Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

A Quick Look at Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) saw the addition of four shades for their fall collection, Le Cirque:

  • Noble Passion is a deep, iridescent navy blue with brightened blue-violet shimmer. This is a really cool shade. It glows in natural light as well as full light–not something every polish can do! It was almost pigmented enough in one coat, but I used two. It was reminiscent of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse, but while there are some similarities, they do look different and have totally opposite finishes. I also felt like a comparison could be made to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie in the kind of feel–but the two are not the same in color at all.
  • High Wire is a mauve-tinged silvered gray with a metallic finish. With the more metallic finish, I did get brush strokes, but color was incredibly pigmented with just one coat used here. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Magic at Dusk is a muted beige-pink with coppered gold shimmer. Two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.
  • Dynamique is an ultra deep, dark burgundy-red cream. Just one coat. It is similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur but with more red.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Nail Lacquers come an undoubtedly painful price point. These are tiny little bottles with still-hefty price tags, but the formula is dreamy. It’s not too thick or thin, but what stands out is the pigmentation–very rich, intense pigment in nearly one stroke. I think if I was a little more careful, I could have made some of these one coaters. I was able to get a full week’s worth of wear with just minor tip wear.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: From these four, I think three of them are really interesting shades–so in that respect, I liken this brand to Chanel. It’s a luxury brand, so if it’s something within your budget, I think they’re worth a look–especially now that the brand has increased their distribution channels.

AVAILABILITY: Neiman Marcus

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Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Noble Passion, High Wire, Magic at Dusk, Dynamique

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Noble Passion Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Noble Passion Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Noble Passion Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Noble Passion Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute High Wire Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute High Wire Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute High Wire Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute High Wire Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Magic at Dusk Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Magic at Dusk Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Magic at Dusk Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Magic at Dusk Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Dynamique Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Dynamique Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Dynamique Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Dynamique Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer? How much is it?

Neiman Marcus, $15 each.

Is it limited edition?

Yes, all four shades are limited edition from my understanding.

Any dupes?

See individual shade referenced in the post for dupes.

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44 thoughts on “Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches (Le Cirque)

  1. Jess

    Value 6/10? I am sorry, but how could you give this any more than a 2/10? It’s a huge amount of money for a mini polish.

    • I compare across similar brands – I’m not comparing this brand to OPI. It would make the grade of value completely meaningless, because it would artificially inflate the overall ratings of cheap products and artificially deflate the overall ratings of expensive products when the quality of the product (the product score) is really the most important part of the puzzle. Since everyone’s budgets are different, as well as what they like to spend their money on, value is something that may be seen differently — e.g. some prefer less product but cheaper prices than tons of product with a higher price tag because they know they won’t use it all up.

      2/10 is a little extreme, don’t you think? If a brand is average that’s either 7/10 or 8/10 (average really being 75%, which would be 7.5, but I do not give out half points). I try to be fair in my ratings and apply the same method over and over again so that products can be compared.

    • Avatar of Lauren Lauren

      For some people, quality trumps quantity. I work hard for my money. Informed decisions can only be made with the the help of fair reviews. Anger bias has no place in make up selection. I would gladly skip purchasing 10 so-so blue nail polishes to save for that one beautiful blue one. I would use that expensive puppy til the bottle went dry.

  2. Avatar of Kayla Kayla

    They’re really beautiful polishes. I especially love the blue. I just can’t justify the price. Although, I can’t say I’ve ever finished a full-size bottle of nail polish…might have to talk myself into it.

  3. Omgahh I want/need the blue and bronzey pink nailpolish!

  4. Arantzazu

    Very beautiful the “Noble Passion” =)

  5. Jean

    Is Noble passion similar to Estee Lauder’s Surreal Violet?

  6. I absolutetly love Noble Passion! If anyone can think of a dupe, I’d love to know it! :)

  7. Michelle

    Noble Passion is beautiful. It would make a nice alternative to a nude color.

  8. Heather

    I love all of them, just wish they were a bit more affordable.

  9. Sophia

    Only Magic at Dusk for me :/

  10. Amelia

    That looks like OPI mod brights blue, i don’t remember the name. I really want that polish and I’m trying to save my money until i get a job. Please don’t post anymore royal blue polish swatches until i’m employed. thanks :D

  11. Gaby

    Wow, Noble Passion is absolutely stunning. The price hurts my wallet though…

  12. Christina

    I really like Magic at Dusk, and Noble Passion is pretty, but I don’t think that they’re unique enough to pay $15 for .14oz!

    • Christina

      From my collection, I thought Essie Porcini could have been a dupe for Noble Passion, but Porcini looks like it has too much peach/orange in it and a bit more gold. Oh well!

  13. Avatar of Rae Rae

    *clutches heart*

    The price/amount ratio on these just kills me, but High Wire and Noble Passion look amazing (and you’re totally right about not finding any dupes; I can’t think of a single one either!)

  14. Angel

    oh my gosh. High wire and Noble passion are gorgeousss *o*

  15. Avatar of Ceri Ceriene

    The price is a little painful, but Noble Passion looks positively gorgeous.

  16. Vivian

    Le Metier de Beaute polishes are incredible. They wear really well. The price is not bad when you consider you never finish a full size bottle, so you waste. I am running out to get High Wire!

  17. Rebecca

    Oh my goodness! Noble Passion and Magic at Dusk are beautiful!!

  18. Avatar of Jenn Jenn

    Noble Passion is really a must have shade!

  19. Nalia

    Magic at Dusk is actually the light shade and Noble Passion is the navy blue. :)

  20. Meridan

    Noble Passion is a dupe of Nox Twilight nail polish in the color Debutante! It looks like it. Very pretty.

  21. Kelly

    Noble Passion looks like just about the most perfect nail color I’ve ever seen. I don’t like to wear bright colors on my nails so something like that color is just perfect for me!

  22. Nora

    They don’t look like something I’d usually like in the bottle pics, but they’re gorgeous on the nail! I particularly like Noble Passion.

  23. Carrie

    The colors just aren’t original enough to warrant the higher price tag with the tiny amount.

  24. hey christine, so weird i wanted to write down the name of the beautiful beige-pink nail color and i noticed there was someone who mentioned the colors were switched. so i checked and according to the Neiman Marcus website, the pinky one is called “Magic at Dusk” and the blue one is called “Nobile Passion” (spelled with the “i” in it!) i wonder whats going on?

    check here: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod88900092&parentId=cat17550764&masterId=cat35350735&index=3&cmCat=cat000000cat000285cat4830738cat000294cat17310762cat35350735cat17550764

  25. liz

    omg, so pretty. i should not have clicked, i am totally getting High Wire and Noble Passion, maybe Magic at Dusk too. I have too many similar to the other one though.

  26. the “Noble Passion” is an awesome color. But I can’t justify the price.

  27. chiffonrobot

    Oooh can you swatch Baltic Blue? I’ve been eying it on the Nordstrom’s website for ages because it’s a light blue and I was hoping that it might be a better color and/or a better formula than Riva.

  28. Dollymix8

    Wow I really like those colours! But it’s too expensive for the amount of product you get…

  29. How about estee lauder serreal violet as a dupe?

  30. Heather

    Wow, Noble Passion and Magic at Dusk are really beautiful shades.

  31. Naz

    Even if the quality of the polish is the greatest ever, I can’t justify $15 for less than 0.2 oz of polish…I have to admit, the colors are pretty though!