I have been wanting to get my little paws on some Le Métier de Beauté products for ages, but they’re hard to come by if you don’t live in a city big enough to have a department store targeted to the independently wealthy, the kept women of rap stars and NFL players, old-money socialites, or other variations on the Bergdorf Blonde. Recently Le Métier products became available at Nordstrom (online, at least; none of the stores in a reasonable driving radius from me actually has them on-counter), so I jumped on the opportunity to tack a Le Métier lip creme on to an order I was already planning to place.
Le Métier de Beauté Lip Cremes are interesting little products with some serious advantages and some serious drawbacks. Framboise Creme is a gorgeous rich raspberry color (at least their French is accurate) with gold shimmer. Really, the color is stunning, although the shimmer is a bit heavy for my tastes — now, anyway; in 1986, when I was hooked on a drugstore lippie almost exactly this shade, it would have seemed like heaven in a tube. It is possibly the most opaque lip product I’ve ever used, which is odd as Le Métier describes them as “a hybrid of gloss and lipstick.” This implies something much sheerer to me. I see why it’s called a “creme” — the product has the consistency of thick, sugary frosting, though it isn’t deliciously gritty in that way.
The opacity of it is almost startling when you put it on — it’s like putting a coat of vinyl on your lips. It doesn’t feel uncomfortable, but particularly with this color it overwhelmed the rest of my face completely. Warning: it does bleed out into tiny lines around your mouth (even if you think you don’t have any, this product will find them), but using a primer and a lipliner and not taking the product all the way to the edge of the lip line will help with this. Once it’s on, it’s on like Donkey Kong — it fades slightly in intensity and loses some of its shine, but the product holds on for several hours. Surprisingly, it doesn’t leave much of a stain upon removal.
I can’t quite get over the ’80s feel of this particular shade, and it really is too intense for me for everyday wear, so this will probably be an occasional indulgence for a special event or evening out rather than a daily lippie option as I’d been hoping. Alas. Maybe other shades are less intense, but I’d want to see and swatch them in-person before buying again.
Here’s how opaque it is: it’s exactly the same color on my hand as on my lip:
(Hee! Another “oops, didn’t realize I missed my lip line” photo. Sigh.)
Le Métier de Beauté Lip Creme in Framboise Creme: $36 at nordstrom.com
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair.
Purchase again? Not without swatching in-person first.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)