Today I have for you a few items I chose from Laura Mercier's spring collection, Belle Nouveau. I purchased the Nude Pink Créme Lip Print, Lavender Cloud Nail Lacquer, and Orange Tulip Lip Glacé. Below is a full list of all of the items in this collection:
- Lip Glacés ($20): Camellia, Lotus Blossom, and Orange Tulip
- Créme Lip Print ($20): Nude Beige, Nude Coral, and Nude Pink
- Sheer Créme Eye Shadows ($22): Mauve Pastel, Grey Pastel, and Aqua Pastel
- Nail Lacquer ($18): Lavender Cloud
- Sheer Créme Colour ($22): Copper Glow Veil
- Body Bronzing Makeup ($38)
- Caviar Eye Stick Colour ($24): Turquoise
- Long Lash Mascara ($24 ): Bleu
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Nude Pink is a bright, light peachy-pink that is perfect for the spring and summer months. I took the photo above in sunlight and the color came out a little off, but if you scroll down to the lip swatches below you will see that it is more pink rather than coral when applied.
Orange Tulip is a pale, semi-sheer orange cream shade. Actually, I would say it is more of a light peach than orange. It works nicely on top the Nude Pink Lip Print.
The matte finish of the Lip Print tends to emphasize the lines and dryness of my waaay-past-30-years-old lips (older girls, represent!), but I did really like the feel of the product. It's lightweight and reminds me somewhat of the NARS Velvet Matte pencils, but this seems more creamy and blendable. It starts out sheer but can be layered for an opaque look. I detected a very faint, pleasant scent (so faint you may not even notice it). I'm not loving the way it's packaged in a pan. I admit I am lazy and prefer lip color that can be applied directly from a stick or tube. But this packaging will definitely be a plus for anyone who already owns a Laura Mercier Custom Compact, as the product can be popped out and placed in your existing palette.
Below you can see how this shade looks with Orange Tulip layered on top:
Lavender Cloud is a beautiful, pale pastel violet. It leans a little blue on my skin tone. The formula is thick and covers well in two coats. I didn't have any issues with streaking but it seemed to set pretty quickly so I had to work fast. I've only worn it for one day so far, so can't speak about its longevity, but so far, so good! Below it is compared to a few similar colors:
in bright sunlight
Essie's To Buy Or Not To Buy looks very similar in the photo taken in sunlight above, but it is not identical, as it has noticeably more pink in it. The photo below, taken indoors, may give you a better idea of the subtle difference between these two shades.
Butter London's Muggins and Zoya's Megan are also close, but they have more gray tones. These two are both lovely soft, muted shades well-suited to fall and winter, whereas I consider Lavender Cloud to be just a bit more cheerful and springy. It is hands down my favorite among all of these shades. I remember painting my bedroom a similar shade when I was a teenager!
in low indoor lighting
one more view in sunlight
Will you be picking up anything from Laura Mercier's Belle Nouveau collection?
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