When I was in my early twenties, I worked at Nordstrom in a downtown metropolitan location. One of my co-workers was a 30-something French woman named Natalie. She was the epitome of understated French elegance—or what I thought that to be at my young and very naive 23 year old self.
Natalie was a petite woman who always wore a black pencil skirt, a demure blouse, a cashmere cardigan or twin set in a rainbow of colors (she must have owned hundreds of them) and flats. Her hair was styled in a simple bob with bangs. She oozed taste and sophistication. But underneath that cool exterior, there was another side to Natalie. I remember once I was invited to her home—she lived with her boyfriend who was much younger and very, very handsome which added to her mystique. Her home was decorated in a very sleek, European way. What I found out that day about tiny-voiced, unassuming Natalie is that she was not as straight-laced as I had originally thought.
As we chatted in Natalie’s lovely home, drinking wine in the middle of the day, she pulled out a hand-rolled, fat, funny looking cigarette. I knew she smoked, I just didn’t know she smoked THOSE kind of cigs. She began toking while she related the details of her latest “swapping” party—and she wasn’t talkin’ recipes if you know what I mean. She had more surprises in store but we won’t go into that. Natalie’s at work personality and her at home personality were complete opposites.
At this point you’re probably wondering what Natalie has to do with Le Métier de Beauté Lip Cremes aside from the fact that they are both French, right? I thought so. You see, Natalie and Le Métier de Beauté are both complicated; they can be sweet and bashful or sultry and seductive.
For example, Le Métier de Beauté’s Lip Crème in Peche Crème is a modest, golden peach gloss with just enough iridescence to make it interesting. On my pale lips it leans almost to apricot—I love the look, especially for spring. The texture is creamy with extra shine and a very nice slip. In fact, the Lip Crémes are a hybrid of lipstick and gloss; they have the texture of a gloss with the pigment of a lipstick. They have a healthful dose of Vitamins A, C, and E as well as antioxidants to nourish lips. There is also a delicious vanilla scent I find irresistible and no taste, another win! What sets Peche Crème apart from other glosses is the multi-dimensional shimmer that gives your lips an extra vivacity! Peche Crème is Natalie at work.
Framboise is Natalie at home; sexy and dramatic. It’s a ruby red with white and gold shimmer. I am not a brilliant enough writer to adequately describe the splendor that is Le Métier de Beauté. This is the mot pigmented gloss I’ve ever owned. I would expect it to bleed or take a lot of preparation to prevent it getting it gloppy, but that is SO not the case. One swipe and you have deposited the most stunning shade of radiant red you’ve ever laid eyes on. The micro fine shimmer makes lips look full and lush. With another brand this much shimmer would result in a gritty texture–Le Métier de Beauté lip crémes are soft and smooth. Please don’t be afraid of the shimmer, it does NOT look like glitter on the lips–it translates to more of metallic shine and is gorgeous. PinkSith likens it to the shiny red metallic paint on a sports car and she’s spot on. This is hard to believe beauties, but Framboise lasted 5 HOURS on me! No gloss has EVER lasted that long. Thank the makeup gods that Framboise is permanent and not a limited edition!
Looking at Framboise in the tube, I never thought I could wear it, but I can and so can you!! This shade is extremely wearable and the pigment is amazing! I think this shade can be worn by all skin tones.
Overall Thoughts: Le Métier de Beauté Lip Cremés are creamy, pigmented and slightly sticky. They last 4-5 hours (I’m still amazed). Packaging is the typical doe foot applicator. I’m somewhat addicted to the vanilla scent and am relieved there is no taste. Lip Cremés come in 12 shades, retail for $36 and are available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and lemetierdebeaute.com KarlaSugar has swatches of more shades.
Prime Beauty Grade: A (not A+ only because of the price)