Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Coral Sun

This weighty gold tube has been sitting on my desk giving me a warm happy feeling for the last couple of weeks. It's Coral Sun, one of the new Pure Colour lipsticks from Estee Lauder, and a sister to Blushing, the shade Gemma modelled in her recent review.

The name "Coral Sun" had me expecting something tropically bright, but this shade is actually quite a demure, warm guava pink. It's cheerful and eye-catching certainly, but it's absolutely a daytime-appropriate, friendly sort of shade.

The build-quality on the packaging is superb (as you might expect for the price and positioning). Personally I'm not a fan of gold, but if this was all done in silver-toned metal I'd be upholding it as a design classic. It's sturdy but sleek, with a secure closure and a smooth, solid twist-up mechanism. The base is transparent, solid plastic, with a large coloured bead inside it showing the shade clearly even when the case is shut (usability +10).

The bullet itself smells delightfully of figs - think Edward Bess - and the formula smoothes onto the lips in one opaque stroke. While it's pigment-dense, the sensation is quite moisturising and comfortable. Coral Sun is a creme, though it dries down to a more matte finish after a few hours.

The wear is quite even - no "ring of death" around the edges of the lips was in evidence, even after 3 or 4 hours' wear. I re-applied after that point, mostly for the sheer enjoyment of doing so.

If you're a lipstick lover generally, you really ought to own one of Estee Lauder's Pure Colour lipsticks. There are a huge range to choose from, with various finishes and hues available. They cost £18 each, and you can find them here at the Estee Lauder website.

Disclosure - PR sample

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