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8 things we love about the new Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

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8 things we love about the new Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
Want a lipstick that ticks all the boxes? We think we've found the one

Love lipsticks as much as we do? Then you've probably found that many of the lipsticks you've tried tick some (but never all) the boxes. Some lipsticks have awesome, lip-loving formulas, but are too shiny when worn or disappear after lunch. Others are truly matte and have vibrant pigments, but also sink into the creases of your lips making them look dry and cracked. Some may have great formulas, but only come in a few 'my lips but better' shades, lacking the vibrant variety every lipstick lover craves. Like the perfect Tinder match, the perfect lipstick is hard to find.

Well, we've found a new contender that has impressed with its versatility, formula and easy-to-use, pencil form. Laura Mercier's Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick comes in a slender stick but has a texture more akin to a lip crayon. But make no mistake, it packs as much punch as a regular, bullet-shaped lipstick. Read on to find out why we love this new offering from the classic makeup brand.
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Swatches

IT'S EASY TO APPLY
They say you can tell a lot about a woman from how she uses and wears down her lipstick. Whether you believe that or not, we can all agree that a lipstick that is blunt or worse still, narrowed down to just a tiny stub, can be difficult to use, especially if you're going for a precise finish or are applying a high-impact shade like scarlet. Not only is this stylus-style lip pen retractable, it has a built-in shaper on the cap that can be used to sharpen the lipstick for more precision application, so you don't need a separate liner. And if you're applying on-the-go, you'll find that the formula glides easily over the lips and fills in colour in one, easy stroke.

IT PROVES THAT THIN IS IN
We've found that it's easy to carry more than one of these lovelies around with us thanks to the skinny pen packaging. Slip this is even the slimmest of purses and it should fit in quite discreetly. 

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme

IT FEELS LIKE NOTHING ON YOUR LIPS
In an ideal world, our lipstick would feel weightless and almost invisible. But the truth is, a lot of mattes can feel heavy when worn, almost like an extra layer of paint over your kissers. This is one lipstick that feels truly comfortable thanks to silky conditioners that envelop your lips. Seriously, the formula is so good, we sometimes forget we're wearing anything. And there's a reason the world 'velour' is in its name. Like the plush, knitted fabric it takes its name from, this cocoons the lips in comfort.

IT HAS A GORGEOUS, EXTREME MATTE FINISH THAT STILL LOOKS NATURAL
Make no mistake about it, this is one truly matte lipstick. The brand uses innovative mattifying powders to create that shine-free look that is so covetable right now and is seen in high fashion editorials and on red carpets. But at the same time, it's a matte that is natural looking. With many liquid lipsticks that dry matte on the lips, there can be an almost 'crusty' finish, and worse still flaking when you move your lips too much or sip on a drink, but you'll have none of that with this smooth, creamy formula that adheres perfectly to the lips. 

THE 24 COLOURS WORK ON ALL SKIN TONES
This can be a tough one, as we know that not all lip colours look as good as promised by the advertisement visuals when they're worn. Throw outdated notions that certain skin tones can only wear certain colours out the windows and embrace the vibrant, highly pigmented shades on offer. Bestsellers include Fresh, a deep pinky nude, Fire, a red orange, and Vibe, a medium beige. While there are no outré shades like bright blue or grey, these are versatile, wearable colours you'll keep reaching out for. Browse the gallery below to see these three shades on different skin tones.

YOU CAN BUILD UP THE COVERAGE FROM A LIP STAIN TO A HIGH PIGMENT FINISH
This is one lipstick that can be 'worked' according to your needs. Dab on colour with your fingers if you want that peekaboo effect that allows your natural lip colour to show through. Want a super-pro, high-impact lip? Line the lip contours first and then fill in the colour, blot, and add another layer if you want more of a pop.

YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH MORE THAT ONE COLOUR FOR DIFFERENT EFFECTS
Love the idea of playing with lipsticks? So do we. Why stick with a single colour when you can create more than one? Mix and match your favourite shades for different effects like a bitten and two-toned look. For a subtle ombré you can pick two colours that match closely, applying the darker one on the outer edges and the lighter shade in the centre, blending the two colours together. The creamy texture blends easily so even amateurs can nail this lip trick.

IT STAYS ON WITHOUT BUDGING
Migration should only happen to someone who wants to move from one country to another, not to your lipstick. Is there anything worse than feathering lipstick, or the ultimate amateur faux pas — stray lipstick on your teeth? We think not. In general, matte lipsticks do last longer that glossy finishes, but they do tend to bleed after awhile. You won't get this with this long-lasting formula. But if you want to ensure an absolutely budge-proof lip, you can try setting your lipstick with the brand's cult Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

$40. Available now at Laura Mercier counters in TANGS at TANG Plaza, Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City and all Sephora Stores.

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Text: Renée Batchelor

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