Greetings, fellow adventurers? Is it getting warm in here? *fans self*…
As you may know, I was recently in travel mode, this time to the glorious deserts of Sharjah and Dubai. While there, I managed to amass quite the sack of loot, which I have displayed (not quite without shame) here! 😉 This post marks the beginning of my epic quest to swatch and review all of said loot – I recall making a couple of comments about being unsure how to organise all the swatching etc, but after playing around a bit with my new goodies, I have decided to do as follows: post a review for each item (or set of items if appropriate), with all the usual swatches, then maybe do a big roundup at the end with all the swatches together (complete with some comparisons/dupes if I have any). Hopefully that will get everything out there without destroying my lips/inner forearm utterly, making me look as though I have been gnawed on by gnolls or something. Never a good look, ‘gnoll-gnawed’…
But I digress. You’re here to see the ifrst item out of this rogue’s backpack…the Laura Mercier “Laura’s Secret Volume 6 Put Perfection Lip Trio’ in Creme Pinks. If you’re still conscious after being hit with that rather unwieldy title, here’s the picture from the loot post:
In case you’re wondering why I’m showing you old photos, it’s because I take pictures in natural light, and recently the overcast skies have made things SO GODSDAMN BRIGHT that taking a picture of a reflective silver box is basically impossible (well, for someone with my photo skills, anyway). So if you want to know what the little box looks like, that’s it 😉
Said little box contains three lip products, each (originally) wrapped in purple tissue paper, (and a helpfully unhelpful card):
Full Size Creme Smooth Lip Colour Lipstick in Antique Pink
Travel/Sample Size Lip Pencil in Plumberry
Travel/Sample Size Lip Glace in Blush
Now, those were the older photos. Since then I decided to have Sigryn investigate these lip products a bit further, knowing that she is both a lip product connoisseur and secretly fond of a good, practical pink for the everyday battlefield:
I’ll take a moment here to mention that the little explanatory card is a nice touch, but not terribly revelatory. It explains, in two languages (English and French) that you can wear the items either separately or together, and that lip pencil will extend the life of your lipstick. My mind was not precisely blown by this information, but I think it’s nice to have it there for someone who is using this set to start out with using lipstick, lip lpencils and gloss. I wish I’d started my lipstick apprenticeship with Laura Mercier…I think what I actually started with was some horrible Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds thing, or maybe it was that dry Max Factor frosty lavender (hey! It was the ’90s!) that turned fluorescent pink after a while (not supposed to happen)…ah, memories!
Anyway! let”s get down to business…
You should always start your dungeons from the top down, if you can help it (escape routes: we like them), so I’m going to break the chains of tradition and review from lip glace to lip pencil! 😀
The Lip Pencil in Plumberry is a sharpenable, wooden pencil filled with medium brownish pink lipliner. On my skintone, it appears quite brown in the swatch, but pinker on the lips. It goes on smoothly, isn’t too drying, and makes a decent base for lipstick to go on top. As you may recall, I am FAR too lazy to use lipliner on a regular basis, much less for lipsticks that go more or less in the ‘MLBB, can apply without mirror’ category, but this liner is nice, as they go. I’m not sure where they got the name ‘Plumberry’ from, as it appears neither plummy nor berryish to me, but it’s cute and kind of fun to say. Plumberry!
This lipliner is kind of like the top level of many dungeons: dry to the touch but not drying (all dungeons are a bit humid, I swear), still relatively light (in both weight and colour), and sets the tone for the dungeon levels to come. Some consider it essential as preparation, others kind of rush past, looking for the main event (me).
The Creme Smooth Lipcolor in Antique Pink is rather an interesting level of this dungeon. In the tube, it appears as a light-medium pink, totally innocent and neutral. However, as Sigryn reported to me after testing the thing, when you apply it, a deep, almost warm orchid-y tone comes across, standing out against my vampire complexion and adding depth and complexity to the lipstick. Application is smooth, it’s opaque in more or less one coat, and stays hydrating throughout the ~four hour wear-time. This is sufficient for an average, compact dungeon, if you’re making good progress, and is absolutely average lipstick wear-time for this rogue. Spiffing!
Like the middle levels of a dungeon, this lipstick is the main event. It’s deep, filled with interest and considerably more moisture-rich than the upper levels. It’ll take you a few hours to get through, but not so many that you’ll wonder when the payoff is coming. At the same time, although the colour is something you’ve come to expect, there’s a little darkenss there that ups the ‘danger’ factor!
The Lip Glace in Blush is a really nice finale to this trio of’creme pinks’. For a start, while it definitely upholds the ‘creme’ part, with a somewhat creamy/milky base, when it comes to the ‘pink’ bit it actually leans quite warm and brown. This is definitely a ‘nude’ gloss, but it’s not one of the ones that is going to wash you out. Sigryn was particularly pleased with this one, as she’s partial to a bit of shine on the battlefield (distracts the enemy). I think it would work for quite a variety of skintones, and it has an interesting effect on whatever’s underneath it – in this case quite noticeably warming up the lipstick. Although ‘creamy’ glosses tend to settle noticeably into liplines, this one manages to hold off on that urge (unless your lips are very dry). It keeps the moisture in while you wear it, is non-sticky, and lasts for about 2-3 hours (average for a gloss on me).
Like the lowest level of a dungeon, this gloss is the highest risk, highest shiny reward area. There might be traps (liplines, shorter wear time, dissolving of lipstick under it, which this gloss manages to largely avoid), but if you can get through them, there is a very shiny, easy to carry-off reward!
Overall, Sigryn and I are really, really pleased with this little kit! I think it’s a great introduction to the brand, as you get to try out several different products, I like that the full size item is my favourite thing (i.e. lipstick), and I like that all three of the pieces work both alone and together. As you can see in the lip swatches above, there’s actually quite a bit of variety in terms of the colours and undertones within this innocuous-sounding ‘creme pinks’ set. It would be very easy for such a set to be boring, or too washed out, but this one really nails it! I’m so glad it worked out – Laura Mercier is a brand I’ve been lusting after for a long time, so like a full treasure room after a very long dungeon, it’s a beautiful and very satisfying reward!
So, what are your thoughts? Would you try this set? Are you a Laura Mercier fan, or do you prefer other dungeons/lipsticks?
The practicalities: You know, I honestly couldn’t tell you how many dirham I paid for this set. I can tell you that these Volume 6 Lip Trios (which come in four shades: creme pinks, matte reds, sheer nudes and creme naturals) are apparently limited edition and seem to cost SGD 55, which is ~USD 44 (but probably less in the US) and NZD ~55, (but who knows what the markup would be if they actually sold LM here). You get 0.14 oz (4g) of lipstick, 0.035 oz (0.7g) of lipliner and 0.1 oz (2.8g) of lip glace. I got mine from Galeries Lafayette in Dubai, but it seems they are also available from Sephora. If you missed out on the sets, then the items inside are all (as far as I can tell) from the permanent collection anyway!
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
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