Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Vinyl Lip Color (Fall 2016)| Review, Photos & Swatches

This fall Estée Lauder will be releasing two new products to their Pure Color Envy line up. The Hi-Lustre Sculpting Lipstick and Vinyl Lip Color.

I’ve already posted swatches of the Hi-Lustre Sculpting Lipsticks back when I previewed the collection (click here), and today will be focusing solely on the limited edition Vinyl Lipsticks (that hit the counters just about a week back).

Estee Lauder vinyl lip color

There are 5 shades in total. L-R : Ripe, Shameless, Controversial, Burn & Shock.

Packaging

The casing is identical to the Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lip Potions from last year, except these sport a black logo up top instead gold.

Estee Lauder logos

Overall the packaging is lightweight, aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Formula 

According to the press release, these Vinyl Lip Color’s are essentially a glossy lip stain. A hydrating, pigmented formula for lasting colour & high shine.

The key ingredients; NEW optical pearl blend (to transform lip shape with a unique prismatic optic blend for amplified lips), Volume Boosting Complex (with a blend of 9 enhancing volume boosers such as jojoba, sunflower, avocado and hyaluronic acid) paired with Advanced True Vision Technology (colour pigments that provide a glistening shine) create a winning mix. A long wearing formula that remains vibrant and bold throughout wear without drying out the lips.

Estee Lauder Shock

I find the consistency of these are between a gloss & a gel with the swatches looking like jelly. It has a translucent quality to it which makes this product look juicy!

Swatches! In natural light as always.

estee lauder vinyl lip color

Ripe is a rich cherry red with plummy tones. Shameless is a medium blue based pink. Controversial is a warm medium red. Shock is a warm bright pink & Burn, a medium warm orange.

P.S- Most of the shades as you may have noticed contain some degree of shimmer. Although strangely they never seem apparent when worn. I believe they add to the lustrous glow but don’t show through the shine of the glossy base.

Estee lauder pure color vinyl lip review

These are very reminiscent of the Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color that launched earlier this year (reviewed here). The same kind of intense gloss with great pigmentation (though the Estée Lauder Vinyls are more semi opaque than opaque). The only downside I see is these tend to be high maintenance.  A lip liner would be a must and certainly not something to wear on windy days if you have long hair.

On the positives, I really like how they keep the lips hydrated and moist. I also find they wear REALLY well as they stain the lip. Practically an entire days wear if you consider the longevity of the stain alone!

Bottom Line

It’s a fun fresh lip look. And between the vibrant mix of shades (from pinks, to plums to reds & oranges) you are bound to find something you like provided you enjoy this kind of look. I for one am super excited to pack these for my next beach vacay. Hair up, with a bright juicy lip truly screams summer even though these are fall releases. I’m glad they are here.

Here’s how my favourite shade Shock looks on the lips. Absolutely love it! It almost looks neon on my olive skin and contrasts so beautifully!

Estee Lauder lip swatch

Top Picks

Apart from Shock, I believe Ripe is also a must if you aren’t afraid to rock a bold lip. The mix of cherry plum with the added shine is truly show stopping. Great for those holiday parties if you aren’t fussed about touching up or transfers on the wine glass 😉

Pricing 

Available at all Estée Lauder counters and stand alone boutiques (Ion Orchard).

Retail price SGD48. (Limited Edition)

 

 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm & Cleansing Foam Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm & Cleansing Foam Review

I’m not one to play favourites, but cleansers are my guilty pleasure when it comes to skincare. Over time I’ve realised they play a huge part in the health and well being of ones skin; keeping pores clear of any dirt n debris, taking off all traces of makeup to ensure your expensive skincare is absorbed well, cleansers truly are the cornerstone of a good skincare regime.

Estee lauder night micro cleansing foam balm

Lately I’ve been testing a number of new cleansers and first up in the pipeline are these new additions by Estée Lauder. There’s a new Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam and Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. Both which I’m equally excited to talk about!

According to the press release, what’s special about these cleansers is they are formulated to thoroughly cleanse ones face without compromising the skins natural protective barrier and prepare the skin to receive it’s night time ‘treats’.

Enhance the power of night

 ‘Used each night these ultra-sensorial Advanced Night Micro Cleansers work by micro-purifying, micro-revitalizing and micro-nourishing skin, dissolving all traces of the day while enriching skin with micro-nutrients and maintaining skin smoothness and strength.’

