Ah, spring is springing. The birds are chirping, the trees are putting out little green leaf buds … and snow is falling from the sky. O_o
Even more than summer, spring seems to me to be a really good time for a bright pink lip. As a cool-toned, pale-skinned lass, bright lipsticks are often problematic for me, because they pull this funny thing on my skin tone that makes my whole face look like I’ve been crying. Maybe some of you cry neatly and in a genteel, ladylike fashion, but I do not. My face gets all red and blotchy, my eyes (which are already bloodshot to start out with; removing that is the only color correction I do on my eyeshadow-look photos) become positively pink, my lips sort of swell up, and I flush all across my face so that it becomes difficult to tell where my swollen puffy lips end and my swollen puffy skin begins.
For this reason, I try not to cry in front of potential beaux until at least the fourth or fifth date, at which point I feel he should know what he’s getting into before we continue any further.
So finding a bright pink that doesn’t make me look like I’ve just thrown a tantrum has been something of a chore. But! Here is one: Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Hydrangea.
This is an intensely pink color, and it works for me probably because it’s very cool. I could not wear a coral at this level of brightness and saturation. I find it neither moisturizing nor drying, and it lasts about four hours on me (more with primer, lip liner, and a little gloss). It does leave a stain, which helps it wear off evenly, and I haven’t found it to bleed into lip lines, which is always a concern with ultra-bright colors. I have, however, religiously used lipliner when I’ve worn it, which helps.
While I don’t think you need to be matchy-matchy in terms of lipstick and blush and eyeshadow all going together, I do think you get the best results, at least with the lipstick/blush combination, if you stick to the same side of the color wheel. That is, pink and blue-based red lipsticks work best with pink-toned blushes; bronze, copper, or orange-toned reds with peachy blushes. There are some exceptions, for sure, especially the closer you get to neutral tones. A soft pink lip and a soft peach cheek can work well together if you have the right shades. This particular lip color, though, definitely calls for a cool blush.
Lip with Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Hydrangea:
And now we come to the embarrassing part of this post. This is a lippie I bought last summer, intending to save wearing it and reviewing it until this spring… but I didn’t realize it was limited edition and is now no longer available through Laura Mercier or Sephora or most other traditional outlets. Crap! So why am I not just chucking this post? Because it is still available on eBay and through other discount sellers. (AllCosmeticsWholesale.com always has some Laura Mercier products in stock; though this shade isn’t available at the moment, if you like it, I’d check back there every so often.)
Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Hydrangea: Usually $22, but available much more cheaply on eBay.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good. If you pay less for it than I did, which you probably will at this point, you can expect your ratio to be even better! :)
Purchase again? Other colors in the same formulation? Sure, if I found another I liked.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)