One of the fun parts of my job is staying up to date with the latest beauty and skincare brands and sharing them with you! I discovered MERIT Lipstick a year or two ago, and it’s been one of my favorites ever since. I had no idea the brand would become so popular and extend its line, but I am here for it because the products are all vegan, certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, EU-compliant, and Clean at Sephora. As promised, here’s my Merit Beauty review for mature skin, along with my favorite products, and the ones I plan to try.
The founder of MERIT Beauty is Katherine Power, who also founded Versed Beauty and Who What Wear. She founded the minimalistic MERIT Beauty brand in 2021, focusing on the idea that we all aim to enhance our natural beauty rather than transform it. I’m personally all for the magic that makeup can create, but I also want to look like the best version of myself.
In collaboration with Biba de Sousa, a renowned Hollywood aesthetician celebrated for her “no-list” approach, they also removed 73 potentially acne-triggering ingredients from their formulations to ensure their suitability for all skin types.
Is MERIT makeup good for mature skin?
As a woman in her sixties, I would say that the MERIT Beauty products I’ve tried are great for mature skin! The blush and lipstick are especially nice and come in gorgeous shades.
Best MERIT Beauty Products to Try
This lipstick was my gateway into the brand and what made me want to dig deeper into their products. I started with the Millennial and ended up buying Fashion, which is a soft berry that looks red on me, so it’s perfect for the holidays.
I love a good lipstick, and this one has become my go-to. Unlike a lot of lipsticks, this one is hydrating and lasts a long time without feeling dry. It gives a nice satin finish that can be layered on if you want more color.
If you like more of a glossy finish, MERIT also has a Tinted Lip Oil as well. I haven’t tried it, but it looks luscious.
When I put color on my cheeks, I prefer a cream blush to give a dewier, more radiant look that doesn’t feel cakey. The Flush Balm cream blush by MERIT is blendable and gives off a healthy glow. It’s so easy to apply that you can’t mess it up. Depending upon the look I’m going for, I’ll switch between Stockholm (baby pink) and the Cheeky which is a cool pink. There are 8 total shades you can choose from that all look pretty natural!
I’ve tried quite a few clean mascaras like Tower 28 MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara and Ilia Limitless Lash that I’ve become pretty loyal to. That being said, I’ve heard so much about the MERIT Clean Lash that I decided to give it a try. All three mascaras are Allure Beauty award winners, and I’m usually quite happy with those.
Unlike regular mascaras that paint the lashes with pigment, tubing mascara works by creating tiny “tubes” around each lash. This type of mascara can be a great choice for those who have issues with smudging, flaking, or have sensitive eyes because the tubing formulas tend to be more gentle and non-irritating.
Tubing mascara also tends to wash off more easily at the end of the day. It goes on lightly, and you can go back to add additional layers to thicken the look. You’ll notice in the picture above that I have on more than one layer.
Finding products as you get older that work for mature skin can be hard. What I like about the Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation Stick is that it’s described as “not a foundation or a concealer.” It provides light to medium coverage without being too drying or heavy. Rather than cover your whole face, you apply to spots and marks you’d like to camouflage, then blend it in.
I’d recommend buying the MERIT Brush No. 1 Tapered Blending Brush to help blend everything in. The MERIT website has a good description of each shade and the undertones to help you choose your best color, but it’s currently on sale at Sephopra so I’d order it there. I wear the shade, Dune.
This eyeshadow by MERIT has been so hard to get my hands on! It was sold out until about a month ago almost everywhere. I eventually found it and ordered the Studio shade which they describe as cool taupe. It’s made with chamomile and calendula extracts to soothe your eyes, magnolia bark extract to smooth, and peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines. This eye shadow is a buildable, cream-to-powder that actually stays on.
I bought their double sided brush to apply it but you could easily use your fingers. I anticipated a gooey mess but it went on very easily and with a lovely matte finish that didn’t crease, even after a long day. My one complaint is that this color is not cool so I returned it and ordered the Nelson shade which does look very cool, even in the store. I hope they come out with more shades because this really does stand up to all the hype.
Other MERIT Beauty Products to Try
I haven’t tried everything the brand offers yet but I wanted to let you know about a few others that I’ve heard good things about:
- Day Glow Highlighting Balm
- Brow 1980 Volumizing Eyebrow Pomade Gel
- Shade Slick Classics Tinted Lip Oil