Monday, March 4th, 2013

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is bold, brightened orange with hints of red in it along with a frosted, matte finish and warm undertones. Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

This is the final shade I tried out in the formula, and it fell in the middle of the spectrum; not the worst, not the best. I’m still surprised that Estee Lauder didn’t put out a better formula, because the brand has better lipsticks in their house, not to mention the numerous lipstick formulas across other brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella.  Rock Candy has excellent pigmentation–full, opaque color coverage–but the consistency is a bit dry and not creamy enough, so it does tug on the lips when you apply it.  The other issue I had was that it is drying.  It wasn’t the most drying lipstick I’ve tried, but it was more than just a little drying after wearing it for six full hours.

The Glossover

LE
product

Rock Candy

B-
While Rock Candy had amazing color payoff and wore well for six hours, it was hard to wear because of the drying formula.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Estee Lauder, $25.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Urban Decay Bourbon Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. On cheeks: Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Gelee Blush (left), Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush (right).

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9 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Celine Celine

    That colour suits you so well!

  2. Janelle

    Im in love with the color, but I can see how dry it is!

  3. Oh I have been wonderin about these new sheer matte lipsticks. This is a fab color!

  4. Avatar of Cat C

    I wish there are was a closer dupe!

  5. Your eyes look almost green. That shade suits you perfectly!

  6. Genevieve

    It is a pretty color, but I can see how drying it is even in the picture of it in the tube- it is all clumpy and waxy looking! It also looks like the formula cracked a little bit on your upper lip- I can’t imagine it was very comfortable to wear. With so many great lipstick formulas out there across brands and price points, it is really surprising that the formula is so disappointing!

  7. Hannah

    Wow, this is such a disappointing lip product release!

    Christine, do you know if you are going to be reviewing the Pretty Naughty eyeshadow palette? I’d love to hear your thoughts before buying, especially since it’s only available online as far as I know. If not, no worries, you already do so much for us!

  8. Avatar of Phoebe Phoebe

    Do you find that this lipstick is even more dry than NARS’s matte lipsticks?