Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color review and photos.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Cosmetics produce some really great products.  Personally, their Water-Resistant Bronzer (used as an eyeshadow) is a staple in my collection, the HD setting powder, HD concealer and blushes are highly praised on many youtube videos and blogs.  So naturally my confidence in this brand lead me to Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color ($22 USD/2.8g).  This highly pigmented deep plum/berry shade has proven itself to be one of the most welcoming surprises of the New Year.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color swatch.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color on bare lips.

The Pros to Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color:

  1. Beautiful deep plum/berry shade.
  2. Densely pigmented formula adheres to the lips instantly and applies opaquely in one coat. 
  3. Ultra hydrating formula makes lips appear fuller.
  4. Glossy appearance dries down to a stain finish after a couple of hours.
  5. Can be worn without a lipliner…NO FEATHERING/COLOR BLEEDING!!!
  6. Ideal formula for everyone–especially more mature skins and those that suffer from dry cracking lips.
  7. Amazing longevity; lasted 5 hours (while talking and drinking with a straw).
  8. An additional light layer can be applied over an existing layer, without feeling caky or color bleeding.
  9. Rich pigment wears off evenly throughout the day, leaving behind a lasting stain.
  10. Small lightweight packaging can fit into the smallest of handbags.
  11. Color adapts beautifully to a variety of lipliners/bases.
  12. Made without fragrance, mineral oil, or parabens.
  13. Contains olive oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and avocado oil.
  14. Amount/price ratio ($7.80 per oz.) works out to be the best deal amongst some high-end brands (Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy $8.50 per oz., YSL The Mats $10 per oz., Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope $14.28 per oz.).
  15. 12 shades offered.
  16. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color:

  1. Thicker bullet design makes application awkward, especially for those with smaller lips.
  2. Color transfers to cups and such.
  3. Really no other cons…this is a fabulous lipstick and formula.
Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color over Girlactik Iconic Matte Lip Paint.

The above photos show how Napa appears when worn with two different lip bases.  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (warm tone pink beige color) seems to bring out Napa’s true berry shade; however, when paired with Girlactik Iconic Matte Lip Paint (bright orange-red), Napa appears to morph into a pinky red hue.  In both instances, the color was gorgeous and lasted well beyond the six-hour mark.

The next set of photos shows how Napa was able to change the overall feel and look of my makeup.   The first photo is an example of a polished look, but in the second photo the overall impression is more brightening and awake.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color on bare lips after four hours.

The above photo shows how wonderfully Napa held up throughout the day.  The non-feathering aspect of this formula is such an innovative accomplishment for the brand.  Kudos Cargo!!

Comparison Colors to Cargo Napa:

Comparison Swatches: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum, Cargo Napa, YSL The Mats 205, and Lipstick Queen Entouage.

Comparison Swatches:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum, Cargo Napa, YSL The Mats 205, and Lipstick Queen Entouage.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Insolent Plum is brighter and less densely pigmented when compared to Napa.  Although the color is lovely, IP requires a lipliner and she does not last as well as Napa.
  • Cargo Napa’s saturated formula is deeper than Insolent Plum, yet brighter than YSL 205 and LQ Entourage.  This color is a great berry choice for those that wanted to love Insolent Plum, but found it too vivid for their tastes.
  • YSL The Mats 205 is clearly deeper and vampier than Napa.  I believe Napa lasts even better than this formula and the staining effect is just as potent.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage contains more of a brown undertone when compared to Napa.  This matte formula is truly luxurious, but Napa seems to be a formidable contender (at a fraction of the price..shhh–I did not say that) 🙂
Cargo Napa ingredient list.

Cargo Napa Essential Lip Color ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Cargo Cosmetics are sold at Beauty.com, Macy’s, Duane Reade, Ulta.com, Amazon.com, and cargocosmetics.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Cargo Cosmetics Napa Essential Lip Color is a wonderful lipstick.  The non-feathering aspect, the lasting hydration, the longevity, and the gorgeous color makes this lipstick well worth the money.  I can already foresee Napa making my Best of Beauty 2015…yeah it’s that good.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

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

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Current Favorites.

Current Face Favorites: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Face Favorites:
Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Favorites.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

Current Favorites.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

  • Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation 340 (N) Bisque lasts all day with slight oil break through on the T-Zone area.  Plus the color selection is amazing, I have never had a foundation match my skin coloring so well.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer is lovely, but severely overpriced for what it does.  There are other primers that do the job just as well for a fraction of the price.
  • Chantecaille Gel Bronzer (reviewed here) has been used since my little beach excursion.  Someone forgot to tell me to rotate my beach chair, as a result, the right side of my face is more tan than the left.  I use this guy to even myself out.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) has been the secret to my “flawless” skin.  I simply use a DRY BeautyBlender to pick up product, tap off the excess on a towel and use the “press and roll” method to apply the powder onto the T-Zone area and on any enlarged pores around my cheeks.
  • Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here) is the ultimate foundation (everything) brush.  There is no going back to another brush.  Enough said!
Current Cheek Favorites: Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

Current Cheek Favorites:
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer (reviewed here) is so finely milled and pigmented.  I use my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush to apply the bronzer to my face and Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to my décolletage.
  • Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) is such a lovely pearlescent pink highlighter.  I use my slightly dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to highlight the cheek bones.  Just remember to use this beauty sparingly to avoid looking like a disco ball.
  • Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush remains my favorite blush color.  This muted pinky/beige hue seems to go with every makeup look under the sun.  Use with a dense dampened brush for more color intensity and longevity.
  • Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush (reviewed here) is just as finely milled as 10 Beige, but gives me the option to utilize a peach blush for certain looks.  I prefer to apply this pigmented powder with my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush for even and smooth results.
Current Eye Makeup Favorites: Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Eye Makeup Favorites:
Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Favorites: Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line.  YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

Current Favorites:
Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line. YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

  • Cargo Waterproof Bronzer combined with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) are my everyday lower lash line colors.  Applying the same colors to my lower lash line as those on my lid, does not look particularly flattering on my eyes.  The resulting bronze coloring defines the area and brightens the eyes.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio (reviewed here and here) have amazing pigmentation and longevity; the latter looks so delicious when applied with a dampened brush.
  • YSL #07 Gold Star Cream Liner makes an amazing waterline color.  I find this formula lasts all day with slight fading on the outer corners.  As an added bonus, the deep gold coloring looks great with a variety of eye looks.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has served me well for the last few months.  It does exactly what it claims to do.
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is the one brush that can do it all (at least on my eye shape).  The soft dense hairs pick-up color quickly and delicately.  Never a scratchy moment with this beauty.
  • Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush is used dampened to apply my eyeshadows.  The synthetic fibers are rather resilient and the price cannot be beat.  Lately, I have been using this wonder to apply Armani Navy along the upper lash line and in the outer corners.
  • Nars Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here) is the best eyeshadow primer……period.
Current Favorites: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

Current Favorites:
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) has been in my possession for 10 months and has remained as inky black as the first day I brought it home.  The quality of the dual ended felt tips is outstanding, they remain unaffected by eyeshadow residue.  My Milani Eyeliner was prone to eyeshadow build-up, as a result, the tip no longer dispense product.
  • Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray was discovered in the back of one of my makeup drawers.  Even though the color is a bit deeper than it predecessor, 02 Seal Brown, a pencil this wonderful could not go to waste.  My 02 Seal Brown Pencil lasted 3 years before a replacement was needed.
  • Milani Brow Gel does what it claims to do at a very cheap price.
Current Lip Favorites: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Current Lip Favorites:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (reviewed here) are wonderful.  450 Insolent plum is one of my favorite shades.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here) have a heavenly formula.  Private Party is the perfect bright pinky/red shade for the summer time.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) have a lovely texture.  The lasting power is not the greatest on their own, but when added to a long wearing lip color, the results are stunning.
  • It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stains (reviewed here) have amazing longevity especially when used as a base for lipsticks.
Current Personal Care Favorites: Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L'Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

