Estee Lauder Commanding, Desirous, Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark burgundy with subtle, cool berry undertones and a natural sheen. There seemed to be very, very fine pearl laced through the color. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation, but it had more slip than other shades in the range, which may have been why it applied rather unevenly and looked sheerer on. The color gathered in lip lines noticeably after two hours of wear and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Sin (P, $19.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $54.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop LBD (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Motorhead (DC, $21.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $19.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $19.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Brazen (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Eugenie (LE, $19.50) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (DC, $28.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (80% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, brown tones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy consistency–less slip than Commanding but more than some of the other shades. It lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Maybelline Smoking Red (DC, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Autumn Wind (54) (P, $14.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Lax (P, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bowl Me Over (LE, $19.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Editrix (250) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Diva (P, $19.50) is lighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $7.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Badass (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, purpled-berry with neutral-to-cool undertones with a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with moderate slip and a thinner consistency, so it did slide around a bit and looked uneven initially as well as when I just wore it–a very high-maintenance color to wear. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Instigator (P, $19.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Vinyl (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Betrayal (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Hutch (P, $7.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Train Bleu (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Noblesse (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Blackest Berry (DC, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Power My Spirit (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fervent (LE, $19.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (P, $19.50) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Marsala (DC, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Which Witch (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Leather (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Exxotica (LE, $40.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Berry Rouge (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $19.50) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Kirat (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Firm Form (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Wild Flower (DC, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new formula that features “rich saturated color” with a matte finish that is “luxuriously comfortable.” The formula is comfortable to wear with a light-medium weight consistency that is creamy and smooth with good pigmentation, though some shades are more pigmented than others. They’re more semi-matte to satin, so keep that in mind on whether it aligns with your preference for mattes. They feel slightly hydrating to not drying for the most part. They reminded me of formulas like MAC’s newer Mattes, Urban Decay Matte Revolution, and NARS Audacious.

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Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Commanding Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Desirous Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extrovert Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

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  • Laura Geller Ballerina
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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Bummer on Commanding and Extrovert! I like Desirous. But, I’m not sure if I love it or not. I would want to see that at the counter. Mac’s Smoked Purple is a nice dupe for Extorvert. I picked that up on a whim recently and was pleasantly surprised!

Wow, I was expecting these Mattes from EL to review better, given their Pure Color Envy line scored pretty well, but burgundy wine and purple lippies are tough to get right. Well, I’m set because I have 3 of the dupes already ( Maybelline Burgundy Blush, Divine Wine, Color Pop Leather) and probably a few more in my stash ! I just love these kinds of colors, and I always use lipliner with darker colors

I don’t think they’re difficult to get “right”… As someone who almost exclusively buys DS lip products, and often wears this type of shade (well, I *used* to wear them a lot, but I still often buy them!), I have quite a few that are amazing. NYX does them very well, as Revlon, Milani, Ruby Kisses, L’Orรฉal… I haven’t purchased anything from Jordana in *ages*, but I know they had some gems, and for only $1, and this was decades ago. WnW is another brand that does them well…

Am I the only one who’s happy Desirous did well/better? It’s the only shade I was really excited about. I’m desirous of Desirous. :}

On a semi related note, I wore Estee Lauder Emotional to a charity event and duuuuude, I got so many compliments, even after eating all kinds of fun goodies at the buffet. Estee Lauder recent lipstick offerings are way better than I remember!

Eek! Good thing I’m not a vampy lip kind of guy, otherwise I’d probably be heartbroken.

By the way, I’m really digging the revamped rating/grading system!

Thanks, Andrew! The rating system didn’t change, but the way it is presented has? not sure which you meant but wanted to make sure that there wasn’t any confusion on the rubric itself!

Estee Lauder is really trying to shed their “old lady makeup” image LOL. These are some pretty intense and trendy shades for Estee but I like! Especially Desirous and Extrovert. I wish they applied a little better but a part of me still wants them so I’ll be taking a trip to the EL counter at work tomorrow lol

Although I love the color of Extrovert, the actual formula leaves much to be desired, especially considering how many great dupes there are of it!
Also LOVE Desirous! That brownish undertone is nice and autumnal! It reminds me a bit of MAC Paramount lipstick, but perhaps a touch darker?

wow, they sure don’t look the same color from the tube to when they’re applied! I can save some $$$ since these all look too dark for me.

Love the Desirous colour – really beautiful and it had a better rating than the others. Although for this price it should be an A!. This lipstick looks gorgeous on you Christine.

Bugundy is one of my absolute favorite shades of lipstick, so I have to say that the lack of really good, quality shades out there is heartbreaking. It’s amazing how difficult purplish pigments can be to work with. Though, this post reminds me that Train Bleu is gorgeous and a shade I really need to consider adding to my repetoire.

Now I just need NARS Train Bleu. I have Sin and Diva, so I’ll save a bit having good dupes. I liked the colour of all three, but isn’t it a shame about Extrovert!

I have a question for anyone who’s worked in product development or cosmetic chemistry- how come these types of dark/vampy shades are so hard to get right? Are the pigments harder to work with, do they need a different base, etc. Not trying to hate on Lauder- just genuinely curious why across brands these shades tend to be trouble. Thanks in advance!

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