Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick Is a Coral that Wears and Wears!

Estee Lauder Rock Candy FOTD

Estee Lauder introduced four new Sheer Matte Lipsticks in their spring collection, Pretty Naughty. Serendipity brought the coral in the line-up, Rock Candy (RRP in Belgium: 26,90 euros) into my hands. If there is one best thing about every lipstick, the best thing about Rock Candy is that it just wears and wears!

Estee Lauder Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick comes in slender and long twist-up packaging. It does feel rather light and plasticky, though it functions well.

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick

Rock Candy has a rather strong vanilla smell, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I can’t really figure out why Estee Lauder named this formula as sheer and matte, because it’s neither! Rock Candy is extremely opaque, and it has a bit of a frosty finish as well as some shimmer.

Estee Lauder Rock Candy closeup

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty swatches

Rock Candy is a bright orange coral with a slightly frosty finish and some shimmer. The texture is on the drier side, and it tugs a little during application. I would suggest you take your time to apply this with gentle feathery strokes. The great thing is the tip is quite small, so it is easy to get crisp and clean lines. I actually think with this and the lasting power, Rock Candy can work as a lip liner!

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick FOTD

So exactly how long did Rock Candy last on me? 12 hours! It wasn’t even going anywhere at the end of the 12-hour stretch. I was the one who threw in the towel! It went through two meals, copious amount of herbal tea/water, and some ice cream. After a full meal, you can see some lipstick is gone (you can see frosty bits in certain areas but not others). However, because it stains so extremely well, unless someone is examining your lips from a two-inch distance, it does not appear uneven.

After dinner, I could see the lipstick was mostly gone, but the stain was so strong that it looked like I was still wearing a lipstick! Fortunately, the stain could be easily removed (with a micellar water or any other makeup remover. I personally don’t like stain that can’t be removed properly at the end of the day. That feels like taking lasting power several steps too far)!

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty

From what I read, the general consensus is these Sheer Matte Lipsticks are rather drying. I took precaution by applying two thin layers of Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream (my lips were slightly dry to begin with that day, so the first layer was absorbed instantly. The second layer took a little longer, but by the time the rest of my makeup was done, there was next to nothing to be blotted out). After 12 hours, my lips were slightly dry, but definitely not parched, cracked, or anything nearly as gruesome (I would have removed it way earlier if it were so drying). I would say some prepping would be good before applying Rock Candy, but that would allow you to wear this shade pretty comfortably for a really long time!

Bottom line: Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick is a beautiful bright orange coral that is incredibly long-lasting. Despite what I have heard, it is only slightly drying on me. I look forward to using it as a lip liner with some corals in my stash (for example, it is a tad more orange than Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color, so I think it should work)!

Have you seen the Estee Lauder Sheer Matte Lipsticks? Did any of the four shades catch your eye? Besides Rock Candy, there are also Demure (a fuchsia pink), Naked (a pink coral), and Rebel (a rosy pink).

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow–this type of coral is just so pretty and flattering on you, Sunny! Love it! I have heard these are really drying too, though and while I’m sure some prep will do wonders, I still always prefer a more moisturizing, balmy formula. Again, love the color though! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Becca! I normally don’t prep my lips, but for this I did just because I heard it could be rather drying. Nothing of the sort happened to me though. Phew!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    12 hours! Wow. That’s a long time for a lipstick. I need to get my hands on this.

    • Sunny

      Yup! I expected it to be gone after dinner, but it stains SO well!

  • Kristen @ glambunctious

    Sunny, that color looks smashing on you! 12 hours of wear is incredible!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Kristen! Yeah if I didn’t remove it I’m sure it could have gone on!

  • L

    i love the expression on your face in the first photo^^haha it might be a little too opaque&longwearing for me but it really seems to suit you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I’m trying to try different expressions/angles. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t!

  • beauties

    special packaging. and you look stunning in coral :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I’m collecting coral lipsticks again for the moment haha

  • Caise

    12 hours? I might have to try it out!:)
    and this shade looks beautiful on you!

