This New Merit x Proenza Schouler Limited-Edition Makeup Bag is Pure Luxury for Beauty Lovers

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What’s fresh for beauty this season? Just take a look backstage at Proenza Schouler’s New York Fashion Week runway show. The cool girl-beloved fashion label once again teamed up with minimalist beauty brand Merit to give models a bright and bouncy, dewy skin look that compliments Proenza Schouler’s modern, streamlined silhouettes full of rich textural play. To celebrate this perfect pairing, Proenza Schouler and Merit collaborated on an oh-so-chic, limited-edition, luxury vegan leather makeup bag, which is available for pre-order today at Moda Operandi.

Merit is a makeup brand that’s all about essentials. The line includes just nine color cosmetics, including cream blush, a complexion stick, buttery bronzer, and more; plus one face serum and two makeup brushes. Each product is offered in inclusive shades, but not so many that it’s overwhelming to find a nude lipstick or foundation that works with your undertones. Proenza Schouler first enlisted Merit for its fall 2022 show at New York Fashion Week, coinciding with the launch of Merit’s first lipstick — a collection of ’90s-inspired shades that were carefully color-tested to align with fair to deep skin tones in neutral and bold hues.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: A model has makeup applied backstage at MERIT, The Official Makeup Sponsor For The Proenza Schouler Show on February 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MERIT)

A model has Merit’s Signature Lip Lipstick applied backstage at Proenza Schouler’s fall 2022 show.

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

One of Merit’s signature offerings is its corduroy, knot-tie closure makeup bag that ships free with every first order. Now, the makeup bag is getting the Proenza treatment in reversible vegan leather; one side is black, and the other is a soft, dusty blue.

The Merit x Proenza Schouler makeup bag collaboration comes with a set of Merit beauty goodies, including the brand’s popular Flush Balm blush, a multitasking complexion makeup brush, mascara, and lip oil. You’ll also get Merit’s Great Skin Instant Glow Serum, a biphase formula with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid that perfectly preps your skin for any glam you apply on top.

The set is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi today. In mid-October, the bag will be included as a gift with purchase on orders over $100 at while supplies last — and we’re betting that won’t be long.

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Claire Sullivan is the Senior Beauty and Lifestyle Commerce Editor for Footwear News and WWD, where she writes and edits beauty, fashion and lifestyle stories. She has over six years of experience as a writer and editor for national media outlets including Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle, and Byrdie. She keeps her finger on the pulse of all things related to beauty and wellness, as well as the latest shopping trends and brand collaborations, like Merit x Proenza Schouler’s limited-edition makeup bag.

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