There are certain makeup items I purposely avoid, that has nothing to do with the product itself, just some pre-conceived idea that it would not look good on me. Especially now that I’m so obsessed with keeping a youthful appearance; anything I think will make me look “auntie” gets a big cringe and talk-to-the-hand gesture from me.
Terracotta lipstick is one of those items. To start of, why would I want to look like a piece of construction material? Add long-lasting to it, and I picture my lips looking like cracked desert earth. Yes I know it’s weird and unfounded, but I’m fond of weirdness and half-truths sometimes
So when I was given an Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Ginger, I have to say I wasn’t very excited by it. It’s a long-wearing lipcolour that looks terracotta, and quite thick in texture:
The outer packaging is quite luxe, though not as feminine as their Pure Colour lipsticks:
However, looking at the formula close up, it looks creamy rather than thick:
I’ve been told that good long-lasting lipstick should be poured straight into the case, leaving a flat or rounded top, rather than a pointy bullet like an average lipstick. Something to do with long-lasting lipstick formulas are softer, so cannot be poured into a bullet mould then placed into the casing. Sorry I can’t elaborate further, but in any case, the Estee Lauder Double Wear lipstick is directly poured into the casing, and is an indication that its formula should be good.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Stay Ginger swatched a lovely rose colour on my arm, and the same translated on my lips too:
The colour isn’t “auntie” at all! It’s a lovely sophisticated browny rose colour, which looked great against my complexion. It felt very comfortable on my lips, and did not dry them out at all. It’s not transfer-proof, which I don’t mind as it just fades over time rather than coming off in patches.
Overall, the colour remains on my lips a good 6 hours or so, and only needing re-application after meals. This is a great lipcolour for everyday, especially those constantly on-the-go and have little time to reapply lippy.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick retails AUD$45 and is available from Estee Lauder counters nation-wide.
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