Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection Review and Swatches

by Lisa Heath

Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection Review and Swatches

Beauty takes to the skies this Spring with Merle Norman’s Newest Color Collection!  Introducing light and airy shades that are right on trend!   Eye’s are sub-lime, cheeks look heavenly and lips get all dolled up!

 Merle Norman’s Spring 2012 Color Collection combines modern pastels with warm, textured neutrals and an unexpected pop of fuchsia to compliment right-off-the-runway fashion looks.

I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to show you the Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection!  I was sent some select pieces from this collection to review and the colors are amazing!  I was blown away by the color selection as well as the application of each product.  Each item comes in sturdy, sleek black packaging that can take a beating (my son knocked the quad off the counter on accident twice and the shadows stayed intact and there isn’t even a ding on the compact!)

Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad comes with 4 gorgeous colors.  Airy which is a matte pale aqua, Angel Wisp is a slightly shimmery pale mauvish pink, Wink is a semi-matte pale pink and Winging It is a semi-matte sheer charcoal grey.  There are so many combinations to be done with these 4 colors.  I found each color to be smooth and easily blendable.  The colors are soft yet pigmented enough to “pop.”

Quad I received for review:

Second quad available with this collection:


Cream Puff Lasting Cream Eyeshadow is a cream shadow that can be used alone for a light wash of color, or as a base primer to use with the gorgeous Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad.  Cream Puff is a neutral shade with the slightest hint of shimmer.  When I applied Cream Puff it blended right in and was incredibly smooth.  It felt like a light powder once I blended it in.

Age Defying Eyeliner in Black Onyx is a wonderful way to finish off the eye look – a soft black retractable eye pencil that glides on smoothly without any pulling.  As with the eyeshadow quad and cream shadow, this compliments the light airy look for the eyes.

Heavenly is a gorgeous limited edition, oversized Lasting Cheekcolor.  Heavenly is a gorgeous matte pink cheekcolor with a lovely flower motif on the top.  The flower is a champagne colored overspray that goes away after the first few uses.  I’m not big on shimmer blushes, because the shimmer generally accentuates my slightly larger pores, but the matte pink works amazingly well with my skin tone.  I absolutely loved it.  Heavenly gave my cheeks a pop of color without being overbearing!

Last but not least is Merle Norman’s Creamy Lip Color in Dolled Up.  This has got to be the creamiest lip color I have ever worn and the color is long lasting.  My lips feel soft without a sticky or goopy feeling.  Dolled up is a bright fuchsia and when I say BRIGHT, I mean it!

I did a look using all colors I was sent.  For my eyes, I did a base “primer” using Cream Puff Lasting Cream Shadow.  Then I used my Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad.  I used Angel Wisp on the inner corners of my eyes blending outwards, then Wink in the crease and Winging it on the outer corners.  Airy was used to line the outer corners of my top and bottom lash line.  To finish my eyes, I used Black Onyx Age Defying eyeliner.  I have Heavenly on my cheeks for a little color and then applied Dolled Up Creamy Lip Color!  (I realize my eyebrows are a little crazy)

Closeup of eyes:

Closeup of Lips:

Full Face View using all products:


Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection is set to release March 1st (for a limited time only!) and will be available at Merle Norman Salons.

You can check out Merle Norman’s other cosmetics at as well as visit them on Facebook here

***The items in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***


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Camy C. February 25, 2012 - 1:16 pm

The lipstick is phenomenal! I need to get that!

Lisa February 25, 2012 - 1:25 pm

You will love it! Vibrant and long lasting!

Christina L. February 25, 2012 - 1:23 pm

The eyeshadow quad is perfect for me :) Great job Lisa!

Lisa February 25, 2012 - 1:26 pm

I want to pick up the other eyeshadow quad with this collection! Gorgeous soft colors!!

Sam February 25, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Where can I find Merle Norman? I’ve never used their brand, but I want to check this out!

Lisa February 25, 2012 - 1:27 pm

If you go to you can do a location search to find the closest Merle Norman to you! Let me know what you pick up!

Nicole February 25, 2012 - 5:45 pm

That lipstick is so MINE! Wow!

Lisa February 28, 2012 - 9:17 am

It’s gorgeous!!

Rilee February 28, 2012 - 7:56 am

Can I order these online? the Merle Norman closest to em does not carry up to date products.

Lisa February 28, 2012 - 9:17 am

Rilee – Merle Girl below you answered your question :)

Merle Girl February 28, 2012 - 8:48 am

Try calling a store in a larger town or city maybe. They usually always care the seasonal colors! If a store is not near you ask them to ship. Or call me and i’ll get any of the spring stuff to you. 871-875-5727. The other quad is amazing also (earth angel) you can get that Jlo Oscar look without the green. Add the green for springtime fun. And yes that dolled up is to die for. WARNING: know that these are there spring color store collection. Meaning when they are sold out they are SOLD OUT…

Lisa February 28, 2012 - 9:17 am

Thank you for replying with the information! <3

Merle Girl February 28, 2012 - 8:50 am

DANG IT my # is 817-875-5727 (sorry to whoever is 871) I’m so dyslexic…

Lisa February 28, 2012 - 9:17 am


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Deb Rogers March 11, 2012 - 4:49 pm

I love this collection. Merle Norman Cosmetics are great products at very competitive prices. The big bonus is they are made in the U.S.A.!

Carolyn Friesz March 17, 2012 - 9:05 am

Yes, this collection is great; you can call 208-523-7351 – still some available!

Joyce Conrad March 17, 2012 - 4:17 pm

My studio is in small town ,but I have the spring product and I can do mail order.Thanks for your interest.

Joyce Conrad March 17, 2012 - 4:18 pm

edit for phone # 423-337-7003

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I found Merele Norman 3.5 years ago when my daughter moved to Fuquay-Varina NC.

I always used Estée lauder but I am almost entirerly switched over. I LOVE their products.

I am one of those that goes from expensive then I read about a cheaper prodipuct like Noxzema, buy it and go back to the better products. They are so well worth it.

I do use a couple Lancôme products and still have some Estée lauder but as I run out it is all over to Merel Norman. Another big plus for m is that theynare made in the USA. I tried Mary Kay but still like Merele Norman.

They will mail to you. The reason they don t do mail order is because they are individually owned studios.

Go to Facebook and become a fan of my store in Fuquay-Varina NC. Call Aimee and tell her I sent you.
I get paid nothing for loving their products. I live in NJ and the send them to me if I need something or order when I am there and they don t have it.

Love the owner and daughter too.

Christine Wahl July 16, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Here is the number for the studio in Fuquay-varina.

(919) 552-3751

They always carry the limited edition products.

If not they order them or try to locate from another store.

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