Review: Le Metier de Beaute Limited-Edition Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Orange Juiced & Hibiskiss

I really liked the LMDB’s lip gloss formula; it’s one of my favorite formulas. So I decided to give the Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss a try, to see if it’s as good as the regular lip gloss. Of course, they are limited editions, which is why I ended up picking up both colors.

The packaging is pretty basic and simple LMDB packaging. It is not the most fancy packaging out there. I like the packaging of the lip gloss much better from some of their other compacts (as much as I love matte black, it gets dirty very easy).

The formula is hydrating and non-drying, overall an excellent formula. As the product name indicated, this is a very sheer formula. It would most likely be used over a lipstick, if you want color. These are high shine glosses, with glitter in them. The glitter does not get grainy when on the lips.

The color may look scary, but since it’s so sheer you cannot really tell the color. Also, note in the pictures the Orange Juiced tube looks more yellow than in real life, I couldn’t get the color just right.  The color of the gloss would look different depending on your natural lip color (if used all natural with no base color). I have naturally pigmented lips, as you can see Orange Juiced comes out sheerer than Hibiskiss. If you are scared of how bright Hibiskiss is, I would suggest wearing it on top of a nude lipstick (very pretty).

The gloss has no noticeable fragrance or taste. It wears about 3 hours.

Hibiskiss

Orange Juiced

Product Info:

$32 @ Nieman Marcus or Nordstrom Counters

NET WT. 0.22 fl oz. (6.5ml)

Pro:

  • Great Formula (hydrating)
  • Wearable colors

Con:

  • Expensive (It’s expensive for a sheer gloss)
  • Limited Edition

Bottom line: The formula is great and colors are very ‘in’ this season. It would depend on personal preference if you think this is worth it or not.

Quick Look: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #543 Frisson

Chanel’s #543 Frisson doesn’t look like a unique nail polish, but it is not like anything I have in my collection. It is a baby pink, almost a nude pink. In additional, it has gold, silver and pink glitters, not shimmer. The glitter is more noticeable on the nails under the sun or bright lighting, but you can still see it in normal lighting. It goes on great with no streaks and two coats is enough to be opaque, although sometimes three coats might be needed.

Bottom line: It is a universal color that will work on all skin tones. It is not the most unique shade but the glitter makes it more special.

Review: New Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in #339 Silhouette

As I was wandering around Macy’s waiting for the Chanel SA to get freed up, I ended up at the Dior counter. I was initially checking out the new collection of nail polishes (since nail polish are my latest obsession). Then the Dior rep told me the nail polishes actually matched some of the new Addict Extreme lipstick shades. In general I am not a lipstick person; I like gloss as I find lipstick usually dry out my lips. This is my first Dior lipstick, so I do not have other Dior comparison for you.

The packaging is classic Dior. It is high quality plastic; it has a good weight to it but it is not heavy. The lipstick can be pulled out by the nob on top of the lipstick. The design is a bit awkward with the silver separation in the case, because it looks like you can pull that portion off. I am not a fan of the packaging design. As you can see in the pictures, the lipstick portion cannot stand by itself because of the round nob.

The formula of this lipstick is excellent; I think it is my new favorite lipstick formula. I recent got a Tom Ford lipstick (which I will review soon), I find this lipstick to be a great cheaper (I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Dior lipstick) alternative than the Tom Ford lipstick. The formula is sheer with a glossy finish. So don’t be scared of the really bright colors, they won’t go on that bright. It applies evenly and is not drying at all (feels like you are wearing lip balm).

The color I picked is #339 Silhouette, which is a light coral color. It’s a great neutral color; it is lighter color than my own lip color, so it looks more like a nude on me.  I think it is a great everyday lipstick.

There is no noticeable fragrance or taste, which is a big plus in my book. The wear time is about 3 hours, which is not bad for sheer lipstick.

 

Product Info:

$30 @ Dior Counters (Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neimans Marcus and Sephora)

3.5g Net WT 0.12 oz

Pro:

  • Great Formula (for sheer glossy lipstick)
  • Wide range of color (nude to bright)

Con:

  • Expensive (Cheaper than Tom Ford)

Bottom line: If you like sheer glossy lipsticks you will love these. I would definitely give this lipstick a try. I highly recommend it.

Review: Part 2 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

(Continued from Part 1 Review of the YSL’s Glossy Stains) For review on the packaging and formulation please see Part 1 of the Review.

The three other colors I picked up were #7 Corail Aquatique, #10 Rouge Philtre, and #19 Beige Aquarelle.

#7 Corail Aquatique applied evenly and it’s very pigmented. It’s a pretty coral color, even similar to my own lip color. It’s a more neutral wearable shade that applies smooth.

#10 Rouge Philtre is a pretty bright pinkish red, and you can layer to make it more intense. I find that it went well with my yellow and cool undertone. It applied very smooth and is pigmented as well. I think it is a versatile color because you can make it intense or apply a thin layer with a nude color gloss to make it more neutral.

