Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer

Quick Review: Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic, bronzed copper.” It’s a rich, darkened copper with coppery-orange shimmer and a metallic finish. When I quickly looked for a good dupe, I came up empty-handed, because the majority of copper shades I’ve reviewed in the past are brighter, less brown-based.

Silk Road is fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was naturally thin but not watery.  This one had threads of metallic shimmer that ran through it, which look a bit like brush strokes under brighter light (like flash), but they’re very subtle and barely-there.  For a metallic finish? particularly minimal visible brush strokes.  Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.  Now, they have full-sized bottles, but in the past, they released small bottles.  These smaller bottles can make for a more challenging application if you have longer fingers or larger hands, since the caps are so small.  It contains just over a fourth of a full-sized polish (average size of full-sized polish is 0.50 fl. oz.) but is priced at $10, which is more palatable than say Dior or Chanel’s $20+ price tags (and you get around 0.34 to 0.40 fl. oz. with those).  I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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product

Silk Road

A
This one had threads of metallic shimmer that ran through it, which look a bit like brush strokes under brighter light (like flash), but they're very subtle and barely-there.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty Nail Lacquer

Quick Review: Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, shimmering fuchsia.” It’s a rich, deepened ruby red with darker, ruby red shimmer–very fine shimmer that’s still noticeable in natural light but has a thread-like appearance. Illamasqua Charisma is very similar–perhaps a little darker, less red. Zoya Karina is brighter, redder.

It’s fully opaque in two coats, and it dries down to a naturally shiny finish–you don’t need a top coat. I didn’t have any problems with application or the consistency, and it really applied quite nicely. Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.  Now, they have full-sized bottles, but in the past, they released small bottles.  These smaller bottles can make for a more challenging application if you have longer fingers or larger hands, since the caps are so small.  It contains just over a fourth of a full-sized polish (average size of full-sized polish is 0.50 fl. oz.) but is priced at $10, which is more palatable than say Dior or Chanel’s $20+ price tags (and you get around 0.34 to 0.40 fl. oz. with those).  I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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product

Dynasty

A+
It's fully opaque in two coats, and it dries down to a naturally shiny finish--you don't need a top coat. I didn't have any problems with application or the consistency, and it really applied quite nicely.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer

Quick Review: Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich plum illuminating with bronzy, golden shimmer.” It’s a darkened, slightly muted, red with golden shimmer. The finish is almost foil-like, but it’s not quite as reflective as a true foil finish (nor as naturally matte but reflective). Dior Apparat was the closest dupe I could think of, but it is a richer red and has finer gold shimmer. Zoya Alegra is lighter, pinker.

The color coverage is fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.  Now, they have full-sized bottles, but in the past, they released small bottles.  These smaller bottles can make for a more challenging application if you have longer fingers or larger hands, since the caps are so small.  It contains just over a fourth of a full-sized polish (average size of full-sized polish is 0.50 fl. oz.) but is priced at $10, which is more palatable than say Dior or Chanel’s $20+ price tags (and you get around 0.34 to 0.40 fl. oz. with those).  I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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product

Anatolia

A+
The color coverage is fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn't too thick or too thin.  Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2012 Collection

Regal and rich in jewel and earthy tones, Le Métier de Beauté unveils a ravishing, new limited edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit: Bauhaus. Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus movement that influenced famed runways of Caroline Herrera and Cynthia Rowley alike, the latest eye kaleidoscope combines chic metallics with vibrant chocolate and scarlet hues for a bold, wearable lid look. “Modernization is as feverishly popular as ever, and a little touch of Bauhaus never hurt anyone,” says Mikey Castillo, Director of Color for Le Métier de Beauté.

Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Axiom Sublime bronzed umber
  • Graphic Silver liquid metal
  • Crucible Rich pomegranate
  • Genre Deep gun metal

Customized nail color at your fingertips, this Holiday Le Métier de Beauté is unveiling two NEW nail polish transformers: Moon’s Glow and Tinsel Town. Adding a twist to every nail shade, paint these lacquered overlays* over any color to add a stunning twist on tips. Worn alone, the iridescent shades mix glimmering tones of gold, green and silver for an attention-grabbing, holographic effect. Infuse a shimmering, “play” on color and coat tips in the most versatile lacquers of the season!

A bold, new coat of perfection. The latest nail lacquers from Le Métier de Beauté shed light on the naughtiest neutrals of the holidays. Introducing Christmas Town and Dream Maker, two NEW vibrant polishes ringing in the brightest and best. Eye-catching shades of emerald, violet-navy make this color packed duo a must for the Winter-season.

Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • Moon’s Glow Golden gleam lacquered overlay
  • Tinsel Town Subtle shimmer lacquered overlay with crisp celadon undertones
  • Christmas Town Rich emerald
  • Dream Maker Vibrant violet with navy blue undertones

Availability: December 2012 at Neiman Marcus and select Saks and Nordstrom Stores

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit
Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

A Palette Inspired by the French Cinema

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows inspired by “the spark present throughout the French cinema New Wave.” The colors can be worn alone or layered over each other (part of the brand’s methodology).

Nouvelle is described as a “sheer mink negative.” It’s a warm peach with a frosted finish and a kiss of pink. The color payoff is rich and opaque, not quite the sheer color they described it as (so for some, this is probably a good thing!). It had a lovely soft, finely-milled texture that felt buttery and smooth. Chanel Complice is similar but less reflective, a smidgen darker. theBalm Stubborn is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Scratch is fairly close, though a little pinker.

Gamine is described as a “satin pink celluloid.” It is a blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft frosted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 is sheerer, less frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar, a smidgen darker. MAC for Miss Piggy is sheerer, less frosted. MAC Feather Pink is cooler-toned, almost lilac.

Icon is described as a “silky matte Parisian mauve.” It’s a soft pink-tinged mauve with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that yielded rich color. Inglot #399 is frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar but satiny. MAC Neo Nebula is shimmery. Urban Decay Bordello is darker and frosted.

Fin is described as a “smoldering black carbon.” It’s a rich, deep, dark black with a fine dusting of multi-colored shimmer (which you don’t really notice when it is applied). The pigmentation in this is so, so rich. The texture is soft, smooth, and not a bit powdery. As far as comparably rich in pigment black eyeshadows go, Urban Decay Blackout is similar but has a more matte finish; Milani Pitch Black is also similar; and Make Up For Ever #4 is entirely matte and has no shimmer at all.

The palette is high quality from top to bottom, and really, the only reason it lost any points was because of Nouvelle, which was described as sheer but is, in fact, quite pigmented–for most, this will be received as great news.  When I tested these shades for wear, they wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.12 oz., which is double the size of most eyeshadows.   To put it into perspective, a MAC quad is the equivalent of paying $200/oz., and the Kaleidoscope is $194/oz.  Note:  my packaging is sample packaging, while retail versions are packaged in the brand’s signature black; the packaging rating reflects the retail packaging.

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palette

Nouvelle Vague

A
It's a fantastic palette, and while it's worth it from both a quality and value stand point, it is quite the investment! Rich in color, soft, blendable textures, and great wear make this palette hard to resist.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Le Metier de Beaute

What was the first Le Metier de Beaute product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: Lipgloss was my first love! I remember being in NYC and going through one of the high-end stores (maybe it was Barney’s?) and spotting the counter. I had never heard of the brand before, and let me tell you – $35+ for a gloss at that time was a big deal for me! I loved, still love the gloss, and generally find the brand to be very, very good. They don’t have a lot of products, but they have excellent products. It’s still hard for me to bring myself to shell out $95 for their Kaleidoscopes even though I know it’s a good deal.

Share your first time experiences with Le Metier de Beaute in the comments! :)