I’m not trying to brag here, but I get a lot of free makeup. Like, a lot. Not only is it more than enough to feed my product addiction, previously believed to be insatiable, but at this point I have so much makeup I don’t even know what to do with it anymore. Seriously, I won’t let anyone, regardless of gender, leave my home without a bag full of loot. Suffice it to say, I do not go out of my way to purchase new stuff — in fact, until yesterday, I hadn’t set foot in my old stomping grounds (the Sephora in Union Square, obvs) in god knows how long. Six months? A year, even? Practically unheard of!
When I heeded its siren call at long last, trust me when I say that I had no intention of spending any money. I didn’t even HAVE any money. What I did have was some time to kill and a tepid interest in checking out some new products and spritzing perfume on my sweaty, barely presentable self before meeting this gentleman for some guacamole. And yet! Being as it is that I am Me, and that I love Items, I could not leave empty-handed. I could never leave Sephora empty-handed; that would be a cardinal sin. But so frequently I leave with an item (or items) that I regret having purchased in record time. I haven’t even made it to the subway by the time I’m like, “Should I turn my ass around and return this right now?” This is not the case with Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color. In fact, I think I may have fallen in love last night, and not with my dinner date.
Packaging: Of utmost importance, clearly. The majority of Laura Mercier’s products come in lovely, glossy dark brown containers and look super-sleek; Rouge Nouveau is no different. The tube is long, slim, and rectangular, with the brand name engraved almost imperceptibly on the cap. Here I am, holding it in my living room, looking somber. #workingfromhome #nomakeup #washyourhair
Formula: Let me preface this by saying I am THOROUGHLY unimpressed by most lipsticks. I own upwards of 200 (f’real), and by and large they all sit untouched in a bag in my room. I love the idea of lipstick, and the look of lipstick, but when it comes to actually putting it on my face and wearing it around all day, I am less than game. Also, I’m a chronic Kristen Stewart-caliber lip biter, which is a recipe for absolute disaster once color gets involved. I’ll sometimes bust out one of my favorite make-your-eyes-bleed bright orange reds in the winter when I’m looking particularly long-deceased, but otherwise I just leave my lips well alone.
I was swatchin’ lipsticks on the back of my hand like crazy during the Sephora rendezvous in question, but Rouge Nouveau in Sin, a sheer plum, was the only product and shade that piqued my interest enough for me to make the effort of cleaning the lipstick with a cotton pad soaked in alcohol, drying it, applying it to my face, etc. etc. (Let’s play What Weird Communicative Flesh-Eating Disease Will I Come Down With In The Next Few Days!!!) The moment I put it on, I was like, yup, I’m fucked. Not leaving this establishment without this lipstick. I wouldn’t call it a creamy or “moisture-drenched” feel (also, ew), but I think that’s what makes it so appealing to me — usually, when I wear lipstick, all I can think about is how I have lipstick on. This product is seriously weightless. It feels like absolutely nothing, which I think is probably due to its wax-free formulation. That’s not to say it’s not moisturizing; I run around with chapped, peeling lips all the time, and even a dark, sheer color like Sin made me look less like a gnarly mouth breather and more like a v. presentable human being. And, ugh, Sin is SO GOOD. It is the veritable acme of that universally flattering plummy, wine-stained lip, perfect for fall and also all of the time. It looks really pretty on my super-white skin tone without turning gothy or extreme, but I think it would suit any other complexion just as well.
Wear Time: I haven’t tried any of the other shades aside from Sin, but Sin definitely stains. I didn’t take my makeup off before bed and woke up with it still intact in the morning. Holler!
Overall: I’m fickle about pretty much everything, beauty products very much included, but Sin is for sure my new face stuff holy grail. Love it. Need it. Want to wear it every day, forever. Alright, FINE, here I am wearing it. Again, looking sad, greasy, and potentially stoned, as is my way.