The Creme Smooth Lip Color formula is supposed to have “medium to full coverage with a semi-lustrous finish,” wear for six to eight hours, glide without skipping, and hydrate lips while it’s being worn. Now, that’s a rather tall order! Arabesque didn’t nail all of those on the head, unfortunately, though I still remain hopeful on other shades, because most of its problems are ones I see often in lighter, creamier shades like this one.
The texture is medium in weight and very creamy; it definitely glides on and doesn’t drag across the lips. It deposits mostly even color coverage, but the lighter shade made lines of lip color show up if you pressed your lips together. The color settled a bit after initial application, and as it wore away, more seemed to gather there. It wore for four hours, which is average for lipsticks on me in general, and slightly above average for colors like this. The color coverage was mostly opaque, though, and it did have a noticeable sheen to its finish, and this is where the lipstick did the best. It was lightly hydrating while I wore it. Bonus: it is one of the larger high-end lipsticks on the market.
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There were actually a lot of fantastic lipsticks released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards). There were 52 pages of lip product reviews to sift through (that’s 312 posts!), and these were the ones that made the cut:
Whether blended or worn individually, a few strokes of the gentle shades in this palette create an effortless, fresh spring look. The palette consists of five semi-matte shades, with a gradation of colours from blue to blush (including: Blue Zen, Soft Cloud, Satin Ribbon, Bare Yoga, and Pink Tutu).
Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00)
Arabesque (Limited Edition)
Nail Lacquer ($18.00)
En Pointe (Limited Edition)
Eye Pencil ($20.00)
Stone Grey (Limited Edition)
Midnight Blue (Permanent)
Creme Cheek Colour ($24.00)
Lip Glace ($24.00)
Bare Pink (Permanent)
Lip Stain ($20.00)
Shy Pink (Permanent)
Availability: January 2013 at Laura Mercier counters and retailers
Laura Mercier Art Deco Collection for Holiday 2012
For the holiday season, Laura was inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920’s, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka.
The ultimate holiday accessory in one super-luxe, two-level palette. Laura’s hand-selected holiday accessory holds eight Eye Colours, five Lip Glazes and four Sheer Crème Cheek Colours, along with expert tools for infinite color combinations that take you from day to night. The top palette contains: Eye Colours in Buttercream, Peridot, Heather Plum, Midnight Navy, Coffee Ground, Cherrywood, Sandstone and Sable, double-ended Crease/Smudge Brush, single Ponytail Brush, a full-size mirror.
Laura’s latest for on-the-go glamour is a double-decker palette of classic color essentials. Laura Mercier’s Colour to Go Portable Palette for eyes, cheeks and lips provides a complete look in one convenient compact. Portable and purse friendly, the new double-decker design features a full-size mirror along with all of your color essentials. Available in Warm Neutrals and Cool Neutrals.
Petite Baked Eye Colour Trio Wet/Dry ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
Dress up your holiday look this season with Laura Mercier’s Petite Baked Eye Colour Trio. Featuring three Baked Eye Colours in a range of shimmering shades, the petite and portable palette is the perfect way to take your look from day to night. For an even wash of color, apply dry, or for more vibrant shimmer, simply dampen brush with water and apply wet. Available in Golden Metallics and Smoky Metallics.
Mini Lip Glace Collection ($48.00) ($80.00 Value) (Limited Edition)
Give lips extra holiday sparkle, gloss and shine, with a collection of five color-coordinated Lip Glacés. Available in Soft Nudes and Rich Berries.
Mini Kohl Eye Pencil Collection ($48.00) ($120.00 Value) (Limited Edition)
A complete collection of eight deluxe mini Kohl Eye Pencils give you infinite ways to line, define and get Laura’s signature, sultry smoky eye. Features seven of Laura’s best-selling shades, plus the exclusive, Jet Black for high-impact definition. Each pencil is formulated specifically for lining the inside of the eyelid and the base of the lashes. The versatile range of shades offers a soft, creamy formula that glides easily along the eyelid to create a smooth, well-balanced line as the luxurious texture provides maximum wearability.
Everything about the exclusive Laura Mercier Brush Collection is the ultimate in luxury – from the rare Wenge wooden handles to the professional-quality hair bristles to the opulent carrying case. The signature collection is a must-have for every makeup artist – and makeup lover.
Laura’s signature taste and classic style is evident when you open the rich brown leather-inspired box to reveal a large mirror and retractable velvet-lined inner easel-back piece. The creatively designed carrier unfolds to hold the brushes and can stand upright directly on your vanity for easy use and access. When finished, the entire piece folds perfectly back into the box.
The magnificent collection features ten of Laura’s essential brushes to ensure the most flawless application and includes brushes for eyes, cheeks, face and lips. The perfect gift for every season.
Signature Candle ($42.00)
Available in Creme Brulee, Fresh Fig, Warm Roasted Chestnut.
Artist Luxe Liquid Liner ($125.00)
Our new Artist’s Luxe Liquid Liner with its luxurious formula and specially-designed brush tip is the easiest way to get precise, colour-true eye definition, and create your own signature eye look.
Laura’s Signature Brush Collection ($375.00)
Magnificent collection features ten of Laura’s essential brushes that ensure the most flawless application and includes different brushes for eyes, cheeks, face, and lips.
Signature Votive Candle Collection ($65.00)
Contains a luxurious candle quartet featuring our most popular gourmande scents.
La Petite Patisserie Quartet ($50.00) (Limited Edition)
Indulge in this delicious and decadent regimen of Eaus Gourmande, Souffle Body Creme, Creme Body Wash, and Hand Creme. Available in Almond Coconut Milk or Creme de Pistache.
Body & Bath Duo ($45.00) (Limited Edition)
Duo includes glass jars of Honey Bath plus wooden honey dipper and Soufflé Body Crème (6 oz. each). The perfect gourmande gift. Available in Tarte au Citron.
Body& Bath Trio ($65.00) (Limited Edition)
Trio features a full-size Crème Body Wash (8 oz.) as well as glass jars of Body Scrub (6 oz.) and Soufflé Body Crème (6 oz.). Available in Almond Coconut Milk, Creme Brulee, or Fresh Fig.
Souffle Body Creme Sampler ($60.00) (Limited Edition)
Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Crème Sampler presents a quartet of ultra-rich formulas blended with the finest gourmande notes. Each delectable body crème contains active ingredients in a silky-smooth, super-whipped soufflé formula that instantly nourishes skin with vitamins and protein derivatives, as shea butter and macadamia nut oil provide conditioning benefits. Ideal for travel, each scent is packaged in a non-breakable mini jar. Scents include: Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée and Fresh Fig (4 oz. each).
La Petite Patisserie Sampler Hand Creme Quartet ($28.00) (Limited Edition)
Laura Mercier’s La Petite Patisserie Sampler Hand Creme Quartet features luxuriously hydrating hand crèmes in four delicious gourmande fragrances. The ultra-rich formula leaves hands velvety-soft and hydrated, but never greasy. The perfect gift for anyone on your list, each collection features four, perfectly portable tubes stacked in a stocking-friendly, slim-line clear tube. Quartet includes four iconic fragrances: Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Crème de Pistache and Fresh Fig (1 oz. each).