Laura Mercier is a brand that's always tickled my fancy - I've heard so many amazing things and as a result, I have a fair few of her products on my never-ending blogger wish list. Before Christmas, I was lucky enough to recieve one of the Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace Collection* sets containing 5 travel sized versions of the popular Lip Glace glosses. Ranging from a milky, pale nude all the way to a bright pink-red, this particular set really does have a good variety of shades to try. As someone who experiments a great deal with lip colour, a set like this was the perfect addition to my collection and I've really enjoyed using it over the festive season and well into the new year. Although it's difficult to get your hands on these sets now that Christmas is well and truly over, I thought I'd go into a bit of detail about each shade and the overall appearance and performance. If you're a lipstick-aholic like myself, I reckon you might be tempted to get your mitts on one of these...
Angelic is exactly the sort of shade you'd expect it to be from the name. This is the palest colour from the 5 and I'd describe it as being a very milky pale pink-nude. It transfers onto the lips quite sheerly so it makes for a nice layering gloss for use over lipsticks. It is slightly too pale for me to wear on it's own but it's actually quite a nice one to dab onto the lips for a little bit of dimension if you're wearing a pale shade to begin with.
Bare Pink is a little more 'me'. It's still very pale but the slight coral hint to the pink compliments my skin-tone a little more and for this reason it's much easier to wear. Again, it is slightly more sheer but this really does work in its favour as it's a good one to layer over lipsticks, making it much more versatile. It works well over Mac's 'Shy Girl' lipstick or any similar shade.
Pink Pop is a mid-pink shade with a hint of brightness to it. Although it's a slightly more vibrant shade it's not over the top and it still looks really sophisticated and pretty. It brings a lot of focus to the lip area and adds a touch of brightness to the complexion. Very flattering and one of the favourites from the set.
Tulip is a slightly more toned-down, cooler version of 'Pink Pop'. With a slight lilac/purple hint, it's one of the more pigmented shades of the set and looks beautiful worn on its own.
Wildflower is the favourite of the bunch for me! It's almost in-between a lipgloss and a lip laquer - it's the most pigmented of the bunch and has a slightly more opaque finish. Again, like the rest of the set, it's perfect for layering over lipsticks but this one in particular works amazingly well on its own. Its a gorgeous vibrant berry red shade with a slight hint of raspberry pink - very brightening on the complexion.
Each gloss has a beautiful, vanilla-like scent which only adds to their appeal for me - I do love a yummy fragrance and it makes them all the more luxurious and pleasant to apply. Consistency wise, they are slightly sticky but definitely not gloopy or thick - just the right sort of texture for a nice, longer wearing lip gloss. You can feel them on your lips but they aren't unbearable - I just apply a thin layer as I'm quite fussy when it comes to glosses! They're very easy to apply thanks to the doe-foot applicator and smooth texture - making them the perfect product to throw into your handbag for on-the-go application.
Overall, a lovely little set from Laura Mercier. Like I said, I'm not entirely sure you can get your mitts on these collection sets now the Christmas is over, but if you're a lip product fan and fancy treating yourself, I really recommend taking a look at these glosses. If you're fussy about consistency, they might not be for you, but if you're after a good quality, longer wearing lip gloss with a luxurious edge then these are the perfect treat (I've had a little mooch around at other reviews on various websites and they do seem to receive quite a bit of praise!) Priced at £19.50* each, they certainly aren't cheap, but well worth a swatch if you're a gloss fan! You can find a good variety of shades on the Urban Retreat website here (i really like the look of 'Daiquiri' and 'Garnet'!)
Have you ever tried these lip glosses? What would you recommend from Laura Mercier?