Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Le Metier de Beaute London Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute London Eye Kaleidoscope

The enduring Le Métier de Beaué and Ken Downing relationship has yet again created an exquisite kaleidoscope collection. Distilled from the trends, tones and textures presented at the Fall 15 fashion week shows in London and Paris, each collection includes four limited-edition and specially curated eye shadows, with whimsical illustrations depicting iconic images of each city on each kaleidoscope. Shades can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result.

Eye Kaleidoscope ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

  • London Faded Foxglove, Naughty Nottingham, Penny Lane, Burnt Orchid
  • Paris Violet Femme, Champagne Elysees, Eiffel Power, Cunning Carine

Availability: Exclusively at Neiman Marcus

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes five shades for eyes in shades of black, navy blue, warm pink, copper, and golden brown. The True Color Eyeshadow is a wet/dry formulation (at least, this is what it used to be touted as; current descriptions are less helpful), including the mattes (they don’t harden if you use water with them). According to the brand, matte and shimmer finishes are supposed to have full coverage, while satin finishes are supposed to have sheer coverage (but no specificity regarding wet/dry). There are a lot of Le Metier’s eyeshadows that I love, and I often like how they pair colors in their Kaleidoscopes, but unless every single shade knocks it out of the park, the price is difficult to justify, which is the case here. Two of the five shades are excellent, while two are middling, and one is particularly disappointing.

Onyx is a medium black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though the texture is so silky and soft that it is prone to kicking up excess product, so it is best patted on gently to maintain intensity. It was fairly blendable on the skin and lasted for eight hours. As you might expect, there are lots of matte blacks on the marketplace, so there are plenty of dupes. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sapphire is a medium-dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans slightly purple. It had decent pigmentation, but it was certainly lacking oomph and needed to be layered two or three times to get really good, even coverage out of it. The texture was slightly dry, which made it a little harder to blend out. This was previously included in another Kaleidoscope, but it was much better that time, as it had a richer, denser texture that was less dry. It lasted for seven hours and had some fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Quartz is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft and smooth, but it was a smidgen dry, which gave it a powdery look when applied dry. It was easier to work with and had better, truer color payoff when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading.
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Carnelian Opal is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm orange undertones and a frosted golden sheen. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding a slightly deeper color and more metallic finish. It wore well for nine hours on me. This is the type of quality I associate with Le Metier de Beaute, but it doesn’t make up for the first three. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Citrine is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, though dry coverage gave it a smoother result. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

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What are your favorites?

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched Bronzer
Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched Bronzer

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched Bronzer ($55.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a deepened, orange-toned brown with subtle gold sparkle. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less warm-toned, matte. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is lighter, more muted. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, a little lighter. See comparison swatches.

According to the brand, the bronzer is described as a “sheer, silky-light powder.” If by sheer, they mean, intensely pigmented with the merest flick of the wrist, sure, we’re on the same page, but since that’s not at all what sheer means, their description is far off. The powder is so, so pigmented–a little goes such a long way–but the texture is incredibly soft, silky, and finely-milled, so at least part of what they say is true. It’s just slightly powdery, though. It’s absolutely possible to get a softer, sheerer application out of the bronzer, but you’ll want to use a stippling or less-dense brush and a lighter hand to do so. Otherwise, the application is easy, as the powder is very blendable, and it wears for a full eight hours before gradually fading.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013


Le Metier de Beaute has several products/shades that have been marked down 50% off at Saks.  It has certainly raised my curiosity about the brand’s future, though some color products are not discounted at all, and some shades within formulas aren’t discounted either.  I noticed skincare isn’t discounted at all.  Well, if you ever were curious, my top picks would be eyeshadow, blush, and Lip Cremes.