|Above: All shades of the Le Metier de Beaute Hydra Creme Lip Color.|
|Above: The chic Hydra Creme lipstick case.|
Kindly scroll on for images, swatches and a video review of Sahara, Cashmere and Butterfield 8!
|Above: Sahara in natural outdoor lighting.|
Upon discovering that these gems had arrived at my local Neiman Marcus, I quickly deliberated about which shade to initially choose. Of course, my eyes scanned for the palest pinky nude shades in existence...this typical search led me straight to Sahara, which, in my experience, is a pinky, peach-leaning nude. One swatch and I knew that it was to be my first of this formula...I even picked one up for my mom.
|Above: Cashmere in natural outdoor lighting.|
After a couple of days of supremely hydrating wear with Sahara, I came to the distinct conclusion that there was definitely room in my collection for other shades in this formula. In turn, my next trip to Neiman's yielded Cashmere and Butterfield 8. Cashmere is a pinky nude beige that lacks the sandy peach undertones so prominent in Sahara. That distinct quality alone cinched the deal.
|Above: Butterfield 8 in natural outdoor lighting.|
Butterfield 8, in contrast, is a bold departure from nude territory...this glimmering soft coral adds in instant pop of color, confirming its place as the most immediately pigmented shade of the three I own. This lush vibrance, coupled with the fact that its name is undeniably reminiscent of a devastatingly beautiful yet tragic Elizabeth Taylor film. In fact, the shade itself is delightfully anachronistic, comfortably at place in the late 1950's and early 1960's in hue and finish. Love.
|Above: Swatches of my three selections...Sahara, Cashmere and Butterfield 8.|
|Above: The Hydra Creme ingredients list.|
|Above: Swatches of the pinky, peachy nude Hydra Cremes in bright indoor lighting.|
Above and below: Swatches of the peach, pink, nude Hydra Cremes upon which I deliberated...these images were taken in indoor lighting, but are quite true to life in terms of color and tone. Though indisputably lovely, I ruled out Bellini as too pale (!) and Bottecelli Angel as too dark and bright for my personal taste.
|Above: Swatches of the pinky, peachy nude Hydra Cremes in darker indoor lighting.|
The Shade List (with official shade descriptions from LMdB):
- SIGNATURE RED — MATTE GARNET RED
- BUTTERFIELD 8 — CORAL CHAMPAGNE
- THINK PINK — BOLD PINK
- MARASCHINO — CHERRY RED
- ROSE GARNET — FROSTED MAGENTA
- MOROCCO — BROWNISH RED
- BOTTICELLI ANGEL — WARM PEACH ROSE
- TEA ROSE — RASPBERRY PINK
- SAHARA — SANDY CORAL NUDE
- MONDRIAN — VIVID TANGERINE CORAL
- GRENADINE — RICH PLUM
- CASHMERE — BEIGE ROSE
- BREATHLESS — NEUTRAL WARM PINK
- ONE & ONLY — NEUTRAL BROWN PINK
- BELLINI — TRUE NUDE BEIGE
- ICON — TRUE RED
|Above: Wearing a combination of Butterfield 8 and Cashmere on the lips.|
|Above: Wearing Sahara on the lips.|
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