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.