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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=/ The swatches do look kinda disappointing.
I love the smell of LMdB’s lip cremes, tooo ❤ Considering the price and volume per shade …I think I'll just get more of the lip cremes, hee
Geez… $95?! Double (almost triple) the price of a regular product while 1.5x the amount of product? I guess it’s the cost of having variety and getting to try different shades. At that price, if it’s not raved about, its just not worth it, IMO. It is pretty to look at though 🙂
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