Current Personal Care Favorites:
Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L’Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Organic Coconut Oil is my night-time/summer-time moisturizer.  Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. wrote a great book called, The Coconut Oil Miracle, outlining all the benefits of Coconut Oil.  He states, “Polynesians, who traditionally wear very little clothing, have beautiful skin without blemishes and without cancer.  The reason is they eat coconuts and use the oil on their bodies as a lotion.”
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my day-time/summer-time moisturizer.  The dry-oil quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause me to “sweat” during hot humid days.
  • Natures Gate Toothpaste is one of the few toothpaste brands that is fluoride-free and sodium laurel sulfate free.
  • L’Oreal Oleo Shampoo is sulfate-free and smells heavenly.  I would purchase Sienna Naturals Shampoo, but my son goes through shampoo like water and requires a readily available and affordable alternative.
  • Sienna Naturals Leave-In-Conditioner was recommended by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (her fabulous review here).  I love this product, the all natural formula truly smooths out the hair without weighting it down.  I’m on my second bottle, my son used up the first bottle completely.
  • Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gets the job done.  Although I am a devoted Bioderma user, as of late, I feel a tinge of resentment over the inflated price ($40) for a makeup remover.  The same product in France cost $10 dollars.
Current Favorites: City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

Current Favorites:
City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

  • City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.  If you enjoy a quick supernatural read, then this series is for you.  The movie was a major disappointment, the series had the potential to be the next Harry Potter and they wrecked that opportunity with a horrible script and subpar actors.
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde is the only perfume that will last during the hottest of days.  I would love to describe the notes and so on, but Gaia from The NonBlonde is the source for all things fragrance related.
  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer is amazing. The left photo shows the polish on the first day and the right photo shows the polish on the fifth day with a fresh top coat added.

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

Makeup would tell you I would love to hear some of the things you have been loving lately.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Private Party.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick review and photos.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks are amongst my favorite lipstick formulas.  The deep rich color, the longevity, the smell, the amazing adhesion of color to the lips, the moisturizing feel and color selection are perfectly represented by this wonderful collection.  Knowing how much I adore this line, my husband gifted me Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($30 USD/ 3.5g).  This beautiful deep plum color would make the perfect summer-time evening color..or in my case, an anytime of year color 🙂

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick applied with a lip brush.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum is exactly as the name would suggest; this bold complex plum shade is quite pigmented and smooth.  The way the color settles on the lips is almost like second skin.  In all fairness, I have gotten into the habit of exfoliating my lips prior to any lip color application.  I simply run a Salux cloth or my Clarosonic over the lip area every morning to ensure lips are free of any dry/dead skin. A toothbrush would work just as well.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick over a light application of It Cosmetics Spicy Nude YLBB Lip Liner Waterproof Stain.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick over a light application of It Cosmetics Spicy Nude YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

On its own, 450 Insolent Plum lasted 3-4 hours without any feathering/bleeding into fine lines.  When paired with It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain (reviewed here), the color lasted 5-6 hours without any eating and minimal drinking.  Also, as the day progressed, the smooth satin finish wore down to a moisturizing matte finish.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks are easily comparable in terms of quality, wear and color saturation to Tom Ford Lipsticks, but $19 cheaper.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L'Oeil.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil.

Should the satin/matte finish not be to your liking, I found Dior Addict Fluid Sticks make the perfect accompaniment to these lipsticks.  The addition of Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil (reviewed here) to 450 Insolent Plum creates a great summer-time statement lip; a stylish alternative to the typical red lip.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick over It Cosmetics Perfect Red Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick over It Cosmetics Perfect Red Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Despite 450 Insolent Plum’s dark color, this shade is quite versatile depending on what lipliner is used. When paired with It Cosmetics Perfect Red YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain, 450 Insolent Plum takes on a more reddish/berry hue that would most likely suit a variety of skin tones.  This just so happens to be my favorite way to wear 450 Insolent Plum–color me a die-hard red lipstick fan.

Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy can be found at Nordstrom, Sephora.com, Saks, and anywhere Estee Lauder Cosmetics are sold.

For the ingredient list refer to my previous post here.

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

Makeup would tell you Estee Lauder 450 Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick is well worth the investment.  This color may not be to everyone’s liking, but having 21 colors to choose from, makes it easy to find a color to accommodate the most discerning of tastes.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria.

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *This post contain a store affiliate link. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.