Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Neutrals with Smoldering Greens Look

If you’re wary to wear color, one of my favorite places to wear it is in the crease.  You can go as heavy or as light as you want, but it often looks subtler because most of the time your eyes are open–so it just peeks out.  I’m so anxious for final samples of Jealousy Wakes, because I want to swatch it against Black Emerald (which is definitely darker), but I think they could make a nice gradient of color.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 242 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Layer Blonde Amber eyeshadow all over the lower lid with the 239.  Then, apply Black Emerald eyeshadow into the outer crease, bringing it just over halfway into the crease with the 222.  Next, apply Bronze Topaz eyeshadow lightly on the outer third of the lid with the 239.  Apply Blonde Amber eyeshadow very lightly on the brow bone to highlight with the 239.   Next, apply #20 liner on the lower lash line, and then smudge with Blonde Amber eyeshadow.  Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply Betty Lou-Manizer on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Pink Tulle lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit
Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) consists of four shades: Blonde Amber (sand-hued neutral), Pale Satin Amethyst (light purple), Bronze Topaz (alluring metallic), and Black Emerald (deep ocean green). The eyeshadows come in a swivel out compact with a flip-top mirror.  It’s fun, functional packaging that’s travel-friendly and sturdy.

Each eyeshadow is approximately 0.12 oz., which is over double the average eyeshadow (MAC eyeshadows contain 0.05 oz. each). There are four shades, which makes each shade $23.75 a pop. Their individually available eyeshadows are $30 each (and 0.13 oz.). The cost per ounce is $193.88/oz. for Le Metier de Beaute’s kit, as compared to MAC (which is not–technically–a comparable brand, as Le Metier de Beaute is a luxury brand), which comes in at $290.00/oz.

  • Blonde Amber is a soft, gold shimmered wheat with a subtle metallic sheen.
  • Pale Satin Amethyst is a rich, cool-toned lavender with a pearly sheen.
  • Bronze Topaz is a metallic, toned-down bronze.
  • Black Emerald is a luxurious jewel-toned blackened emerald green that maintains depth without becoming dirty.

All four shades had excellent color payoff with buttery textures that applied smoothly. The texture is so finely milled, which is what I noticed when I initially swatched these. There are times when I’m photographing and swatching where I have a moment of awe, and they aren’t all that often, but as soon as I swatched this kit, I couldn’t wait to write about it. The silky texture made these a cinch to work with, because they lay down so easily and blend effortlessly.

They’re definitely some of the best eyeshadows I’ve worked with (theBalm eyeshadows come pretty close to these–very similarly textured).  I’m terribly disappointed that I never made the commitment to one of the Kaleidoscope Kits, because I’ve missed several of the seasonal ones that are no longer available–but boy do I really wish I could buy them now!

The Glossover


Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Definitely worth the investment if you love all four colors--if you just love one or two, you might want to take a look at their permanent line of single shadows to see if something there grabs your eye instead.











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