Judicial Review: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in box

I last wrote about my introduction to Estée Lauder color products and alluded to discovering my new favorite lipstick. This Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude and Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendôme may be the only two lipsticks I ever need to buy for the rest of my life.

As I’ve shared before, my lips tend to be flaky and dry, so I prefer a creamy lipstick that’s moisturizing. But just because I want hydration, I don’t want to sacrifice big color payoff. If this interests you, read on.

THE GOOD: I had heard rumblings about how great this lipstick was. In fact, it earned an InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys Editors’ Pick this year. One swipe and you’ll see why.

Per the website, Time-released Moisture Complex helps capture and seal-in hydration. Lips feel continuously moisturized throughout the day.” The lipstick goes on very creamy and feels luxurious. Thanks to tiny moisture capsules that burst as you press your lips together, your lips feel super moisturized all day long. And after a few hours of wear, the color is still saturated with a hint of shine.

I couldn’t dream of a nude shade better suited for me than Intense Nude. As much as I love the Chanel Rouge Coco formula, I was unsuccessful finding a shade that was the right nude for me. “Nude” is very personal to each person. It is deep enough to perfectly match the natural color of my lips. This color is rich, doesn’t streak, and is never cakey.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude, open tube

In addition to how fabulous the color and formula is, the packaging is stupendous. Housed in a cobalt blue case with gold accents, the tube snaps closed thanks to a magnetic closure. It’s the little things, and this feature provides a little bit of pleasure every time you reapply.

THE BAD: What’s not to love? Pure Color Envy will cost you a little more than the average lipstick at $30, but really, you can’t put a price on the perfect nude, moisturizing lipstick.

THE VERDICT: I’ve now got the perfect red shade of lipstick and the perfect nude shade of lipstick. My lipstick wardrobe is complete! What else does a girl need? If you’re looking for a moisturizing lipstick with creamy application and robust color, then Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick is all you’ll ever want. Check out one of their 21 shades. I’m positive you’ll find your new favorite lipstick, too.

Jenn wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude

Images: all author’s own

6 thoughts on “Judicial Review: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude

  1. Andi

    I’ve now got to try it — I know that they have 21 shades to choose from — but how universal do you think their nude is? I struggle finding a moisturizing lipstick too, which is why I stick to lip glosses or tinted chapsticks.

    1. admin

      Well, Andi, there’s only one way to find out! I like going to Neiman Marcus, but Estée Lauder is sold at many department stores. Have a sales associate help you find a suitable shade.

  2. Michelle

    I’ve always wanted a moisturizing lipstick!!Great review btw – very interesting to read. Do you have one of Vain Pursuits? I’ve started to hear a lot about them and I would love to hear what you have to say 🙂

  3. Rebecca

    New reader – found you be googling “Chanel Rouge Coco Vendome”. It’s my favorite Red too, and – sob – it’s been discontinued. There’s a new Rouge Coco formula that’s basically a pigmented balm, and it has all new shades. I am frantically trying to find the old Rouge Coco so I can lay in some back-ups.
    Anyway – glad I found your blog and I hope to continue enjoying your entries. It’s nice to read a blog that’s based close to home (native Texan, currently in DFW).

    1. admin

      WHAT??? NOOOOO!!! That’s devastating news. I wear Vendome weekly. Guess I’ll be combing the city of Houston for tubes to hoard.

      Glad you found the blog, and thanks for reading!



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