Review: Estée Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Poppy Love

16 December 2013

Can you believe there are only nine days left 'til Christmas? Because I can't! I'm always left holi-dazed whenever Decem-blur rolls around, and I can only do so much so as not to drown under the collective wave that work, personal commitments, get-togethers, holiday-induced stress and traffic jams, and shopping for gifts this season brings.

Anyway, just because I think it's very timely, I'd like to share with you a review of one of my nicest lipsticks, the Estée Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Poppy Love. There's just something about it that reminds me of Christmas and you'll see why.

I got it from Rustan's in Glorietta late last year. (In the interests of full disclosure, I just need to say that I bought this lipstick with my own money.) Housed in a classy gold tube with a transparent glass bottom to easily identify the shade, it looks and feels expensive. Indeed, at around P1,300, it is easily the most expensive lipstick I have.

I remember getting it after I watched The Wizard of Oz for the nth time. I'm a sucker for anything pop culture-related and I get obsessed with collecting anything that could be remotely identified with my current fixation, so of course I had to get something, anything, that I could relate with the movie; in this case, Dorothy's ruby red shoes. The Orly nail polish in Star Spangled is still in my wish list, by the way. (^_−)☆ I know that Poppy Love is a tad pinker than those shoes, but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and nothing else from the many other brands in Rustan's captured my heart quite like this shade did.

Can you see the micro-glitters? Gorgeous, right? I took this photo a couple of months after I've started using this lipstick, so please forgive the less than stellar photo.

Estée Lauder describes Poppy Love as a "Dark Red", but it's really not! It's actually more of a bright cherry red with a touch of pink. It also has gold and silver micro-sparkles. So prettyyy. Here are some swatches:

At the back of my hand, one swipe
My bare lips
On my lips, one swipe
On my lips, when accompanied with a completely dolled-up face
Makeup done by the Estée Lauder team during the Move to the Vibe of Glorietta event
from last year.
I have quite an extensive lipstick arsenal, but it's such a unique shade and I'm glad I don't have anything quite like this in my collection. I love the case and the color, and I wish I can try the other shades as well. It can be a little drying, though, so make sure to swipe on some lip balm first. Also, I noticed a slight whiff of fragrance that while not unpleasant, might not sit well with other people who are too sensitive when it comes to scents on cosmetics.

Happy color, gold case, and micro-glitters, do you now see why this lipstick is perfect for Christmas? If you're still looking for a special gift for a special someone - your mom, a sister, a best friend, your wife/ girl friend, or yourself! - go to an Estée Lauder counter and take your pick among the many Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick shades available there.

Again, nine days before Christmas? You must be kidding. Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?

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