Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in ‘Desirous’ Review

Happy Reviews-Day Tuesday, friends!  Today I am reviewing a product that embraces one of my favourite trends of the moment, matte lipstick – more specifically, the *Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in ‘Desirous’.

Click through for product details, swatches, and a review from yours truly.

Introducing NEW Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick by Estée Lauder – a new lipstick collection created in
collaboration with Estée Lauder spokesmodel and sought after supermodel Joan Smalls. Shades and finish –
hand-picked by Joan. Stand out. Be bold. Be the object of envy with the confidence of a supermodel.  “It was so cool collaborating with Estée Lauder on this collection. I brought in swatches of shades I thought
would be great and then we talked about different formulas and finishes,” said Joan Smalls. “I love a bold,
matte lip. It’s so chic – so that’s what we made. They’re perfect”
From rich purples to fiery orange hues this curated collection of 12 matte lipsticks provides daring mattified
color for an undeniable dynamic statement. The lightweight, super-rich, highly pigmented color applies with
one-stroke, releasing a uniform layer of saturated ultra-matte color.

NEW Pure Color Envy Matte Lipsticks are formulated with Advanced True Vision™ Technology, which
combines multifaceted pigments and refined mattifying powders to provide rich saturated color that feels
luxuriously comfortable. Intensely mattified color gives lips a bolder, visibly fuller, defined curvaceous look.

Housed in the same iconic packaging as the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Collection, NEW Pure Color
Envy Matte Lipsticks are inspired by modern architecture, with a strong, sleek and elegant silhouette. An
innovative, magnetic closure always clicks the case perfectly into place and the aspirational bullet shape make
this ultrachic lipstick a statement in pure luxury.


  • Covetous Nude (Light nude) 
  • Irrepressible (Deep brick red) 
  • Desirous (Deep chestnut brown) 
  • Neon Azalea (Electric pink) 
  • Unattainable (Bold raspberry) 
  • Commanding (Black cherry) 
  • Furious (Neon coral) 
  • Volatile (Fiery tangerine) 
  • Decisive Poppy (Crimson red) 
  • Shameless Violet (Rich aubergine) 
  • Stronger (Vibrant violet) 
  • Extrovert (Blackened plum)

Here are some swatches that I took at the Estée Lauder Fall/Winter 2015 preview.  On the left is ‘Shameless Violet’ and on the right ‘Commanding’ (the latter’s name was chosen by Joan Smalls’ instagram followers).

Onto the lipstick that I reviewed, ‘Desirous’, which is described as a deep chestnut brown.

It comes in a sleek dark blue and gold tube, and the cap has a magnetic closure.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in ‘Desirous’, outdoor photo.

Although ‘Desirous’ is described as a chestnut brown, in person it comes off a bit more red, which makes it a perfect fall colour.

Outdoor, in the shade.


I absolutely love the colour of this lipstick – I cannot wait to sport this with a dark, vampy fall look.  It kind of reminds me of ‘Catsuit’ from Melt Cosmetics, but it’s easier to get a hold of, since Estée Lauder is easy to get a hold of in Canada.

As with any dark colour, I carefully applied the first coat with a lip brush, then applied the second layer like you would any other lipstick.  The lipstick lasted for about 4 hours, then started wearing away.  This is marketed as a matte lipstick, however to me it didn’t feel totally matte – it wasn’t matte like how a matte liquid lipstick acts.  I would classify it as an ‘almost matte’, because it has just a bit of sheen – but that didn’t bother me at all, because in my opinion, it works with this colour.  Although it did feel a tad bit drying (most matte lipsticks tend to feel drying), I just rubbed my lips together and felt moisturized.

NEW Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick collection is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sears,
Holt Renfrew and Sephora Estée Lauder counters and

So what are your thoughts – do you have a go-to fall lip colour?  Let me know in the comments below, and until next time, toodles – Shawna

*PR sample


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