After contemplating for many months whether I wanted to try the Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Bing Cherry ($22)--one in a trio of online exclusives--I finally made a purchase, and I am sorry I waited. Described as a "creme rich burned red" on the Laura Mercier web site, Bing Cherry is supposed to be the red that looks good on everyone. It is also Laura's current favorite shade.
Laura Mercier's cream lipstick formulation is among the best out there. Pigmented, silky-smooth, and at least moderately moisturizing (as in it doesn't suck every water molecule form my lips the way MAC and NARS do), Bing Cherry delivers on all fronts. Among its ingredients are shea butter, grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, and a lip-plumping "Maxi-Lip peptide complex" that is probably just window dressing. My lips feel just as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning.
Burned red connotes unpretty images of brown, but what I see is a deep red with plum undertones and only a hint of brown. It is possible I see plum because I have a fair amount of blue in my lips, but Bing is the most unique red I own, being neither too blue nor too true, and I love it. It looks exactly like a ripe Bing cherry, and when the fades from my lips, it leaves behind a plum berry stain, not a fuchsia pink stain.
If memory serves, Bing Cherry reminds me of Julie Hewett's Coco Noir and Besame Cosmetics' Merlot. Unfortunately, I no longer have those two lipsticks for comparison, but the following image shows Bing Cherry on the right, compared to my two Edward Bess red lipsticks, Midnight Bloom and Eternal Passion. You can see how much deeper the Laura Mercier lipstick is adjacent to the Popsicle red Eternal Passion and the cooler, more navied Midnight Bloom:
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I used to think Chantecaille Lip chic in Dahlia was my best red, but now I have a new love. Their formulations are completely different. Lip Chics are sheer and glossy, while Bing Cherry has a satin, almost semi-matte finish, and Bing has suddenly become my favorite red lipstick. Depending on your skin tone + lip pigment, Bing could be a dramatic red. Despite the fact that I am too fickle to have a favorite makeup product, let alone a signature color, I could almost contemplate making Bing Cherry a signature color, certainly for fall/winter. I'd die of happiness if this were offered in a sheer formulation, as well, so I could wear it on a hot summer day.
Here's how it looks on my mauve medium-pigmented lips. (Apologies for the blur effect--macro photography often makes invisible upper lip hair look like a gnarly forest.)
I did not use lip pencil in these photos, but if I did, I'd choose one that matched my lip pigment, and I'd outline just the top edges, along the cupid's bow.
I tried to capture the plum undertones in the following image. Definitely not your typical blue-red lipstick.
Bottom line: Red berry love and (as far as I can tell) unique.
Bing Cherry ($22) is available exclusively at lauramercier.com.
All photos mine.