The beautiful Northern Lights rarely make their way down here to the NY Metro-area. I think I remember one instance in the last 12 years. On the other hand, we have access to some great makeup, so I will not complain. I usually take the marketing spiel about the inspiration for makeup collections with a good sized grain of salt, but when you see the Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit from Le Metier de Beaute's Spring 2012 Northern Lights collection you can't miss the light effects and the play on the colors that appear in the northern skies. It's even more evident when you combine the colors from the Kaleidoscope to create your own effects.
One word about the concept of the Kaleidoscope. The key words are "lip kit". Each palette gives you four colors in different textures that allow you to make your own interpretations of the season's looks. Some of the colors in Le Metier Kaleidoscopes are warm and some are cool, which often scares those of us who internalized the warm-or-cool range color theory. The thing is that we're all somewhere on the spectrum, and look best when the balance is right. The Kaleidoscopes allow us to find several such sweet spots.
The Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit has four options in Le Métier de Beauté’s Lip Crème lip gloss formula, some more glossy, others are more of a liquid lipstick:
Illuminate: a shimmering hot pink with a sheer finish.
Voltaic: a satin (almost cream) nude. It's somewhere between beige and mauve.
Dynamos: a high shimmer coral-tangerine.
Eos: an opaque texture, creamy very pink. It's a cool shade between Barbie pink and a very bright fuchsia.
Aurora arrived yesterday, so while I'm wearing it today I only had a limited chance to test drive all the options of layering and mixing. Le Metier suggested that we apply the tiers from top to bottom (thin layers, use a flat brush such as Hakuhodo 270). So far I like all four blended together or using the colors in pairs (the ones that look best on me are the two top ones and the two bottom ones.
The glosses in the Aurora Kaleidoscope are scented with the familiar delicious sweet caramel-vanilla with a hint of coconut milk of Le Metier's Lip Creme. I love it, and it doesn't last, but if you're sensitive take it into account. The glosses are not sticky and have a great lasting power for this kind of product, probably because of the creamy almost lipsticky texture.
Bottom Line: Adore.
Le Metier de Beaute Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit Spring 2012 Northern Lights Collection ($95) will be arriving the counters (Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, select Nordstrom locations) in mid-March. It was sent to me free of charge by the company.