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Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box Review & Photos

Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box
Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box

Here’s a little peek and a quick overview of Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box. My box contained Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope ($95), Noir Precision Liquid Liner ($42), and unreleased red lipstick in a new formula ($32); and then as a one-time sign-up bonus, their Kabuki Brush ($85). I wanted to separate out the brush, so I could get a better idea of the monthly box value, which came in at $169, and then with the brush, it brought the total value of the subscription (thus far) to $254. If Le Metier de Beaute kept up with the value of their initial box (excluding the sign-up gift), it will be very, very impressive subscription service. I hope that they do, and my plan is to keep you posted as I receive my boxes so we can get a final tally.

I am not a fan of subscription boxes, and the only one I’ve ever subscribed to is BarkBox, which is Mellan. I’ve received several to consider for reviews (probably half a dozen or so various boxes), and I haven’t found them to be compelling. I think it was when I received a box that was very clearly filled with full-sized products that were getting discontinued (because they weren’t selling) and then packets of $300 skin care (good for one use!) that I was just completely turned off. When Le Metier de Beaute revealed their 12-month subscription box ($349 upfront cost, includes shipping for twelve months with one box shipped per month, which works out to be $29 a month), I was tempted, and I caved. Right now, they’re not taking on new subscribers; subscription was open for about a month, and now they’re fulfilling those subscribers. I imagine if it does well enough, generates plenty of buzz, and the like, perhaps they’ll reopen or move forward with the program.

I really liked the concept of subscribing to a brand-specific box, because if you really love a brand, it could be interesting. You already were experienced with the quality of the brand, get access to pre-release and perhaps products or shades you hadn’t considered before, but all from a brand you already loved. What I didn’t think about was if you’re actually a huge fan of the brand already, you may actually find that what you receive… is what you already have, which did happen in my case — I had purchased Nouvelle Vague (reviewed here) back in October, which is the Kaleidoscope I received, though Kaleidoscopes have varied from box to box with many seeming to receive Chauvet Pont d’Arc (jealous, I don’t have that one!) as well as Face and Lip Kaleidoscopes (all valued at $95). On the upside, Le Metier de Beaute included a yet-to-be-released lipstick formula, so you’re getting something that gives you a very inner circle feel–indeed, VIP.  Lastly, Le Metier de Beaute is a luxury brand with a price point to match, and the majority of their range costs at least $30 a pop, so I figured there was a good shot at getting your money’s worth here.

The Unreleased Red Lipstick is a deepened, cool-toned red with a matte finish. I don’t know anything about the formula, so I don’t know what claims it makes, so I’ll hold off until it’s formally released and know more about it. For now, here are comparison swatches.  As I test and work through the products, full reviews may be posted later on (I’m just rolling them into my normal procedure/schedule of testing and reviewing, so I don’t make any promises or guarantees as to when or if at all!).

One thing I wish they included: a card that highlights or features the included products — I desperately wish there was a name on the red lipstick, even if it was a working or temporary name! I also think it’s a great way to keep customers informed if they aren’t familiar with each product or formula.

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5 Sparkling Blue Hues

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum & Thunder True Color Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had good color payoff and a frosted finish, while applied wet, it took on a more metallic finish and was fully opaque. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth.  It lasted nine hours on the lid without creasing or fading (no primer). Disney Glass Slipper is bluer. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker. Lancome Style Section is darker. bareMinerals Cheers is lighter, less metallic. Inglot #447 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Thunder True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It was a little drier than I’ve experienced with other Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows, so the color payoff when applied dry was surprisingly sheer. Applied with a damp brush, it was more intense but still a bit under-pigmented.  It wore for eight and a half hours well, and it was slightly faded after nine hours of wear (no primer). Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Desperation is very similar. MAC Steel is darker, warmer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Tempest is lighter. bareMinerals Chateau is similar. See comparison swatches.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Platinum
Platinum
Platinum
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Thunder
Thunder
Thunder
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Shop My Le Metier de Beaute Favorites with a Curated Pairing + Reader Exclusive Discount!


Each week, Le Metier de Beaute opens up their vault and unveils product pairings where if you buy one product/set, you’ll get something else, too. One favorite seems to be a polish duo, where you buy two polishes and get two other shades for free. Long-time readers will know I fell in love with Le Metier de Beaute on my first trip to NYC (in 2009), first discovering the brand on my first ever visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s. They have many impressive products and shades and have continued to be one of my favorite brands since 2009. When Le Metier de Beaute asked if I would be interested in curating a pairing of products that my dear readers would get a discount on, it was a no-brainer.

