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I have wrote other Estee Lauder reviews, so I feel as though I am getting a little bit repetitive but for a full and complete review I must: For years I associated Estee Lauder with an older target audience (£50+) and not something a 20 year old women would be interested in. However, my friend recommended the Double Wear Foundation (been reviewed) so I tried it, and from that point on I have discovered that Estee Lauder is perfect for all ages.
Below are a couple of beautiful quotes from the Estee Lauder website, which are both lovely, delicate and empowering.
"I want to show as many women as I can reach not only how to be beautiful but to stay beautiful"
"The most beautiful face in the world? It's yours"
This item does not differ from other Estee Lauder products when it comes to the packaging, it has the signature royal blue colour and gold type on the box and a small window so the consumer can see the product colour rather than having an inaccurate swatch on the box.
The product itself is royal blue and gold as you can see in the picture, very elegant looking. Estee Lauder chose these colours thinking they would go well in every bathroom and bedroom, while this may not be true for everyone (I have a red bathroom). I do think the colour choices are good and ooze royalty and class.
This product is styled as a lipstick rather than a gloss or a balm. So simply hold the neck of the product and twist the base a small amount so you can see a small amount of product (I assume as with most lipsticks and balms, if you push it too high, it will snap).
A quick sweep over your top and bottom lip is sufficient coverage and colour, being a gloss it applies easily unlike lipsticks that you have to be a little more careful with to avoid going over your lip line. I tend to rub my lips together afterwards, out of habit if anything.
I love this product, it has a lovely colour (I bought the 22 Shimmering Melon) and an even better texture. It feels like a lip balm, very moisturising so a great substitute for your other glosses in the winter months. It looks like a subtle gloss, it has a nice sheen to it, but it doesn't look like (hmm how can I describe it) the super glossy-wet-slippery look.
The only problem is that this product makes it so tempting to rub your lips together (they feel so nice and supple / soft) that the colour doesn't last all that long, maybe an hour. On the plus side it does fade evenly I have found, unlike with lipsticks, you don't end up sporting the patchy lip look.
It retails at around £17, which in my eyes is a little pricey but since Estee Lauder is a high end brand it is not completely unreasonable. I got mine from the York Designer Outlet for £12 which is much closer to my lip colour price range. So I would definitely recommend visiting your nearest designer outlet.
I find this product to be perfect for work, it gives a little bit of colour and shine to make me feel more "customer friendly" (I work in retail) but it is not so much that it looks as though I stumbled in from a night out, which was once pointed out to me when I came in in red lipstick. That being said it would be perfect for a night out if you were decorating your eyes (you don't want to risk the drag queen look by making your lips and eyes your focal points) and it would make your lips oh so kissable.