Thursday, March 24th, 2011


5 Brands Worth Tracking Down

These brands are impossible to find, and with so many brands online, it’s easier than ever to find niche beauty brands. These are five brands that you just won’t find in stores all over the place but are worth buying sight unseen.

Le Metier de Beaute is a beautifully done line with really nuanced colors, well-thought out formulas, and full range of products. I fell in love with the brand a couple of years ago after stopping by one of a handful of counters in New York City. Their distribution has increased tremendously in the past year, but they are still harder to find in stores. My favorite products are their blushes and Lip Cremes.

Burberry created a line with a surprising amount of success–it does not feel like they rested on their brand name to carry them forward. They created a color range that worked with the brand’s image–simple, elegant, timeless. The textures equally in line with their image; silky, smooth, never too shimmery or too much. My favorite products are their eyeshadows, blushes, and lipsticks. Burberry Trench is my go-to highlighter.

Rescue Beauty Lounge is a brand that is so relatable. The creator, Ji, interacts with fans and customers so well and thoroughly that you feel like you are following her on her journey of creating new shades. There is truly something special about the way Rescue Beauty Lounge listens to their customers and finds ways to give them yet one more reason to love the brand. Many of the polishes have subtlties that make a shade unique–on top of an excellent, long-wearing, beautifully-applying formula.

Paul & Joe Beaute has such darling packaging but the products inside are equally, if not more so, deserving of praise and attention. There is a certain softness to their range, with some playfulness, and always enough creativity to keep the brand elevated from same ol’, same ol’. My favorite product is their eyeshadows!

Nubar is a brand I know I would have never heard of had i not been a beauty blogger or thoroughly immersed in the online beauty community. It is a brand that does nail polish exceptionally well. I always feel like Nubar does their own thing; you never quite know what to expect from them–sometimes it seems fitting to the season, other times they create shades you may not think you’d wear.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

A Quick Look at Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) saw the addition of four shades for their fall collection, Le Cirque:

  • Noble Passion is a deep, iridescent navy blue with brightened blue-violet shimmer. This is a really cool shade. It glows in natural light as well as full light–not something every polish can do! It was almost pigmented enough in one coat, but I used two. It was reminiscent of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse, but while there are some similarities, they do look different and have totally opposite finishes. I also felt like a comparison could be made to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie in the kind of feel–but the two are not the same in color at all.
  • High Wire is a mauve-tinged silvered gray with a metallic finish. With the more metallic finish, I did get brush strokes, but color was incredibly pigmented with just one coat used here. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Magic at Dusk is a muted beige-pink with coppered gold shimmer. Two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Dynamique is an ultra deep, dark burgundy-red cream. Just one coat. It is similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur but with more red.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Nail Lacquers come an undoubtedly painful price point. These are tiny little bottles with still-hefty price tags, but the formula is dreamy. It’s not too thick or thin, but what stands out is the pigmentation–very rich, intense pigment in nearly one stroke. I think if I was a little more careful, I could have made some of these one coaters. I was able to get a full week’s worth of wear with just minor tip wear.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: From these four, I think three of them are really interesting shades–so in that respect, I liken this brand to Chanel. It’s a luxury brand, so if it’s something within your budget, I think they’re worth a look–especially now that the brand has increased their distribution channels.

AVAILABILITY: Neiman Marcus

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme Lip Creme
Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme Lip Creme

Holiday Reds: Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme

Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme Lip Creme ($36.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brilliant shade of radiant ruby red with glimmering white, ruby, and pale gold shimmer. I love this Lip Creme not only for its scarlet hue but for the intense pigmentation in just one swipe. This gloss is absolutely pigmented–even pigmented lips would see much truer-to-color results than the norm.

This is the third time I’ve put the spotlight on Framboise Creme–it continues to be one of my favorite reds and go-to shades for the holidays. The rich formula, high gloss shine, and moisturizing feel always make it a pleasure to wear.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Yes and yes! If you love reds, Framboise Creme is definitely worth the indulgence.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Romeo & Juliet Blushing Bronzed Duet
Le Metier de Beaute Romeo & Juliet Blushing Bronzed Duet

Le Metier de Beaute Romeo & Juliet Blushing Bronzed Duet ($65.00 for 0.49 oz.) contains a blush and bronzer in one. The brand’s blushes retail for $30 while their bronzer retails for $55. The duo, while an expensive investment, does pack a ton of product into the shiny silver compact)–by the ounce, it is cheaper than NARS blushes.

Unlike the Traviata, it appears these shades are exclusive to this duet. I asked Le Metier de Beaute yesterday for confirmation, but between you and me, the bronzer shade looks very similar to the bronzer in Traviata (which is available full-sized as their Sun Kissed Bronzer).

