Saturday, August 11th, 2012

5 Ocean-Inspired Eyeshadows

When I think of the ocean, I think of blue, green, and teal all merged into one. Depending on the depth and clarity of the water, you might a really smoldering blue, maybe something closer to blackened blue, and at other times, a beautiful translucent aqua blue. I could have easily chosen five more shades for this topic, LOL! There were so many amazing shades to choose from.

What color best represents the ocean in your stash?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is burnt goldenrod–a sort of rusty medium brown with orange undertones and a yellow gold shimmer-sheen. Dior Aurora has a shade that’s very similar with less of a sheen and a slightly more orange base. Chanel Tigerlily is more orange, less shimmer/sheen. MAC Juiced has a similar color, but it has less warmth. MAC Goldmine is lighter, more gold-like. Inglot #404 is more bronze.

The color payoff was excellent; really rich in color that required no layering or building to achieve true-to-pan color. It has a sublime texture that’s soft, silky-smooth and melts against the skin. It’s almost buttery, but it doesn’t have a really dense quality to it, yet the way it looks and feels is more in line with a nearly-creamy, buttery texture. The powder is finely-milled and blends effortlessly on the lid.  Goldstone wears impeccably on the eye, too, with or without a primer–I was able to get a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading both over and without a primer.

Each True Colour Eyeshadow comes in a circular, rubberized compact with a mirror inside, and they’re almost triple the size of the average eyeshadow–0.13 oz. compared to 0.05 oz. It might ring up at a higher-than-palatable price tag, but you get every bit of your money’s worth here, both in terms of quality as well as quantity.

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It might ring up at a higher-than-palatable price tag, but you get every bit of your money's worth here, both in terms of quality as well as quantity. It has excellent color payoff, wear, blendability, and texture. There's not one thing I could think of that needs improving!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


Le Metier de Beaute Pallid Incandescence Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Bergdorf Goodman Exclusive)

From runways to red carpets, the playful pops of color have made a name for themselves and with summer in full swing it’s safe to say the shades are here to stay. ‘Bright’ on trend, Le Metier de Beaute introduces a new Kaleidoscope Eye Kit that flaunts serious color: Pallid Incandescence. Blending electric and pastel hues, Pallid Incandescence is the ‘go-to’ for a brighter-than-bright must-have look this summer.

Inspired by complexity of light and transforms from pastel days to neon nights, Pallid Incandescence brings with it the summer’s brightest and boldest hues. Each shade playfully reflects on another with just the right amount of luminosity and beam for a sun goddess glow.

“Layer shades for more intensity or wear alone for a softer look,” comments Dustin Lujan, Le Métier de Beauté Resident Artist, Bergdorf Goodman. “Either way, the fierce flash of pop-­‐hued tones will liven up any look this summer season with statement and flair.”

This summer palette includes (top to bottom): Flush, a pastel pop of peach and pink, Lambent, an electric green with lively lime tones, Refulgent, an orangey/pink neon and Ultraviolet, a lightening punch of lilac.

Experience each rich hue through the previous, as all four pigments intertwine to create a prism for the ultimate color contrast with the wearer’s eye shape and color. Using
the Le Métier de Beauté signature eye shadow application technique, “Couches de Couleur” (the layering of color), each shade is selected to evoke one element in a sequence of crescendo: 1. Warm 2. Cool 3. Hot 4. Cold. The combination is famed for increasing the femininity of the eyes, while adding a dash of mystery.

Ladies, it’s time to get your neon on.

A Bergdorf Goodman exclusive, Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Pallid Incandescence ($95 USD) will be available in early July 2012. For order information, please call Dustin Lujan at (212) 872-8612.

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

5 Must-Have Shimmery Blushes

This was a tough one, because I wanted to have diversity in color, and preferably, diversity in brand, too.  ’Cause let me tell you, there were 239847234 corals I’d love to have included, too.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Echo — coral-orange with a golden shimmer-sheen; lovely texture and wear
  2. NARS Taj Mahal — golden shimmered orange; lots of great warmth, plenty of pigment
  3. Benefit Bella Bamba — medium-dark pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen; very wearable, buildable
  4. theBalm Cabana Boy — shimmered plum; simple, wearable, beautiful on
  5. Tom Ford Wicked — subtly blue-based medium-dark pink with a shimmer-sheen; long-wearing and super soft

What’s your favorite shimmery blush?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


Le Metier de Beaute Indian Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Just when summer seems to be winding down, there it is again, making a final attempt to keep the temperatures up and the days from getting shorter. Indian Summer, when summer and fall meet for a brief, but gorgeous moment, the inspiration for Ken Downing’s Indian Summer Collection with Le Métier de Beauté for summer 2012.

“There is just something about the seasons mingling, when the nights begin to cool and the dog days of summer have gone to rest – bronzed skin lingers, but the shades of fall make their debut.” explains Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director. “It always brings me back to that Bianca Jagger, 1970’s Halston moment. It wasn’t just the clothing, it wasn’t just the makeup, it was how it all came together, so carefree, bohemian and easy. That is Indian Summer.”

This sultry mix is the inspiration for Ken Downing’s summer collection with Le Métier de Beauté, Indian Summer. “A summer dress with tawny, coral makeup – it’s so simple and perfect” says Downing. “Shades of bronze, orange, gold, they look gorgeous on every woman and every skintone”

Ken Downing’s Indian Summer hues evoke the warm, dreamy feel of the end of the season. Coat fingers and toes in Penny Lane Nail Lacquer ($18), a bold burnt orange reminiscent of the dark skin tones of women sun bathing in Ibiza, or drench nails in the brighter-than-bright Wild Ginger Nail Lacquer to liven up a sleepy July afternoon.

KEN DOWNING FOR LE METIER DE BEAUTE COLLECTIONS ARE available at exclusively at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com and Bergdorf Goodman.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

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It's a darker pink that still retains a lot of brightness--but it's not neon or electric--and there's some magenta, but not so much that it turns purple. It's a great pick for summer, and the formula is moisturizing and long-wearing, just as advertised!

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Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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