Lipstick Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour is a new formula for Laura Mercier's lipstick. The lipsticks are 100% wax-free, which is meant to make the texture as light as possible. They really do feel like nothing, and glide onto the lips effortlessly. Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau lipsticks are offered in 15 colors and three finishes: matte, sheer, and creme. To make things as easy as possible for us, Laura Mercier used the first letter of the finish as the first letter of the color's name, thus Star is sheer and Malt is Matte (and my next purchase, Cafe and Chic are Creme).
Here's the ingredient list as posted on Laura Mercier's website:
PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, MICA, SILICA, POLYETHYLENE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, TRIACONTANYL PVP, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FLAVOR (AROMA), PENTAStar is a very sheer warm red (Laure Mercier describes it a s"brick"). It's more of a light stain, but as you can see in the swatch above, it can be built (these are three coats). Malt is much warmer than it appears on the website (the color samples are atrocious and very early 2000s. When are the good people at Laura Mercier going to acknowledge the importance of online shopping?). The best way I can describe this shade is as a caramelized rusty rose. The finish is, indeed, matte, but it actually feels creamy on the lips.
Rouge Nouveau lipsticks are scented, but less so than other Laura Mercier lip products. still, as a lipstick that's touted suitable for sensitive skin I'd expect that they forego the fragrance. One of the best thing about them is the way they wear off: gradually and evenly, without leaving patches of dry product behind. I do find that lips need to be well-prepped before application, but that's always true as far as I'm concerned.
Bottom Line: the more the merrier.
Laura Mercier Lipstick Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24 each) can be found at the counters and on lauramercier.com.