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Le Metier de Beaute’s Holiday Kaleidoscope palette, Splendid Frost ($95), started appearing on shelves during December.  Although a touch later than the larger lines, Splendid Frost was well worth the wait.  True to Le Metier’s high quality standards, this palette delivers some of the most beautifully pigmented and complex colors.

Yes, you heard me–it’s another winning Kaleidoscope from Le Metier de Beaute.

This palette appears in two different types of packaging–a pearl white color that is reviewed here by Charleston Girl at The Best Things in Beauty, here at The Nonblonde, and here by Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book.  I love the white packaging, which I believe comes from Neiman Marcus.  I ordered from Bergdorf Goodman, and my Splendid Frost arrived in the traditional black Le Metier packaging.  Otherwise, the palettes appear to be exactly the same.

Crystal Ball is a complex taupe to die for.  This color is soft as suede, incredibly pigmented and has a rich warm taupe shimmer.  There is a touch of metal, enough to give it a beautiful glow.  Like its namesake, Crystal Ball reacts beautifully in the light, and picks up on your brush or finger if you barely touch the surface.  Truly unique, amazing, and gorgeous.

Here are a few more pictures of Crystal Ball, which I flipped around a bit so you can see what the pan does in the light.  These pictures show an already-swatched pan, which I rarely use, but I thought the pan was pretty enough that you might not mind:

Empire is a near-matte gray, which is a necessary basic in almost any collection.  This shade will make the palette very versatile, as I’m sure that I’ll wear this color as a single wash for a simple, polished look.  If you don’t believe me, you’ll want to re-watch The Devil Wears Prada.  In the film, Miranda Priestly wears a simple gray wash in nearly every daytime scene.  This one is deeper than the one that Miranda/Meryl Streep wore (which I believe is Make Up For Ever #145).  Empire is a very winter-friendly color that fits well with the theme of this palette and is quite stunning.

Rockette is a warm gold-pink-peach that can be worn as either an eyeshadow or a blush–this is a glowing color that’s very fresh and pretty.  I actually love peach eyeshadows, ever since I went through two Chanel Abricot singles, I’ve found them to be a good brightening, everyday wash.

Sugar Plum is a magical deep blue with a touch of violet.  There are tiny micro-reflects if you get very close.  Like Crystal Ball, Sugar Plum is a breathtaking, pigmented and richly complex color.

Swatches (click to enlarge):

Overall, I’m extremely happy to own Splendid Frost.  I cannot wait to play with this palette more, and will update when I do.  I could not wait any longer to post this initial review, as I was afraid that this palette will sell out and I wanted you to see it.

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  9 Responses to “Le Metier de Beaute Splendid Frost Kaleidoscope”

  1. Gorgeous colours, rockette is such a unique colour.

  2. I received Splendid Frost for Christmas from my husband, I sent an email to him with the link to Charleston Girls post and a list of places to call to order from. I was shocked to see that he actually got it for me, I half expected a reply email with the words “ha ha” on it. I have been playing with the palette and couldn’t understand why Empire was included, I thought it was so basic it was almost a throw away color. But now reading your post with the Devil Wears Prada reference I’m going to have to give Empire another try. I loved Meryl Streeps makeup in that movie. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Amazing!! I also love rockette. Crystal ball also looks gorgeous.
    I just looked at the Neiman Marcus site and it´s finally online. The picture shows the black packaging but I sent an email and asked which color they have.
    I´m still debating about buying this. It´s just so gorgeous but I have to order from Germany which is even more expensive …

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous. Crystal ball really speaks to me, I love taupe and this looks stunning. I don’t have a satin grey at all and think I may have to address that as your description of a simple wash of colour sounds like something I would wear. Sadly we’re not getting this kaleidoscope at all in the UK which is a real shame. I shall just have to satisfy myself looking at all the lovely pictures. Thanks as ever for sharing Amy, your photographs are always a pleasure to look at.
    Jane x

  5. What a beautiful palette, and of course your amazing pictures set it off perfectly! When I saw the initial shot, I wasn’t that impressed, but as I got further and further into your review, each photo was more beautiful than the next. I’m thinking I may just HAVE to have this one! Plus, I finally realized there’s a Le Metier counter here in Atlanta, so there’s really nothing stopping me…

    Thanks for the great review!

    Lipstick Musings

  6. You’ve convinced me I need this one!

    Thank you for the beautiful photos!

  7. Gorgeous! I ordered Le Cirque today from Neiman Marcus since they`re offering free shipping on orders over $100. Do you by any chance know where I can find Persephone or Devotion? Are they available anywhere?

    • Joanne, My guess is that Persephone is going to be really, really hard to find. Devotion is a better bet, but ask for both if you are calling around. I would feel fine though, because you know that Le Metier is a growing brand and they will hopefully becoming out with more gorgeous Kaleidoscopes! Enjoy!!

      • Thank you so much for your advice Amy! I truly enjoy reading your blog as well as Sabrina’s. That is how I discovered Le Metier and Edward Bess. Keep up the great work!

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