I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but as temperatures rise and spring melts into summer, I feel like wearing less and less makeup. Put down your smelling salts. It’s not that I don’t want to wear makeup at all, I just find myself cutting back on the eyeshadow, going without foundation. All I really want is eyeliner, mascara that doesn’t smudge, and a juicy, summery lip.
How did Laura Mercier know exactly what I was craving? Newly released with her Bronze Goddess collection are Hydratint Balms, eight sheer tints with SPF 15. (I was delighted to discover they are a permanent addition to the line.)
These balms contain green tea, shea butter, grapeseed oil, and vitamins C, A, and E. They also contain mint and orange flavoring, which are supposed to impart some kind of breath freshening effect… I didn’t notice any in my in-store test. These balms are $20 each and will be (or are already) for sale in Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, and at LauraMercier.com
These swatches are heavily layered, because the balms are quite sheer. I also have to say the shades are really very accurately named. Nude (a glossy, nude peach), looked no different from Chapstick on my lips. Apricot is a sheer coral (one of my favorites). Rose is cool pink. Crimson is reddish (my other favorite). Berry is … berry, purplish. Plum is red-plummy. Mocha is red brown. Bronze was brown with tiny, tiny sparkles.