For Fall (or Autumn) this year, Estee Lauder is taking the metallic route in their “The Metallics” range of products that have high reflective shine for eyes, lips and nails. There are 6 Pure Color Vivid Shine lipsticks in this range of which I have one to show you – Pure Color Vivid Shine in Mirrored Orchid.
Truth be told, when I hear “metallic” and “lipstick” in the same sentence, I hold back a little. The reminder of the metallic, almost frosty lips from the recent 80s still lingers. Yet, I found Mirrored Orchid not quite as metallic as all that, which is a good thing!
The packaging is the same as that for all the Pure Color lipsticks with their shiny golden cover and the clear lucite base that reflects the colour of the lipstick within. Saved me many an extra step in the mornings, when looking for a lipstick to go with my look. For those wondering, yes the signature EL fig scent is still present in the lipstick. Not unpleasant and seems a little lighter than I remembered, but it’s there.
But what’s this Vivid Shine and how does it translate into Mirrored Orchid? What is a Mirrored Orchid?
Well from what I can understand, this colour is to represent that of an orchid, which is interpreted as a deep plummy-red. The lipstick is infused with loads of shimmer but it doesn’t really go on sparkly nor frosty. Estee Lauder says it gives lips a chromatic finish with lip colours that suit every skintone thanks to the high impact pigments and pearls. Chromatic finish. Gosh, we’ve only heard that in nail polish haven’t we? :D
What I find is that the lipstick swatches quite differently on hands and on lips. On hands, it is smooth and feels quite buttery. No grittiness despite the shimmer in there, and the shimmer in the swatch is quite noticeable.
Swatches Left: Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Mirrored Orchid Right: Guerlain Rouge G Madame Batifole
On my wrist, Mirrored Orchid has a decidedly metallic note and appears infused with shimmer. The colour is a red with a plum base which deepens the colour and makes it Fall-appropriate. In our warmer, sunnier climes, it is a little less flattering in the day, but lovely for the evening when you want to channel a deeper, sexier look.
On my more pigmented lips, I find the colour is a bit deeper and whilst it is shiny, the metallic note doesn’t turn frosty.
What I do realise however is that the formula did not apply as smoothly on my lips as I had earlier thought. Being a deep coloured lipstick, you do have to be careful with the outlines, and if you have flakes on your lips, it’s definitely worth exfoliating or putting down a balm beforehand to get a smooth colour.
Pigmentation is superb. It’s all just 1 layer of colour that you see in the 2 swatches above, and for that, it’s impressive. It also isn’t drying. You just have to be a bit careful with application. The shimmer is really only visible up close and there is no frost so all in all, I’d say that this is a nice plum-red lipstick for someone wanting a deeper lip shade with a bit of shine.
In a nutshell
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine lipsticks are limited edition colours for Fall 2013 with a decidedly shinier texture. Mirrored Orchid is a deep plum-red lipstick with very pigmented colour and saturated shine, that fortunately doesn’t look frosty. Nothing worse than a frosty plum lip! I find the formula, whilst creamy, can catch on flakes on lips and can also accentuate lines if not careful. It also looks more shiny when swatched on the arm, as opposed to wearing it on the lips where the shine becomes a little more natural, and less shimmery. They are beautiful, but I can’t say I’m quite sold on this colour even if it does look rather lovely when worn.
Pros: Deep colours and lovely saturated shine, Not drying, Lightweight texture, Very pigmented, Not frosty nor overly metallic when worn on lips
Cons: Saturated shine and shimmer may not suit everyone, Formula can catch on dry or flaky skin on lips
Who will like this: Anyone who doesn’t mind lipstick with high shimmer shine, Mirrored Orchid would suit someone looking for a plum-red lipstick for the Fall season
You will have noticed that I swatched Mirrored Orchid alongside Madame Batifole Rouge G above. In my mind, they had a similar shade and I thought Mirrored Orchid would make a more affordable option for someone looking for this sort of shade. But swatching them side by side showed me they were quite different. Mirrored Orchid is deeper, and more suited to a Fall sort of look. Madame Batifole, whilst gorgeous, is a little brighter. So, they are both different, which justifies you getting both, or if you prefer, getting the more affordable EL one :)
Do you transition your lipstick colours for Fall? Do you wear deep colours here in sunny Malaysia?
I don’t transition lip colours but pretty much wear light and dark colours all year round. Having bright sunny skies most of the time does make it a bit harder to wear a deeper lip without looking a bit too vampy but when I do pull out a deep lip colour, I keep my makeup simple and let the lip draw attention :)
Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine lipsticks come in 6 limited edition shades – Mirrored Orchid, Burnished Bronze, Glow Fuchsia, Hot Lava, Gilded Honey, Coral Halo Price: RM90 Availability: Estee Lauder counters Limited Edition: Yes, The Metallics collection Fall 2013