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

Estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing balm

Meant for taking off even the heaviest, waterproof makeup. This is a silky cleansing balm that melts down to a slippery, thick oil consistency.

Advanced night micro cleansing balm review

It’s to be applied directly onto dry skin, massaged in to dissolve all makeup, then emulsified with water till it transforms into a milky consistency and washed off with warm water.

Estee lauder cleansing balm review

Designed as a truly luxurious treat, this balm is fortified with lavender and chamomile for a calming, relaxing skincare session. The silkiness of the texture works together with effects of these essential oils to help you wind down and relax as you proceed with your regimen.

*Personally I like to take off my cleansing balm with a face towel damp with warm water for an even more indulgent cleansing session. The warmth of the towel adds to the whole pampering feel of the skincare ritual and doesn’t really feel like a hassle as some say. I also find this the ideal method for using a balm cleanser so you take off every last bit of it without any residue.

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

Estee lauder advanced cleansing foam

Is a lightweight, mildly foaming cleansing cream that comes packaged in a convenient, easy to use tube.

EL Cleansing foam swatch

If you find foaming cleansers stripping or drying, the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam is definitely worth looking into. The foam this generates is mild and maintains the luxurious creamy feel. It doesn’t dry out your skin and gently (though thoroughly) cleanses maintaining the natural moisture balance of the skin.

Estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing foam review

What I love about this cleanser is that it’s the perfect night-time cleanse after you remove your makeup. Fortified with a lavender chamomile aromatic blend as the cleansing balm, it makes the whole ritual of taking off residual impurities and purifying the skin that much more enjoyable.

Observations

After putting both cleansers to the test I can safely say they are suitable for all skin types. Both neither drying nor too rich. However I don’t recommend using the balm cleanser around the eye area and reserve a separate cleanser for point makeup removal. I find the eyes get cloudy with the thick oily that seeps in and can be quite uncomfortable even though it doesn’t sting the eyes.

Bottom line

Estee lauder Advanced night micro cleanser balm

If you are a cleanser junkie, I’d highly recommend the balm. The extra effort of cleansing with balms are always repaid with incredibly clean skin which no other cleansing formula can match. Even if you are new to balms I urge you to try this actually. You’ll be addicted to the intensely clean feel.

For mild cleansing needs (if you don’t wear ‘loads’ of makeup) the Cleansing Foam is great. I find the scent calming and just perfect for a quick cleanse on days I get too lazy to bother with a balm or oil. I even use this in the mornings!

Pricing & Availability

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm – SGD56 (70ml)

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam – SGD52 (100ml)

Available at all Estée Lauder counters from May 2016.

Mine were samples sent for review. Thank you Estée Lauder Singapore :-*

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask Review

New year, new launches and Estée Lauder kicks off the season adding yet another player to their Advanced Night Repair line.

If you’ve been enjoying this cult product, their new PowerFoil mask is obviously something to look forward to. It’s got all the benefits of Advanced Night Repair and then some!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair mask

Specially developed for speedy results, PowerFoil is all about delivering radiance, a fresh glow and skin that’s plumped up with hydration.

Here’s a blurb to get started,

Concentrated Recovery

New Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask provides a surge of powerful technologies to set the right environment in skin for optimal repair delivering key Advanced Night Repair actives in every mask.

Repair Technologies – The high performance, foil-backed sheet mask includes Anti-Pollution technologies and nearly half a bottles worth of Advanced Night Repair’s exclusive ChronoluxCB.

Hyaluronic Acid – each sheet mask immerses skin in a double dose* of moisture locking Hyaluronic Acid, ensuring the ultimate hydrated environment at night when skin is most susceptible to water loss.

Potent Anti-Irritants – A potent blend of anti-irritants including Lady’s Thistle, Birch Extract, Magnolia Bark Extract, known to help calm and soothe skin.

*Versus Advanced Night Repair serum.

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Apart from the impressive active ingredients, what’s interesting is this innovative mask employs a ‘dual-matrix’ technology of a foil backed sheet mask. Where the inner matrix (cellulose/cotton mask) comes packed with the Advanced Night Repair active ingredients and the outer matrix (the foil) enhances absorption by basically acting as a cocoon sealing in the treatment.

