Monday, April 18th, 2011

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick
Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick (left)

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pink-tinged peach beige with pale champagne micro-shimmer. It delivers opaque color, and it looks a bit creamy, though it doesn’t have a lot of slickness when applied. The color reminded me of Guerlain Giny Rouge G Lipstick, but it’s a touch pink (and yet, it’s also not pink enough to be like Guerlain Gillian).

Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Lipsticks have a rather strong floral scent to them, while several of her other lip products are heavily vanilla scented (not sure why these are different). I get three to four hours of wear (about average), and I find these neither drying nor particularly moisturizing, but they are comfortable to wear. Sandcastle applied evenly and easily without having to layer on a lot to get opaque color.

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Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

It really captures a great balance of shimmer, creaminess, and color to make for a very flattering, easy-to-wear shade. It's not warm or cool but neutral, which will make it appealing across skin tones.











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Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick
Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick
Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick
Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick
Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick

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Where can I purchase Sandcastle? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $22.

Is it limited edition?


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28 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Tori

    I love this colour on you :) What eyeshadows, blush would you pair with it?

  2. Ooo, pretty! I wish it WAS more pink like Gillian because it would suit my skin tone better. The texture looks really nice and while $22 is still a lot for a lipstick, it’s way better than Guerlain!

  3. Kim Klein

    Pretty, but what’s the other lippie? The one on the right? That one grabbed my attention… :) I love LM!

  4. natalia

    This is super pretty, but I feel like I own this color a few times over. I’m trying not to buy anymore neutral pinky nudes until I go through the 5 or 6 that I have. Will be putting this on my wish list for the future. Thanks you for swatching!

  5. Inaya

    MAC dupe from the permanent line?

  6. Angela

    Love this color, it’s beautiful. i’m a sucker for nude colors; i feel like i could buy so many different shades.

  7. Charlotte

    It reminds me of Strange Potion lipglass from the photo, what do you think?

  8. Cora

    Beautiful flattering shade! I neeeed it!

  9. Sarah

    What blush are you wearing in this photo? it looks so natural and glowy!

  10. Christina

    Oh, very pretty! It looks great on you Christine. Too bad it is limited edition, as I don’t really need another lipstick right now, but if it is as pretty on me as it is on you, I may have to buy… I wish it was more moisturizing as my lips are not in great shape (despite much effort), but it may work over a good balm.

    Thank you so much for all the work you put into these reviews. The honest reviews and great images are very much appreciated.

  11. Mirna


  12. Grace Chin

    your lips but better.. pretty!!

  13. Jaci

    What is the other color in the first picture? I think I like it better.

  14. Shannon

    Christine, if you don’t mind, could you tell me, what would you consider to be the best dupe for this lippy? Thanks so much for your time, I do so value your opinion.

  15. Chelbi

    Christine, may I ask what you’re wearing on your cheeks? It’s gorgeous!

  16. roza

    I love your blog! You give amazing reviews, tutorials, and advice. your foundation matrix is my go to when I need to find my perfect color. And if I want to try out a new product, I always check to see if you have reviewed it first. You’re awesome! And I love this lipstick, I’m going to get one lol.

  17. Adriana

    this is gooooooooooooorgeous. Also–I love what is on your cheeks–what is it?