I don't know if it's the accents on the 'e's, the high price point, or the general Frenchiness, but Le Métier de Beauté always seems like a high effort brand to me. I feel like it's the kind of brand that fancy people wear. Like, you'd wear it to a gala.
I guess my lips are fancy now, even if I'm pairing this lipstick with a $3 Wet'n'Wild eyeliner.
The grooved black packaging on the Colour Core lipsticks looks like a cross between a bike tire and a sex toy, although it's work appropriate-enough that a TSA employee would probably still meet your gaze if they found it in your purse at an airport. If I were a dominatrix, though, this is definitely the tube I'd want to be using.
Unfortunately, since I always use my lipsticks at least a few times before I work up the momentum to photograph them, I didn't manage to capture a small but noteworthy flaw in the pre-use lipstick: it had a ding at the top of the lipstick itself. (My lips managed to smooth over the dent after a few applications.) This isn't a huge deal, but a lot of people are reporting crushed lipstick tops from this brand, so it seems to fairly consistent problem. I thought I would note the issue in case you want to put this lipstick in a display case and/or you think it's ridiculous that a $32 lipstick would have this problem.
Ibiza is a reddened coral with a metallic pink sheen.
I think the color is gorgeous. It's very summer-y and it offers uniqueness without being over-the-top. It has a wonderfully pearly effect on the lips.
I did my patented (not-actually-patented) "four hours and a meal" test for this lipstick. I think this is especially important for lipsticks that make claims about long-lasting formulas, and the Colour Core lipsticks are definitely advertising longevity. ("This creamy hydrating formula delivers essential moisture and full-coverage color to lips while maintaining the lasting power of a lip stain.")
Here's how the lipstick looked when applied:
Here's how it looked four hours and a meal later:
It clearly didn't do very well. Despite their claims of a stain-like last power, Ibiza is only reminiscent of a lipstain insofar as you end the day with color in an awkward line around your lips. For a nearly-neutral with a pearly finish, it's not necessarily terrible in terms of last power, but it definitely does not live up to the claims.
Le Métier de Beauté Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipsticks retail for $32 for 0.13oz, putting them at $246.15 per ounce.
P.S. Sorry about my terrible posting schedule. Have a picture of my bunnies in my bathtub as penance:
D'aww. Totally makes up for missed posts.