Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy.” It’s a deep, dark reddish wine with a little plum and burgundy. It has a creamy, luminous finish. Guerlain Madame Batifole is brighter, redder. MAC Heaux is matte, brighter. NARS Afghan Red is less red. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Flirt is pinker. Giorgio Armani #408 is warmer. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

This vampy shade is featured in the fall collection, though it is permanent. The formula is supposed to deliver “rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours.” It is also supposed to hydrate lips and not feather or settle into lip lines while worn. Merlot was mostly opaque on lips, but there was a very slight translucency that kept it from being fully opaque–but it also gave it a lighter look. The consistency is creamy, emollient, and easy to apply without tugging onto the lips. I didn’t notice the color settling into lip lines, and I did not experience feathering when I wore it (but I don’t usually have issues with feathering). The color lasted well for six hours, and then it started to fade but there was a slight stain that lingered. The formula was moderately hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color

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17 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Merlot Creme Smooth Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I was looking for exactly this shade it looks lovely on you and I love the packaging as well. It has just the right sheen as well.

  2. Mariam

    Doesn’t this look very similar to rouge d’armani 408??

  3. helen

    I am such a fan of the classic burgundy red lip. This is gorgeous on you, Christine but i am trying to wait until the Burberry Oxblood collection becomes available and i hope that you will swatch.

  4. Gorgeous! Why am I always drawn to red plums? :D

  5. Beautiful! I love the color on you and it looks so comfortable to wear! I’m definitely going to need to check out this line of lipsticks.

  6. Be still my beating heart… That is beautiful!

  7. Clio

    Shut up and take my money.

  8. Wow beautiful shade!!

  9. Esme

    Ugh, this is perfect. Berry lipsticks are my kryptonite. I’m going to try and resist this one, though, because I have several others (NYX Black Cherry is quite similar).

  10. I never get tired of these vampy reds. I promised myself a “time out” after buying Buxom’s blue red Scoundrel lipstick 2 weeks ago, but I gotta swatch this in person…..