As soon as I read about Merit, I added it to my wishlist. If this is your first time hearing of Merit, it is a clean, luxury, minimal beauty brand centered around the motto of “less is more.” Being the 75% minimalist that I am, I knew I had to try some of their products out. Luckily, the brand reached out to send me some products to try and spread the word about their launch in Sephora.
In this post, I will be reviewing”
- The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
- Brow 1980, a volumizing tinted brow pomade
- Day Glow Cream Highlighter
- Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil in Marrakech + Sangria
Read on below for my Merit Beauty review and watch my video where I try on all of the products mentioned.
Merit Beauty Review
The Minimalist, $38, is a lightweight cream stick that is supposed to even out the skin tone to give you a healthy even complexion. It comes in 20 shades, which is good for this type of product. Normally when something is so light in coverage, each shade is able to work across a few different skin tones. I love the bullet-style packaging. It makes it each to quickly apply and go. I chose the shade Amber and it matches perfectly. I’ve been wearing this on easy days working from home and running errands around town.
This does what it says and just makes the skin look more healthy and even without doing the most. This doesn’t cover blemishes, so maybe reserve this for your perfect skin days if that bothers you. I honestly don’t care if my dark spots show when I’m hanging out at home.
I have oily skin and did find that I had to powder my face halfway through the day to remove the shine. I think this is the perfect product for working from home if you want to feel more put together without doing a full face.
While we’re on the subject of not wanting to do a full face, the Brow 1980 pomade, $24, is the perfect product for someone who is looking to do a minimalist everyday routine. Unlike other brow pomade’s I’ve tried, this one deposits the ideal amount of tint and hold to my brows to make them look fuller but not scarily intense. It’s actually hard to put too much of this on, which is perfect for people like me who are very impatient when it comes to doing brows.
I love the tiny wand because I feel like it helps to get the product in the spots you need it.
The Shade Slick is a tinted lip oil that’s comfortable on the lips and has the perfect amount of color payoff. It’s more pigment than oil, which I love since most tinted lip oils I’ve tried are more oil than tint. I chose the shades Marrakech, which is a peachy pink, and Sangria, which is a brick red. Although these are pigmented, they don’t leave behind a stain. If you’re looking for a tinted lip oil that’s actually tinted and isn’t sticky, I highly recommend trying out this one.
I also tried out the Day Glow highlighting Balm in Bounce, which is described as rose gold. It gives you a nice shimmer that’s not patchy and it also doesn’t make me look greasy. I like to use a duo fiber brush to apply a wash of this highlighter on the high points of my face for a subtle glow.
Overall, I love Merit’s branding and messaging. I’m happy to see more clean luxury beauty brands emerge and I’m excited to try and review more from them.