Le Metier de Beaute is a relatively young, relatively boutique cosmetics brand. They’ve only been selling their products for three years (though their research stretches back further than that), and they’re sold only through Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and a few Nordstroms*.
If you’re not already a die-hard LMdB fan, you’ve most likely heard of at least one of two products: Their “Kaleidoscope” eyeshadow towers and/or Peau Vierge**.
Peau Vierge is a lightweight foundation. Or, if you prefer more coverage, it’s a tinted primer for use under another foundation. Or I believe you can even mix it in with your foundation — there are no firm rules.
Peau Vierge contains retinols (an anti-aging ingredient derived from vitamin A, which promotes the sloughing off of old skin cells and increases the rate of new cell production). But Peau Vierge also claims a unique delivery system (Syntoc Actif), which is said to deliver its active ingredient deeper than other products on the market. This “deep” delivery is supposed to help you avoid the side effects commonly associated with retinol use: redness, dryness, flaking, irritation.
Peau Vierge claims to improve collagen production, moisturize, fade brown spots, and smooth fine lines. Actually, it promises to do it in seven days. It’s oil-free, SPF 20, and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-redness ingredients — good for both oily and sensitive skin. My sales associate rather hilariously said, “if you don’t want to become utterly addicted, I recommend not trying it.”
Until recently, Peau Vierge came in two shades: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. They’ve introduced a third shade (#1) and switched over to a numerical system. (Light to Medium is now #2; Medium to Dark is now #3).
I did make heavy swatches, but I was a little surprised by how glowy shades 2 and 3 are. Shade 1 is my closest match — maybe a hair too dark, but, as with any sheer foundation, it can be blended out.
Peau Vierge foundation is $125 (and truly, one pump is plenty for your whole face). Le Metier national artist Ivan Castro said that he prefers to apply with fingers, so no product is wasted.
*If you’re in England, LMdB is sold in Selfridges. If you’re in France, they’re carried by Printemps. If you’re in Hong Kong, they’re sold in Joyce Boutiques.
**I feel I should mention that Peau Vierge (the foundation) spawned a whole series of Peau Vierge products. LMdB also offers Peau Vierge concealer and Peau Vierge lash growth serum. All PV products utilize the same Syntoc Actif delivery system.