Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

My New Favorite Summer Blush:  Le Metier de Beaute Echo

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronzed Duet ($65.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a blush-bronzer duo that includes Echo Radiance Rouge Blush (delicate coral-pink) and Sun Kissed Bronzer (sheer, light bronze powder). Normally, the blush retails for $30 and the bronzer retails for $55. I don’t own either (and couldn’t find it via googling), so I’m not sure of the size of each individually. All I know is that 0.49 oz. of product is a good deal of product no matter how you slice it. (The average blush is around 0.15 oz.!)

Traviata is part of Le Metier de Beaute’s Endless Summer Collection for the summer season. They also have Romeo & Juliet (which I will review soon as well!). The collection includes Bella Bronze Liquid Illuminator ($85); Canvas, Spicy, Jade, Sequoia True Color Eyeshadows ($30 each); Tamarack Dualistic Eye Pencil ($36); San TropezManhattan Color Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32); Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36).

Echo is pure gorgeousness swatched and applied. Warm-toned beauties will love this shade in particular–it has the depth and dimension and sophistication that every blush should have. It’s smooth, soft, and wickedly pigmented but easy to use. It’s buildable, but it’s a richly pigmented product if you want it to be. It has a lovely soft, subtle shimmer-sheen of gold over a coral-pink base. I wore it lightly in this look. This is definitely a very “me” color, so I’m obviously a bit biased/partial to it! I love that it gives my cheeks a warmed-over glow but doesn’t emphasize pores with frostiness.

Sun Kissed is nice, but I was a little gaga for Echo that Sun Kissed didn’t leave much of an impression on me! It has the same soft, smooth texture of Echo, but it’s not quite as pigmented. It’s a nice subtle bronzer that doesn’t turn orange nor pull too red, which makes it a nice, universally appealing shade. There is a slight golden sheen but very little shimmer.

Even though the duo may give you more product for your money, Echo is really the star in this product for me. If you’re as sold on it as me, luckily you can buy it on its own for $30 rather than $65. I like that, to be honest, just because you aren’t roped into buying one product you’re so-so on and one you’re dying for simultaneously! (Hello, most palettes, I’m talking to you!)

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Echo is to-die-for if you’re a coral blush fiend like myself. Truly a gorgeous, stunning shade that looks every bit as beautiful on as it does in the pan. Sun Kissed is a nice bronzer, and if you’re a regular bronzer wearer, the duo is certainly something worth looking into.

WHERE TO BUY: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus

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Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronze Duet

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55 thoughts on “Le Metier de Beaute Traviata Blushing Bronzed Duet Review, Photos, Swatches (Echo & Sun Kissed)

  1. Ameera

    Why in a world would anyone pay $65.00 for this? This is ridiculous and it does not look all that great.

    • People have different tastes — just because it’s not your cup of tea doesn’t make anyone ridiculous for buying it or wanting to :)

      • Ameera

        I guess people do have different tastes and priorities. My take on it, I would take the $65 and feed a couple of orphins in Africa for a few months.

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Bobbie Bobbie C.

          Its simply Quality or Quanity. I could easily pay 65 dollars for this and another girl will go out and spend 65 dollars on a vareity of different products from a lower end line. I’m sure you have spent $65 before getting your hair done or buying an outfit or shoes or something else.It’s personal taste and personal opinion and no one should feel about what they do with their own money.

          Anywho, I think the coral blush is gorgeous..and I may need to try that one out for myself.

          • It makes me kind of sad, because you can buy *just* the blush for $30 (Benefit powders are $28, NARS blushes are $26 – it’s not far off – cheaper than Chanel blushes at $42!), or if you like both, you get 0.49 oz. for $65, which is a lot of product.

            Anyway, agreed!

        • Emily

          LOL

          Why are you on a beauty blog then? Beauty is a nonessential.

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ceri Ceriene

          orphans* even.

          Each to their own. This is a beauty blog, and obviously, Christine’s going to be reviewing beauty products and she’s going to be honest with us about the price she paid for it.

          I’m glad you support such a good cause such as fighting hunger in Africa, but perhaps you should go help and donate to that cause, rather than telling people on a make-up oriented blog to stop buying make-up. It might be more productive than what you’re doing now.

        • Chynna

          I know I’m super late on this, but it’s possible to donate money AND buy a $65 blush duo. I make monthly contributions to a local food shelter, my local NPR station, a shelter for battered women, and I have a sponsor child in the Dominican Republic. That’s not including the money I donate to charity on an ad-hoc basis, nor does it include the time I spend doing volunteer work. I’ve bought homeless people lunch and listened to their stories of how they wound up on the street. I don’t have a $65 blush, but you can bet I wouldn’t feel guilty or irresponsible if I did. I work hard and make enough to improve the lives of others AND of myself. Who are you to presume that buying makeup means we’re not doing other things with our money as well? THAT’s ridiculous.

    • Lara

      Agreed that is more than I would pay for a beauty product and more than I think a beauty product should cost, but to each their own.

    • NycGal

      Well You pay for superior quality, so if you don’t like it continue to shop at KMart! Have a nice day!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Karine fiaspice

    I really love it… exept for the price. Why do my favorite stuff it always 50$ and up :(

  3. Looks pretty, but at $65 so it should! O_O

  4. $65….Ohk…beautiful…but, no thank you…:)

  5. Michelle

    Super pretty — but not willing to pay that price — I have too many blushes as is ;) Gorgeous colors, though!

  6. Anna

    I can’t help it but it reminds me of Rock & Republic blush packaging, which I find is gorgeous.

