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Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick, Review


Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick Laura Mercier Review

Indulge in 30 Shades of Lipstick...

Foreword

One of my favourite high-end brands, Laura Mercier, just dropped a hot new lipstick line and naturally [as your trusted makeup aficionado] I had to investigate. In today's post I am going to share my thoughts on the latest formula, as well as show you unedited lip/arm swatches of all 30 shades (+10 shades of the new lip liner). Curious? Then just keep on scrolling.

Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick Laura Mercier Review

About the Product

Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick (32 USD; Made in USA) comes in 30 shades and is described as "weightless, statement-making lipstick with high impact colour and a satin finish".

Packaging: this lipstick comes in a nicely [high-end] weighted metallic tube with a magnetic closure. It feels expensive, yet minimalistic at the same time (which I love). However! You can't really tell what colour you are working with unless a. you know all shade names by heart or b. take the cap off. I wish Laura Mercier used colour-matching stickers instead.

Formula: to keep your pout hydrated all day long, the new formula is infused with Mediterranean Sea Algae Extract, as well Jojoba and Camellia Seed Oils. Just as the brand claims, this lipstick feels feather-light and [semi-] hydrating (neither extremely nourishing, nor drying - a perfect in-between). Having tried all 30 shades, I have to add that this line is consistent with all lipsticks having the same feel/quality upon application (+wear). These have no scent or flavor to them.

Application: something unique about this new lipstick is its shape. It has a smooth c-curve to it, which results in your lipstick quite literally hugging the lip and delivering high-impact colour opacity from the get-go. I would recommend using a liner or brush with brighter shades (we will get to actual lip pencils in a moment) to truly perfect the shape of your pout. All colours here are quite pigmented, with some leaning more towards satin or natural-creamy finish. There is a slight sheen, which you can easily blot down when desired.

Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick glides on like a dream, with only a few shades being a touch patchy (I am talking about dark plums, which are essentially harder to formulate) and some needing at least two coats to appear fully opaque.

Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick Laura Mercier Review

Wear: these do last for at least 5-6 hours before you notice any graceful fading. Naturally you will need to touch up your lips after eating. Once Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick is on your lips - you won't really feel it. It is not heavy, thick or drying in the slightest; which ultimately makes it a perfect option for those of you, who love a bold colour, yet don't want to sacrifice the comfort.

Colours: now, this is when things get a little bit tricky. At least for me, as a reviewer. While I absolutely love the formula, wear and application - unfortunately I do think that this line lacks quite a few colours and there a lot of repetitive shades (with a minimal difference; at least on my skin tone). The brand split 30 shades into five categories: nudes, pinks, mauves, corals and reds. I do feel like the main colour story here predominantly revolves around variations of pink. Perhaps this is the most popular colour category that sells best, but I would like to see a few more true neutral-, or even warm-toned nudes. Reds, on the other hand, are brilliant and there are a quite few colours here that truly stand out and appear unique to me.

Nudes

As always, all of my swatches are raw and unedited (no added brightness or saturation here, baby!). I only rely on natural daylight. My complexion: light-neutral, "Cashew" in Laura Mercier.


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Pinks


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Mauves


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Corals