee Lauder Summer Look #2
Estee Lauder Summer Look #2

I kept it really, really simple for the eyes. Shimmery bronze all over the lid, dark brown in the outer corner and the matte cream shade on my brow bone.

Final Thoughts

  • If you’re looking for something quick and easy with a simple spark of colour for the summer, I don’t think you can go wrong with the  Summer Glow eyeshadow palette. They blended out nicely and wore well.
  • The Gelee Bronzer was a little bit of a miss for me because it’s a touch on the orange side and I discovered that I’m just not a fan of cream bronzers, I far prefer powders. However, if you need something to perk up your foundation with a bit of a tint, this would work wonders. I did also prefer using it on my bare skin instead of over foundation since I felt it blended better.
  • The Lip & Cheek Glow in Sunburst was an unexpected win. I love, love, LOVE the lipstick side of it – between the lovely smell (sweet, caramel-vanilla) and the way it looked on my lips… well, I was in love!
The products featured in this review were sent to me for consideration.

What I Bought This Month – July 2015 Haul

Another month, another roundup of beauty goodies. I have to say, I’ve been spending a lot less, but my makeup intake has been insane because the CBB keeps doing swap after swap after swap and I keep walking away with more and more products to try out!

Becca - Champagne Pop ($46 CAD)
Becca – Champagne Pop ($46 CAD)

Let’s start with the one item I did purchase this past month: Becca‘s collaboration with Jaclyn Hill resulted in Champagne Pop. Quite possibly the most beautiful highlighting shade I own. (Full review here.) This was expensive – there’s no doubt about that. But as a regular viewer of Jaclyn Hill’s videos I wanted to support her latest creation since I’d also been meaning to try out Becca‘s stuff too!

Estee Lauder - Courreges - Black Silver (free - gift)
Estee Lauder – Courreges – Black Silver (free – gift)

My first Estee Lauder product, I think. This was from a limited edition collection called Courreges a few months ago. The shade is Black Silver and there’s a LOT of it in the that pot!

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in Pink Poppy (free - gift)
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in Pink Poppy (free – gift)

A quad cast off from a friend. This is The Body Shop‘s Shimmer Cubes in Pink Poppy. They’re in truly bizarre packaging. There’s the outer layer that holds all four of them, and then each individual shade is in its’ OWN little plastic tin with a cap. Super weird.

The texture is a bit powdery, but the colours are lovely. I didn’t take any decent photos of my makeup with it on, but I did snag a shot for Instagram while wearing them:

Wearing @thebodyshopca shimmer cube in Pink Poppy with a @toofaced garnet shade to darken the outer corner.

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Quite pretty!

Avon - Anew Vitale (free - swap)
Avon – Anew Vitale (free – swap)

A brand new tube of Avon‘s Anew Vitale Day Lotion. I’ve had no experience with it, but as someone without sensitive skin, I’m always up for free skincare!

Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue - Escape to Panarea (free - swap)
Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue – Escape to Panarea (free – swap)

I got this at the swap because it seems like nobody wanted it! I’ve been a fan D&G‘s Light Blue for a while… but as it turns out, I’m not so much of a fan of this version called Escape to Panarea. Ah well.

Fantasy Makers - Feather Fetish - Hypnotise
Fantasy Makers – Feather Fetish – Hypnotise

Okay yeah. I have no idea when or where I’ll wear these – maybe for a Halloween look? But they were awesome and no one else wanted them!

Glitter Gal - Copper (free - gift)
Glitter Gal – Copper (free – gift)

Shawna of Spill The Beauty accidentally ordered two of these halographic polishes and I was the lucky recipient of the extra one! I’ve not applied it yet, but damn can I ever not wait. Holographic anything? Yes PLEASE! (This is Glitter Gal’s Copper shade.)

Variety of lip products courtesy of the CBB swap
Variety of lip products courtesy of the CBB swap

I don’t know all the shade names (because I’m currently writing this while on vacation in Montreal – follow our blogging hash tag for the past weekend with #CBBroadtrip – we’ve been having a blast!) but I got some lovely lip products to try out. There’s a Maybelline lipstick in there, a Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait (I’ve actually finished an entire one of these before – true story!), a Australis Velourlips (if Sharon Farrell loves them, then *I* must love them!), a mini from Tarte, a lipstick from the Sephora brand and a red lip paint from a brand I’m not familiar with.

