A Casual Look with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Envious and Little Black Primer

I like my wardrobe to be monochromatic. Recently, I like my makeup to be bright on the lips and minimal elsewhere. I prefer clean looks, so it’s usually flawless skin (try to anyway!), defined lashes without falsies and bold lip. A simple but classic look. Thing is, I have annoying lashes. Very uncooperative and they like to play hide and seek. Short, fine, and all that. Recent mascara purchases have failed me because they did absolutely NOTHING on me. I even named them Sucky 1 and Sucky 2. However, this lash primer I have here might just give me some hope. It doesn’t matter if I used the King of sucky mascaras, because this primer does all the work first! Hah! Take that! So now, this is my new favorite lash product. The Estee Lauder Little Black Primer.


EL little black primer


This primer is said to tint, amplify and set, and I have to agree. It does all that. Instead of the white lash primers we’re used to seeing, this is actually black. It tints your lashes first, then pumps up the volume. I noticed some difference, but it got very obvious after just ONE layer of the Sucky1 mascara which did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on my lashes before. Now, it’s become WHOA!! I could also use the primer after mascara to set and separate the lashes, but nah, I prefer to use it before. I also like that the wand is smaller, and it fits the length of my eyes perfectly. If you have bigger eyes, you might think this wand is tiny, but for me, it’s perfect.


Little Black Primer wand


Here’s a shot of my eye (or two) where I used 1 coat of this primer and then 1 coat of the Giorgio Armani ETK mascara. You can actually SEE my lashes. That my friends, is already amazing. Usually, even for mascaras that work, it takes 3 coats of layering to get this kind of volume! And then, there’s the issue of whether or not the mascara will clump or droop. This one gave me amazing volume (and slight length) with no clumping and the curl held.


eye with little black primer


So what do we do with better lashes? Don’t spoil it with lots of eye shadow 🙂 I like to keep it clean with just liquid liner. I’ve been enjoying Envious as well. This Pure Color Envy Sculpt Lipstick was launched last year in the West, and we got Envy Shine here in Asia. I’m glad we finally have both! I was curious to see the differences between the 2. All I can say is that the Envy Shine is lighter in texture, but not necessarily less pigmented. Envy Sculpt is definitely more pigmented and opaque in 1 swipe though. Both are creamy in texture, and both are comfortable on the lips.


EL Pure Color Envy Lipstick Envious Envious


Envious is a beautiful bright red which can be sheered out. But where’s the fun, right? Here I am, wearing a red lip with minimal makeup elsewhere. It goes on effortlessly, no lip liner needed. I don’t really like my red lips to be crisp because I prefer mine to have a softer edge. Makes it more casual, and a tad more modern. So what I do is to apply the lipstick first, then use my pinky (or a cotton bud for more precision) to run over the edges to “blur” the line. This lipstick does not feather, so you don’t have to worry about that. You’ll also notice that the crease / fold on my left eye is more obvious. Thanks to a chazalion that takes forever to go away, my left eye looks sleepy. But because I love you guys so much, I’m showing you an FOTD anyway!


Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpt Envious FOTD


I’ve been enjoying looks like this. I just change up the lip color from red to orange to berry to burgundy. What have you been wearing? Have you tried the Little Black Primer? Or the Envy Sculpt lipsticks? If you have short fine lashes like mine, I urge you to give this primer a try. Awesome stuff!


xoxo Lily


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  • Striking look! I love it! The mascara primer sounds promising, I usually use the white primer from Lancome. I previously tried the white Dior one but it made all my mascaras look more clumpy and spidery. Interesting ides to soften and blur a bold lip line, I will try that next time!

    • Lily

      Oops, I just bought the Dior one. Haven’t really tried it yet. I didn’t want to open it while I’m still using the Estee Lauder one 🙂

      • Well you might love it, I think I’m in the minority of people that think it’s clumpy, as there are so many good reviews on it! Look forward to hear what you think of it when you try it!

        • Lily

          Now you’re making me curious – I feel like I need to try it to see how it works on me! LOL

  • Stunning look, Lily! Very clean but it has quite an impact! I love the new Estee Lauder lipsticks. They are just SO much better than the old ones :p The Little Black Primer is good. I like the versatility, but purely as a primer it doesn’t replace the Dior one for me.

    • Lily

      Thanks Sunny. I bought the Dior one but haven’t tested it out yet. Will open it after I throw out this EL one 🙂

  • Black primer! That is simple and genius! It’s like black false lash glue.
    Love the clean and polished look you created, Lily! 🙂

    • Lily

      Thanks Lena. Yes, I really like this black primer! I haven’t tried any black lash glue though 🙂

  • Love it! And Sucky 1 and 2 still cracks me up HAHAHAHA.
    I do this too. Simple eyes with bright lips and clean skin. It’s the best!

    • Lily

      I’m still sore about those suck ass mascaras, Tracy 🙁 The Armani one works great on top of this primer, but the Eyeko one is really the brush problem, not the formula. I think I’ll switch out the mascara wand. Buy some disposable ones, and I’m sure it works so much better than this stupid wand.

  • Liz

    This is exactly the kind of look that I love nowadays! I was intrigued by this primer but actually completely forgot about it. Mascaras are so unexciting in my life.

    • Lily

      I think with this primer, mascaras will look so much more interesting!

  • Love everything here, Lily!! LBP, envy sculpt, chazalion and all!! And i almost sent you a mascara yesterday because sucky 1 and 2 stuck in my mind, but I was thinking oh dear, she’s going to take forever to finish them all now! LOLOL! Next time, Lil!

    • Lily

      Hahaha! Thanks Linda. I threw out Sucky 1. I will try Sucky 2 with a disposable wand. If it doesn’t work, I’ll have to bin it too!

  • Hubba hubba! You look divine, lady! This does amazing stuff for your lashes! Cracking up Sucky 1 and 2!!! 😀 😀 😀 You kill me, Lily!

    • Lily

      Thanks Kristen. I’ll need to get rid of those “suckers” (hehe) sooner than I think!