Merle Norman: First Impressions

Merle Norman is actually the first brand I have tried in my experience with wearing makeup.  I had a lipstick here and a nail polish there but I had never really used makeup until I made a trip to Merle Norman and got my first powder, which happens to be the Ultra Powder Foundation.  I bought my first one over 12 years ago!!!  I am happy to say that the exact same product still exists and I STILL LOVE IT!  I am excited to show you the other products that I have been trying from the brand.

Brilliant-C Eye Cream
For all skin types and aging concerns. 
Look on the bright side. This advanced eye cream brightens as it moisturizes with our exclusive Bright+ Complex®. It reduces the signs of premature aging, sun spots, dark circles and discoloration of the eye area while soothing botanicals and emollients soften and hydrate. Optical diffusers minimize flaws. Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.” 

If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times: eye creams are one of my favorite skincare products.  I am terrified of having saggy, droopy eyes when I get older so I am doing everything I can for prevention now.  This eye cream is rich!  It is nice and thick and a little goes a long way.  I use a tad bit more in the evening, before bed than I do during the daytime.  I only use a tiny dot in the morning and work it around my entire eye and it is the perfect amount.  Really a nice product.  I will keep you updated on my thoughts when I touch on this product again.
Clear Complexion Toner
“For all skin types and acne concerns. 
Battle blemishes and blackheads with this acne-fighting toner. It helps clear up and dry up breakouts with Salicylic Acid. The gentle formula thoroughly lifts away pore-clogging residue. Botanical extracts help refine the appearance of pores and reduce irritation. Clinically proven to reduce acne. Oil-free.” 

I have had a problem with acne and blackheads ever since I hit puberty and nothing has changed since I hit the big 3-0.  Salicylic Acid is the key ingredient in this toner and it is proven to help with drying up acne and breakouts.  It is a nice toner; not too strong.  I feel like it helps with oil production.  Also the botanical extracts in this toner refine the appearance of pores! WIN!  :)  I put this toner on a cotton pad and swab it all over my face… it is like a breath of fresh air.  It leaves a cold, refreshed feeling!
Ultra Powder Foundation
“For all skin types. 
This amazing dual powder-and-foundation-in-one provides versatile coverage whether applied wet or dry. Its ultra-fine velvety texture absorbs oil leaving a flawless finish. It’s a must-have for on-the-go touch-ups. Oil-free.”

This product is PHENOMENAL!  I have used it off and on for years.  When I am not using this, it is not because I don’t like it–I just love trying new things.  The coverage is great and the texture is super nice.  It helps absorb oil and I can say that my face really looks perfect after.  I can’t tell you HOW MANY of my friends I have gotten hooked on this product over the years.  I love it because it is a one stop shop.  I apply this dry and it is all I need for coverage.  It is nice to keep in your purse for touch ups!  
Lasting Cream Eyeshadow
“It’s a base … it’s a shadow … it’s both! This masterfully pigmented cream glides on to provide the ideal base for layering eye shadow application — or for gorgeous, long-wearing, crease-resistant color on its own. Plus, it’s waterproof! Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.”

I have the shade called “Sugared Almond” and it is a pretty sparkly taupe.  I have work this on its on and layered with other products.  I love it.  It looks darker in the tube than it is on its on.  It lasted all day and looked spectacular.  I have several compliments when I used this as a base for a dramatic smokey eye a week or so ago.  It is really great.
Lasting Cheekcolor
“You need a blush that lasts hours, not minutes, right? This silky powder formula provides stay-true, fade-resistant color that glides on smoothly and blends easily. It leaves a soft, translucent finish. Talc-free. Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.”

The shade I have is “Angel Glow“.  It is a beautiful peachy pink that is perfect for most (if not all) skintones.  It is silky like it claims and really does blend out perfectly.  It is soft finish so the blending is easy and I have never felt that I OVER-applied it.  Really perfect color and now I am excited to try more.
Merle Norman has been around since 1931 and there is a reason!  Top quality products that perform as it claims.  I have always been a fan, and quite honestly I have this brand to thank for my undying love of makeup.  Without experiencing this brand early on in my makeup adventures I may not have been as taken with beauty products as I am now.  Thank you Merle Norman!
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  • Mai

    I’ve seen this brand at my local mall but for some reason I’ve always associated the brand as being synonymous with older women, it’s nice to see that that’s not true! The cream eyeshadow does look interesting!

  • Marib Maqsood

    The blush looks lovely and perfect for spring!

  • Rhonda Bennett

    I love Merle Norman, and I am a thrid generation customer. I love the Sheer Defense foundation-especially for summer…as It’s a foundation/moisturizer/sunscreen all in one!!

  • Della Goffin

    I am new to Merle Norman and I love it!