Here’s a more in-depth review of Bauhaus, a Kaleidoscope Lip Kit I got from the Le Métier de Beauté introductory box for August. I signed up late, so I got my first box late, but it was worth the wait.
I have two other kaleidoscopes, a trademark product of LMdB, but they are both eye kits. This is my first lip kit, and although I was expecting an eyeshadow kaleidoscope, I fell in love with this, too. I think it’s mostly because the scent is exactly like the LMdB lip crèmes, which I love. This assured me that this would be a great product.
Similar to the eye kits, the lip kits are comprised of four tiers of lipsticks. In this case, the consistency is that of a more solid lip crème, with the second shade being the most “goopy” of them all.
The shades are as follows, from left to right:
— Linaire: a lustrous gold-infused rose petal
— Criterion: a gilded amber-peach
— Esthetique: a shimmering vintage rose
— Silhouette: a Cimmerian cloak of sheer amethyst
— all, layered in order!
I think it’s safe to say that all the colors are fairly sheer. Esthetique seems to be the most pigmented/opaque of them all. The performance of these are similar to the lip crèmes, which I adore, so even though I am Creepy Eyeshadow Lady, I still really loved this to bits.
Here are the colors, at an angle. You can see that the shades are really more of a gloss than a lipstick. These are so easy to apply (I use a standard lip brush, or clean fingers if I am lazy), and they go well on top of each other—again, like the lip crèmes. Because of the shimmer content, they add a very nice dimension to the lips, too, whether you wear them alone or over another lip product.
Here are the colors in action:
There are very subtle variations regarding the colors. I personally believe they work better over another color, as a sort of pretty cloak over something more opaque. On bare lips, you can hardly tell the difference unless you are a really observant person. Though the shimmer content and variation are more obvious in real life, I think that it’s not enough to justify the price of this lip kit.
While I love the colors and the quality, I don’t love the price tag that comes with it. Priced the same as the eye kits, at $95, I feel like it’s disproportionate because you go through lip products so much faster than eyeshadow. Maybe that’s faulty reasoning, but as much as I love this, I wouldn’t pay full price for a lip kaleidoscope when I could get an eye kaleidoscope or a shit ton of books. Just because of the mileage.
For comparison, an LMdB Lip Crème, priced at $36, has 0.22 fl.oz. of product, whereas the LMdB Kaleidoscope Lip Kit is priced at $95 for just 0.34 fl.oz. of product. That’s not even double the lip crème amount, but the price of the lip kit is well over 100% more.
I’ll play with this some more and see if there is something significantly life-altering in this lip kit that would make me tell you to “GO BUY IT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.” As for now, it’s a really, really lovely thing to have. If you don’t have to pay $95 for it. However, if this interests you, Bauhaus is still available online at Neiman Marcus.
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