Monday, March 17th, 2014

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

I bought a few more shades of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.), as I was quite curious to see how well lighter, less intense shades would work out. (You can read my initial review here.) The wear isn’t quite as long as with the deeper shades, which isn’t much of a surprise, but even the lighter shade I tried didn’t settle into lip lines and still applied fairly smoothly. Both shades were nicely pigmented, somewhat hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent (no fig!) but no taste.

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light, pink-coral nude.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly for the most part. The consistency of this one felt a little higher in slip, so if you over-applied the color, you could see “lines” left if you pressed your lips together. This shade wore well for four hours. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is darker. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy neutral.” It’s a medium, muted plum with soft, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the texture was lightly creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is warmer, browner. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Potent

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Intense Nude

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Potent Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder, Sisley Paris Mango Phyto-Blush Eclat. On eyes: Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Sisley Paris Toffee Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner.

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65 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Potent & Intense Nude Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amanda

    I love the Intense Nude color! I am too pale to wear beige nudes. Love a nice rose colored nude! So tempting!!

    • Yay! I tried to pick a beige that wouldn’t be really, really light so that maybe it would be more versatile (if I was only going to review one!).

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    Potent was one of my grabs and it is a perfect regular day lip for me. Good price point for quality product. Still love the brights in this formula even more, but I eventually come down from that cloud and reach for shades like this.

  3. I’m adding Intense Nude into my list. :D

  4. Janelle

    Christine- I see the words “lightly creamy” and “somewhat smoothly” which made me curious about how moisturizing you feel these are? MAC seems to make my lips dry, dry, dry, and although, I have had luck with Lauder lipsticks in the past did not want to order one online shelling out $30.00 and hate it.

    • Hi Janelle!

      As mentioned in the review, these are somewhat hydrating – I don’t find these to be super hydrating, but they’re not drying on me. Hope that helps!

      • Janelle

        Thanks Christine! I see “somewhat hydrating” with “creamy” and “smoothly” and I get so exciting thinking I finally could do away with my tinted balms, but it looks like that is not the case :(

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alla Alla

    If it weren’t for the fact that I already found an MLBB I adore (Guerlain Gemma). I’d be all over Intense Nude. But nothing can compare to my love for Gemma. Both colors look really nice on you!

  6. Those look great on you but I fear they are too warm for me! Lovely coverage though!
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  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Natassha Natassha

    Would you say that Potent is full opaque ? Or more sheer?, thanks :)

  8. Megan

    Oh Intense Nude looks incredible. My kind of lipstick! Thanks for the review! I’ve been really curious about these.

  9. Nazih

    Intense nude is on my list!!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lily Kelley Lily

    Love Intense Nude! Just picked it up this am!

  11. Potent is pretty, and it looks so creamy!

  12. I love both of these, especially Intense Nude. I have a thing for rosy, neutrals.

  13. I did bite on these…got three shades including Intense Nude (also Powerful and Dynamic). I love them and agree that Intense Nude is a more wearable nude. Now, after your review, I’m eying Envy. Oh well….
    The basic red was also so very pretty.

  14. Intense nude is pretty! I wasnt really going to get any from the range but these are turning out to be nice!
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  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lydia Lydia

    I’ve been eyeing these since your first post on them – Estee Lauder tends to be one of my favorite high-end brands – but wanted to see reviews of more colors before I took the (pricey) plunge. Now I definitely know that Intense Nude is going on my wishlist!! Nude lipsticks almost always look awful on me because of my darkly pigmented lips, and Revlon’s Pink Truffle is my HG-MLBB shade. This could be a winner!

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    I like both shades, but not quite enough to fork over $30 each… However, this post has inspired me to revisit UD Strip, which I didn’t pay much attention to when you first reviewed them (it sort of got lost among the brighter shades!). It looks a bit deeper/plummier than Intense Nude, which makes it more of a MLBN shade for me.

  17. Wow this colors are amazing!

  18. Both color are gorgeous and very work/smokey eye appropriate
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  19. Envy is absolutely gorgeous and I need it immediately. I’m never going to get my hands on MAC’s Betty Bright, so I might as well buy all the dupes I can!

  20. I’m a bit disappointed with Potent, I though it would look different. I do like Intense Nude though, looks lovely on you!

  21. These are actually both really nice! I thought the Intense Nude would be too brown-leaning for me, but actually it looks really rosy! :-D

    I might have to skip along to the EL counter and swatch these (I overlooked them before).
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  22. Sharon

    What is the difference between the 2 different lip photos with the same lipstick?

  23. Both finishes look beautiful, I’m not a huge fan of either color (2nd one I like more though), but look really glossy and comfortable
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  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Susan Susan Dowman Nevling

    Love the envy color for my complexions; beautiful color. I do not do well with while based colors fsuch as Nude for some reason. They just took “dead” on me. Perhaps bnecause my comlexion is fair. Woulld love to hear froom others with this problem. It is not the color or quality but the base color. Looks great on Christine so that’s why I’m thinking is a complexions color issue.
    I also NEVER have long wear with any lipstick color and have tried plenty because I’m a collector and 64 Years old.. Any suggestions appreciated. I’m lucky if I get an hour wear.
    I so appreciate the reviews and comments on the products. It has helped me dicover some terrific products and avoid some not so perfect products. Love you guys.

  25. Potent may wash me out but Intense Nude looks perfect! Good to hear these perform well!
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  26. I am officially craving the first one.
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  27. Intense Nude looks lovely subtle but bright enough to notice.

  28. Michelle

    The second one looks absolutely GORGEOUS on you wow.

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of SandraJT SandraJT

    Thank the dog gods, no stinky, putrid fig!

    I love EL lipsticks, some of the best around, but damn their scent makes my stomach lurch and heave. Just can’t wear them based on the scent alone :-( Gonna have to take a look for these!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachael Rachael

    I’ve had my eye on Intense Nude and was hoping you’d review it Christine! I figured it would be similar to Pink Truffle, which is one of my fail-safe “work” colours. Still, I’m interested to try this new formula, so I’ll probably pick this up. Thanks for the review!

    • It wears a bit better (longer) and has more coverage, so I think it might be worth the splurge if you love and wear Pink Truffle *all* the time.

  31. Potent is superduper lovely!
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