Ahhh, vampy mattes. I can’t help but love how edgy and sexy they look. But I hate that they don’t always perform so well. The latest vampy addition to my collection is the Estee Lauder 430 Extrovert Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick and despite the price tag it suffers the same vampy matte lip woes as other shades I’ve tried. Le sigh.
If you’re a vampy lip addict then you’ll swoon after just one look at Extrovert. The luxe packaging draws you in but it’s the stunning deep blackened eggplant flesh that really captures you. It just screams vampy lip heaven. Hallelujah chorus and all. There’s even a heavenly sweet vanilla scent to go along with it.
But Extrovert is no walk in the park. Especially without a good lip liner. It applies slightly unevenly with a dry texture that can seriously drag across the lips if they’re not moisturized. Mine has actually snapped in the tube during application once. Yikes!
While Extrovert evens out rather easily it’s quite the challenge filling in the center part of my bottom lip. All that intense vampy goodness almost instantly slides away from that area unless I line my lip all over to better grip the color. It’s not the biggest deal as it’s a common problem for vampy matte formulas but I expected a little better from a $30 lipstick.
Even with a lip liner, Extrovert only holds tight for around 3 hours in the forbidden area. Which leaves me with a funky natural ombre lip since it doesn’t start fade elsewhere for another 3-4 hours. By then, you’ll want to reach for a little gloss or balm because it can start to get drying as it wears away.
All in all, the Estee Lauder 430 Extrovert Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick isn’t all bad but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for vampy lip beginners. Honestly, I don’t think I’d recommend it at all. It’s a beautiful shade but with colorful (and affordable) brands out there, like ColourPop, it’s possible to find a cheaper dupe that probably performs better.