It seems that new Laura Mercier products are introduced quietly, without much fanfare. I had heard of her new gel lipsticks, but I was hesitant to buy one, as the colors looked lurid online, almost neon. At the recommendation of a trusted friend, however, I decided to purchase Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Sweet Cherry ($22).
The Laura Mercier web site claims that this "innovative gel-based lipstick will cushion your lips in soft-comfort colour with a shine finish. The clear lip colour base allows for a bold bullet with pure colour registration while the super smooth formula leaves lips with a soft colour payoff."
I guess that means colorful but sheer. All I know is that this lipstick is A. MAY. Zing.
Sheer and incredibly shiny, if you are a lip gloss lover, consider trying this lipstick formula, with its incredibly glossy finish that does not fade as quickly as the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks do.
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I could not love this lipstick any more than I do. It makes my lips look juicy. So I will tuck away Laura Mercier Bing Cherry (reviewed here) for fall/winter wear, which is probably too warm for me, anyway, and wear Sweet Cherry all spring and summer.
I don't currently own many sheer red lipsticks. Below are swatches of Sweet Cherry compared to Lipstick Queen Medieval and Chantecaille Lip Chic in Dahlia. Medieval is really sheer (barely a tint of color) and Chantecaille is more warm, so I guess I won't be wearing that anymore.
I have heard people complain about a scent, and there is something fruity about it. Not in a cloying Bubblicious bubblegum way, but I could do without the fragrance. It fades pretty quickly, but if you have an aversion to scented products, you might want to test this one first.
Bottom line: I have found my absolute perfect hot summer love. ♥ If you are interested in exploring red lips but feel intimidated by red's POWAH, get thee to tester and try this on. Stat.
UPDATE: A few months after I posted this review, I had a Sci\ART seasonal color analysis where I was asked to bring all my makeup. At the end of the session, when we'd arrived at my season (True/Cool Summer), Sweet Cherry was the analyst's absolute favorite for people with my coloring. I have since the used it up and bought my second tube.
All photos mine.