Look at the elegant, classic packaging! This is the brand Merle Norman. It was created 85 years ago and is only available through independently owned and operated Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios in the United States and Canada.
I was recently sent a selection of the products for my honest review.
I received the Skintelligent skincare system to test. The line consists of a toner, cleanser and moisturizer. The cleanser is exfoliating and it gives a rigorous scrub. I don’t know if I would use this every day, because it is such a strong exfoliator. But, boy did it exfoliate and help reduce the size of my pores! I do like it and will use it a few times a week. If you do like stronger exfoliation, this would be a great pick for you!
The toner, on the other hand, is very gentle. It claims to protect against environmental stressors with probiotic technology. Extracts of Alpine Willowherb and Ginseng energize, hydrate and help tighten skin while reducing the appearance of pores. Together these ingredients leave skin refreshed and help absorption of serums and moisturizers. I do really like how this feels on, it doesn’t sting or irritate my sensitive skin and I will continue to use it everyday.
The moisturizer is nice as well. This also protects against environmental stressors and contains Elixir-IRTM and Resveratrol to help improve elasticity and texture. I typically use a moisturizer with SPF in the day time, but I will use this at night more and see if I see any changes in my skin.
On to makeup!
These are products from the spring 2018 collection. There are other great products like a pink toned blush, an eye shadow quad and eye shadow sticks.
The Lasting Cheekcolor ($17 SRP) blush compact is gorgeous! I love the holographic cover. The shade above is Halo, a fresh peach shade. It’s very pretty on.
Soft Touch Eye Pencil ($14 SRP) This pencil is very creamy and is easy to blend. It comes in a new shade called Ocean Blue. It’s a pretty turquoise perfect for spring and summer.
Lip Pencil Plus ($14 SRP) This dual-function wood-clenched lip pencil is one versatile product, with 2/3 lip color and 1/3 lipliner. This is in a new shade Sweet Marmalade. This is one of my favorite makeup products from Merle Norman. The lip liner is gorgeous and creamy, and stays put. The lip color is creamier and blends nicely over the liner. It also has shimmer so makes lips appear larger. The line has a whole bunch of shades, so you can find a perfect one for you. I love this color combo for spring and summer, but would love to try other shades!
Creamy Lipcolor ($15 SRP) A supremely cushiony moisturizing formula which offers luxurious color in one creamy stroke! The newest shade is Gold Plated Bronze.
Lip Topper ($15 SRP) This is another favorite from the collection. A gloss which creates a shimmering, magical effect on lips. Available in shades Cosmic Rose & Sugar Crystals.
I also received a couple other favorites from the brand:
Fat Lash Mascara — Features a unique flat yet slightly curved brush designed to hug the curve of lashes, even those pesky fine lashes. Flake-, smudge- and transfer-proof formula separates while enveloping each lash to maximize its biggest potential.
I really like this. It separates and defines lashes really nicely. It also gives my short lashes volume and some length. This is a great every day mascara!
Knockout Nudes palette — features ten sensational neutral shadows so you can explore looks from soft and romantic to sophisticated and dramatic. Includes ten shades. There’s a nude for every mood: Moonstone (matte), Rose Quartz (luminous), Gold Star (luminous), Smitten (matte), Caramel (matte), Bold as Brass (metallic), Beauty Mark (matte), Tiger Eye (metallic), Cosmic (luminous), Cafe Society (matte).
I don’t know if you can see from the photo, but I didn’t get the Beauty Mark shade (4th from the right). Instead it looks like a second Tiger Eye shade. I think it’s just a mistake made when putting together the palette. It’s still really pretty! The shades are nice for everyday looks and blend really well.
Merle Norman Cosmetics can be found at a studio near you. You can look on their website at http://www.merlenorman.com/find-a-studio.
Have you tried Merle Norman? What do you think?