Temptalia Curated Pairing ($94, $79.90 with discount)

Then you’ll receive these products, valued at $40…

And readers get a further discount…

  • 15% off with code TEMPTALIA. Plus, U.S. readers will get free shipping on their order (and all orders this week) 🙂 All told, you’ll get $134 worth of products for just under $80!

Also, any Temptalia readers who sign up for their newsletter  and puts “Temptalia” in the notes section (or sign-up while purchasing the pairing, and you won’t need to enter any additional info), will be entered to win one of ten prizes featuring $450 worth of LMDB products (Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector, Noir Precision Liquid Liner, Replenishing Daily Solution, Jade True Colour Eyeshadow, Chameleon True Colour Eyeshadow).  Again, there will be 10 winners, and you can be anywhere in the world and win!

Check out the curated pairing here!

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is warm, coral-orange with a satiny sheen. It can be worn on both lips as well as cheeks, and what I like most about the formula is that it’s just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick–and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give). The consistency is very soft and creamy; it almost seems like it’s partially melted. The product blends out well on the skin, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, and wears well.

As a blush, it appears as a soft coral with slight orange/red tones. It has a dewy finish that’s perfect for summer, as it gives the skin a fresh, glowy finish but doesn’t slide around the face. I’ve had this product for a year now (yes, that’s how long my backlog is), and I originally tested this product prior to moving, but I wanted re-test as well as re-shoot the photos for the blush swatch. In the summer heat, I had no trouble with it lasting eight hours with minimal signs of fading. MAC Ripe for Love is a powder product and has a stronger frost finish. NARS Gilda is darker and a powder. MAC Stereo Rose is pinker, more frosted, and a powder. MAC Something Special is pinker. Illamasqua Rude is more orange. Burberry Blossom is a powder and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Coral is less shimmery and a powder. See comparison swatches.

As a lipstick, it has opaque color coverage, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It lasted four hours when I wore it. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Le Metier de Beaute Crème Fresh Tint Coral Nymph
Coral Nymph
Coral Nymph
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

See more photos & swatches!

Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope (Quick)

Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four shades: Oyster (satin shimmer dust), Sapphire (midnight blue with jewel tones), Autumn Rust (deep and rustic topaz), and Matte Plum (bodacious, bright purple).

Per readers’ requests, I’m posting this quick post that features photos and swatches of the Kaleidoscope, but I’m not writing a full review unless it is re-released and becomes available again 🙂 I will say it is up to par with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadow quality and what I’ve experienced in the past, so you can read previous reviews here. All of the swatches have been put into the Swatch Gallery, so you can compare and look for similar shades based on what interests you!

  • Oyster is a cool-toned, almost pewter-gray with a hint of beige-champagne shimmer. ISuper complex; looks different all the time. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Sapphire is a copper and violet-shimmered navy blue with purplish edging. Another complex shade. Best applied wet–a little drier than other shades I’ve tried. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Autumn Rust is a medium-dark golden brown with a frosted finish. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Matte Plum is a medium-dark red-toned purple with a satiny finish (doesn’t look matte to me). Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.

Also, since we’re on the subject of Le Metier de Beaute… They’ll be doing online auctions starting tonight on their website featuring last-of-a-kind in their Kaleidoscopes for the next six days that are paired with gifts from partners (like Oscar de la Renta, GlossyBox, etc.) to benefit ALS Awareness Month and the ALS Association. 100% (!!) of the proceeds earned from the auctions will go the ALS Association, and Le Metier de Beaute will be donating 10% to the ALS Association for every sale made on their website between 5/5 and 5/12. And then, anyone who donates $100+ through the ALSA.org Le Metier de Beaute Tribute Fund Page, Le Metier de Beaute will send a thank you package of beauty goodies.

What is ALS? The Facts

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy.
  • Upon diagnosis, the life expectancy of an ALS patient ranges from 2 to 5 years.
  • Only 10% will survive more than 10 years
  • For the vast majority, their mind and thoughts are not impaired and remain sharp despite the progressive degenerating condition of the body.
  • ALS can strike anyone. There is currently no cure.
Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit Femme Fatale
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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