Thanks to Best Things in Beauty for keeping us up-to-date on the latest releases from Le Métier de Beauté. Among all the store exclusives, my favorite collection includes the latest design by Ken Downing: the Haute House Hues Collection which includes a Lip Crème Lip Gloss Duo ($65) in Mum's the Word and Two Lips and the new Snappy Dragon Nail Lacquer ($18).
The Lip Crème Lip Glosses are perfect for spring. Mum's the Word is a bright pink with cool undertones. When I saw it featured on twitter I was a bit scared. My counter did not have testers of the items when they arrived but I am glad I purchased. The Lip Crèmes are a highly pigmented liquid creme gloss. They aren't high shine but aren't fully matte or satiny either. More of a hybrid lipstick/gloss. Mum's the Word can be applied heavily or sheer for a soft tint. I was surprised at how wearable it is. If it's too bright for you, you can always mix it with other glosses to sheer out the color.
Two Lips is a slightly shimmery nude pale peach. The texture applies a bit dry and emphasizes the lines in the lips, but let it sit for a minute and it warms up nicely to apply more evenly. The pigment is quite opaque and covers the entire lip. It gives me a nude-peach lip look which I think will go nicely with a smokey eye.
Here are comparisons to a few other shades:
Snappy Dragon Nail Polish is a shocking bright pink. It's VERY bright, almost fuschia. There is a neon quality to this shade so it was a bit difficult to photograph. The finish is a satiny semi-matte. Two coats and you get full rich coverage. I'm still partial to the high-gloss finish nail polishes, but this one you can easily just add a clear top coat to achieve the shine.
Compared to the ShoKen Pink from spring/resort, Snappy Dragon is more fuschia/rose with blue tones. ShoKen Pink almost looks orange next to it because it has so much neon in it.
Overall perfect for spring to summer. The colors are fresh and naturally flattering. The lip cremes go perfectly with a simple bronzer or the latest Blush Kaleidoscope kit. To date I believe the collection is limited edition and exclusive to Neiman Marcus.