Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick Review and Swatches

With the Fall 2010 Blue Dahlia collection, Estee Lauder brings us 4 new, gorgeous shades of Pure Color Gloss Sticks.

I have Orchid Dream, a gorgeous, limited-edition magenta color with tiny blue shimmer.

It has the coolest texture I have ever seen. It feels really wet and almost jelly-like (now I understand why it’s called a gloss stick). All I have to do is gently dab it onto my lips and it gives this really pretty, shiny look with intense color.

As for the lasting power, it is not as good as the Kanebo Sensai Lasting Treatment Rouge I recently reviewed but still managed to survive a drink or two.

The gloss stick is also supposed to plump up your lips and increase fullness after 4 weeks of continuous use. I have only been wearing this for a few days but I do see an instant plumping effect. It also keeps my lips super moisturized and I never have to use a lip balm underneath it. Must get more colors!

Orchid Dream

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Like what you see? Check out my review and swatches of the Pure Color Gloss also from this collection!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick is available at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide and for $18.50.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hmmm that’s a tough one Angie. They are both great and it all depends on what look you are going for.

    The Kanebo Sensai is definitely better as a lipstick (it has better pigmentation and lasts longer) but I also really liked the glossy, plumped-up look and the tiny shimmer I get from the Estee Lauder.

    If I really had to just pick one, I’d probably go for the EL because it’s more affordable and I prefer the look of gloss over lipstick.

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