Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s a soft peachy-pink with warm undertones and a natural, creamy finish with some shine. MAC To the Future is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Pure Zen is a touch pinker. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is pinker and darker.

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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Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
It's a decent lipstick, but the formula has a lot of claims behind it, and Arabesque just didn't live up to a lot of them, particularly in wear.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $26.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC To the Future is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Pure Zen is a touch pinker. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is pinker and darker.

What makeup are you wearing?

On cheeks: bareMinerals Bronzing Veil.

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11 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Starfish

    “baby pink”

    ???

    sorry but that has “peach” written all over it :/

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    I agree that it’s definitely not a baby pink. It reminds me of Makeup Academy’s lipstick in Juicy, which costs only £1! I’m not sure if it’s an exact dupe but it does look very similar.

  3. Sara_BeauTime

    I just purchased Royal Orchid from lip smooth LM collection and although I love the color, I also have problems with lasting. I don’t think I will purchase another color of those.

  4. I don’t really like the color :-(

  5. I’m always drawn to colors like this in the tube, but of course once I see them on, I realize they’re much lighter than I pictured. Far too light for me

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    I have one or two of these and I like the formula, but you’re right, they don’t last all that long. Nothing lasts on me, but these wear off more quickly than some.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Celine Celine

    What are you wearing on your cheeks?

  8. Joyce

    Please review more Laura Mercier products! Thanks

  9. I love this color on you! I would love to find a color like this for my tone-mlbb but with a little something extra. I like these lippies i find them hydrating and lasting. Thanks for the review Christine!

  10. evr

    looks very nice on you!