EL Foil mask instructions

Application

For a custom fit, the mask comes in two parts as seen above. You basically wear the bottom half first and then do the top. Pretty straightforward and easy to use 🙂

advanced night repair powerfoil mask

Overall it’s comfortable to wear and didn’t feel weird having a foil sheet on my face (quite enjoyed looking in the mirror seeing Iron Man staring back) since the cotton sheet was beneath.

For those of you with ultra sensitive skin, it’s worth mentioning the mask does feel slightly tingly when in use. Something that won’t go unnoticed if your skin tolerance is low, like mine. However this sensation does subside within minutes once the mask’s off as those skin calming ingredients start to kick in. I wasn’t left blotchy like some other masks i’ve used.

Results!

Just 10 minutes (as suggested) of this mask delivered refreshed, radiant and plumped skin. With the most noticeable change being three expression lines on my forehead had dramatically smoothed out. I’m guessing it’s the ultra hydrating boost of Hyaluronic Acid which plumped up the skin to the point it looked ironed. I am loving the effect!

Overall thoughts

If you are looking for a boost for dull and tired skin or have fine lines/wrinkles that need a little extra work I’d highly recommend you try this. Excellent for quick results just as promised. I would definitely be buying some for gifting!

Pricing and Availability

The masks will be available as singles and sets of multiples as follows. (At counters from 15th Jan)

1 pc – SGD 32

4 pc – SGD 120

8 pc – SGD 216

 

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Welcome to your very first demi-post. This is actually a supplementary blog entry to an Instagram skincare post that just went up. I didn’t have the patience to write a loooong caption over there so all the reasoning behind my current capsule skincare routine will be documented here.

Firstly, I’ve been having a bit of a ‘good skin moment’ after a massive hormonal breakout (ok, slight exaggeration here) few weeks back. So I got back into a lot of my go-to’s to make sure my skin get’s back to it’s normal, healthy glowy state.

Overall my skin is pretty well behaved (touch wood). My only concerns are tackling dehydration, fine lines and also evening out my skin tone. Also I am of a combination dry skin type FYI.Skincare Cleansers

My cleansing routine always starts with Bioderma (micellar/water cleanser) followed up with an oil or a balm cleanser (double cleansing is a must in my opinion if you wear makeup on the daily).

The usual suspects are SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. Between the two, the Omorovicza is my absolute favourite it’s great for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and I consider it more skincare than a cleanser. Basically cos it’s NOT JUST for removing makeup and dirt, which is why I use this as a second cleanse after my Bioderma has removed a majority of my makeup. It’s more of a DEEEEEEP cleanse so there’s no residue dirt or anything that would clog my pores.

Most people find a balm cleanser annoying, it’s a pain to get off in a hurry (you definitely need warm water and a wash cloth) and this one’s freaking expensive. BUT, whenever my skin is in a bad state, I make sure I switch to this to ‘heal’ it. (full review here)

The SK2 cleanser is my second in command. If my skin isn’t particularly fussy, I use this. It’s my favourite of all oil cleansers (i’ve tried quite a few) and I find it very gentle, taking off makeup with ease. The mild rose fragrance is also a plus. Helps you get into wind-down mode before bed.

For removing eye makeup my holy grail is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. This takes of everything (even stubborn waterproof makeup like mascara) super fast and I love it. Always have a back up ready for when I run out.

Toner

These days (and for the past year) my go-to toner is Serozinc by La Roche-Posay. It’s a bit of a pain to source since it’s only available in France but I have quite a few back ups from my last trip to Paris and I’m really happy to have a good supply. This is basically something to spritz on after cleansing, before you pile on your skincare. The active ingredient here is Zinc Sulfate & Sodium Chloride. It basically kills any bacteria and soothes skin. I also use this whenever my skin feels itchy or sensitive and this instantly calms it down. Also if you are prone to breakouts it’s a good product to have at hand as it purifies skin and stops bacteria breeding in your pores. Acne flare ups can be cured twice as fast and great for those with fussy skin.

Eye Care

There are currently 4 products in rotation at the moment. It’s basically a La Prairie mix and Shiseido mix. I tend to alternate these over the week and both are combinations that have worked for me in the past.

