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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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Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons in Intro(vert), Jazz(berry), Th(ink)

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Intro(vert) (52)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Jazz(berry) (46)
5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
67%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium apricot orange with warm, tangerine undertones and a satin finish. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange. Chanel Presage is richer, cream. NARS Gilda is slightly darker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is lighter. Chanel Frivole is matte, more intense. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to “[bring] unprecedented vibrancy to your cheeks” with “pure, unadulterated color.” It will be available in nine shades when it launches on August 9th (midnight). Of all the products I’ve tried from the range, the blush was the one that was just so-so. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, though it still managed to have decent to good color payoff.  It applied unevenly and took some buffing and eventually blending around the edges with additional foundation to soften the edges and make it look even. There was also a slight emphasis of pores.  I don’t think I’d go as far as call it “pure, unadulterated color.” It’s buildable, but it looks softer and more muted swatched than it does in the pan. It lasted well for seven hours and had showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.  This is the only shade I’ve tried in the formula, so it may be the odd one out (or may be par for the course–time will tell!). The price point actually seemed quite reasonable and lower than one would expect, given the price points of other products in the range.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Irresistible (210)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
72%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark berry red with a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Catfight is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Venom is more berry-hued, darker. Tom Ford Violet Fatale is more purple. MAC Rebel is more matte, slightly less red. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is touted as “highly pigmented” with a “sleek, hydrating shine.” It’s also supposed to “gently [plump] with unique 3-D optical volumizers.” It’s very nearly opaque applied to lips, and it’s mostly opaque in a single pass at that, and the finish is certainly high-shine–it has a glossy shine. I didn’t feel any tingle or sign of lip plumping, and I couldn’t visually detect if my lips were really any larger than they were before, but the glossy finish did give the illusion of fuller lips. The consistency is thin, feels water-based so it has some slip and wetness to it, and creamy enough that it glided across lips without pulling or tugging. It was lightweight, lasted five hours when I wore it, and was somewhat hydrating while worn. The lipstick was vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. This is the only shade I’ve tried, but I hope to try at least a few more to verify performance within the range.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Seduce Me (128)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a metallic, fuchsia-magenta pink with cool undertones. Illamasqua Stance and Illamasqua Obsess are both similar in color but have cream finishes. China Glaze Senorita Bonita is purpler, less shimmery. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is more fuchsia–brighter. See comparison swatches.

Launching August 9th exclusively at Sephora (looks like midnight PST for online; some local stores are opening an hour early for the launch so you can check with your local store for times), Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer will be available in 24 shades, and the major selling point of the polish is the high-shine finish. It comes in a flat, glass bottle with a glossy black cap that gets removed and reveals a ridged, rounded interior cap (like Chanel and Dior polishes). I’ve been wearing and testing Oui! in anticipation of the launch. Hopefully, I’ll be able to try and share more shades with you once the full line launches.

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t bubble, pool, or streak when I applied it to the nail. It was very nearly opaque after two coats–there is very slight visible nail line apparent if a lot of light is coming through underneath the nail in close-ups, but I couldn’t see it in person. The finish is quite metallic, and there are somewhat visible brush strokes, which may or may not bother you. They applied fairy straight and are fine threads, so from afar, they didn’t stand out, but those super sensitive to them might want to try a cream finish instead. It dried down slightly faster than average, and the resulting finish was naturally shiny. I wore this shade, and it lasted well with minor tip wear but no chipping for seven days, and I was able to keep it going for as long as ten days with more noticeable tip wear but still no chipping.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer Oui! (118)
Oui! (118)
Oui! (118)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a shimmering, golden champagne with a frosted sheen. theBalm Solid Gold is nearly identical. Illamasqua Aurora is a cream product. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat can be darker, more golden. See comparison swatches.

Just released, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow.” The texture is a dream: soft, smooth, incredibly finely-milled and silky against the skin. It had excellent color payoff, and to get the most natural, barely-there glow, I highly recommend using a light hand with a fluffy or fan brush. It has such a high shimmer content that a denser brush tended to apply it too heavily, which resulted in emphasized pores. On my medium complexion, too much washed me out and acted like neon, flashing lights for Pores’ville, but applied lightly–especially over blush–it worked beautifully.  Moonstone wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade around nine hours.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Moonstone
Moonstone
Moonstone
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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