May 192012

Le Metier de Beaute’s Shades of Short Hills Kaleidoscope Eyeshadow Palette ($95) is a boutique limited release, sold at the Saks Fifth Avenue Counter in Short Hills, New Jersey. I’ve never been to Short Hills (I ordered mine by calling a counter there), but if the town is anything like this palette, I could be very, very happy there.

Shades of Short Hills is in the typical travel-friendly, packable cylinder that holds four generous pans. The lid holds a flip-up mirror.

Shades of Short hills has three shimmery shades with diamond-type shimmers, and one cool matte neutral malt shade to balance the sparkling texture of the rest of the palette.

The first layer is a cool beige with very subtle shimmer:

This color is a nice inner-corner highlighter or perhaps touched just beneath the brow arch.

Level 2 is a matte light, cool “cafe latte” beige-brown:


The third shade is a warm shimmery red-brown that reminds me of a discontinued Chanel shade called Chahut:

The last shade is a black that looks like its sprinkled with white diamonds:

The overall impression is a warm, neutral look that allows some drama and depth with the lower two shades.


Megan did an eye using the third warm brown shade as a liner, and then mixing the other shades on her lid. This went a little bit toward mauve when the colors were mixed on her lids:

Here’s the impression for a full look. Here, Megan is wearing Guerlain Noir G mascara (sample), MAC Early Morning MIneralized Blush (limited edition) and Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick in Rose Pompon (#264)(review forthcoming).

Overall, Le Metier de Beaute is consistent with the rest of the Le Metier line. The shades are subtle, crowd-pleasing neutrals with a touch of shimmer. I really love the Level 3 warm brown shimmery shade, and the fact that either of the two deep shades can be used as a liner. These shades can be applied quite lightly and sheerly, or layered more heavily. These shades are worn over Lorac Eyesahdow primer (this primer was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review/the Le Metier palette was purchased with my own hard-earned francs).

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  7 Responses to “Le Metier de Beaute: Shades of Short Hills”

  1. What a nice palette, and the packaging is pretty cool 🙂 Nude colors always come in handy 🙂

  2. Love the Shades of Short Hills! I would call the second shade more of a cocoa color. I used the first shade as a base color all over the lid, then the second, cocoa color all over the lid. Used the last 2 for liners, with the black shade (which I find more of a dark blue, although I am sure it is not) as a lower lid smudger. The effect was total drama. Love it.

  3. anyone can get this product? I would love to get this for a gift.

    • Hi there–I don’t believe this is a permanent product. This was a limited release (I announced it on Cafe Makeup just before it was available for sale). Le Metier does limited release Kaleidoscopes from time to time. You could try calling Saks in Short Hills, but they may have sold out?

  4. Megan, you have gorgeous doe eyes! Are your eyes dark green or dark hazel?

  5. This is more gorgeous than I remember it to be. I am loving all the shades. Thanks for the post! 🙂

  6. LOVE this x

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