  7. love the pink side, it’s absolutely gorgeous! the beige one however doesn’t look so great though

  8. Michelle

    Echo looks very very shimmery. I would be afraid it would accentuate pores and look unnatural outdoors.

  9. Jennifer

    Echo is so gorgeous! After seeing this swatch I really way to see how the other blushes from this brand look like.

  10. Andrea

    I have owned Echo blush for awhile now and I really love it too. Le Metier de Beaute blushes and eyeshadows all have the most buttery smooth consistancy. Spicy is a fav of mine also!

  11. Laura

    lol, When I see a product with a fancy French name I don’t even have to look at the price to know I can’t afford it.

  12. Chelsea

    It looks a lot like Benefit Coralista, or a slightly more pigmented NARS Orgasm, neither of which will set me back $65.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Hawley Holly

    Gorgeous or not I would never pay $65 for a single blush/bronzer duo!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shontay shontay

    Wow! What is with some of these extra snarky comments today? Well, I want to thank you Christine for reviewing a variety of products at different price points. I think that’s important.
    I personally, would skip this. It’s pretty, but I have similar colors that cost less. I would only be willing to dish out that amount if it was a brand that I am a fan of like Mufe or Mac.

  15. Jenn

    I think it is gorgeous and actually not that terrible for the price. If you consider paying for a seperate blush and bronzer its not that bad. I love it and I think I am going to have to go out and get it. It is a MUST!!! Thanks for sharing! I love when I and introduced to something new and FABULOUS!

  16. Is this available in Canada? You’ve convinced me that I need the $30 blush!!

  17. Michelle

    nt much into makeup YET, but what do you use the bronzer for? contouring? so this may be a perfect set since you have your contour and blush in one?

  18. kcrystal

    $65 is a crazy amount for some cheek color and bronze. And i could not see myself using up the blush or bronzer in it’s entirety so the $65. is a ridiculous amount IMO! Im not too keen on sheen as i prefer mine more matte and on top of that the color isn’t that unusual, however if it was matte .. hrmmm then maybe.
    But I digress I would pay $65.00 for something i know that i would use on a regular basis .. ie, moisturizer, concealer, foundation, face powder perhaps but not this… just sayin.

  19. MakeupFiend

    Hi Christine,

    Love your blog! I was wondering if you would consider doing a post of this season’s coral toned blushes? I’d be very interested to see a side by side swatch comparison of LMDB’s New Echo vs MAC’s Marine Life & Ripe Peach, EL’s Peach Nuance and Korres’ Orange blushes.

    Thanks!

    • I did a comparison post of Marine Life and Ripe Peach, as well as Ripe Peach & Peach Nuance recently :)

      • MakeupFiend

        Hi Christine,

        Those posts were the ones that sparked my curiosity as to how similar/different these coral blushes are swatches side by side! They all look so pretty and I am tempted to get all of them but alas, budget constrains :)

  20. nicci

    Christine, have you ever used the Kaleidoscope Lip Kit from La Metier Beaute? I tested it and was really impressed but I am too lazy to use lip palettes & it’s $95 but the design is so cool I think.

    • I haven’t used it – though I saw the kit on counter when I first checked out the brand. Never picked one up, because I am not much of a lip palette person myself!

      They have the same packaging/kit style for eyeshadows, though!

  21. Hilana

    LOL!
    I love it when people get so passionate about beauty products. This is lovely, but yes, a tad expensive. I doubt if I would easily pay that price.

    And Ameera, $65 is about 488 ZAR. You could buy about enough food for 3 people for a week if you don’t go crazy on spending money on meat.
    A nice thought never the less. :) Now let’s get that money to Africa then! Giggle….

    • Michelle M

      Ha ha! People are funny aren’t they? I think the simple answer is: If you love it and can afford to, then buy it. If not then, you know, dont! LOL!

  22. Marcela

    I liked the packaging, not so much the product, and the price is way too high, but then again to each their own, people should buy whatever they like let that be $6.00 or $60.00 =-)

  23. Charlotte

    Are you ever meant to use these together? I don’t really get the duo packaging if you’re meant to use them separately, surely when you get towards the end of the product you’re going to need to use that middle section and then it’ll be pretty useless as a bronzer!

    • You could use the bronzer to contour or as bronzer on the hollows of the cheeks, sides of the forehad, right below the blush, etc. if you wanted to use both.

  24. Having met the lovely Ivan this past weekend and had the opportunity to try this product, I’d have to say that it is a lovely product and if your purse/wallet can stretch as far as the price tag by all means go for it!

    With that said I do feel there are similar products on the market for a lot less that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse afterwards!!

  25. RB

    it’s tricky finding the perfect bronzer. i recently tried physician’s formula, and i like it so far!! gives me a fun sun-kissed glow!

  26. rose

    Christine- I am in love with thiiiiis…do you think you can post a photo of it on your face? i often find that hand and face swatches don’t always look the same. do you apply it to your hand in the same manner as someone would when using the product normally?

  27. jessica

    Oh goodness!! I love the echo color and for $30 it is definalty worth it!! I am like you, I loike a pretty warm glow without any shimmer that may enlarge pores..I think I may pick this up! Thank u!

  28. Teresa

    I think the blush is beautiful, but truth be told, I think the bronzer is just okay. I plan on looking into just purchasing the blush on its own. :)

    BTW – even if the blush alone cost $100, and you buy it because you love it, what business is it of anyone else to judge? Geesh!

  29. malia

    I actually just bought Echo and guilt free I did lol. I saw an interesting shimmery compact called BLonzer…