Sheer Matte Lipstick – it’s a thing!

Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Lipsticks come in loads of shades, and loads of formats including SHEER MATTES. Yep, a sheer matte.

Seems a bit of a contradiction, right? But, actually, much to my surprise, it works. That’s not to say I love it – but that’s more because I don’t love a sheer lipstick, nothing to do with the matte aspect.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sheer Matte

But, as far as sheer lipsticks go, matte is definitely the way for me. It’s hard to explain the coverage to be honest. But it is buildable, and it is sheer – but with a matte finish, as opposed to a shine.


It’s fantastic if you are perhaps a bit afraid of a bold colour, but love a matte look. It’s a veil of mattified colour, and thanks to natural butters to help nourish the lips, it’s not drying at all. The shade I have been trying is Fresh Danger – a coral/red, and it’s really nice for a little slick of understated colour.

Sheer Matte - it's a thing

There are 10 Sheer Matte shades  – Above It, Deeply Moved, Sheer Will, Rumor Denied, Namedropper, Baby Bloom, Cool Emotion, Fresh Danger, Spontaneous, and Dark Edge.

As well as the Sheer Matte format, there are two other Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy finishes – Velvet Matte, and Metallic Matte – and those are also fantastic.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Mattes, £26 each, available now at Estee Lauder counters, and