Le Metier de Beaute has a real winner on their hands with the newest Lip Kaleidoscope, Breathless ($95). Breathless is all about old Hollywood glamour – sumptuous reds and gorgeous crimsons that bring a voluptuous, classic look to fall and winter lips.
What I find with Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscopes is surprising versatility. Almost every one I see I think, there is NO way those colors would work on me! And I am surprised every time at how colors that look so unwearable become even more gorgeous with every layer.
I looked at this collection and just knew that those bold red and crimson colors would never work for me. Of course, once again I was wrong. These colors are stunning alone, and even better when used together.
Mikey Castillo and Kim McFadden have taught me the innovative Le Metier “Couches de Couleur” method of layering. Every kaleidoscope is created with 4 tones (from bottom to top): cold, hot, cool, warm.
One secret to a luscious lip is to layer those colors from the bottom up. With each layer you create a brand new shade.
Celluloid is the bottom color in Breathless, it’s the ‘cold’ shade. Celluloid is described as a glimmering creamy flushy red. It applies surprisingly sheer.
Second from the bottom is Beau, the ‘hot’ color in the set. Beau is a deep berry crimson with a matte finish. This one is more opaque than Celluloid.
Third from the bottom is Existential, the ‘cool’ color. Existential is a sparkling mauve with rose effervescence. Layering this color with any of the red shades makes for fantastic depth and a fuller looking lip.
The top color in Breathless is Cinema, the ‘warm’ color. Cinema is a velvety, ultra-rich true red. This gives gorgeous shine and has a wonderful slip to it.
I love this kit on me, but I asked my daughter to be my lip model for pictures because she has these gorgeous lush lips. Here’s how they look through every stage of the “Couches de Couleur” method of layering.
And this is only four combinations – just think of all the shades you can get with these fabulous colors. $95 is a lot of cash for a lip palette, but this is one super high quality set that I think is worth it. If you can get your hands on Breathless, take the plunge - you won’t regret it. – Lisa