Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in 430 Dominant

I mentioned yesterday that I've been playing around recently with my new Estée Lauder lipstick in Dominant.  What drew me into this product was the beautiful selection of colors in a variety of reds, nudes, corals and pinks.  There is even a beautiful deep plum called Insolent Plum that I had been eyeing.

I probably whined a fair bit about how my lips tend to dislike full-coverage opaque lipsticks with ultra pigmentation, but the rich colors really drew me in to the counter.  I had a chance to play with all the colors, but the incredible Dominant really got to me.  Even in the counter lighting, I could tell this was going to be a special color.



The cases are also sleek and weighty.  The case is a deep shiny navy with a bright yellow gold trim.  The cap is held closed by magnet holding in a deeply satisfying manner.


See, slick.  I've been carrying it around in my overstuffed cosmetics bag and so far no issues with the cap coming loose.

The color is so bright that it seems to freak out my camera.  The tube looks warm, but the actual color is a highly pigmented fuchsia.  I thought when I was playing with it at the counter, that it would be a clear very blue toned pink, but it is straight on fuchsia.
The color saturation is amazing.  One swipe produces a fully opaque swatch.
The first ingredient in this formula is shea butter, so note if you have any sensitivities to this ingredient.  I have a lot of shea butter rich skin care products, so normally this is not a problem for me.

I thought I had some other bright pinks, but Dominant (sorry smudged a bit while I moving around) is the most opaque of them all.  By comparison, everything else is muddier (Night Romance), or warmer (Reflex and Girly) or less opaque (Rose Delice and Reflex).
My normal issue with pigmented lipstick formula holds on like a truth here.  Initially it feels very creamy and slightly dense.  It is more weighty in formulation than both Guerlain formulas.  It doesn't feel moisturizing and initially it didn't feel drying.
The pigmentation combined with the weighty formula also provides some extra long lasting power.  I felt it hardly budged 4 hours in.  By then, I feel some drying and tightening on my lips.  Topping it with some balm provided some emulsion and comfort and the color lasted on.  Taking the lipstick off at the end of the day is a tough one.  It left a similarly bright stain that only faded with oil cleansing.
I like to test a lipstick formula over several days.  On the second day I wore it as a lightened balm by mixing with a lip balm.  Not because I didn't want a full on color, but because I had a tough time with the dried out feeling in my lips.  This is pretty much how lots of other full pigment lipsticks perform on me.  And actually reminds me a fair bit of the way Tom Ford lipsticks feel on my lips, which felt super dense and rich going on, but eventually sapping all the moisture from my lips.

I think if you get on well with Tom Ford lipsticks, you may get along well with these.  Estée Lauder is the parent company of both brands, so I wouldn't be surprised if the formulation really did have a lot of similarities.  And this one would be significantly less expensive than the Tom Fords.
I won't be picking up Insolent Plum as originally planned.

Have you had a chance to check out the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks?  How did they get on with your lips?

ingredients (click to enlarge):
There's fragrance and vanillin listed on the bottom of the ingredient listing.  For me, the scent is barely perceptible and not bothersome. 

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