I use the La Prairie combination for hard core anti wrinkle action + brightening and the Shiseido for extra hydration, wrinkle prevention and building up skin immunity (this is where Shiseido Ultimune Eye comes handy)

Between the two my under eyes are doing well. And it’s the best products i’ve found so far.

Night Serums

Whenever my skin has a B**** fit I turn to my HG serum combo for tackling blemishes, evening out skin tone, plumping, brightening AND reducing acne scaring. This basically covers it all. The duo is Lancome Visionnaire and the Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.

I have reviewed them both here. Highly recommend this combo for keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.

For days I need a boost of hydration, my go to is Hydraluron serum by Indeed Labs. I haven’t reviewed this yet but as a quick intro, it’s great for layering before night or day cream for combatting dehydration. A super product at a fantastic price point (drugstore skincare from Boots).

Night Creams

I don’t have too many that I rotate but from all I’ve tried these two are my current go-to’s that work well over my serums.

First up the Omorovicza Rejuvenating night cream. LOVE this stuff. It’s basically a slightly richer night cream that plumps up and deeply hydrates skin. If you have dry, combination-dry or normal skin, THIS IS FOR YOU. But of course like all Omorovicza products this too is pretty much of a luxury purchase. However, I LOVE it and recommend it to every one!

Next up, an Estee Lauder cream I haven’t talked about yet.

Nutritious Vitality 8 Radiant Moisture Creme is fairly new to my routine (in comparison to my Omorovicza) and have been using it on and off for the last 3 months. This is a new release by EL for building up skin immunity/radiance and works great over any serums you may use. First up, I believe this is actually a day cream, BUT is slightly richer and thicker in consistency so I love it for night time use since I have combination skin. This cream smells soo good (a fruity delicious smell I can’t get enough of) and absorbs easily once smoothed in. I always end up waking with plump, nourished skin and HIGHLY recommend you try it yourself. Amazing product at a good price. (Full review to follow)

Peels & Exfoliators

To maintain fresh skin without dead cell build up, I try to use a chemical peel or some exfoliation at least once a week. This is a great way to ensure your nightly skincare penetrates well.

My HG is the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I’ve talked about this before and it’s a great product that takes off any dead cell build up with ease! I feel the name ‘Gentle’ cream exfoliant is slightly misleading as this is potent stuff. But as long as you follow instructions and don’t leave it on longer than recommended you should be fine. I recommend this to everyone except the severely sensitive skin types. A wonderful product for weekly use.

The next exfoliant I have quite recently added to my routine is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It’s this yummy jelly like mask that removes dead cells in a more gentler manner. You can use this up to 2-3 times a week depending on how often you feel like your skin needs exfoliation. It smells like roses, soooo calming and a delicious treat for sluggish skin. (P.S- mine’s a smaller version and not the full sized product in case you were wondering)

Brightening & Hydration Masks

All skincare routines should include a brightening mask and hydrating masks and my recent go-to’s have been by Skin Inc. A brand i’m just discovering. So far i’m loving everything i’ve tried and the stand out products have been the Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask (great as a sleeping mask or a primer under makeup for dry skin types) and the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask. I’ve got a longish review planned for this weekend so stay tuned for that. But without giving too much away, the brightening mask is a must try. Seriously, go buy it NOW.

That concludes my chatty skincare entry of favourites. Hope I didn’t bore you halfway but certainly better than killing you with a long caption on IG so yeah >.<

P.S- Thank you for stopping by and hope this entry proved a good read!

xx,

Michelle.

 

 

 

 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact – First Impressions, Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact – First Impressions, Review

It seems Estée Lauder has released yet another variation of their best seller Double Wear! Have you seen this around yet? The product itself is a genius idea of packaging liquid makeup, fuss free and spill proof for on the go application. No, it’s not another cushion compact, it’s something BETTER! An ultra hygienic, new and improved version of a portable foundation. The next generation of liquid compacts if you may.

Estee Lauder Double wear to go

Double Wear To Go promises 8 hour wear at the push of a button. Makeup willing to keep up with a modern woman’s busy lifestyle, be it rushing off to work after a morning gym session or dropping off the kids at school with only 5 mins to put on your makeup in the car before you get to work.

Estee Lauder Double Wear to Go

Starting off with packaging, this compact sports a sleek design small enough to fit in a small makeup bag. Inside you’ll find a sponge for application and a clickable button to dispense the liquid.

