Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pink-laced raspberry red with red glitter and a frosted finish. This is my least favorite Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadow I’ve tried from the brand, because the texture is gritty when used dry and still a touch uneven (from the glitter) when used damp. This shade worked best when applied damp, because it allowed the product to bind together and give a smooth finish with opaque color. When applied dry, it is sheer, a little dry, and there is some fall out.

In the past, I’ve been very pleased with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows–they have a really smooth texture with a rich and buttery feel and excellent color payoff whether they are used dry or wet. Here, Fire Lily seems to be lacking in all of those characteristics in some way. It applies more smoothly when applied damp, but it still has some of the unevenness in the texture due to the glitteryness of the shade itself.

It is redder than MAC Cranberry. It’s only a touch redder and darker compared to Inglot #450. It’s must pinker compared to Urban Decay Gash. It’s closest to MAC Quartz Fusion, slightly less red, and the texture is better than MAC’s.

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It's a good eyeshadow when used wet, and an inferior one when used dry, so it averages out to something in-between--average, perhaps--so if it's something you see yourself only using wet, then it will be of more value to you.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Bordeaux

For his second season with Le Métier de Beauté, Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director Ken Downing took the essence of the fall runways and distilled it into a beauty collection that mixes and matches essential color combinations into feminine, elegant beauty duos.

“The fall runways were filled with a return to polished sophistication and elegance. The message: ‘Lady Chic,’ remarks Mr. Downing. “Ensemble dressing – elbow length gloves, a sexy pump and coordinating handbag look right for the fashion moment. Color is paramount! Bordeaux and deep magentas became my inspiration and palette for the matched sets I created for Le Métier de Beauté. Now, the fashion message for the season is on everyone’s lips and fingertips!”

Introducing “The Bordeaux Collection” for Fall 2011 – designed exclusively by Ken Downing for Le Métier de Beauté – three exclusive sets of coordinating lipsticks and nail lacquers that will make you want to carry your gloves. Each set will retail for $49.00.

  • Ken, Red My Lips (Lip) & Gypsy Rose Me (Nail) Subtle red with a blushing pinot undertone
  • Ken’s Wine on the Vine (Lip) & Ken’s Bodacious Bordeaux (Nail) Rich, crimson cabernet
  • I’m Worn this Way (Lip) & Vintage Ken (Nail) Bold berry with a deep grape undertone

availability: Available September 2011, exclusively at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com.

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fig Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a reddened eggplant purple with a soft, frosted sheen. When applied wet, it takes on a slightly more jewel-toned depth, while applied dry, it appears the faintest bit lighter. There is not a big difference between the two, and the color payoff is excellent either way. Make Up For Ever #311 is darker–it has more of a blackened base. Inglot #452 is similar but redder, less purple. theBalm Curvy Cami is less intense with a dustier color, but there is some similarity.

The texture of Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows is phenomenal–rich and buttery with a silky feel and smooth application. These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, but generally, they work as well as wet as they do dry, which is nice, because it allows the user to decide on the application without sacrificing color payoff or texture. Here, Fig worked well both wet and dry, and the color intensity with either application method was lovely–really dense, opaque color with a silky smooth feel.

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Fig's formula is consistent with Le Metier de Beaute's richly pigmented but soft textured eyeshadows. The color will work well with both cooler and warmer skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Silk Road

For almost 3000 years, a vast network connected Eastern civilization to the outside world. Silk, satin, spices and jewels made the journey, connecting east and west, along what would become known as the “Silk Road.” As the Silk Road evolved, a true cultural exchange took place as ideas and knowledge changed hands. This fusion of culture and trade, of luxury and texture comes together in Le Métier de Beauté’s Fall|Winter 2011 Collection. Introducing Silk Road, a journey of discovery and luxurious sensuality.

Silk Road Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00)

Le Métier de Beauté’s new Fall|Winter 2011 Kaleidoscope Eye Kit transfixes with rich and opulent hues reminiscent of the luxe fabrics of an ancient world. A selection of four sumptuous shadows come together (from top to bottom):

  • Tapestry Shimmering, translucent plum
  • Damask Polished brass
  • Ikat Silk-matte pinot noir
  • Brocade Deep chocolate with sequined copper effervescence

Experience each jewel-toned hue through the previous hue, 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 hue 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.

Empress Kaleidoscope Lip Kit ($95.00)

Le Métier de Beauté’s new Fall|Winter 2011 Kaleidoscope Lip Kit mixes rich, luxurious hues reflective of the majestically jewels traded along the Silk Road. A selection of four delicate shades come together for a luscious pout. Using Le Métier de Beauté’s exclusive “Couches de Colour” application technique, layer the four shades (from top to bottom):

  • Imperial Silk Pale pink for a nude base
  • Plum Satin Creamy plum for rich contrast
  • Empress Delicate mauve mixed with soft champagne
  • Silk Road Shimmering red for sheer highlight

East Meets West Nail Lacquer Collection ($10.00 each)

The winding and impossibly distant channel of the Silk Road extended from as far as China to Indonesia, through Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt, until reaching Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean civilizations. Le Métier de Beauté’s East Meets West Nail Collection brings together a wealth of color reminiscent of the jewels, spices and luxurious fabrics that traveled this ancient path.

  • Dynasty Deep, shimmering fuchsia
  • Anatolia Rich plum illuminated with bronzy, golden shimmer
  • Silk Road Metallic, bronzed copper
  • Urban Dweller Rich chocolate plum with golden effervescence

Specifically formulated to be 3-Free without formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Proposition 65-compliant and fortified with strengthening proteins and hydrators, Le Métier de Beauté Nail Lacquers are highly pigmented for rich, glossy, long-wearing color.

availability: The Silk Road Collection is available September 2011 in Neiman Marcus, neimanmarucs.com, select Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com.

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a lightened antique gold. I love the lightness of the color–a lot of antique golds tend to be murkier, almost green, but this still retains some of the sheen and brightness of gold while still having that antique appearance. Urban Decay Rush is much, much darker and browner, while Inglot #404 is much too gold. It seems like it would compare to long-ago limited edition shades like MAC Rye and Summer Neutral, but this still seems warmer, more golden.

The texture of Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows is phenomenal–rich and buttery with a silky feel and smooth application. These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, but generally, they work as well as wet as they do dry, which is nice, because it allows the user to decide on the application without sacrificing color payoff or texture. Chameleon has good color opacity, and the finish is a soft frost, which is emphasized when it is used wet.

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Cooler skin tones who find golds typically do not work for them may want to take a look at Chameleon, because its muted quality reduces its warmth and brightness--it's earthy and more neutral.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a red-tinted copper with a part frost, part metallic sheen. It’s a finely-milled, smooth, blendable eyeshadow that applies as well dry as it does wet (the metallic sheen is emphasized when used wet). The color payoff is rich, intense, but it did read redder in the pan than when I swatched it. I imagine my yellower undertones have something to do it and would expect someone with pinker undertones to see this pull redder on them.

This is very similar to Milani’s I Heart You in color, though it is less pigmented. It is also similar to MAC Coppering, which looks more copper than Innocence.

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It's a gorgeous version of a coppery red and higher quality than the dupes I own, but it's not as nuanced as one might expect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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