Le Métier de Beauté Ken Downing Lip Crèmes In the Know Bordeaux and Purple Haze

October 20, 2011

The latest from Le Métier de Beauté  includes two new Lip Crèmes named In the Know Bordeaux and Purple Haze. These are exclusive to Neiman Marcus and designed by Fashion Director Ken Downing to go in conjunction with his Bordeaux Lip/Nail duos that were released earlier this fall. The two new Lip Crèmes are all the rage right now, and rightly so. Bordeaux and plum are both key colors this year for fall. You can see raves on Messy Wands, Café Makeup, The Non-Blonde and swatches on Karla Sugar. While the price at $36 is rather steep for a lipgloss, Le Métier de Beauté Lip Crèmes are among the best in formula, color and quality that I’ve tried from all brands. There is full coverage with this hybrid lipstick/gloss formula and no color bleeding. Most lip cremes can be drying or too opaque because of the semi-matte finish. Not with Le Métier de Beauté. The shimmer and pigment give depth to the lips with full coverage.

The two colors from Ken Downing’s Bordeaux Collection:
  • In the Know Bordeaux is a deep wine red with shimmer, this one is highly pigmented and requires precise application, I needed a lip brush to evenly cover the edges of my lip
  • Purple Haze is a beautiful light mauve plum-pink shimmer, this shade is easier to apply and more forgiving with a less precise swipe, goof-proof and naturally flattering


Comparisons to other glosses:

Bottom line: I need a back up of Purple Haze, it’s such a lovely mauvey pink-plum. which I find very unique. I don’t own anything quite like it. In the Know Bordeaux is a color I find difficult to wear for everyday.  The intensity of the color made it difficult to apply in one quick swipe. As you can see from the lip swatch even with a lip brush I still smudged it a bit on the outside rim of my lips. It’s gorgeous for evenings or dates, but I’m still scared of highly pigmented red-plums. Most plums tend to pull more red on me, as you can see from the lip swatch, it’s quite bright on my lips/skintone. Darker-bright-reds tend to age me unless they have a more transparent glossy finish or some hint of pale shimmer. Still I found both stayed put relatively well for a gloss.
Have you checked these out at Neimans?
These glosses were kindly sent to me courtesy of  Le Métier de Beauté for review.

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