Merle Norman Lip Polish in Mademoiselle Swatches & Review

Merle Norman Lip Polish in Mademoiselle

Did you know that Merle Norman, established in 1931, is still around and now better than ever?

I’ve got memories of Merle Norman. In fact I think maybe my very first makeup memory is of this brand. My grandma had a tub of Merle Norman powder in her bathroom when I was a kid, and I remember always looking at it and smelling it. Wondering what it did. Eventually she gave it to me and I had it all the way through being a teen. I never really used it, it just sat on my desk. I like the way it looked. :)

They have a new limited edition spring collection out and I’ve got the Lip Polish in Mademoiselle for you, which is just one of twelve shades in this line.

Merle Norman Lip Polish in Mademoiselle 2

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These Lip Shines are made to give off mega-watt shine, and are long-wearing. The applicator is a soft brush.

Mademoiselle is a peachy/pink shade with gold shimmer. It does feel sticky, as most long-wearing glosses tend to, but not too bad. About the same as a MAC Lipglass.

Merle Norman Lip Polish in Mademoiselle Swatch

Overall: I like that this gloss didn’t settle into my lip lines and it’s definitely very glossy. It lasted about 3 hours before I felt like I needed a touch-up, which is pretty standard for me. Pretty summer shade, not too bright and would look great with a dark smoky eye.

Availability: Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios.

Have you ever tried Merle Norman before?


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  • June 2, 2012

    This looks really pretty on you, Kelly! :) I’ve never tried anything from this brand before.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • June 2, 2012

      Thanks Mary! It’s been a looooong time since I had seen anything from them myself. :) Have a great weekend as well!

  • June 2, 2012

    I think I’ve tried a Merle Norman product when I was a teenager, but not since then. I’ve often wondered how they stay in business with their stand alone stores – they must have a loyal customer base!
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    • December 9, 2012

      I have used Merle Norman since I was 15 years old. I am now 25, and people always think I appear 18-20 years of age. Merle Norman gives the best coverage while it appears very natural. I have tried various brands of makeup, but they do not give the longlasting effects of Merle Norman. Also, most of the other makeup brands at department stores are more expensive. Merle Norman is very reasonably priced, gives great coverage, and it’s made in the USA. I will always be a Merle Girl!

  • June 2, 2012

    I haven’t been inside our MN in ages, but that is where I had my ears pierced!
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  • June 2, 2012

    I have a MN powder blusher that is still pristine, beautiful, and as silky as the day I bought it, at least 9 years ago! I used to go to the MN counter at their store in a local plaza, to buy earrings for birthday presents. With three sisters and a Mom to buy for, I always found something cool, and finally I tried the makeup.

    Have to go and see if that store is still around!

  • June 2, 2012

    Merle Norman- that brings back memories for me, too. My grandma used Merle Norman products, and my mother (on the rare occasion she wears makeup) does too. I’ve never actually tried it myself. I have to admit, in my mind it had a kind of “dated” or “old-fashioned” image. This is starting to shake that up, which is good to see! I would like to try some of their new products.
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    • June 2, 2012

      I have a quick question, by the way… what is the price on one of these? I didn’t see you mention it anywhere, and when I went to the website, the strangest thing is, I couldn’t find prices for anything! What’s up with that?
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      • June 3, 2012

        I know, I couldn’t find them either and they weren’t on the press release. I contacted my PR person but she didn’t respond…I have a feeling they want you to contact the store first.

  • June 2, 2012
    rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued)

    I remember this brand from way back when. Didn’t know they were still around Lol! Nice lippie :)

  • June 2, 2012

    Ooh, pretty! It looks very delicate. How much is it though?
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    • June 3, 2012

      I’m not sure the press release didn’t say and the PR person didn’t respond to me when I asked. I think you may have to call a store to find out.

  • June 2, 2012

    I also have fond memories of Merle Norman. I used to peruse my grandmother’s catalogues and spot MN items for sale. I thought of it as a “grown-up” brand. :)
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  • June 2, 2012

    Funny, my first memory of makeup is Merle Norman, too! When I was a kid my mother wore Merle Norman foundation – it came in a tub and was a cream. I still remember the smell. I used to put it on when I played dress up. :). I think my aunts and grandmother also had that Merle Norman powder. So I also think of it as an old fashioned, dated brand….I haven’t seen one of their products in 15 years probably. I am surprised they are still around!

  • June 4, 2012

    This looks really pretty on you! I used to work at a Merle Norman and they have a lot of nice skin care and makeup. It’s not just for old ladies like a lot of people think. haha I used to think that before I started working there. But especially recently they have come out with more makeup that is geared toward younger people too. For everyone asking about price, the studio I worked at priced these at $19 if I remember correctly. But each studio is individually owned so I would say they are probably priced at $16-19, depending on where you go. And you can’t order them off MN’s website. The lip glazes are my fave lip product from MN. They feel really creamy and nice on your lips.

  • June 4, 2012

    I’ve had the chance to try a few things from Merle Norman this past year and really liked them. Their lipstick and blush I found to be very good quality. I don’t know if I would love this particular shade of lipgloss but I would definitely give another shade a try!
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