The Lipstick Bandits are back! And this time, we have additional recruits.
Our new task was to find one favorite fall lipstick, and share it with the world. This may sound easy enough, but trying to choose a single lipstick for this post was incredibly difficult (either I have too many lipsticks, or I have issues. I think it’s a combination of both…)
After much hemming and hawing, I finally settled on an old favorite: Laura Mercier Stick Gloss in Courtisane. This little tube of goodness entered my life in a brown bubble mailer, courtesy of the wonderful Cat from Strawberry Mochi.
Sephora describes this shade as a ‘mauve rose.’ I’m sorry, but they are incorrect.
Courtisane is a sheer, brick red with an overlay of rose-gold shimmer. It’s gorgeous, wearable, and completely unique. It makes me think of ripe apples and golden sunshine on autumn leaves (it’s entirely possible that I have a hyperactive imagination when it comes to lipstick shades. I can’t help myself).
The color is on the sheer side, but easily buildable. Thanks to the incredibly lightweight formula, I can comfortably wear 2-3 coats. It glides on like a balm, and is very forgiving on dry lips. I usually combine it with lipbalm out of habit, but it’s one of the most moisturizing lipsticks I’ve ever used.
Requisite lip swatch:
And another, to show the beautiful finish. The color is a little bit washed out here:
So to sum up, Courtisane is my must-have lipstick for fall! I love my traditional berry reds as well, but this one’s great for days when I want a little extra warmth in my face. It’s subtle enough for everyday wear, but has enough character (can a lipstick have character? Am I just very tired and not making any sense?) to pair beautifully with subtle makeup, which is usually all I have time for.
Sephora sells these at $20 a tube, but I believe Cat is selling one for $10 right now. What’s that you say? I’m being an enabler? *shifty eyes*
What’s your favorite fall lipstick?
P.S. Wondering what the other Lipstick Bandits are loving? Check out these posts for all our fall favourites: