Wearing the new Laura Mercier Lip Lacquer in Laque Rouge ($22)
Red hot mama or not, Laura Mercier’s new $22 Lip Lacquer in Laque Rouge, from the new Art Deco Muse Collection, is not a lipgloss I’d want to wear on the dance floor while Bizarre Love Triangle pulses over loudspeakers.
No, it is not ideal for such situations — like when you’re shaking your groove thang and that cute boy across the room makes goo-goo eyes at you…
(You know what I’m talking about.)
There are better lip products for times like that, like perhaps sheerer products, like good ol’ MAC Big Baby and Ample Pink.
Limited edition Laque Rouge is so rich, red and opaque that a lip liner and a steady hand are practically required.
Normally, my lazy side would say, “pish-tosh!” to something like that. “I’ll pass.” But Laque Rouge forces me to reconsider. It’s one of the shiniest, most intense fire-engine reds I’ve even seen, and wearing it makes me feel like a (short, Filipino) ’40s screen siren.
What is it?
A full-coverage, intensely pigmented lipgloss with a lacquer-like finish.
What’s the texture like?
The medium-weight formula feels a little sticky, but comfortable, and it applies evenly without streaking.
Is it moisturizing?
Very! My parched pout had a few flakes before I put it on the other day, and after a few hours, my lips felt about a million times better, softer and satiated. I also like that the formula doesn’t emphasize every little crack or flake.
What’s the taste/scent situation?
Non existent, because it has neither.
And how about wear time?
I get anywhere from 4-6 hours per application (less if I’m sipping or snacking).
Is it similar to any other products?
Are you familiar with Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon or MAC Extreme Sheen in Drive By Love? — because it reminds me of both of those, and other pigmented, high-shine glosses.
Anything else I should know?
Yay for the easy-to-use doe-foot applicator! For a super precise look, though, you might also want a lip brush for getting into corners, and for your cupid’s bow.
One more thing — Laque Rouge seems to lean a little warm on me and has yellow undertones, so it might not be a great fit if you prefer your reds with a blue base. If that’s the case, MAC Russian Red Lipglass might be a better choice.