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.