Mellow Mummy: The Sunday Review – Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipsticks and Pure Color Nail Varnish : Taking life as it comes...

Sunday 13 March 2011

The Sunday Review – Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipsticks and Pure Color Nail Varnish

This month Estée Lauder have launched a new selection of Pure Color lipsticks and Pure Color nail lacquers and I was lucky enough to get a sneaky peak. Just before Christmas I tried my first ever Estée nail varnish and I can honestly say that it is the best nail varnish I have ever owned (even beating my favourite colour of Bio Sculpture varnish), I couldn't wait to find out whether it was a one-off or whether the new Pure Color nail varnishes for 2011 were just as impressive as the one I had previously tried.

The spectrum of colours in the new range will suit every taste. Wanting to put them to the test, I chose one of their new colours – a very girly pink called Pink Thrill. In total contrast, I also chose a very vibrant green called Wicked Green from their limited edition collection which features some slightly out of the ordinary nail colours such as blues, deep purples and greys. I love them both (although I admit that I'll be wearing them on very different occasions).

At £14 for a bottle, they are a little more expensive than I would normally pay for a nail varnish but I think they are worth every penny. I tell you this, I cannot make a mistake when applying these varnishes – the brush is so easy to use that the colour glides on effortlessly. I don't get any streakiness that needs to be touched up and I don't feel that there are thick or thin patches on my nails. The varnish features special technology which is designed to stretch across the nail and ensure a smooth finish and it does just that. By the time I've finished painting the other hand, I look back and my first set of nails have magically blended and look flawless! It really does take the stress out of doing my nails at home (something I've had to do since giving up my monthly manicure and pedicure as part of my drive to save money) and it certainly saves me time in touch-ups.

The range of colours available for the new Pure Color lipsticks is mind-boggling! There are 45 colours to choose from in either a satin crème (a soft but shiny finish) or lustrous shimmer (a bright, multi-faceted effect). My lips always feel healthy and well moisturised after using my Estée Pure Color lipsticks but if I'm honest, I'm a little disappointed with the staying power of the colour (especially given that they are described as long-lasting) and I have to top them up about twice during my working day.

One of the things I've enjoyed about the Pure Color lipsticks (other than the feel of the iconic gold packaging in my coat pocket!) is that I can add as many or as few layers as I like to make the colour stand out even more. In the morning when I go to work I tend to opt for one thin layer of colour but if I'm feeling good about myself or if I'm going out after work, I add on another couple of layers and the colour builds really well to become a lot more vibrant without making me look like a clown! The Pure Color lipsticks retail at around £18.

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