Laura Mercier Lip Velvets Feel Like Gloss but Look Like Lipstick

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‘Sup, girlies? How was your day? I managed to finish most of my errands and between loads of laundry popped by my local Laura Mercier counter to try the new Lip Velvets ($22) line o’ lipsticks from the Cherries Noir fall makeup collection.


You know how it feels when you hear a lot about a product before its release and figure there’s no way it can live up to your expectations? Well, that’s kinda how I felt on my way to the counter today. I’d been hearing from a friend that Lip Velvets were the makeup missing link, perfectly balancing the feel of a gloss with the look of a lipstick.

Bold words, right?

Lip Velvets come in five semi-matte shades; that’s Cassis (a deep berry) in the top picture there.

Cassis feels thick, slick and semi-sticky — a lot like a gloss. It’s more moisturizing than I expected, but the finish definitely doesn’t glisten like a traditional gloss. It’s more like a semi-matte finish with just a touch of shine.


So far so good.

After two hours, during which time I drank a bottle of water and ate a bag of chips, Cassis was even less shiny than it had been when I applied it. What remained was a lovely matte stain.

I don’t know if these are the missing makeup link, but I think they’re pretty cool. If you want the look of a matte lipstick with the feel of gloss, check ’em out! πŸ™‚

Lip Velvets are fragrance- and flavor-free and come with an easy-to-use doe-foot applicator.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Phoebe says:

    That’s a very pretty color! Cherry Blossom is also calling my name! πŸ˜› Happy weekend Karen!

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  2. Marisol says:

    Interest product. Never tried LM.

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  3. Fie says:

    I’ll probably try these when I get to the UK. Royal Plum is screaming HG for me. Haha

  4. Beth says:

    I don’t have any Laura Mercier products but I’ve read a lot of rave reviews. I like the look of cherry blossom – I may have to invest.

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  5. gio says:

    This product sounds very interesting. I love Royal Plum, it’s a beautiful shade. I think I’ll probably try it soon.

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  6. xtina says:

    Mocha Rouge seems to be reaching out with it’s semi-glossy hands saying buy me!

  7. Dao says:

    I like the way LM named it: lip velvet, so romantic don’t you think? Cassis is a very pretty color for the season. Too bad I don’t have a LM counter to try it out πŸ™

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  8. Karen B says:

    That sounds like my kind of lip product ^^

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  9. Glosslizard says:

    Yay! I’m finally feeling better after being in bed with a fever for the last two days!

    I checked these out on Monday, and I thought they all looked so light, I couldn’t figure out which one they had used for the model shot (it must have been Cassis)! Maybe I’ll try them again, I do like the look on the picture!

  10. Laurie says:

    I ordered Cherry Blossom last week. I hauled some Laura Mercier at Neimans for the beauty event. I’m excited to try it out!

    That color looks very pretty on you. Did you end up getting anything?

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  11. Kelly says:

    Ooh, I may have to check those out. A co-worker’s hubby works for the company that manufactures LM. They’ve got an “overstock” store and she said nothing is over $5 at the store, BUT, you must have an employee ID card and matching photo ID to get in (only given to employees and their spouse). So I may send her on a mission soon. πŸ™‚

  12. Shannon says:

    ooooh! Sounds a lot more promising than a matte paint with a gloss that goes over it. I’ve always hated those. Thanks for the review!

  13. lexi says:

    i’m down for cassis and mocha rouge – I’ll have to try this when I have money again – I can’t wear lipsticks anymore since they tend to dry out my lips but this sounds promising!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Phoebe,

    Happy weekend to you, too, girl!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    They have some good stuff. It’s definitely not a flashy line, but there’s lots of really beautiful makeup.

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    When are you officially leaving for the UK? Are you all packed and ready to go?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Beth,

    She has some really fab products. I suggest her foundations, tinted moisturizers and her powders.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    They feel really nice on the lips — I was suprised! I initially was afraid that the product would feel dry, but that’s not the case at all.

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Xtina,

    πŸ™‚ Try it! Mocha Rouge is a very pretty shade… I liked that one, too.

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Oh, that’s too bad. Good thing that there are other makeup brands to get distracted by!

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    It’s really neat. You should give a try if you get the chance.

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! Happy weekend!

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Nice! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

    I didn’t end up getting it because I had to get back home before traffic hit! I figure if I want it in a week I can go back.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    That’s a fabulous hook up! πŸ™‚ Let me know if you end up doing a lil’ hauling so I can vicariously live through you, LOL.

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Shannon,

    You’re welcome! Hope you’re having a good weekend. πŸ™‚

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    They feel really nice on the lips — all cushy and soft!

  27. Fie says:

    I’m leaving this Friday! πŸ˜€ I’ve packed..mostly. Took me a while to pack all my cosmetics though. *prays hard they won’t shatter in transit*

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    That’s so exciting. I’m really happy for you. I hope the trip goes smoothly (and that nothing breaks). Soon enough you’ll be settled in and exploring your new town!

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