Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow review and swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

By now, most of my readers have come to realize I have a weakness for red lipstick.  There is something about the way red lips look and make me feel.  Red lips exuded sensuality, confidence, and by-golly, the right red can brighten-up the sallowest of complexions.  So when Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers ($25 US/ 6g) caught my eye, I knew the color Ruby Glow was the one for me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

The Pros/Color/Formula:

These lip lacquers/glosses are Estee Lauder’s version of a liquid lipstick.  The promise of high shine, six hour comfortable wear, and intense pigment has all been blissfully fulfilled.  The color of Ruby Glow is a straight up blood red.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow is what I wanted Ellis Faas L202 and Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquers (reviewed here) to be and were not.  Brown based reds compliment my features and skintone perfectly and the added shine of Ruby Glow, makes my lips appear hydrated, full and down right sexy.

These glosses wear off amazingly well, after the three hour mark the “feel” of lipgloss starts to fade, however the shine and color are still very much apparent.  I was able to get five hours of wear (full color) with Ruby Glow, with gradual fading thereafter .  Ruby Glow is also flavor free. ♥  Ruby Glow has a slight play-doe smell, not offensive in the least.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Being that these glosses/lacquers are highly pigmented, they are also slightly sticky, but not offensively so. The viscous texture is what gives these lacquers their shine and longevity.  The applicator was specially designed to fit the curves of the lips more comfortably.  Be that as it may, I chose to err on the side of caution and apply a small amount of lacquer on my finger and then tap the color onto my lips, until I reach my desired intensity.  Removal was easily achieved sans staining, annoy glitter particles or sticky residue.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.  Color and shine remained with slight feathering on the bottom lip.

The Cons:

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers are glosses, which by nature are prone to migrate outwardly and bleed/feather into fine lines around the lip area.  A lipliner and/or a lip primer is a MUST with these lacquers if you want to keep feathering at bay.  I turned to my trusty MAC Red Enriched Lipliner and my MAC Prep + Prime Lip for this important task.  A very light hand during application would be highly recommended.  As makeup artist Rae Morris says, “Too much on the mouth goes south.”

Ruby Glow did not layer well over my Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here).  I suspect the ingredient Petrolatum (aka: mineral oil) caused the stain to break down and feather into my fine lines.  Quite frankly, my stain was not even visible under Ruby Glow’s highly pigmented color.

Red Lipstick Comparisons:

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  • Dior Diorific Diorling: heavy perfume scent, beautiful satin finish, non-drying.
  • Estee Lauder Ruby Glow: glossy, long lasting shine and color.
  • Laura Mercier Sienna: reviewed here.
  • Daliia Herbal Lip Stain My Best Friend’s Red:  reviewed here.
  • Ellis Faas L201:  closest in color to Ruby Glow, not long-lasting, thin constancy, pesky applicator.
  • Dior Rouge Podium: reviewed here.

Estee Lauder cosmetics can be found in almost every department store, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Belk, and Esteelauder.com, etc..

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you seek a high shine, long-wearing, moisturizing, and truly beautiful lip gloss, look no further than Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers.  I have never been able to sustain a shine from a gloss like I have with these lacquers.  Of course, if the vinyl look is not your thing, Estee Lauder does make accompanying lipstick shades (here) to go with each lacquer.  The Estee Lauder Lip Lacquer range come in 12 shades to suit every taste, from the most conservative corporate mogul to the daring clubbing diva.  Which will you be getting?  Say it will be the red 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608 swatches, photos, review.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608 ($29US/6.5 ml) is the newest creation from Giorgio Armani Beauty.  According to the Armani website:

 “Giorgio Armani premieres the newest generation in lip gloss with Flash Lacquer. Flash Lacquer provides the highest reflection ever achieved, even after blotting lips. The shape and shine technology causes light to reflect off of every point of surface for a pure pop of color.”

Well that is a very bold statement.  The ultimate lip gloss formula, with long-lasting shine, moisture and color (according to the sale associate at my counter).  Let’s put it to the test…..Shall we….

Formula:

Admittedly the formula is somewhat smooth, however these are very sheer glosses.  In fact, an arm swatch yields more color than a lip swatch.  Flash Lacquer 608 is a plumy color mixed with multi colored shimmers; very promising color selection.  Regardless, when the gloss dries down or is removed, the shimmers remain behind and migrate around the mouth and chin area.  My sense of touch also spies a sightly gritty texture when lips are rubbed together.  At this price point the shimmers should feel undetectable!

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608 lip swatch.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608 lip swatch.  Much lighter in person.

 Longevity:

According to the press release, these are longer wearing, glossier lip glosses than the typical glosses out on the market.   I am here to debunk that claim.  On its own, Flash Lacquer 608 was very pale and lasted all of two hours on me, therefore, I applied it very sparingly on top of Laura Mercier Mango Lip Colour.  This combo lasted on me for two hours before it feathered into my fine lines and migrated outwardly.  After three hours, Flash Lacquer 608 caused my lip color to fade unevenly, leaving a glossy ring around the perimeter of my mouth.  I was so disgusted, I wiped it off before I could photograph the hideousness for all to see.

Three hours after application.  GA flash lacquer on top of Laura Mercier Mango lip Colour.

Feathering into my fine lines. GA flash lacquer 608 on top of Laura Mercier Mango Lip Colour.

The Pros:

The absence of flavoring/fragrance and a sturdy applicator seem to be the only redeeming qualities these glosses possess.  The packaging is typical Armani and far more attractive than the tacky red packaging of the Lip Maestro.

There are 32 colors in the lineup, my Nordstrom only had 12 colors on display, most of which were shimmers.  I suspect the high level of shimmers in these products is what Armani Beauty was hoping would aid with the “high reflection” claim.  Giorgio Armani Beauty is sold at Nordstrom, Sakes, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf, Barney’s, and Giorgio Armani.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you there are drugstore glosses that out perform Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer 608.  Prestige Mineral Gloss in Shimmering Sand performs better than GA, at a fraction of the price.  Flash Lacquers are simply average glosses packaged and branded with the Armani name and sold at exorbitant prices.  I felt like Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything,

 I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.

You know you have made a bad purchase when you start quoting Lloyd Dobler and questioning your consumer savvy. What have you bought lately, In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel dude), that has not met your expectations?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Armani you broke my heart!!  In Your Eyes, I am not complete….