Overall the packaging is well made and sturdy. I like that.

Estee Lauder To Go review

Dispensing & Application

The product arrives with a sticker, which peels back to reveal the dispenser. Clicking on the button then dispenses a drop of foundation which is applied with the sponge provided. I really love that the wet sponge doesn’t come into contact with the foundation and sits on the ‘resting deck’ which can be sanitised or cleaned easily!

Estee Lauder Double Wear to go

Formula & Texture 

Double Wear swatches

Double Wear To Go is a luminous, light -medium coverage foundation. It goes on smoothly without catching onto or emphasising dry patches or flakiness. Really loving how hydrating this feels on the skin and ideal for mature and dry skin types. Also good for winter when the air is cold and dry. This should provide adequate moisture throughout the day!

Reading through the press kit I also found that,

  •  Estée Lauder Double Wear To Go contains a Tri-Moisture Complex of Hyluronic Acid, Glycerin and Muru Muru butter to immediately infuse & lock in moisture while helping to improve skins hydration over time.
  • It also contains a Skin Smoothing Complex of Argireline and Milk Thistle Extract working to help minimise the the appearance of lines and wrinkles and even out skintone to create the perfect canvas for effortless makeup application.
  • For radiance and luminosity, Estée Lauder DW To Go also comes infused with ingredients that capture and reflect light for a youthful look.

Longevity

This does live up to it’s claim of 8 hour wear. I didn’t see it moving around throughout the day and it survived just over the 8 hour mark on my oily skin.

Overall I needing just a few blots at regular intervals (around 3) to keep it looking fresh.

Bottom Line!

I believe this is a great product provided it meets your coverage needs (It’s a little lighter coverage in comparison to the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light and also dewier). Most importantly if your busy lifestyle requires ‘makeup to go’ , this is something definitely worth checking out.

Shade Range & Colour Matching

This foundation comes in 11 shades (internationally there’s 18 available) and is broken down to three undertones. Warm, Neutral and Cool. I obviously fall into the Warm category with my shade matched to 4W1 Honey Bronze. The colour was slightly too dark for my skintone although on the plus side I didn’t experience any oxidisation so that problem was not amplified.

Either way, make sure you get your shade matched at your counter! That’s always the best way to go!

Now a little info on the special packaging my compact came in 😉

For the launch of this new foundation, Estée Lauder Singapore has collaborated with popular fashion illustrator Grace Ciao to create 50 limited edition hand drawn compacts adorned with her whimsical fashion illustrations. You can choose from three designs, the Modern Romantic, Hollywood Glamour and Classy Chic (Mine’s the Modern Romantic version).

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To get your own, just drop by an Estée Lauder counter, get a shade match and pre order one (through 15th-28th Oct) on their Singapore FB page.

 

Price & Availability

This foundation is set to release in Nov retailing at SGD 68. Available at the Estée Lauder Ion Boutique & and all counters islandwide.

Lastly thank you for reading! I hope you found my quick review informative.

xx, Michelle.

 

Estée Lauder Courrèges collection (Part 1) – Review, Photos & Swatches

Estée Lauder Courrèges collection (Part 1) – Review, Photos & Swatches

Hi and happy Saturday! Here to discuss a few products i’ve been testing out from the Courrèges collection.

As you may know, the Courrèges collection was released a while back in the U.S and pretty much sold out instantly. For those of you in Singapore though, now is your chance to finally get your hands on this wildly successful launch, it just released here.

Today i’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Illuminations Face Powder, Eye Amplifiers Black Silver and Aqua Silver & the Rosy Future Super Gloss.

Estee Lauder Courreges swatches

The Courrèges collection comes in a very futuristic style packaging. Unlike anything i’ve seen from Estée Lauder before. As you can see, the eyeshadows & highlighters are packaged in white pots with domed screw top lids with a similar globular style running through out the collection.

So far i’ve found this packaging quite nice and of good quality. The domed design does take up an odd amount of space in ones makeup storage but at least it’s something sturdy and not a flimsy, gimmicky design.

Anyways aren’t we all tired of seeing the same uninspired, run of the mill type makeup packaging? I think yes.

Moving onto reviews…

The most sort after item from this collection has to be the Illuminations Face Powder. Not to be confused with ‘beauty powders’ (that MAC releases) which can be used all over the face, this is in fact a powder highlighter.

