Laura Mercier has a little lips-and-nails collection out on counters right now — one of those smaller releases that falls between spring and summer. I am trying (and mostly failing) to remain calm and rational about it.
Last summer, Laura introduced a new (but limited edition) formula of lipstick called Gel Lip Colour. I confess, I missed these on their first release. Those 2011 shades were Clementine, Rosette, Dollface, Sweet Cherry, Hibiscus Bloom, and Berry Sorbet.
This year, the Gel Lip Colors are making a second appearance, and Clementine, Rosette, and Orchid are joined by newcomers Poppy and Orchid.
The Gel Lipsticks feel fantastic going on. They have a wonderful “gel”-ish, cushiony feel — very much like Chantecaille’s Lip Chics.
The coverage is sheer, almost stain-y looking, with a very soft shine. They don’t last long (a common criticism of sheer lipsticks), though they do leave some color behind even after the lipstick is gone. I’ve tried on Poppy, which has a vanilla scent. These lipsticks are $22 each, and are again limited edition.
Even though I may possess the world’s largest collection of sheer red-orange lipsticks, I lust after Clementine. It is sensational. Poppy is a red-violet pink. Dollface is the sheerest; a bubblegum pink. Rosette (my second-favorite) is a red-rose pink. Orchid is purplish pink with a very few pink/purple sparkles.
Poppy and Rosette are similar; Poppy is more violet/pink and Rosette is more red. Want to see them side-by-side? Okay.
The collection also includes five limited edition nail polishes ($18 each). My fingertips long for Sizzle, a warm red — a flaming hot orange-red. I also love Cabana. This salmon-coral-rose is exactly what I want on my toes right now. Oh La La is the sheerest, a baby-girl, cake-frosting, pastel pink. Flamingo is bright, cool, Barbie pink. Luscious is bougainvillea red-violet pink/magenta. All accounts I’ve heard say these polishes are tough and extremely chip-resistant.
These products are available at any major department store (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, etc. And Saks and Neiman Marcus are both in beauty week right now).
You can still buy Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Bloom, and Sweet Cherry on Laura Mercier’s website (free shipping February 12 – 21st with code LMVFS12).
And Sephora is offering an extremely tempting gift set which includes an exclusive shade of Gel Lip Colour: Grapefruit.