|Le Metier de Beaute Spring 2010 Kaleidoscope Lip Kit - £65|
So now I hear you ask, why do I appear to have one?
Well, a good friend of mine who is not nearly so makeup obsessed as me heard me talking endlessly about the brand and she vaguely remembered she had a 'kaleidoscope thingy' kicking around at home. She'd got it as a gift from an ex, used it once and forgotten about it. As it had slipped her mind that it was my Birthday last week (impossible to forget hers as it is Christmas Eve), I found this on my doorstep yesterday. She thought I might have a better idea how to use it so now it's mine and I can post about it. A big thank you to her! In a way it seems more exciting to be writing and using something that I didn't buy and wouldn't have bought myself, more of a surprise.
Now onto the details. The packaging is the same as the eye kits except in silver, but I find this makes it feel a little cheap (well, cheaper than its £65 price tag) as you expect it to be metal and heavy when it's just plastic. The black packaging of the Eye Kaleidoscopes isn't so deceptive. There are four lip shades in the kit, starting with the lightest, a nude, at the top and the darkest, a shimmery rose at the bottom.
The first thing you notice when you open up the kit is the smell, it is divine, like the most heavenly vanilla. The lip products themselves feel just as good as they smell once applied, leaving the lip with a glossy sheen, the seemingly perfect disguise for dry wintry lips. So what is the problem?
I think it is that the four colours are not as vivid or individual as I expected. I was anticipating Tom Ford type shades in a collection for £65. What you actually get is four pretty nude and rose colours, nothing earth shattering, but wearable none the less. The thing I struggle with is the point of these being in a Kaleidoscope Kit. I am not alone in this as Mikey (the designer) said most customers are drawn to the eye kits but don't really understand how to use the lip kits. That's me. He used the kit on me in my makeover but I was so taken by the eyes he'd created I'm ashamed to say I didn't pay as much attention as I should have!
|Swatches: Left to right = top to bottom in the Kit|
He used all four colours on my lips which surprised me as I would have ignored the top two, but this is all part of the layering technique to add dimension that is such a hit with the eyes. Even with four colours applied, the product did not feel heavy and for once, that evening I didn't have to reach for my collection of lip balms every few minutes (I have at least 4 balms residing at the bottom of every handbag).
When my mum saw me though, she didn't think I had anything on my lips at all, which could be a positive or a negative, depending on your preference for lip colours. I prefer mine to be a bit bolder just because I'm pale and it stops me looking too washed out. I do think these colours would be great in summer if you had a tan or against a darker skintone. Although not strictly a gloss or a lipstick, I think they lean towards the former. Whatever they are classed as, they definitely give the luminous finish their description promises. I might have bought the third colour, a natural rose, on its own but I can't see me wearing the two neutrals and that makes two shades incredibly expensive.
I'm thrilled and grateful that I am able to try the Lip kaleidoscope out and hopefully I'll use it this month and report back whether I would be prepared to spend £65 on another. At the moment I'm dubious, but if it helps my dry lips I'm open to persuasion!
Do any of you own this kit or understand the theory behind it better than me? Do you think £65 is too much to spend on a lip product?
The Le Metier de beaute Spring 2010 Kaleidoscope Lip Kit is available from Liberty (although it's currently sold out online).