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.

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Apr 242012
 

When I first saw Le Metier de Beaute’s Spring 2012 Color Core lipstick in Dubai ($32), I knew I had found a new favorite. Dubai is a soft, dusty rose that covers my pigmented lips completely, adds a moisturizing glow, and feels amazing. I really love this formula, and Dubai is the perfect, crowd-pleasing deep and gentle rose that will look flattering and universal on a wide range of skin tones. Comparison to Le Metier’s Fiji and Paris:

Dubai on Liz:

Le Metier de Beaute Dubai

 You can see that Dubai is deeper that Fiji.Here’s Liz modeling Dubai:

Bottom line: Highly wearable on-trend color, very moisturizing, nicely opaque with a single coat. Love.

Le Metier de Beaute sent Dubai to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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Apr 242012
 

Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Fiji ($32) is a vibrant pink coral moisturizing luxury lipstick. Although it looks rather gentle in tone in the tube, Liz found that it applied with a vibrancy and comfort that demonstrates that the pigments and ingredients of this lipsticks are truly top-drawer. Here are comparisons between Le Metier’s Dubai, Fuji and Paris:

Here’s a bullet comparison between the soft dusty rose Le Metier de Beaute Dubai and Le Metier’s warmer, lighter Fiji:

 

Liz and I found that Fiji applied as a very gentle light pink on lips. Liz’s warm skin tones brought out some of the pink in Fiji–the peachy tone of Fiji in the tube does not seem to have translated to Liz’s lips. We both went “oooooh!” when she applied it because it seemed to transform a bit. On me, it applies much less vibrantly, as a quieter gentle warm somewhat light rose.

The coverage is very opaque-Le Metier’s Fiji covers my pigmented lips entirely. This is very unusual for a lipstick with such a light tone. Usually, lighter toned lipsticks are too sheer on me. As a tribute to its quality, the opacity does not create any chalky or require a thick layer of lipstick. I think we’ve all seen the “pile on the lipstick” effect that starts to creep into lip lines (not attractive, and very aging). The Le Metier Color Core formula means business–it covers with a thin layer of product, and the moisturizing formula adds a youthful, creamy glow.

Bottom line–awesome formula for someone who wants to look sophisticated without piling on layers of color. Moisturizing, lovely universal color and awesome coverage without requiring layers of pigment. Unfortunately, my love affair with Fiji will be short-lived, as Liz has claimed Fiji as her go-to Spring 2012 color. It’s ready for you, Liz!

Le Metier de Beaute sent Fiji to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

 

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Apr 242012
 

Le Metier de Beaute has released an amazing line of vibrant Color Core Lipsticks ($32 each) for Spring 2012, including Paris.  Be still my heart, a lipstick named after my favorite city.

First of all, I should say that these lipsticks feel very moisturizing, yet they seem to last a few hours on me. That’s  pretty unusual for me–lipsticks rarely last more than one hour on me because I’m always talking, drinking water, and the like throughout the day. There’s no question that Le Metier de Beaute’s lipsticks are worthy of the label “high end luxury.”

Paris is a gorgeous, vibrant magenta pink that’s both striking and feminine. Opaque in one swipe, the color gives a soft, vibrant glow. The texture is very creamy with very tiny sparkle that is not perceptible unless you are focusing very, very close. This feels very balmy and yet it retains a very saturated color.

 

Here is Le Metier de Beaute Paris compared to Dubai and Fiji, also released with this same Spring 2012 Collection, which are far softer in tone:

Here’s a full face picture with Le Metier Paris on Liz:

Bottom line–if you want to wear some of the vibrant cool tone pinks on the lips, you’ll get an amazing formula and gorgeous glow with Le Metier de Beaute’s Paris. A luxurious, striking color.

Le Metier de Beaute sent Color Core in Paris to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

 

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Apr 232012
 

Over the weekend, Le Metier de Beaute released information about its upcoming On the Coast Kaleidoscope Eyeshadow palette, which was due to be launched today on Saks.com.  For some reason, it launched a day early and sold out in hours. There was a twinkling of hope this morning, when the palette re-appeared for sale. I was able to place an order because I had bookmarked the page and checked in about 6 am California time.  A few of my twitter followers apparently snagged it too.  Unfortunately, it sold out again this morning.  After emailing the company (I’m sure I wasn’t alone!), I received this delightful email which is also posted on Le Metier’s Facebook page:

Color us crazy but we had no idea that a Kaleidoscope could cause such a ruckus!

Our sincerest apologies! Both Le Métier de Beauté and the Saks.com team did not know that the page would go live prior to the announced launch date. A glitch in their system pushed the page out earlier than planned and for that we sincerely apologize.

Due to the overwhelming outcry for “On The Coast,” we are going to do something that we have never done before… make more. Keep an eye on Saks.com for the page to go back up -> you will be able to pre-order “On The Coast” until Friday, April 27th at 12pm or until supplies last.

Thank you for your passion and…we’re listening!

My advice?  Bookmark the page, and also check around Saks.com a bit over the coming days as well. My fingers are crossed for you!  Between you and me, Le Metier is a growing company that turns out excellent products. I’m so impressed that they were responsive to the comments from fans from Twitter, Facebook and email. What more can you ask? Not every makeup company would refresh their stock in response to consumer demand–ahem.

If you are ordering, enter code LEMETIER2 at checkout for a free Bora Bora Eyeshadow palette, which includes three shades– a warm peach, a shimmering gold and a cocoa brown.

*ONLY ONE PER CUSTOMER. LIMIT OF FIVE PROMO CODES PER ORDER. Offer valid at Saks.com through Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:59pm (ET) or while supplies last. Please enter promo code LEMETIER2 at checkout. Purchase must contain $50 of Le Métier de Beauté product. This purchase at Saks.com excludes shipping, taxes, gift-wrap. No adjustments to prior purchases. This offer is not transferable. Valid on shipments to US addresses only. Not valid on international shipments. 

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