After fun goodies we got in January and February, I expected Le Metier de Beaute March 2015 Vault VIP shipment to be less exciting, and in the end it kind of was. This month we received two lip products – a pinky-taupe Lip Crème and shimmery rosy pink Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss, packaged in a lovely black gift box with floral design on the inside. The shades are nameless, with VIP stickers in the area where a name or a number would normally be, but LMdB representative confirmed that these colors are brand new and were created exclusively for this program. Now that’s what I call Limited Edition!
HOW IT WORKS: As a Vault VIP for $348/year you will receive a full-sized product or assortment of products every month, curated by our Beauté experts. Members of The Vault will also have the opportunity to try exclusive, limited-edition items and pre-releases of the brand’s latest and greatest before anyone else gets their hands on them. The sign ups will become available again only in July 2015.
On their own, neither color looks good on me, but when layered together they create a beautiful pinkish nude gloss that shows up nicely in a very flattering way. I also wore the sheer gloss over my matte nude lipstick the other day, it helped transform flat matte finish and make the formula more season-appropriate.
Unfortunately, it’s not all moonlight and roses with these two. My first gripe is the packaging: it looks and feels dollar-store cheap, and both doe foot wands were crooked in a way that was clearly not intended. Another problem is the scent: they both share an unpleasant plasticky fragrance, and the nude shade is the worst offender here to the point where I almost have to hold my breath for a bit before that odor dissipates. If like me you get migraines from strong unpleasant fragrances, this is a product to avoid.
Le Metier de Beaute addressed these complaints by saying that both glosses feature brand new formula that offers silkier feel on the lips, and they also reduced the amount of artificial fragrances that are normally used in cosmetics to mask the scent of chemicals in the mix, and that’s what we might be smelling. Since Vault VIP members were promised the newest formulations before they hit the market, I tend to believe that the representative is telling the truth, rather than trying to cover up the fact that their glosses have expired, or something like that.
For what it’s worth, the formula really does feel creamy and comfortable, so they definitely succeeded at that, but I don’t know if their usual clientele is willing to put up with the scent [or lack thereof]. I guess we’ll have to wait and see once they hit retail shelves. Remember True Colour Creme Eye Shadows that we got to try before they were released? The feedback for those was overwhelmingly negative, but LMdB put them in stores anyway, and not a month later they got discontinued. I think they are more receptive of our feedback now, so I hope they add the fragrance back to the formula, even if in the end that means increasing the number of chemicals.
Do you like these colors? Have you tried anything from Le Metier de Beaute?
|Lip Crème Lip Gloss||$36.00|
|Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss||$32.00|
|Box Retail Value||$68.00|
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