The evolution of matte formulas has been interesting. Do you remember those horrible, dry, sticky coatings that we started with? Formulas have got better and better in the past couple of years, but I’d describe the Laura Mercier Extreme Matte Lipsticks as the best possible example of the evolution. I’ve got some good information on the formula (thank you PRs – I wish everyone would do this!) to share as well. The lipsticks are made using pigments coated with a natural resin so there’s no drag, silica is used for light diffusion which gives a smoother look to lips (it works) while mica is used as an oil control to keep the lipstick even. To make it stay (it does), the brand has used a liquid thin mesh as a ‘seal’ but because it’s so fine, the formula feels completely weightless.
Speaking of evolution, it can’t be long before bloggers develop properly flat, rectangular arms for decent, straight swatches ;-). So let’s kick off with the 24 shades. Bottom to top: Dominate, Extreme, Control, Fatale, Hot, Cool, Boss, Stylin, On Point and Dare.
Bottom to top again: Fresh, Fierce, Rock, Vibe, Respect, Power, Clique, Goals, Ruthless, Fab, Bring It and It Girl.
I saved these two, Fire (red) and Queen to show you together because they make the most EPIC ombre lip! If you think you can’t do ombre, you can and these two shades are a match made in heaven. I put them together in a Facebook Live yesterday (HERE) on the spur of the moment and ohhhhh my! Blending is key (which I didn’t do in the Live) but when you see them in action, you’ll understand exactly what I mean. The bullets are thinner than a regular lipstick which gives exceptional precision especially around the lip border but also makes ombre very easy indeed. If you’d like to get notifications of my Lives (don’t worry, I don’t do them very often but am planning to do more – seeing products in action, both good and bad, I’m realising is important), head to my page (HERE) and sign up for notifications (go to Settings, then Notifications and you then are given options).
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The lipsticks are £22 each (HERE) – I’d hugely recommend them and think that’s a reasonable price for the quality and level of pigment you’re getting. If you love mattes, you’ll love them and if you’re yet to be converted, these are your starting point.
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