Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Tamara Red

I unearthed the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Tamara Red (P1,250 at Rustan's) while I was searching for something else entirely. I've had this for almost a year now but didn't get to wear it very often - why, I have no idea! This is a gorgeous color in an equally beautiful bullet. I don't know what's wrong with me.

The formula is a creamy but sticks and sets on the lips comfortably. It's opaque in one layer! Staying power is good, at three hours before it starts to fade. It leaves a nice, even stain even after I've eaten. You might need a lip balm to moisturize your lips beforehand though, since this lipstick can feel drying after a while (typical of longwearing formulas really).

Tamara Red is a fairly unique color, at least in my lipstick collection. It's an oxblood red with a sepia undertone. It's very pigmented but it's not bright or neon at all; it's a muted, old school red. Love it! It's hard to capture the complexity of the color on camera, which is why it looks like a berry red here. Sorry about that. I hope you can imagine it as I described it!

This color was part of Laura Mercier's holiday collection last year, but I checked the website and this appears to be a permanent color. ^_^ So yay! Check out Laura Mercier in Rustan's if you're interested in acquiring an oxblood red for fall - this is the perfect shade for the season!

How do you feel about oxblood red as a color? Yay or nay?