Dec 312011
 

Le Metier de Beaute has released a Blush Kaleidoscope ($95/ Neimans in Troy, Michigan), which includes a combination of colors made with a high-quality, beautifully milled powder. The Best Things In Beauty has been tracking the line’s limited releases this season, and most of them I’ve skipped. With this exception. I find that very high-quality blush palettes are rare, so I called to order one when this was released. Because I don’t own any of Le Metier’s powder blushes (typically sold for $30 each), this seems a safe introduction to this aspect of the line.

Other than The Best Things In Beauty’s review, there is a helpful write-up by Le Metier de Beaute’s Mikey Castillo (here), there is another review at The Beauty Info Zone, who says that more will be available in January. I thought it useful to take a few moments to write up some thoughts.

Overall, I’m incredibly pleased with the palette. The blushes can be layered beautifully. The power is finely milled, so that one can layer without the color blocking up or caking (I wore the top three levels layered and loved the pink-peach-gold effect). The pigmentation is excellent-a dense brush lays down significant color and a soft brush just a bit. There is a range of textures from matte to shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute has included a “shimmer” shade that can be layered with the matte shades to add versatility. I’m very glad that I’ve ordered it, and I know I’ll get significant use from it.

First, the basics. The packaging:

The label:

The ingredients (click to enlarge):

As with other Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscopes, the packaging is extremely compact and seems quite strong. It has a flip-top mirror and swing-out pans.  The pans are unnamed:

The top pan (I’ve called it “Level 1″) is a soft matte honey apricot:

The Level 2 is a matte pink rose, in the same family as Chanel Rose Ecrin:

Level 3 is a honey gold shimmer that can be used alone as a warm shimmer or layered over the other colors.  Unsurprisingly, this shade is not entirely transparent–so when you lay down this color over another, it knocks down the pigmentation a bit. In other words, it adds a touch of gold nude in addition to the shimmer. If you like, you can limit this layer to the upper cheekbones:

Layer 4 is a gorgeously shimmery cool pink:

Swatches of all shades:

Here’s a quick attempt to put the gold Layer 3 over the two matte layers:

Here’s Liz wearing Layer 4 alone. She’s also wearing Chanel Rouge Allure in Super (because she loves that one):

Overall, Le Metier has a winner here.  The price works out to about $25 per blush. If you care, the box lists the total weight as 0.49 ozs. The colors are highly wear-able, on trend, beautifully made, and the packaging is modern and travel-friendly. Yes, yes, yes!!

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Dec 142011
 

Rouge Bunny Rouge recently released Beyond the Looking Glass, a collection that is based on lightness and dimension. This collection includes two Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments– Embrace of Cashmere and Caress of Mink ($37.17 on Zuneta.com, less if you catch a 20% promotional/0.064 oz.). These are very finely milled, multidimensional loose powders housed in well-constructed vials that resist spillage. Here’s the vial of Embrace of Cashmere, a light soft neutral gold:

These are made of a lightweight plastic. The vial for Caress of Mink, a soft warm taupe brown:

Inside, the vial has a stopper that can be pulled out directly without twisting:

The vial has a deeply placed, efficient opening that prevents spilling. This picture of Embrace of Cashmere shows that the end of the stopper is a sponge. The product clings to the sponge, which doubles as an applicator:

If you prefer to use your own brushes, you can dab the sponge applicator on the back of your hand to use it as a palette. You can then dip your own brush into the pigment that you’ve placed there. Another:

This system results in virtually no mess as the product is used. The texture of Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops is incredibly fine. Although its a powder, it creates a shimmery sheen where ever the product is placed. According to Rouge Bunny Rouge, Fire Drops contain “a super high percentage of pearl,” that delivers high pigment and sheen with very little product. There is a beautiful complexity to these that places this a mile ahead of most pigments (MAC, for example).

Rouge Bunny Rouge has suggested using this pigments alone, or mixed with their Seas of Illumination liquid highlighters. Here are swatches of Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere alone, then mixed with Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination in Sea of Tranquility (reviewed here), and also with Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination in Sea of Showers (reviewed here):

Another, same combination but different angle:

This is Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops in Caress of Mink alone, then mixed with Sea of Showers in the middle. On the right, I’ve applied Sea of Showers alone:

I find these unusually well done and very striking. Applied sheerly, the add a beautiful pearly look to the lids that is never over-the-top. Although these have a luminosity, they look expensive rather than metallic or glittery. Absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s a Rouge Bunny Rouge video using these and displaying the other items in the Beyond the Looking Glass collection:

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Dec 102011
 

As Liz and I continue to battle through December, I couldn’t help but do a quick update on a few things:

1.  First, more details about the Chanel Paris-Bombay Couture Show are emerging. I’ve updated this post to reflect the details. I’m most excited about a new Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Nirvana.

Also, there is an upcoming Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Diwali:

2.  Chanel’s Harrods Knightsbridge Collection is now online for U.S. buyers at Chanel.com.  A review of the Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks in that collection are here. The Chanel Brompton Road powder is reviewed here.

Also, Chanel.com has Spring ’12 items up online. I’ve been reading reviews at The Best Things in Beauty so far with interest but mine still has not arrived.

3. I thought that these nail polish Mondrians by Dirk Westphal were charming.

Other news from around the internet:

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