Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers

Long lasting liquid lipstick with high gloss formula? I’m in! The Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers are permanent, so I can take my time collecting them. I guess that already says I really really like them?


EL lip lacquer 1


I was at one time, searching for the perfect deep blood red. Some were too brown, some were too plummy, I couldn’t find one that fits my mental picture perfectly, until this. Ruby Glow. I fell in love with the colour and the texture, and I had to get a more wearable one. So, Liquid Petal came home with me as well. The applicator is a firm paddle shapedΒ sponge. I find it very easy to control, and using the nipped tip, I could even line my lips.


EL lip lacquer 2 EL lip lacquer 3


Liquid Petal is a neutral rose while Ruby Glow is a vampy red with slight shimmer (not noticeable when worn). In the lip swatches below, I applied it using only the applicator. It is always tricky to create a good shape using dark colours such as Ruby Glow, but with this applicator, I find it quite easy. The lip lacquers are not sticky, but there isn’t much slip either. I can wear this for 4 hours without fading, and my lips stay hydrated without flaking. I don’t usually wear my lipsticks beyond 4 hours in real life, because I’d be drinking and eating or snacking, and I like to wipe my mouth clean before reapplying.


swatches lip swatch


Below are the swatches of the rest of the lip lacquers available. I took it using my phone camera, so colour accuracy isn’t 100%. It does show you what colours there are and I’m eyeing that orange one (top row, second from left).


all swatches


These Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers are already available at all Estee Lauder counters nationwide and I bought these at RM80 each. Which one caught your eye?


xoxo Lily



  • Icaria

    Oh noooo! I want Liquid Petal! It looks stunning on your lips! Ruby Glow looks fantastic!

    • Lily

      You have to go check them out, Helene. These are beautiful!

  • lyn

    Very pretty! I have to say lipglosses have generally improved over the years.

    • Lily

      I know right? These lip lacquers are great though. Liquid lipstick with glossy finish πŸ™‚

  • Paritashah26

    Both the shades are stunning! so highly pigmented! do these dry to matte finish or glossy?

    • Lily

      Hi Parita, they dry glossy. Very forgiving and flattering πŸ™‚

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I love these! I have one and I’d love to have more!

    • Lily

      Which shade did you get, Tracy? They’re all gorgeous. I’m glad they’re permanent!

  • Ruby Glow is a WOW shade! Love it. I love that the applicator allows you to line your lips, too – nice bonus from a hybrid product. OMG, please get that orange!! I would love to see you wearing that!

    • Lily

      LOL – I’ve been thinking about that orange! I might cave…

  • Oh you gimme Ruby Glow NAO! I mean OK, I like Liquid Petal too, and it’s probably a shade I’d wear more often. Still, it’s hard not to gravitate towards Ruby Glow!

    • Lily

      Oh, Ruby Glow will look sexy and gorgeous on you!! You NEED Ruby Glow!!

  • Wow that Ruby Glow! By the way I love the shape of your upper lip, so pretty :-}

    • Lily

      Thanks Sara πŸ™‚ Ruby Glow is a sexy dark red! Love it!

  • Bella

    I really love the finish of these on the lips.

    • Lily

      These are pretty good, Bella πŸ™‚

  • Oh these seem gorgeous! Most of the time I apply lip products without looking in the mirror, so I either use clearish glosses or easy lipsticks. I wonder how easy these are…

    • Lily

      It might be a bit difficult to apply without a mirror, since these are really pigmented. Then again, nothing a little practice can’t do!

  • They both looks luscious and beautiful on you!
    The applicator reminds me of the Revlon ColorBurst lipgloss as well as the texture and color payoffs.

    • Lily

      Thanks Lena. I’m hooked on these lip lacquer thingies πŸ˜€

  • Liz

    OMG they look fantastic! Drools – need!

    • Lily

      Agree πŸ™‚

  • Amazing pigmentation, and looks great on you!

    • Lily

      Thank you Meiko πŸ™‚