The scenario: weekend brunch with the girls. After a short stack of banana pancakes, three cups of coffee and two solid hours spent laughing, chatting and catching up, it’s time for a quick touch-up before heading out. If you happen to pull hot pink Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Dollface ($22) from your purse, what happens next could sound a lot like this…
You: “I know, right? It’s Laura Mercier’s Dollface lipstick.”
BFF: “LOVE the color, but I dunno… Do you think I could ever wear something that bright?”
You: “Oh, yes! For sure! It’s way more bark than bite. It looks super bright in the tube and goes on like a really sheer, shiny hot pink, but when it mellows out it looks like a lip stain.
“I like it… I don’t like having to reapply it every hour or so — that’s kind of a pain — but it’s very hydrating, and my lips are dry, so it’s great for that. Oh, and it tastes and smells a little like vanilla, which I like.
“Here, wanna try? I promise I don’t have cooties. Wipe the tip on that napkin over there… And use my mirror.”
Next thing you know, grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s after brunch gets put on the back burner, and you and your girls are making a beeline for the nearest Laura counter so they can pick up Dollface, too.
Yes, I speak from experience.
Beyond its uncanny ability to inspire sudden changes in plans, Dollface also possesses the power to seduce wearers into thinking that it, and the rest of Laura’s Gel Lip Colours, are among the slickest, lightest weight, most comfortable lipsticks you and your lips have ever kissed.
Dollface doesn’t just feel smooth. It feels smoove…like that time you “accidentally” ate that bowl of buttercream frosting you were supposed to use for the cake you baked and then, as you licked the smooth, rich frosting from your lips, realized that — holy wow! — there was a ton of butter in that.
Again, I speak from experience.
And maybe I’ve watched way too much Masterpiece Theater lately, but I think there’s also something very Downton Abbey about Dollface, especially after about 20 minutes, when it settles down and the shine gives way to a soft, pink stain with a careless whisper — wait, did I just say “careless whisper?” — of sheen. I can totally see the Crawley girls wearing it whilst sipping tea, or perhaps while touring the gardens on a hazy spring day.
Seriously, does the sun ever come out on that show?
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I’m thinking Dollface would make a great lip color for dates, since the light, smoove texture would be very conducive to smooching.
No need to make a quick decision, either, because this Dollface lives in Laura’s permanent line.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Also new from Laura Mercier: The Sheer, Bold, Tres Chic Collection
It looks like Dollface just made a couple of new friends. Poppy and Orchid, two new permanent shades in the Gel Lip Colour Line (also $22 each), are joining the festivities, and they’re bringing five new limited-edition $18 Nail Lacquers with them (in Sizzle, Oh La La, Cabana, Luscious and Flamingo).
Gah! These bright pinks and corals are making me antsy for spring!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,