Lise Watier - Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder (free - gift)
Lise Watier – Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder (free – gift)

The imprint on this compact is gorgeous. And I love me a humongous bronzer. But the sad news is that Lise Watier‘s Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder is oompa loompa orange and I just cannot wear it. 🙁

Make Up For Ever - Cream Blush in 210 (free - gift)
Make Up For Ever – Cream Blush in 210 (free – gift)

Another cast off from a friend. This is the kind of shade I hate to love. Make Up For Ever‘s 210 cream blush is a bubble gum pink that has the unfortunate habit of looking lovely on me. It’s not the kind of shade I like looking at as it’s far too girly for my tastes, but the reality is that it looks really good on me, and therefore I love it.

Make Up For Ever Plexig Gloss in 101, 402P & 403 (free - swap)
Make Up For Ever Plexig Gloss in 101, 402P & 403 (free – swap)

The Make Up For Ever Plexi Glosses are something I had passed on entirely because I don’t feel I’m a gloss person. I had several of them very nearly thrown at me during the swap, so I figured I’d try them out. End result? I can confirm they’re not for me. They fade off quickly (as to be expected of a gloss) and I just can’t be bothered with the constant reapplication.

Milani blushes in Tea Rose & Love Potion (free - gift)
Milani blushes in Tea Rose & Love Potion (free – gift)

More cast offs! I already owned Coral Cove, and I was happy to add Tea Rose and Love Potion to the collection.

Miracle 10 Light Serum (free - swap)
Miracle 10 Light Serum (free – swap)

A full tube of Miracle 10‘s Light Serum was left on the table after the swap. I’m not a huge fan of the scent of this thing, and it’s really only decent for hydrating in the summer time since it is VERY light. But I did run through a whole tube of it before, so I mean… I like it enough to use it all up again!

NARS Rated R duo and Revlon 501 Meotropolitan (free - swap)
NARS Rated R duo and Revlon 501 Meotropolitan (free – swap)

Ohhh yes.  NARS Rated R and Revlon Metropolitan.  Both items I’ve been wanting to try and thankfully totally free!

Olay Fresh Effects - BB Cream in Light to Medium (free - swap)
Olay Fresh Effects – BB Cream in Light to Medium (free – swap)

Another item I’ve been wanting to try because the Olay Fresh Effects packaging ALWAYS pulls me in. I need another foundation like I need a hole in the head, but hey… this one is a BB CREAM, so therefore it’s totally different…

Random assortment of eye and cheek products (free - swap)
Random assortment of eye and cheek products (free – swap)

A bunch of cast offs! A MAC paint pot, an Australis plush, a Laura Geller blush (it’s GORGEOUS!), an essence mineralize eyeshadow that is really, really good quality, a Kryolan blush (also stunning) and some gold eyeshadow cream/pigment type thing.

Red Cherry lashes (free - swap)
Red Cherry lashes (free – swap)

I don’t know why I insist on trying out different kinds of lashes when I *know* that House of Lashes make the ones that work for me the best. But I keep trying others… mostly because I hear about how everyone likes other brands. I’ve heard plenty of good things about Red Cherry so I’ll happily give these a shot!

Smashbox SantiGold - Earth As We Know It (free - gift)
Smashbox SantiGold – Earth As We Know It (free – gift)

I wasn’t sure what to think of Smashbox‘s Earth As We Know It palette at first. But then I created this:

and I was like… oh okay. I like you.

The Body Shop - Mango Sorbet (free - swap)
The Body Shop – Mango Sorbet (free – swap)

I absolutely love the texture of The Body Shop‘s sorbet moisturizers. It has this frothy, foamy like consistency and is soooo much fun to play with… uhhh I mean fun to put on. Mango‘s a new scent to me and I quite liked the few sniffs I had of it.

Wet n Wild - 911D Stoplight Red & 969 Carrot Gold (free - swap)
Wet n Wild – 911D Stoplight Red & 969 Carrot Gold (free – swap)

Man, everyone keeps ditching their Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks, whereas I just LOVE them! Here’s Stoplight Red and, one I’ve been meaning to find, Carrot Gold. It’s way more orange than I thought it would be – we’ll have to see how it looks on my lips!

Wet n Wild - Petal Pusher (free - gift)
Wet n Wild – Petal Pusher (free – gift)

And finally (phew!) an eight pan shadow palette from Wet n WildPetal Pusher. I’d always glanced at it but never bought it. I know the quality will be on parr with The Comfort Zone palette so I’m looking forward to playing with the shadows.

PHEW! GOOD GRIEF THAT WAS A LOT OF STUFF! I hope the swap stuff is interesting for you – please let me know whether or not it is. It’s all gently used makeup and stuff I’m adding into my collection so I think it’s relevant. But I’m not sure if people like seeing the swap stuff, or if they’d rather just see the brand new stuff I purchased.