I don't normally wear lipstick with shimmer, but I was drawn to Laura Mercier's Shimmer Lip Colour in Amaretto ($22).
Sometimes I dab a bit on my cheekbones and eyelids--I just wish it contained more plum than bronze, as it leans a little too closely to rust for my cool coloring.
This is a full-coverage lipstick, but the texture is incredibly silky, and lightweight. The fact that you can buy 4 grams for $22 makes it an outstanding value, especially when many of its competitors are far more costly and weigh in at 3.5 grams or less. This is lipstick that feels like skincare.
The following images show the lipstick and skin swatches in different lighting conditions, mostly direct and indirect sunlight, as well as indoors/natural light with no flash. Can you see the bronze and plum? I found it difficult to capture.
I have nothing to compare Amaretto to, as I generally buy sheer/clear reds, roses, and berry creams. Amaretto is what I'd hoped Le Metier de Beaute Gloss in Summerland would be like. Unfortunately, Summerland was a disappointment, and I prefer Amaretto in every way--color, texture, and the fact that when the color fades, I am not left with a mouth (or face) full of glitter.
When I blot Amaretto down to a stain, I see nothing but plum on the tissue, while what remains on my lips is a bronzed, gleaming almost-metallic finish (lips need to be in good shape or every flake will show). Since I want to keep those plum tones, I find that a lipstick brush is the best way to apply this lipstick to get the amount of pigment I want. Despite being a little outside my comfort zone with the hints of metallic bronze, I like how Amaretto looks on me, if only because I have nothing else like it, not even close.
Bottom line: Beautiful and unique. Get one.
All photos mine