Illuminations face powder courreges

Illuminations is a shimmering champagne beige with a hint of peach.

For those with warm complexions this would translate to more of a silvery beige, with the cooler complexions drawing out more of the rosy warm golden tones.

Illuminations courreges highlighter

As evident from swatches, the pay off is very impressive, leaving a highly reflective shimmer bomb that blends out to an angelic glow!

I felt even the lightest touch would pick up more product than needed. My advice would be dusting off the excess on the back of your hand before going anywhere near the face so you don’t over do the highlight.

The formula is very finely milled and blends easily, and the shimmer disperses evenly without any patchiness so it never looks ott or vulgar.

Overall I really do love the formula of this even though it slightly exaggerated the pores.

Here’re some comparison swatches I put together for you.

Estee Lauder Courreges illuminations review

I chose some champagne & rose toned products so you see how Illuminations looks alongside. (Please note, over here Illuminations photographed more silver than it’s actual light rosy beige tone. The other swatches are quite true to colour)

Estee lauder courreges

From this line up, the Chanel has the most ‘chunky’ shimmer with everything else swatching much finer. The MAC Summer Opal is the most rose toned out of the lot and quite finely milled. I find the Laura Mercier Spellbound to be the most reflective with a high shine and the EL Illuminations highlight the second most reflective. Both of these have very fine shimmer so they do blend out well and look rather nice worn. The Hourglass in comparison is the most subtle from the lot and can be worn as a beauty powder and not just a strict highlight. 

Next up, Eye Amplifiers.

Starting with Black Silver.

Courreges black silver eyeshadow

Black Silver is as the name suggests, is a soft black with fine silver shimmer.

According to the press release, these Eye Amplifiers can be used wet or dry (which I realised a little too late, after I had taken the swatch pics for the post! sigh) where the dry application gives a wash of shimmery colour and the wet application providing a more dense, high intensity colour pay off.

The dry application of this left me slightly underwhelmed as my initial swatches looked more pigmented and I was expecting this to translate to the eyes. Unfortunately on the eyes it looked more of a soft gunmetal, dull black.

The overall formula of this was quite nice. It blends easily and I didn’t notice much fallout during application which was great as it did take quite a bit of layering to achieve desired intensity.

Wear wise I got a solid 8 hours without any creasing or fading with very slight fallout during the day.

Now on to, Aqua Silver.

Courreges Aqua Silver review

Aqua Silver is a neutral minty green with fine silver shimmer.

The quality and formula of this was similar to Black Silver, with the dry application being quite sheer. Wet application delivered a less shimmery, more opaque result. I have to say I preferred the wet application better as the overly sparkly finish of the dry application did look somewhat dated and slightly dull on the eyes.

The idea of an intense, minty green used as a liner under the eyes does inspire me to wear this a lot more somehow.

Here are swatches of both shadows applied dry.

Estee lauder eye amplifier courreges

Now onto the lips! Here I have the aptly named Super Gloss in Rosy Future.

Courreges Estee Lauder Rosy Future gloss

Packaging is sleek with a rather unique dispenser that allows just a drop of product per pump. The silver tipped applicator is a lovely hygienic option to other standard doe foot applicators as the product never gets contaminated by a used wand. This design is ideal for keeping the product fresh for longer and extend it’s shelf life.

Here’s a closer look at the pumping mechanism. Just click once to dispense.

Estee Lauder Courreges Rosy Future gloss

So Rosy Future is a medium, bright fuchsia with heavy magenta tones. The consistency of this is quite thick and highly pigmented for a gloss. The formula is slightly tacky when worn but seems to adhere well to the lips and prolong wear (3-4 hrs in this case) while keeping lips moist and hydrated. I like that it lasted even after a meal without looking terribly worn off with still enough colour I could get away without having to reapply.

Overall it’s a gorgeous gorgeous pink that’s youthful and perfect for a bright summery lip. I HIGHLY recommend you check this out.

*On a side note i’d like to mention that getting used to application with this tip is quite tricky. And I had to cheat a bit with a lip brush to get a nice even finish just for the photos. 

Lastly, here’s a look I created using all the products discussed today. I went for a glam, day time look.

Overall thoughts and recommendations

I’d direct you to the highlighter and the lip gloss as the best buys.

