Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Spring 2012: Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit

I'm just going to preface this review by saying if you only get one lip item this season, make it the Le Métier de Beauté Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit. It contains all that is good and fun about this spring (or any spring. After all, how often has spring collections strayed from pink?) and inspire such happiness in me. I dare say I like this even more than the eye kaleidoscope (which I've seen but unfortunately was not able to swatch. We'll just have to wait till mid-March for that).

Aurora contains four colors in the splendid Le Métier de Beauté lip crème formula. The names of each shade from top to bottom are:
  • Illuminate - a sheer, shimmering hot pink
  • Voltaic - a satin nude mauve (SO much love for this shade)
  • Dynamos - a glittery tangerine-coral
  • Eos - an opaque fuchsia (another knockout hue)

Clockwise (bottom to top): Eos, Dynamos, Voltaic, Illuminate

L-R: Eos, Dynamos, Voltaic, Illuminate

When applying, keep in mind that Le Métier de Beauté lip kaleidoscopes work the other way around compared to the eye kits. You layer the lip colors from bottom to top instead. The pictures below show how the colors change layer upon layer.

The lip kits always come in a range of finishes. The third and fourth shade are usually more pigmented compared to the upper two, presumably because the latter are meant for adding depth. 

The bottom three shades (Eos, Dynamos, and Voltaic) layered 

All four shades layered

My love for the lip crème formula is well documented on Messy Wands. Without a doubt, it is the most comfortable lip product that has ever sat on my lips. It contains a faint vanilla scent, is non-sticky, and four layers of gloss later my lips still feel light as air. I don't believe in perfection, but the lip cremes come pretty darn close.

Le Métier de Beauté Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit is priced at the usual $95 and will be available mid-March. From what I hear, several counters have already started taking pre-orders for the entire Northern Lights collection. I have my eye kit and nail polishes all booked up, and I suggest you do the same. As ever, if you don't have a Le Métier de Beauté counter near you, you can always reach the super helpful Dustin Lujan at 212-872-8612. Tell him I sent you and he'll be extra nice, I promise!

This product was provided to me for consideration by the company.


  1. Oh my gosh that looks so WONDERFUL on you! I am officially going to be broke this Spring. Lovely review. I have to ask, what do you have on your cheeks?

  2. Ok, all of your posts lately are making me Rae Flail! :)
    I have yet to try one of these-oh do I ever need to try this one! Gorgeous on you!

  3. You cause all of my expensive lip lemmings. I love this. <3

  4. urghhh I'm never ever tempted by lip palettes, but somehow this looks like the best thing ever + pure magical goodness rolled into one. And with any other product, I would go pfft layering? Gimmicky. But this looks amazing on you! It's now on my mental lemmings list, even above the Eye Kaleidoscopes.

  5. Yep, I'm going to have to make this my first lip kaleidoscope purchase.

  6. These are beautiful! I am going to have to look into getting this.

  7. Your lips look perfect in each shade! I'm tellin ya, you give Liu Wen a run for her money! YOU should be a Lauder girl!

  8. Sarah W- Oh dear, wait till you see Summer! I have such an impossibly long list of Wants that Spring pales in comparison. And I'm glad you asked about the cheeks ;) It's Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Mystique, which I will feature one of these days...

    Tracy- Please record a Tracy/Rae Flail for us! And yes, yes you do.

    Amanda- I live to serve :D

    Makeup Morsels- I usually hate them too. These are the only lip palettes I buy. The colors are too amazing to pass up (also these aren't sticky. most lip palettes are super tacky )

    Leigh- You won't regret it!

    ChannelHMC- Yay!

    Jamilla- Thank you, doll. That's a huge compliment :)

  9. Hey Xiao!
    I've never tried any Le metier product before because they're not available here in germany. but I can see that it's a nice lip product there! thank you for the review!
    and btw,you could be a model!! your cheekbones are amazing! xx

  10. wow... super gorgeous! i love it! i'm seriously considering this--- and i normally don't like potted lip gloss (always prefer it in a tube)... thanks for sharing... xx

  11. Oh wow! Not only do you get 4 nice colors, you get to play with different combinations! This is a genius set! I adore Eos :)

  12. Those shades all look lovely and are so pretty on your lips. Nice shade selection. :)

  13. wow, the product photographs wonderfully. fortunately (for my wallet's sake) the resulting color doesn't look all that unique or stunning to justify $95. hopefully, i will have the same luck with the eye kaleidoscope, which some say look very similar to le cirque.

  14. That looks amazing! Perfect for spring and perfect on you!

  15. Jade in the Palace- I wish Le Metier was more widely available worldwide! People need to have access to them :( Thank you for that huge compliment!

    mile.epatant- I don't like potted glosses as well, but I think these colors are worth it!

    Sunny- Eos is my favorite :)

    Pammy- It's a great kit for sure!

    liz- hahaha, though sigh I know what you mean. For editorial purposes most times I purchase it anyway, though.

    PerilouslyPale- Thank you, C. Long time no talk!

  16. It has been a long time! I've been so absent on social media lately. I feel disconnected! My sis just had a baby though so I've been busier than usual but it's time to get back to things. Miss you! xo

  17. Hi Xiao - I have been wanting a lip kaleidoscope for almost 2 yrs now but kept talking myself out of it. But I have to agree that this one I can't just forget! This will be my first one, I am going to go by today after work and see it in person and take it home w/me. Can't wait! thanks for the excellent pictures and suggestion! :)


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