Thursday, May 9, 2013

Estee Lauder Hot Fuse and Techno Jam Pure Color Lip Shine Review, Photos, Swatches!

Natalie Thursday, May 9, 2013

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Shine

This Spring, Estee Lauder is all about bringing us bright and fun colors in sheer, lightweight formulas. All of the products in the Estee Lauder Pure Color Cello Shots Collection all commonly share the same characteristics of being beautifully bright yet very subtle for a fresh, healthy look.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Shine ($26) is described as bringing a sheer rush of color to the lips. The formula is lightweight, moisturizing and long-lasting.

Available in (6) limited edition shades: Pink Patent, X-Pose Rose, Plexi Pink, Hot Fuse, Techno Jam and Poppy Shock.

Does the description sound familiar? If you've had a chance to look at my previous review for the Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Rush Lipgloss, this product is exactly the same - but in lipstick form. Luckily, there is a bit more pigment with these lipsticks.

The two shades I have are Hot Fuse, which is a soft blue-based red, but when applied, it gives off more of a raspberry/rose tone. Techno Jam is a slightly deeper cherry red, and definitely is more red on the lips than Hot Fuse. Both are equally as pigmented, and comparable to something like Revlon Lip Butters. Sheer upon the first swipe, but very buildable to a fairly opaque coverage.

Estee Lauder Techno Jam

Estee Lauder Hot Fuse

They are waxy/balmy consistency lipsticks, so they apply super smooth and feel really lightweight. I find them to be moisturizing and they feel buttery soft on the lips.

I like applying them with a couple of swipes for a light wash of color, but I also love wearing them layered for their full intensity. 

I do find that with both of these shades that because of the thin, slippery formula, it can migrate outside of my lip lines if I don't apply it carefully or use a lip liner, and it tends to settle slightly in my lip lines when I apply layers.

Lastly, I'm not really swooning over the packaging - I think it could've been much nicer. Super lightweight and travel-friendly? Sure. But it doesn't reflect the $26 price tag in any way. It almost looks like tester/sample packaging.

Overall, I really like these lipsticks and I've been reaching for them often. I'm not sure if I'd be able to justify the price, though. What do you think?

Wearing Techo Jam

Swatches of Hot Fuse and Techno Jam (a few layers)

The Round-Up

  • Apply smooth and even
  • Sheer, but buildable to fairly opaque coverage
  • Moisturizing - feel great on the lips
  • Shiny, balm-like finish
  • When applied in layers, the thin, slippery formula has a tendency to settle in fine lines 
  • On a couple occasions I noticed the color travel (smudge) outside of my lip lines, so I make sure to apply lip liner first
  • Packaging is very plain, simple and in my opinion, could have been better - especially for a limited edition item
Price: $26, Estee Lauder.


  1. I think they are super pretty! they remind me quite a bit of the revlon lip butters. of course the price is quite expensive and although the packaging is quite plain I think I like that alot. will def. be checking these out they look like they'd do me good. ;) thanks for sharing a great review! they look gorgeous on you! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  2. Oh wow Natalie, that red is gorgeous with your hair and skin. I've been seeing lots from Estee Lauder recently, just read about their cream shadows on Hello October and it looks amazing! Have you had a chance to see them yet?

  3. The red one is really stunning. I would like to know is it available in London as well?

  4. you look gorgeous! red lips really suit you!

  5. You look amazing with red lips! You should try Ilia Beauty in Wild Child, it's a gorgeous red lipstick that is so good fro your lips. Very moisturizing and conditioning! xx


  6. You sure look gorgeous with a darker red lip! :-)

  7. Hot fuse looks gorgeous! Love that these are moisturizing!

  8. Ooh I'm loving techno jam, gorgeous on you!

  9. These both look gorgeous on you but I'm not sure I could pay that much for them! I def agree with you about the packaging it looks very cheap x

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  11. Love these lipsticks!! Techno Jam looks amazing.

  12. The techno jam is such a beautiful color, and suits you wonderfully! You are gorgeous. I really need to check Techno jam, I may have fallen in love with that shade. Much love, Vera

  13. I just need to say that Techno Jam looks freaking AMAZING ON YOU! You are such a beautiful lady =)

  14. Both colours suit your skin tone well, they are so so beautiful! Thank you for the review Natalie, xx

  15. Both shades are amazing!

    And, Lovely shots! :)

  16. Both colours are really matching for your lips, very attractive.

  17. Too bad they bleed around the lips, bc they look SO beautiful on!! I agree, the packaging doesn't look like all that, but they really do seem very highly pigmented which is great.

    Hugs, Jennifer

  18. Looooove the Techno Jam on you! Perfect for a night out! The lipsticks almost look like candy close up - and the packaging is not too fancy, but luckily the proof is in the pudding and the lipstick looks gorgeous on!

  19. Both are looking rich and gorgeous. Swaying towards Techno Jam as my preference and agree with Shae, they look like candy.

  20. The colors are really attractive. Usually, when something is at the higher end of the price spectrum, it's for one of two reasons. It is either that the manufacturers think the product and the packaging are so snazzy that consumers will be distracted or the quality of the merchandise is good enough for shoppers to justify what they have to spend. I think if someone likes the color enough, they might spend on it. However, the packaging would make them feel less inclined to do so.

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  22. The pigmentation is amazing and you look beautiful with them on!xo

  23. Lipsticks are always marketed with snazzy packaging, no matter what the quality of the product actually is like. I go for what I like as long as the price is not silly.

  24. very nice lipstick...
    Ooh I'm loving Hot Fuse, gorgeous on you!
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  25. These dark and bright colored lipsticks look so great on you! I wish I was able to pull them off ;)

  26. love the deeper red on you!

  27. wow great lipstick with rich and nice colors! and super pic. :) thanks

  28. At the beginning I thought they'd be a lot like the Clinique Almost Lipstick balms, which in fact they are similar but the ones I've tried do not have a high opacity like the Estee Lauder's one.


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