Mandarin is a deep, reddish coral. It’s very, very deep — it’s not exactly the summer coral that comes to mind when I’m thinking about coral lip color. It’s an orange-red base with lighter, coppery orange shimmer. It’s incredibly opaque and goes on full coverage in one layer. It has the same glossy sheen as the other shades, and it has the amazing staying power of intense shades like Dragon. It lasts through hours of talking, eating, and drinking, with only the glossy sheen fading, but the color staying true. Even though these are long-wearing, they don’t dry out lips, but actually keep them fairly hydrated. Mandarin is a deeper, more intense and redder version of Dynastie.
Since I don’t want to just re-write what I say about the formula (since it is the same–if there are any variations, you can be sure I’ll call them out), here’s a quick bullet-point summary.
Satiny, creamy lip color that hydrates
Opaque color in one layer–very pigmented
Lasts for hours and even through eating/drinking
Looks like a lipstick AND a gloss
Easy to travel with
Pricey at $32 each
Ease of Use: 5/5
Recommendation: If you like a pop of bright pink on your lips, mandarin has you covered!
Estee Lauder Ultimate Red Collection for Holiday 2009
Now available is Estee Lauder’s seasonal colour collection!
Opulent Shimmer Lip Gloss ($18.00)
Opulent Shimmer Powder ($32.00)
Radiant shimmer powder illuminates skin with a hint of golden opulence. Sweep it across cheekbones, décolletage—anywhere you want a holiday glow.
Gel Eyeliner ($19.50)
Ultimate Red Turbolash ($32.00)
Ultimate Red Signature Eyeshadow Quad ($35.00)
Holiday Eyeshadow Palette ($32.50)
Catch her eye with six sensational shades for holidays and all year long. A sophisticated palette in a sleek crocodile-embossed case complete with mirror and dual-ended applicator. The colors complement each other for great looks in endless possibilities: Pure Color Eyeshadow in Sugar Cube, Mocha Cup, Cinnamon and Mink; Estée Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Roseberry Duo.
Signature Lipstick ($19.50)
Pure Colour Nail Lacquer ($18.00)
Holiday Mascara Set ($25.00)
Give her long, long-wear lashes and a flawless finish—an eye look to love. A perfect stocking stuffer, this gift collection includes four great formulas for amazing eyes, all in a golden, crocodile-embossed pouch: Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Black, Dual-Ended Lash Primer Plus and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10, and Artist’s Eye Pencil in SoftSmudge Black.
Holiday Lipstick Colleciton ($37.50)
Lavish her lips with five full-size lipsticks. This gift collection brings together favorite shades from some of Estée Lauder’s best-selling formulas, tucked in a red satin keepsake box: Pure Color Lipstick in Sugar Honey, Rubellite, Hot Kiss and Autumn; Estée Lauder Signature Lipstick in Soft Amethyst.
Holiday Lip Gloss Collection ($32.50)
Make her holidays shimmer, glimmer and shine with six Pure Color Glosses. A great stocking stuffer—the perfect touch to dress up holiday lips or add shimmer atop her favorite Estée Lauder lipsticks. Elegant crocodile-embossed pouch holds Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry, Nude Rose and Clear, and Pure Color Crystal Gloss in Sugarcane, Honey Glaze and Plum.
Holiday Brush Set ($45.00)
Give her the pro style tools she needs to create great looks anywhere she goes. The perfect gift for any makeup fan, this exclusive collection includes four brushes she’ll use every day, all in a red satin travel case: Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Angled Eyeshadow Brush.
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