    • Sunny

      Yup, I threw in the towel at the end because I wanted to go to bed! It just really wanted to hang out I guess 😉

  • Nic @Strawbry_Blonde

    Wow 12 hrs is amazing… good to hear it’s not too dry!

    • Sunny

      Hey Nic, my lips seems to be just fine with the formula! Have it applied at the counter first if you’re interested!

  • Kelly

    I’ve tried these but they’re way too dry for my lips. After trying one I was applying lip balm non-stop because my lips felt like a dessert.

    • Sunny

      Aww yeah I’ve heard more than one person say the same thing. I was really expecting it to be drying, but after 12 hours my lips were just slightly drier than what they were to begin with.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    This color looks ah-maaaaaaazing on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl!

  • Chris

    Sunny, corals look AMAZING on you!!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Chris! It’s my warm skin tone!

  • Taylor

    On the swatch I wasn’t too sure about this shade but it looks amazing on! I love it, the formula sounds great also :-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Taylor! If you don’t tend to find lipsticks drying, you might be just fine with Rock Candy!

  • http:/ Redhotjillypeppers

    What a great colour ! 12 hours is very impressive !

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jill! If I hadn’t removed it it would have hung on!

  • petra

    Awhh, you look so cute!! Nice color for you! x

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Petra!

  • Larie

    Hahaha, stop using up all of your corals! 😉

    • Sunny

      Well you’ll just see more of these as spring/summer unfold :p

  • Jasmine

    Very pretty color. 12 hours is seriously impressive!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jasmine! I totally think it can be used as a lip liner with this lasting power!

  • Procrastinator

    Wow, you carry this colour so well! I really didn’t like the smell of Estee Lauder lip products when I was a kid, they smelled like fake fruit. Glad to hear they’ve switched to something else (hopefully something less offensive!).

    I also think this would work really well under nude lip colours that might otherwise wash you out. I find most nude-y colours don’t have quite enough peach/orange in them to work on me.

    • Sunny

      Thanks, girl! This one smells like vanilla, so think MAC. I’m not too sure if it’s just a bit stronger though! The MAC lipsticks I’ve had are older, and sometimes the smell fades! You can most probably layer a nude lip gloss over this. Sounds like a great idea!

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    The color is gorgeous, but I know this formula would be awful on my ridiculously dry lips. I wish I could pull of long-wearing formulas like this… 12 hours is extremely impressive!

    • Sunny

      Aww too bad! I understand though. My lips are fine. They need a good layer of lip balm at bed time, but most of the time they are fine throughout the day. I’d be a bit scared to wear this with no prep work though!

  • Lisa @ MidwestGlam

    That shade looks great on you! I’m not sure what it is, but I’m loving anything and everything coral these days! And with a 12 hour wear time? I’d say this is a must have!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lisa! It’s spring! As long as I see some sun I run straight to my stash of corals LOL

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Holy! 12 hours? That’s amazing! Good idea prepping before! I don’t think my winter parched lips can take this one though even though it looks amazing on you!

    • Sunny

      Yup 12 hours! It still looked pretty decent at the end as well!

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    You rock bright corals, Sunny. And 12 hours??!?!!!? WHOA!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lily! It would have stayed on if I didn’t remove it, but I needed to go to bed!

  • Teri

    Ah, I can’t wait to try this altho I’m a bit scared. My lips are currently terribly dry so I hope they don’t give up on me, lol. The colour is amazing on you tho, I love how your lips bring out the orange!

    • Sunny

      Haha well prep them a bit first. That definitely helps! And yeah, I don’t know why everything pulls a bit more orange on me. It’s nice but sometimes I want to see more pink!

  • Sarah @ a beautiful story

    Hi Sunny, I love the colour and the packaging! Very sleek. :)

    12 HOURS?! Impressive indeedy!

    Have a great Friday and weekend ahead. :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Sarah!!! You guys are WAY ahead of us. It’s only Thursday night here, but thanks! I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend :)