During Labor Day weekend, I went to Bergdorfs with Joeybunny, who blogs on The Pink Sith, The Eyes Have It and Beauty Debutante (she blogs a lot!). All summer, I’ve been dying to find a Le Metier de Beaute counter, and this proved to be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the line.
The Le Metier de Beaute counter at Bergdorfs is managed by Dustin Lujan, and I could not have asked for a better guide. In my view, Dustin seems like the perfect combination of a person who not only loves their work, but is very, very good at it. He’s one of those artists that tell you what you’ve been doing wrong (based on nothing more than a glance), tell you how to do things better and then makes sure that you leave looking gorgeous. Really, he’s talented and he understands the science behind good skin.
First off, I was very curious about Peau Vierge ($125 1 oz), the new tinted moisturizer/ skincare product that has gotten very good reviews from The NonBlonde. According to Dustin, this new product includes nano-particles that help heal the skin from the inside out. Peau Vierge comes in only two colors (no surprise–I’m the lighter shade), and has sheer-to-medium coverage. Because my skin is summer-stressed, Dustin supplemented the Peau Vierge with Le Metier de Beaute’s foundation, Classic Flawless-Finish Liquid Foundation ($68), which I must say gives a gorgeous look.
I was impressed enough with Peau Vierge to ask Dustin to place an order for the upcoming Bergdorf Beauty gift card event, where I can get a $25 gift card for spending $100. Also, based on The NonBlonde’s review, I ordered the Le Cirque Kaleidoscope Palette ($95).
I couldn’t resist throwing in their Corinthian eyeshadow ($30) based on Sabrina’s review at The Beauty Look Book and Joeybunny’s recommendation.
Dustin also let us in on some upcoming products from Le Metier de Beaute. First, you may have seen the Les Artistes lip palette previewed on the British Beauty Blogger. Although the palette had not reached counters yet, Dustin let us have a look at swatches from the palette:
Second, Dustin gave me the new Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eyelash Curler to take home for review. Here’s my review: This is the best eyelash curler I’ve ever used. They are coming out in December. Get one as fast as you can.
EDIT: Neiman Marcus is currently offering this lash curler free with a Le Metier de Beaute order of $125. Free! (SECOND EDIT: I understand that this promotion is now ended).
As background, my lashes are medium length and straight. I’ve been using a Shu Uemura curler for years, as well as a few random ones that didn’t last long for me. Despite its legendary status, I had trouble getting good results with the Shu. In fact (true confessions time here), the only way I can get the Shu to work in any noticeable way is to use it after applying mascara, which is courting disaster (or at least broken lashes, which aren’t pretty).
When I tried the Le Metier de Beaute, it worked just like an eyelash curler is supposed to work. That is, I gave my lashes a quick squeeze and I had curled lashes. I noticed that the black pad of Le Metier’s curler was softer and had more “give” than Shu’s. In result, the Le Metier felt gentler and the angle of the curl was natural. More importantly, I found that the lash curled perfectly after working out the curler along the lash, squeezing a few more times along the way. After a coat of Chanel Inimitable mascara, I found that the curl held beautifully and that it continued to hold up well throughout the day. My eyes looked more open, and the fully coated lash looked beautifully splayed out from my eye.
I liked the angle of the curler as well–the overall reach is longer with Le Metier, and I found it very comfortable to use. Unlike Shu’s, the Le Metier has cushioned handles.
The Le Metier appears to have a longer, deeper curve in the lash area compared to the Shu Uemura curler. I took some comparison pictures so that you can judge for yourself:
We all know that the right shape curler means no pinching–and this was how Le Metier’s works for me. Here is a comparison of the overall shape and size:
The Le Metier curling area has a higher reach, so I found it easier to get at my lashes compared with Shu’s.
Overall, I love Le Metier de Beaute’s new eyelash curler and actually look forward to using it. I must confess that I’ve found the Shu Uemura curler frustrating to use, given that it did not seem to give me the dramatic results that I was looking for. Le Metier de Beaute’s delivered immediately, providing a natural, noticeable curl that I can use before applying mascara. Win, win, win. I believe that it will be available in December 2010.
In the meantime, if you are looking at getting into the Le Metier line, you may wish to take advantage of the upcoming Bergdorf gift card event. If you are looking for someone who is very knowledgeable about the line and quite helpful, I would give Dustin a call at 212-872-8612.
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