Have you seen that Fall burgundy eye/cheek/lip look circulating around the internets? Something like this or this. I'm really loving that look and its purple, black and other dark color varieties. I also have been loving the latest lip products coming out from Estee Lauder and when I saw their matte collection, I had to try them, especially since the lipstick colors was so curated around Fall shades, to the dismay of David.
David hasn't really been around to see me test and use the makeup that I love. I generally wear more natural colors when I'm around him, sometimes colorful eyes and sometimes a bright lip (which he will be the first to comment on how 'bright' it is) but never anything too out of the ordinary or eccentric. But now that David is in much closer proximity to my beauty testing schedule and results, he's had to learn to expect a few more 'less than preferred' (according to him) looks. Pulling out Shameless Violet from the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Lipsticks* ($34CDN, 3.4g) was a good reminder for him about what my current (non-paying, labour of love) day job was.
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Lipsticks* are a creamy matte lipstick formula which promise high glide, comfortable even and opaque wear. The formula does glide on, is a creamy matte and there is no shying away from how high coverage the lipstick is. I felt like the tube had to warm up on my lip a little before it gave that smooth glide but it didn't drag and didn't feel dry on my lips. Shameless Violet does that slightly annoying thing where it darkens onto dry patches but it doesn't do it very strongly and actually performs quite well for such a deep shade.
I used the matte lipstick along with Strong Currant* from the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow* ($28CDN, 1.7g) which can be used wet or dry. The shadows are supposed to give high definition color in a high visibility finish. It comes in matte, velvet, luminous and brilliant finishes. Strong Currant is a Velvet (I think). I would call it a purple leaning grey brown? Is there a proper name for that? Its definitely warm and there's something plummy about it. I sometimes found it hard to place on the lid with a brush but it went on much better with the provided sponge applicator. Its a little uneven when blending and I had to put a few layers on when using it dry with a brush. With the sponge applicator though, there was a good wash of color. When used wet, the color deepens and is more present.
I love how the look came together and I especially loved Shameless Violet but when I stepped in from the balcony (where I had putting on my lipstick and taking photos)...
Then he grimaced.
Then he laughed. (Mostly at his own reaction).
David: Dear...we're going grocery shopping.
Jenn: Yea I know. *goes and grabs my shoes*
These two paired well because the shades worked together to produce that dark moody fall monochrome look I've been loving. Even David admitted that it was "OK. Yea, I guess its a type of look. I don't like it...but I can see how its a 'look'...you look a little punched in the eye..." BOYS. I do wish that Strong Currant was more evenly blendable though.
Anyways David's opinions aside, I'm more than happy to continue exercising my color palette and to exploring more makeup. I guess I'll just have to warn him when I pull out Stone from MAC or Blue Velvet from NYX (which he polled his office using one of my Instagram photos and the results, unfortunately, are not in my favor).