The internet reputation of luxury brand Le Metier de Beaute has been quietly and steadily building. I’ve seen their counters only at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman (same parent company), and I think most makeup lovers know the brand for their quadruple-milled powder products, their “kaleidoscope” palettes, and their pen-style liquid eyeliner.
I decided to start by swatching the brand’s blushes, because it was a quick-turnaround project. Le Metier only makes four blushes (or Radiance Powder Rouge, as they call it). These are $30 each, in pans the same size as their eyeshadows. (In product size and price point, they seem similar to Chantecaille.)
Fresh is a matte, muted mauve pink. Whisper is really a (champagne shimmer) highlighter — probably a fair-skin highlighter given how delicate it is. Rumor is a russety, burnished-tomatoey, red-orange-brown shimmer. In the lighter swatch, the color kind of reminds me of a suntan. Echo is reputed to “look like Orgasm” — I’m starting to feel that every pink-and-gold blush is described this way. Echo is a strong rose flush — in a heavy swatch it’s almost magenta; it definitely has some violet to it — that reflects gold (shimmer).
And, for extra credit: The sales associate said there are two eyeshadows (same size pan, same $30 price) that she often likes to use as blush: Naked and Tuscan Sunset.
Naked is powder-pink with a few gold sparkles. The color reminds me of a slightly more neutral version of Armani’s spring 2011 blush. Tuscan Sunset is a deeper, reddened peach — I think it’s actually my favorite shade.