Right, on to the pretties. Le Métier de Beauté's Northern Lights collection was inspired, as you might guess, by the colours of the Aurora Borealis. The collection consists of the Northern Lights Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, the Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit and three nail polishes; Aurora, Solar Flare & (my favourite) Faraday. I've never had one of the lip kits before but I was captivated by the colours when I spotted The Non-Blonde post a first look picture on Twitter.
As with all the kaleidoscopes, the colours are designed to be layered but they can also be worn alone. The colours in the kit are, from top to bottom: Illuminate - a sheer sparkling 'Barbie' pink with hints of pretty blue shimmer, Voltaic - an opaque nude mauve with subtle golden shimmer, Dynamos - a sheer juicy coral packed with shimmer and Eos - a hot pink cream.
All of these colours are very pretty on their own but they combine to make beautiful shades too. I think the palette is quite versatile as it includes everyday colours as well as a fairly dramatic shade (Eos) and mixing allows you to produce everything else in between.
The lipglosses are slightly scented. Oddly, I think the scent is more obvious when applied than it is in the pan. They texture isn't sticky but it has enough grip to last on the lips for quite a while. Even when layered they don't feel gloopy, although I have a tendency to apply too much and I have to blot the edge of my bottom lip as the gloss pools. I remember being surprised when I had my makeover in Selfridges almost 18 months ago now, that four lipglosses layered on top of each other felt surprisingly comfortable and moisturising. The Aurora kit feels just the same.
|The four colours layered from top to bottom of the lip kit|
I'm looking forward to experimenting more with this palette. So far, my favourite combination has been Dynamos layered over Voltaic and I have enjoyed wearing both Voltaic and Illuminate on their own. As always, Le Métier de Beauté has helped push my makeup boundaries. In this case I'm overcoming my lipgloss and lip products from a pan issue! I figure when it's this pretty, it's worth it.
The Aurora Lip Kit costs $95 and is available from Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman (for those of you in the States, you can find your nearest store on the Le Métier de Beauté website). I've heard on the grapevine that Zuneta will be stocking it too!
Disclosure: This item was sent to me without cost for review purposes.