Le Métier's Red Velvet Lip Crème is a bit of a legend as the product is elusive emerging only as a gift with purchase. Featured on notable blogs such as Messy Wands, Best Things in Beauty and The Pink Sith I've long lusted after the rich, creamy red shade. The tube pictured below was given to me as a generous gift by the talented Renee Fisher of Le Métier de Beauté Northbrook.
Though I typically preserve cosmetics until they've been photographed I had a cheeky swatch of the lip crème in the car. Red Velvet met and exceeded all my expectations! Described as a "sumptuous red hue," Red Velvet is opaque in one swipe across the lips. Even better, the lip crème leaves a soft stain behind even after the glossy unapologetic red has worn away.
Red Velvet is as rich a shade as its namesake. Creamy yet glossy, the deep blue based hue is a must for anyone who loves a good vintage scarlet lip. Le Métier's ruby hue would be a magnificent substitute for Chanel's now discontinued Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. Though I love Dragon, I will proudly admit that I find Le Métier's formulation superior as Red Velvet and the Lip Crèmes in general leave my pout feeling moisturized and smooth.
Glossy reds can indeed be difficult to wear, and without careful application Red Velvet easily finds its way on the teeth and outside the lip line. To be fair, this is a predicament I encounter with almost every bold gloss or liquid lipstick and it can be easily solved with patience, a concealer outlining the lips and a little know-how. I tend to favor blue based reds like Red Velvet. The benefit? Shades such as this give the appearance of whiter teeth!
If you can snag Le Métier de Beauté's Red Velvet Lip Crème I highly recommend that you do. The crème is still available as a gift with purchase at Neiman Marcus. My 2013 new years resolution revolves around wearing bold lipsticks (particularly classic reds) more regularly, and Red Velvet will be the kingpin in the collection of products I intend to wear frequently!
Have you tried Le Métier de Beauté's Lip Crèmes? What shade is your favorite?