Oct 282010
 

Le Metier de Beaute’s Fall 2010 collection includes a Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque ($95), a soft, cool and beautiful collection of four colors.  The pigmentation in these pans is superb–there is light reflectivity without metal or glitter.  Instead, the shadows provide a reflective glow using only the thinnest layer of this finely milled powder.  The colors are beautiful and subtle, and seem to strike a nice neutral balance in a season where we’re seeing a lot of more dramatic warms and cools.

Like the other Kaleidoscope palettes, Le Cirque is packaged as a small, round compact for easy packing and storage.

This compact expands and opens to reveal the products inside, together with a mirror to ease application.  The closures rely primarily on friction and magnets, which makes opening up each individual layer easy to do with a gentle, though deliberate, touch (translation:  you will not chip nail polish on this thoughtfully designed palette).

This picture shows the overall structure of the package, but what is more difficult to show is that these shadow change almost magically in the light.  They have a reflective quality that is not as obvious as a duo-chrome, but a much more subtle (and attractive) change as the colors interact with light.  It’s stunning–not overwhelming, but subtle and with an elegant shimmer.  After the fold, I’ll explore each of these layers in more detail.

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Sep 162010
 

I am at my desk taking a brief break from several non-blogging obligations, while drumming my fingers waiting for Federal Express to make another delivery attempt of the Chanel Soho Collection.   As The Beauty Look Book observed, Chanel’s release information to anyone not on their press list (as I am not) was quite frustrating.  At first we thought it was only being released in Chanel Soho, and then perhaps online.   Now I’m hearing rumors that there’s going to be a broader release in some Nordstrom stores.   Indeed, I received a call from one of the Nordstrom stores stating that they had received the Les Khakis de Chanel series of nail polishes.  To try to resolve the issue once and for all, when I was in New York, Joeybunny and I made our way to the then-temporary Chanel Soho so that I could order the collection in person.  Now I am hopeful that the order has gone through, and that all this work is worth it.  After all this, trust me, I’m setting the bar pretty high.

Shifting to a more calming experience, when I recently visited the Le Metier de Beaute counter at Bergdorfs, Dustin was kind enough to provide me with a sample of their now-discontinued Persephone Kaleidoscope Eye Palette.  It’s gorgeous as The Beauty Look Book’s review confirms.  The colors are pale and luminous, fitting for an eye palette released in Spring.

Like the Devotion Kaleidoscope palette, the colors are stacked in a round palette topped with a flip-top mirror.

I’m going to use the names of the shadows used by The Beauty Look Book, as I understand that each of these correlates to shadows in Le Metier de Beaute’s standard line.  Each of the four layers appears in order, from top to bottom, starting with the top, a shimmery soft pink Rose Champagne:

Second, a shimmering cranberry Alexandrite:

Third, a soft buttercream color, Canvas:

Fourth layer, a matte deep brown, Sequoia:

The Persephone palette sold for $95 (although look for Bergdorf and Neiman gift card events, which can lower the price of these palettes).  The colors are lovely on their own, especially for those with pale complexions:

Unlike the Devotion palette, I found that layering these pale, delicate colors did not change them dramatically.  I do find that they blend extremely well.  They have a lovely, glowing quality that is absolutely beautiful and very difficult to find in lower-priced eyeshadows.

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Sep 132010
 

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:

Another:

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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Sep 072010
 

My flight just landed and I’m so excited! I spent the weekend with JoeyBunny of her blog The Eyes Have It and The Pink Sith.   I have so much to tell you!

Before unpacking, I could not wait to post these pictures from the upcoming collaboration between Le Metier de Beaute and fashion design team Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, of Marchesa.  I was able to take these pictures after JoeyBunny introduced me to Dustin at Le Metier de Beaute counter at Bergdorf’s last week.  Le Metier de Beaute is quickly becoming a brand that is moving to the center of my radar screen for high quality, beautiful and innovative products.

I’m going to post more about my makeover there later, but knew that you would want to see the new Marchesa palettes, one of which is for Georgina Chapman and the other for Keren Craig.  These palettes will be sold this Friday, September 10th, for Fashion’s Night Out at Bergdorfs.

Marchesa is comprised of a team of couture fashion designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, who worked very closely with Le Metier to develop this collection. You can read more about the collaboration at The Stylist.

Marchesa's Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig

First up, here’s the entire Le Metier de Beaute Marchesa line:

Seriously gorgeous!  Here is a quick hand-held close up of each of the palettes.  These are credit-card sized palettes that can be slipped very easily into a small clutch, but include all the essentials.  Georgina Chapman’s La Lune palette is here:

La Lune by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa

The store lighting distorts the color a bit, in real life it is absolutely beautiful.

La Lune includes:

  • Translucent Pressed Powder
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: La Cerise Noir
  • Crème Blush: La Peche
  • Eye Shadow: Le Minuit

Keren Craig’s Le Soleil Palette is here:

Le Soleil by Keren Craig

Le Soleil includes:

  • Bronzer
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss: Le Caramel
  • Crème Blush: La Rougeur
  • Eye Shadow: Le Fauve

Each retails for $65.

Some items that are not pictured (but that I absolutely cannot get out of my mind) are the double-ended glosses that are part of the collection.  Each is in a compact little tube, with one opaque and one sheer shimmery side.  The color combinations are very sophisticated and wearable–really lovely.  These sell for $38. each

If you are interested, I would call Dustin at Bergdorf’s Le Metier de Beaute counter at 212 872-8612 for more information about the collection.

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