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!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

5 Amazing Antique Gold Eyeshadows

Any other beauty buffs as enthusiastic as I am when it comes to antique golds? It’s absolutely one of my favorite shades to wear. My two top favorites are both difficult to get, as one is only available overseas (Giorgio Armani #14 Eyes to Kill Intense) and the other was a limited edition shade from eons ago (MAC Rye). An honorable mention goes to Urban Decay Maui Wowie, which has frustrating fall out from the micro-glitter, but the color itself is amazing–it’s one of the few fallout-prone eyeshadows I’ll bother to work with.

What’s your favorite antique gold eyeshadow?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

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

Le Metier de Beaute Fiji Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Fiji Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant medium pink with subtle yellow undertones. It yields opaque color coverage with very little product. MAC Please Me is lighter, almost appears to have beige undertones in comparison. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is brighter. Revlon Carnation is darker. Rimmel Dizzy looks very similar. Lancome Pink Sapphire is a bit darker and warmer. MAC Chatterbox is more coral.

This formula is supposed to be part lip stain, part moisturizer with full color coverage. It’s also described as long-wearing and won’t bleed or feather. I think what surprised me most about the product was that it was moisturizing, but the texture is not at all what one would associate with a hydrating formula–it almost felt a little dry. There’s no high-shine, slip, or anything like that, which are usually characteristics of formulas marketed as ultra hydrating. Instead, the texture is creamy, fairly lightweight, and glides on easily but doesn’t slip around. Fiji wore for five and a half hours when I tested it. It does last through some drinking (of coffee, because this sentence sounded all kinds of wrong without that clarification) as well.

One of the things I’ve noticed with Le Metier de Beaute’s Colour Core range is that one out of three seem to have a smashed tip. I’m not sure what’s going on during production/quality control, but I have more than a few that have had this problem. I’m guessing that the lipstick is being overfilled so that when the cap is put on during manufacturing that it smashes the tip down. The tube itself is a rubberized black plastic tube, so there are no fingerprints to see and the tube is easily held.

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This is a lovely just-warmed-up pink that will flatter neutral and warmer complexions really nicely. The formula is extremely moisturizing but doesn't have any of the slip-factor that you'd expect, so it actually wears well--five and a half hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark fuchsia red with subtle white shimmer and subtly cool blue undertones. The color coverage is semi-opaque–it yields a fair amount of color, but there’s still some translucency. Burberry Hibiscus is lighter, not as intense. NARS Mexican Rose is very similar but a bit brighter and more opaque. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit redder and has a lot more shimmer. MAC Just Add Colour is a bit lighter and has fuchsia shimmer.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss formula is a very comfortable, decadent formula to wear, because it has a lightweight feel, non-sticky texture, and feels moisturizing while you wear it and for a couple of hours after the majority has worn off. When I tested out this shade, it wore for four hours. It has a high shine that lasts for nearly as long as the color itself does, which isn’t always the case with a gloss. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with this formula.  Since this is a deeper shade, it will suit virtually every skin tone–the depth plays well with warm tones, despite the cooler undertones, and it will give high contrast against paler skin and plenty of color to work with darker complexions, too.

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Since this is a deeper shade, it will suit virtually every skin tone--the depth plays well with warm tones, despite the cooler undertones, and it will give high contrast against paler skin and plenty of color to work with darker complexions, too.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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