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.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

My New Favorite Summer Blush:  Le Metier de Beaute Echo

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronzed Duet ($65.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a blush-bronzer duo that includes Echo Radiance Rouge Blush (delicate coral-pink) and Sun Kissed Bronzer (sheer, light bronze powder). Normally, the blush retails for $30 and the bronzer retails for $55. I don’t own either (and couldn’t find it via googling), so I’m not sure of the size of each individually. All I know is that 0.49 oz. of product is a good deal of product no matter how you slice it. (The average blush is around 0.15 oz.!)

Traviata is part of Le Metier de Beaute’s Endless Summer Collection for the summer season. They also have Romeo & Juliet (which I will review soon as well!). The collection includes Bella Bronze Liquid Illuminator ($85); Canvas, Spicy, Jade, Sequoia True Color Eyeshadows ($30 each); Tamarack Dualistic Eye Pencil ($36); San TropezManhattan Color Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32); Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36).

Echo is pure gorgeousness swatched and applied. Warm-toned beauties will love this shade in particular–it has the depth and dimension and sophistication that every blush should have. It’s smooth, soft, and wickedly pigmented but easy to use. It’s buildable, but it’s a richly pigmented product if you want it to be. It has a lovely soft, subtle shimmer-sheen of gold over a coral-pink base. I wore it lightly in this look. This is definitely a very “me” color, so I’m obviously a bit biased/partial to it! I love that it gives my cheeks a warmed-over glow but doesn’t emphasize pores with frostiness.

Sun Kissed is nice, but I was a little gaga for Echo that Sun Kissed didn’t leave much of an impression on me! It has the same soft, smooth texture of Echo, but it’s not quite as pigmented. It’s a nice subtle bronzer that doesn’t turn orange nor pull too red, which makes it a nice, universally appealing shade. There is a slight golden sheen but very little shimmer.

Even though the duo may give you more product for your money, Echo is really the star in this product for me. If you’re as sold on it as me, luckily you can buy it on its own for $30 rather than $65. I like that, to be honest, just because you aren’t roped into buying one product you’re so-so on and one you’re dying for simultaneously! (Hello, most palettes, I’m talking to you!)

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Echo is to-die-for if you’re a coral blush fiend like myself. Truly a gorgeous, stunning shade that looks every bit as beautiful on as it does in the pan. Sun Kissed is a nice bronzer, and if you’re a regular bronzer wearer, the duo is certainly something worth looking into.

WHERE TO BUY: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Gloss

The Spring Season: Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss ($36.00) is a peachy-nude cream gloss with just a touch of golden shimmer laced through it. It is, primarily, a cream finish gloss, though, so it can settle into lip lines. I find that it’s not really noticeable from the average viewing difference. I love, love the feeling of Le Metier de Beaute glosses, though; it’s moisturizing, lush, and non-sticky. It just feels amazing on lips. Every time I use one of my Le Metier de Beaute glosses, I marvel at how lovely they feel applied. I don’t wear Apricot Creme alone very often, but I love it on top of pinks and nudes.

Is this the right nude gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Friday, November 20th, 2009

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

The Scarlet Season: Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme Lip Creme Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a stunning shade of subdued ruby red with ruby and gold shimmer and the most amazing pigmentation. I remember when I first purchased this shade, which was also the first time I ever heard of or saw Le Metier de Beaute, back in February 2009 when I was in New York for fashion week. I completely fell head-over-heels in love with the shade; it was love at first swatch, as they’d say! The formula is out of this world; it’s moisturizing, glossy, ridiculously well-pigmented (it still feels more like a gloss than a lipstick or liquid lipstick), and it lasts for a good four to six hours on me. I’m still as pleased with it today as I was when I first purchased it.

I’m also pleased to note that Le Metier de Beaute has greatly improved their accessibility, available at many Neiman Marcus around the United States. (When I purchased this, they were only available at two stores or online at NeimanMarcus.com!)

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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