Le Metier de Beaute’s Fall 2010 collection includes a Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque ($95), a soft, cool and beautiful collection of four colors.  The pigmentation in these pans is superb–there is light reflectivity without metal or glitter.  Instead, the shadows provide a reflective glow using only the thinnest layer of this finely milled powder.  The colors are beautiful and subtle, and seem to strike a nice neutral balance in a season where we’re seeing a lot of more dramatic warms and cools.

Like the other Kaleidoscope palettes, Le Cirque is packaged as a small, round compact for easy packing and storage.

This compact expands and opens to reveal the products inside, together with a mirror to ease application.  The closures rely primarily on friction and magnets, which makes opening up each individual layer easy to do with a gentle, though deliberate, touch (translation:  you will not chip nail polish on this thoughtfully designed palette).

This picture shows the overall structure of the package, but what is more difficult to show is that these shadow change almost magically in the light.  They have a reflective quality that is not as obvious as a duo-chrome, but a much more subtle (and attractive) change as the colors interact with light.  It’s stunning–not overwhelming, but subtle and with an elegant shimmer.  After the fold, I’ll explore each of these layers in more detail.

The first level is a salt-colored oyster beige with a hint of opalescence:

Another view, showing the reflectivity of the pigment in the first layer when held at a different angle–here, less pink and more oyster:

The second layer is a soft taupe with a hint of a rose tone:

The second layer takes on a more grayish tone in changing light:

The third layer is a shimmery burgundy rose that takes on different hues in different light:

As I turn the pan slightly, you can see that this third layer’s bronze tones come out:

The fourth layer has a blue-violet color that shifts in the light in a duo-chrome style:

Turning the pan, the violet tones appear in this fourth layer:

These eyeshadows have a beautiful, glowing texture.  I haven’t mastered precisely how I am going to use this palette yet, but so far I’ve used Layer 2 as an overall lid wash, using the 4th violet blue as a liner, then the 1st light layer at the browbone. If time permits over the weekend, I’ll try do some layering to see how the colors react when one is placed over another:

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