I'm on a mission: to own as many Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks as I can actually wear. Of course, this is a problem considering the Lipstick Situation I just told you about, and it also explains how it happened. But seriously, these are not just the best Estee Lauder lipsticks, but also among the best ones you can buy at any local department store.
My first Pure Color Envy was the rosy Fierce. Next I went redder with Carnal, a sexy Marilynish warm red. It's creamy, it's luscious, and longevity is pretty good. Obviously, you need primed and prepped lips to wear such a bold red, and using a brush is highly recommended. The fragrance is really faint, though if you're sensitive I urge you not to buy without testing at the counter. The lipsticks are neither vegan nor gluten-free, if that's important to you. But if you can forgive the above sins, this is one of those ultimate reds.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick In Carnal ($30) is available at the counters, Sephora and online.