The blush is a soft cotton candy pink with subtle blue undertones and a micro-fine silver shimmer-sheen. It reminded me of MAC’s Dollymix (but more pigmented) or a lighter NARS Desire. The bronzer is a soft golden tan with more of a sheen than noticeable shimmer; it applies softly at first but can be built up for a more intense look. It doesn’t pull orange or red, so it’s more of a universal color.

Le Metier de Beaute does an amazing blush; the texture is beyond fine.  It’s like silk skimming across the cheek, and the way it glows with a beautiful sheen differentiates it from many other blushes on the market.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the market for both shades, it’s well worth it. If you’re just looking for one or the other, then you’re better off getting something similar individually. Though the value is certainly there, it comes at a high investment cost.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Now @ Nordstrom

Yep! That’s right — Le Metier de Beaute is now available at Nordstrom (online only, as far as I know).  If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, your wallet may be happy, but it is a top-notch luxury brand that’s been hard-to-find–especially in-store–and usually purchased online.  I love myself some Nordstrom, because I do love their customer service and return policy.  When it comes to buying makeup sight unseen, a generous return policy is always a must for me!

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Marchesa for Le Metier de Beaute Collection for Fall 2010

Dedication to design, detail and to the experience; Marchesa and Le Métier de Beauté bring women back to a time when the “craft of the craft” was so important, while simultaneously bringing them forward with the best in luxury technology. With this like-minded approach, the collaboration between the two came naturally. Introducing Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté, the first collection to evolve from this joint collaboration, a true partnership in beauty, a new venture into irresistible luxury.

“Each season,” explains Georgina Chapman, co-founder and designer of Marchesa, “Keren Craig and I introduce a new collection, but with the classic and consistent signature that is Marchesa – we transport our customers back to a time when luxury fashion meant the best in tailoring, design, fabric, etc. When it came to launching a cosmetics collection, we wanted to do the same and we found immediately that Le Métier de Beauté shared these same core values.”

“The Collection takes the unparalleled textures and formulas Le Métier de Beauté is known for and transfixes them with the essence of Marchesa,” says Joanna Vorachek Austin, President of Le Métier de Beauté. “From the sleek packaging and the innovative formulas to the flawless application, the Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté collaboration brings the best of both brands to the forefront of luxury.”

La Lune Palette ($65.00)

Custom-crafted by Georgina Chapman, a quintet of dramatically bold colors brings Georgina’s signature smoky-eyed feminine look to your fingertips. This diminutive, credit card-sized palette contains everything you need to design an array of smoldering looks.

  • Translucent Pressed Powder
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: La Cerise Noir
  • Crème Blush: La Peche
  • Eye Shadow: Le Minuit

Le Soleil Palette ($65.00)

Hand-crafted by Keren Craig, this collection of gorgeous, warm hues creates a beautiful bronzed look not to be ignored. This petite palette contains everything you need to make this sun-kissed look your own.

  • Bronzer
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: Le Caramel
  • Crème Blush: La Rougeur
  • Eye Shadow: Le Fauve

Double Entendre Lip Gloss ($38.00)

Four dual-ended lip glosses, eight total shades, infinite bespoke color combinations. Pairing the signature creamy coverage of Le Métier de Beauté’s Lip Crème Lip Gloss with the incomparable, silky slip of Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss, Double Entendre Lip Gloss brings new meaning to the perfect partnership. Enriched with emollients and antioxidants for beautiful, supple lips, wear alone or custom-blend your perfect pout.

  • La Figue/La Raisin A creamy combination of plum and shimmering neutral
  • La Feu/La Glace Radiant red balanced with a lush mauve
  • L’embrasse/Le Passion A unity between a bittersweet chocolate and blushing bronze
  • La Rouge/La Nue A shimmering nude matched by a golden raspberry hue

THE PENS

Precision application, multi-tasking formulas, long-lasting results, Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté’s Sheer Illumination Pens highlight, contour and conceal depending upon your beauty needs. Formulated to give a lift to the eye area, our special pens include ingredients that will nourish and calm the eye area:

  • Cucumber extract cools and alleviates puffiness
  • Mango extract is used as an astringent and tightening agent
  • Papaya extract softens the skin and has been called “a natural face lift”
  • Goldenseal and Juniper are used for their toning qualities
  • Echinacea and aloe are used for their healing properties
  • Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, keeps the tender eye area moist and refreshed
  • Convenient brush-on formula is ideal for touch-ups

Sheer Illumination Highlighter ($48.00)

The ingenious Sheer Illumination Highlighter works instantly to highlight and contour in an ever- flattering sheer golden shade. Ideal anytime of day or evening, on bare skin, with powder, under or over foundation, this beauty essential brings instant luminosity wherever you want it.

Sheer Illumination Brightener ($48.00)

Look refreshed and revived in an instant. Sheer Illumination Brightener’s liquid to powder formula lightly conceals while brightening. Redness is reduced, dark circles diminished and your total look revived and refreshed.

Availability: The Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté Collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus nationwide beginning September 2010.