I feel the highlighter especially is great value for money and is a worthy investment if you don’t already own a ‘nice’ champagne highlighter. Most high-end highlighters are priced well over the SGD60 mark and this is such a steal at just SGD42!

The lip gloss on the other hand is the funkiest thing ever and I am super impressed by the packaging as well as the quality of the product. It’s a winner!

Product Details

Illuminations Face powder comes with 7g of product and retails at SGD 42

Eye Amplifier Eyeshadows each come with 4g of product, retailing at SGD 42

Super Gloss comes with 6ml of product, retailing at SGD 36

All products currently available at the Tangs Orchard Estée Lauder Counter.

*Products seen here are press samples sent for review.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick – Review, Photos & Swatches

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick – Review, Photos & Swatches

Last year Estée Lauder launched their Pure Colour Envy lipsticks garnering much excitement within the beauty community. It’s been a while since they revamped their lipsticks and it was big news. Needless to say, I was VERY interested.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy review

Sadly these highly pigmented full coverage lipsticks never made it to the Asian market, leaving all fellow beauty addicts desperate and reaching out to their allies in the west to send some over! Luckily I managed to pick up my very first one, Insatiable Ivory on one of my trips to London and have been eagerly awaiting their launch in Asia.

At long last, here’re the glorious, Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipsticks.

Estee Lauder Pure colour envy

I was sent three of these beauties for review, left to right (Impulsive, Potent, Defiant Coral)

Impulsive – A neutral, light muted pink.

Potent – A neutral, peachy pink.

Defiant Coral – A bright coral with very heavy pink tones. (For those who prefer Corals with less orange tones, this is bound to please)

As always, firstly, let’s take a look at the packaging.

These lipsticks come housed in sleek navy blue packaging accented with classic gold details enabling tasteful logo placement on the cap. The barrel too now carries the logo, a nice touch which I wouldn’t consider overkill.

The closure is now a magnetized one, clicking firmly into place. Another welcome feature that ensures our handbags stay safe from ‘Lipstick Graffiti’.

The overall look & feel of these is definitely more modern and sleek compared to the older Estée Lauder lipsticks.

Formula & Texture.

These lipsticks achieve maximum opacity with 2 strokes, covering the lips evenly, leaving it glossy and full. What I like most about these though is that they are very comfortable when worn. They contain a ‘Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex’ with Hyaluronic Acid which keeps lips hydrated and supple throughout wear.

When compared, these feel much more creamier than the MAC satin finish lipsticks and are more along the lines of Tom Ford. I found them suspiciously similar to Tom Ford actually, in terms of pigmentation and texture. Little surprise though given that they are both under the same Estée Lauder holding company!

Longevity & Wear.

These lipsticks can last from 4-6 hours depending on the shade you pick, with the darker ones lasting easily towards 6 hours with a bit wearing off just around the center of the lips leaving a mild stain.

I also noticed that these lipsticks don’t leave that horrifying white rim whilst wear. So you won’t have to keep checking your lipstick regularly to fix this problem.

Basically when I wear these, I just get on with my day and forget about them. No reapplying.

On to swatches,

Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory swatch

Estee Lauder Impulsive swatch

Estee Lauder Potent swatch

Estee Lauder Defiant coral

Moving on, here’re some comparison swatches I put together. I hope you find them useful.

Estee Lauder Pure colour envy swatch

Bottom Line

These lipsticks are serious business. From pigmentation to wear, I had nothing to complain about. They offer vivid colour that lasts and lasts and have been my go-to this whole month. I highly recommend these and if you are on the lookout for long wearing lipsticks for office, they are something you need to check out.

*P.S- before I forget, these new EL lipsticks have a very faint vanilla fragrance. No longer the heavy fig scent in case you wondered!

Pricing and Shade Range

These retail at SGD 45 each and are currently available at all Estée Lauder counters.

Singapore carries 16 of the 20 shades released and come in 4 different colour families.

Nudes to Browns Insatiable Ivory, Exciting, Impulsive, Potent

Pinks to BerriesEccentric, Ambitious Pink, Defiant Coral, Infamous

Corals to RedsComplex, Daring, Impassioned, Envious

Mauve to PlumsPowerful, Rebellious Rose, Dominant, Irresistible