Beaute is a small-but-growing makeup line created by extraordinarily talented, NYC-based makeup artist Beau Nelson. (He’s also gorgeous — luckily for him I’m married.) I have to imagine after years of working with the tools you have as a makeup artist, you start thinking how you could make them better (e.g., Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Scott Barnes, right?). If you want to bring Beau into your own living room, he’s also published a series of video tutorials on the Beaute website.
Luminous Volume Glosses have tapered brush wands. The gloss is unscented and completely flavorless (like iocane powder!). It’s also moisturizing, not sticky in the slightest, and feels absolutely wonderful on the lips.
I was lucky enough to swatch six of these, half the shades currently available. Heroine (my favorite!) is a fantastic cream rose (not too purple, not too mauvey). It literally goes with everything, and looks like magic on my lips. Lady Stardust is clear with small pink sparkles. Girlie Show is a cream pink-lemonade, peachy pink shade; Skin Trade is a cream nude peach. Paramour is a gorgeous rose-pink with gold iridescent sparkles (definitely click to see this one at full size). Medusa is a warm petal pink.
The unswatched shades are If (005, creamy cantaloupe), Urge (006, a cream red with about as much coverage as Heroine), Chimera (007, iridescent salmon pink), Elitist (010, a cream tawny color), Cobra (011, sun-kissed metallic bronze), and Allure (012, metallic pink beige).
Luminous Volume Glosses are $26 Canadian (which works out to around $20-21 U.S. at the time of this posting), comparable to Chanel’s Glossimers, and you can buy Beaute products directly off their website. The line is also carried by the Studio at Fred Segal (if you’re in California), and lucky Canadians have been able to buy them for some time at Holt Renfrew, Jerome Hair Salon in Calgary, and The New Eclectic in Vancouver.