Why Merit X Proenza Schouler is the biggest 'no-brainer' beauty purchase I'm making this year

Yes, a free bag is involved

Merit X Proenza Schouler
(Image credit: Merit X Proenza Schouler)

Whenever someone asks me what my favourite make-up brands are, Merit comes out top three. Although it isn't a heritage brand (and is actually relatively new), most of the Merit products are mainstays in my daily make-up routine. And now, the brand has launched what I think is the best beauty and fashion collaboration I have ever witnessed—Merit X Proenza Schouler.

What makes Merit make-up products so good? They are low fuss, quick to use and leave a genuinely natural-looking finish. They're so great, in fact, that I recommend them to basically anyone who will listen—the cream blusher,  mascara, glossy lip oil and brow gel are stand-out. And while stocks last, when you spend more than £100 on Meritbeauty.com, you will also receive a limited-edition Merit X Proenza Schouler pouch bag. 

And trust me, it is stunning. In fact, it's one of the chicest bags I've seen in some time. If you are already familiar with Merit's now iconic corduroy signature pouch bag, the limited-edtion co-branded bag follows the same tie-top style, but is larger and, in my opinion, way chicer and more versatile. Made with vegan leather, the bag is fully reversible, with Merit's powder-blue on one side and a plain black on the other—both featuring Proenza Schouler and Merit's subtle branding in gold.

If you're yet to try Merit, consider this a sign to dip your toe in and give them a go—I can almost guarantee they will become staples. Sure, if you like full-coverage, heavy make-up looks then it's likely Merit won't be for you. However, if you're into an easy, natural finish, no brand out there is doing that as well as Merit is.

If you're not sure where to start in your shopping, the brand has some very impressive sets that pull together the best of its offering. My advice? Opt for the limited-edition Runway Set, which includes the Clean Lash mascara (one of my favourites), the Great Skin Instant Glow Serum (one of the ultimate plumping, glow-boosters), a Blending Brush to apply your cream products, a Flush Balm Cheek Colour (hands down, my most used product of 2023) in a shade of your choice and the Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil (a truly one-of-a-kind hydrating lip colour) in a shade of your choice—all for £133. And the limited-edition Merit X Proenza Schouler bag will just be the icing on the cake. 

Shannon Lawlor
Executive Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is the Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. With nearly a decade of experience working for some of the beauty industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear, Glamour UK, Stylist and Refinery29, Shannon’s aim is to make the conversation around beauty as open, relatable and honest as possible. As a self-confessed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for hard-working perfumes, fool-proof make-up products and does-it-all skincare.