Get your Pure Color Desire from Estee Lauder!

November 3, 2019

There have several new lipstick formula released this year, and somehow I have slipped behind in my reviews.  So here I am today to get back on track, starting with the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipsticks!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipstick

Estee Lauder makes so many amazing lipsticks, and I’ve loved so many of them that I’m baffled as to why they feel the need to release more.  The new Pure Color Desire Lpsticks remind me very much of the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks [reviewed here] both in terms of their shape and pigmented claims.  The most notable difference is the new lipsticks are now encased in luxurious gold packaging with a little red plastic plaque in the front.  The casing snaps together with a hidden magnetic mechanism.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipstick packaging

The new formula is Estee Lauder’s most pigmented lipstick ever, with 25% intense pure pigment so that you can achieve immediate opacity with a single swipe.  Very often with lipsticks, high pigmentation come at the expense of comfort, but Estee Lauder has struck a miraculous balance with these Pure Color Desire Lipsticks.  It has an indulgent smooth creamy texture that glides and never tugs on the lips, and it remains perfectly comfortable to wear throughout the day.

There are 24 gorgeous shades available to choose from, and 2 different finishes – Creme (creamy satin) and Chrone (creamy pearl shine).  I received 13 shades sometime back in both finishes, and here are the swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipstick creme swatches

The creme shades are buttery smooth and have vivid pigmentation.  In contrast, the chrome shades have micro-shimmers mixed in the formula and have a metallic flash.  My lips tend to be very sensitive to any shimmers and tend to dry out and peel with prolonged wear, but these are so fine they did not irritate me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipstick chrome swatches

I am usually a bit more cautious when reporting wear-time because it varies very much with individual’s habits.  I am constantly sipping drinks and nibbling on food throughout the day in the office, so my lipsticks tend to get worn off by lunchtime.  The Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipsticks were no different, I expected as much given how much slip they pack.  In fact, given the high intensity of color, I found it more obvious once the color wears off (which is almost instantly the moment my lips touch anything).  On the other hand, when left alone, the lipsticks stay vibrant and true to color for as long as they stay on.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire lip swatches

If you will indulge me, I may whinge a little about the packaging.  Gold is nice, but I really wished Estee Lauder takes a bolder step towards revamping their packaging to look more youthful and modern.  The little red plastic plaque really annoys me because I prick my fingers on it every time I open the lipsticks, and it is in the way when I try to close the tube.  It is really an unnecessary piece of ornament and cheapens the overall look and feel.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Lipsticks are now available at all Estee Lauder boutiques and counters.  Have you checked them out yet?

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.