#19 Beige Aquarelle is similar in color to Part 1’s #18 Rose Pastelle. It is not as pink as Rose Pastelle. I find it to be more wearable than #18, because it has a beige undertone instead of white. It didn’t apply as smoothly as the other colors, but it’s better than #18. I think this is good to tone down your lip color but I would still wear a gloss over top, otherwise it can be quiet boring color.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

Review: Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Northern Lights (Aurora)

Since the Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope was coming out the same time as the Northern Lights, I ended up picking up both. By initial look at the Cherry Blossom and Northern Lights, color wise I thought I was going to like Northern Lights better. I usually don’t like brown colors; I find it makes my eyes look more tired.  After swatching them both, I think both are worth getting. The Cherry Blossom comes out to be a more unique color though.

[Same as Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Review] The packaging is good quality, although not the best for the price, or compared to other high end brands. The configuration is fun, but it would be improved on if you can detach the eye shadow individually.

[Same as Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Review] The formulation is fantastic; very finely milled and easy to blend. I find the matte shades to be smooth, as well. The pigmentation is also fantastic, including the lighter shades. I had reservations about how good the formulation would be, since this is a very expensive item, but it lives up to the hype.

I am not sure if the colors in this Kaleidoscope match the actual Northern Lights, since I have never seen it in person. It does come with a pink-beige shimmer shade, a light blue shimmer shade, a copper-gold shimmer shade, and a matte purple shade. The layered effect of this Kaleidoscope comes out to this purple with silver and gold shimmer. I used even amounts of each individual shade. It was harder to capture on camera the shimmer than the Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope, which to me makes it a little bit less unique that Cherry Blossom.

I did use this Kaleidoscope and it truly is fool proof (as Sunny from Neiman Marcus put it). I think the Kaleidoscopes would be great for a beginner to use. You would layer the color from the bottom of the Kaleidoscope up, rising the next shade little bit higher than over the previous one (to create that gradient effect). It was probably the easiest for me to create day-time smoky eye (for day-time just make sure you don’t overdo the darkest shade), because layering means less blending.

Product Info:

$95 @ Neimanmarcus.com

Net Wt 0.49 fl oz. (14 gms)

Pro:

  • Great formulation
  • Unique layered colors
  • Size of product (The high price tag comes with good size product. Here are some comparisons: Tom Ford Quad $7.5 per gram, Chanel Quads $8.53 per gram, Le Metier de Beaute $6.79 per gram)

Con:

  • Limited edition (This will go quickly like all their Kaleidoscopes)
  • Expensive for a single item

Bottom line: If you are debating between Northern Lights and Cherry Blossom, I would say Cherry Blossom is more unique, but Northern Lights works better on cooler skin tones. Hurry though, they are definitely not going to be in stock for long.

Review: Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Cherry Blossom

Le Metier de Beaute has finally released their Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope, which is exclusive at the Neiman Marcus in Washington, DC. This (and the Northern Lights Kaleidoscope) is my first Kaleidoscope… I always miss the releases.

The packaging is good quality, although not the best for the price, or compared to other high end brands. The configuration is fun, but it would be improved on if you can detach the eye shadow individually.

The formulation is fantastic; very finely milled and easy to blend. I find the matte shades to be smooth, as well. The pigmentation is also fantastic, including the lighter shades. I had reservations about how good the formulation would be, since this is a very expensive item, but it lives up to the hype.

I found the colors in this Kaleidoscope to match Cherry Blossom dead on, with a light beige shimmer shade, a green with golden shimmer shade, a light pink with slight shimmer (almost matte) shade, and a matte dark espresso shade. Individual shades aside, the layered color of all four shades is absolutely breathtaking. It comes out to this light brown with a duo-chrome effect. I used even amounts of each individual shade. You will be able to create many looks with this Kaleidoscope.

Product Info:

$95 @ Mezza Gallerie (202) 966-9700 ext 2265 Sunny Choi Noble (she’s awesome)

Net Wt 0.49 fl oz. (14 gms)

Pro:

  • Great formulation
  • Unique layered colors
  • Size of product (The high price tag comes with good size product. Here are some comparisons: Tom Ford Quad $7.5 per gram, Chanel Quads $8.53 per gram, Le Metier de Beaute $6.79 per gram)

Con:

  • Limited edition (This will go quickly like all their Kaleidoscopes)
  • Expensive for a single item

Bottom line: If you are a lover of high quality cosmetics, I would pick this up ASAP. They are definitely not going to be in stock for long.

Quick Look: Dior ‘Vernis – Garden Party’ Nail Lacquer in #504 Waterlily

Happpy St. Patricks Day!! I picked my green nail polish for leprechaun day and the winner is Dior’s Waterlily from their Spring 2012 Collection. It is a very pretty light green color with just a bit of shimmer. I found the formula a bit thick compared to others (Chanel, Essie, Deborah Lippmann). The brush is really fat and thick, so it take a bit of practice to get used to. Otherwise a great smelling nail polish (it’s scented!).

Bottom line: Great wearable green nail polish that smells amazing. It is a limited edition color, I believe you can still grab it at your local Dior counters (it’s no longer available online at Macy’s or Nordstrom).

Previous Older Entries