I love this lipstick. I think it’s one of my most favourite lipsticks ever. Ever. Perfectly matte but not drying, nude but not unflattering – I just adore it! It doesn’t hide any imperfections, so you have to make sure that your lips are in tip-top condition (no light-reflecting surfaces here!) but if you get it right, it looks incredible. If you’re looking for a lipstick to pair with dramatic dark eyes then this is a very modern option – understated yet supremely sexy. I almost prefer the texture of matte lips to shiny – it’s less contrived, somehow. Shiny is certainly easier to wear – you can gloss over the flakes and create the impression of fullness – but matte, if done properly, looks effortless and stylish.

Estee Lauder Nude Velvet Lipstick

Excuse me staring off into the distance in the photo – it’s actually a screen-grab from a video edit, so I wasn’t posing. If I had been, I would have given you my full attention! Gorgeous shade, is it not? Quite peachy – far removed from the ‘dead’ looking nude that plagues so many makeup counters. The more I talk about this lipstick, the more I love it – I am wearing it right this minute! Because I like to test things to the max, I have put it through various tests. It has survived tea-drinking and lunch (messy tortilla with chilli and yoghurt and jalapeno peppers!) and it has also survived three hours in my baking hot office with me sweltering away. Pretty good, in terms of staying power. If you like the shade but not the idea of the matte finish, I can tell you that it looks fantastic with a gloss patted on top (kind of defeats the point of the lipstick, but each to their own!) – I used Estee Lauder’s High Gloss in 07, Pearl.

This little beauty is limited edition (part of the Modern Mercury collection) so grab it while you can. Actually, don’t panic – you’ve probably plenty of time, we’re not even in Autumn yet! If you want to take a peep at it online, you can do so here at Boots: http://tidd.ly/a3bf7f46 - it costs £18.50 and also comes in Red and Fuchsia.

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9 Responses to Estee Lauder Nude Velvet Lipstick

  1. Chaw Su says:

    Hi,
    Do you have any problem with Estee Lauder’s lip stick? I bought one a few years back. I loved the color and texture but I just cannot stand the smell and taste. I thought it was because I have kept it for quite a while before I used it so bought a new one a while back. I had the same problem again. My friend told me she cannot smell or taste from the lipstick ( I gave it to her ). I might be the only one who has this problem…

  2. jojof81 says:

    Thanks again for the review Ruth. I used to use an Estee Lauder lippie which was discontinued and I think this looks like a close match. Oh that’ll be the credit card being used after Sandy reminding me about the online order. x

  3. Sami says:

    I really like this lipstick too! I find with darker skintone it’s harder to get nude lipstick right – and this is one of the few that doesn’t make me look like a corpse! x

  4. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the timely recommendation! Not only am I looking for a good nude lipstick, but Estee Lauder is running a promotion this weekend with free delivery and 4 free samples. You really do look chic and effortless in that pic, so in that lipstick went into the basket. But now, I just gotta keep my fingers crossed that Yodel can deliver successfully w/o all the drama for once… :P

  5. I really like this, ill deff check it out next time im at a EL counter. it looks really similar to the number 7 ‘nude’ lip pencil by lisa eldridge that i am in love with!

  6. blog-a-beaute says:

    I really like this, ill deff check it out next time im at a EL counter. it looks really similar to the number 7 ‘nude’ lip pencil by lisa eldridge that i am in love with!

  7. Claire McDonnell says:

    This looks just like Mac’s Tiger Tiger which was a limited edition and I’ve been trying to find a replacement ever since, great!

  8. Tora says:

    Looks great on you! I think the most terrible part of nude trends is when girls wear their foundation over their lips, so they end up with these chapped, crisp lips and a kind of frightening face.

    Did you see that Lisa Eldridge video on matchy makeup? Looked great! Would you try to do a matchy look for us you think? :)

  9. evelyn says:

    I also like this estee lauder lipstick they are such a dream to put on, super moisturizing and great colour choices the only thing i don`t like is the price

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