Le Metier de Beaute Resort 2012

Le Metier de Beaute, LMdB, Jet Set, resort collection, 2012Last September I was in NYC for fashion week, and a fashion blogger passingly mentioned that neon was about to be huge. That statement didn’t click with me at the time, but a few months later, as I parsed donations for the annual holiday BeautyBloggers.org charity auction, I got to see preview pictures of Le Metier de Beaute’s debut resort collection, a collaboration with Neiman Marcus’s Ken Downing. I was instantly consumed by raw makeup lust. Neon! Just what I need right now.

“Resort” is generally a summer-in-winter concept. Just as North America is collectively shivering in their wool socks, out sashays resort, to outfit Caribbean-yacht-bound jetsetters, or to tantalize those of us who merely want to indulge the fantasy.

This is Le Metier’s first resort collection, but I hope it becomes an annual tradition.
Le Metier de Beaute, LMdB, Ken Downing, resort 2012, swatches, Yield to Yellow, Not So Safe Orange, ShocKen Pink, HibisKiss, Orange Juiced, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The collection includes three “big size” — a.k.a. “Ken size” — nail polishes (0.40 oz. compared to Le Metier’s usual 0.14 oz. These are $18 each). I suspect Le Metier is gradually moving to the larger format bottles, but they were first introduced in Ken’s “Koral” collection last summer, which is why I think of them as “Ken-size.”

Yield to Yellow is banana-skin yellow, slightly more saturated (more intense) than last summer’s Chanel Mimosa (nail swatches here). Not So Safe Orange is a jellyish tropical neon coral-orange. ShocKen Pink is a fluorescent, tropical, bright warm pink. Both Not So Safe Orange and ShocKen Pink dry quickly, to a semi-matte-plastic finish. If you want glossy, don’t skip the topcoat.

There are also two Sheer Brilliance lipglosses (each $32). I guess I prejudged these glosses based on their promo picture; I expected them to be far more opaque, more vivid, more saturated. These are reasonably heavy swatches.

HibisKiss reminds me of NARS’ Multiple Tints. It’s a sheer, jellyish, tropical pink. On my lips it’s a lovely sheer pink-raspberry that makes me think of a cocktail you might order on a beach somewhere. I really like it. Orange Juiced is a very sheer pale orange with gold sparkles. On my lips it’s so sheer it hardly has any color at all. If I squint, I think maybe it adds just the barest hint of warmth. Mostly it gives my lips a glossy finish and a medium number of gold sparkles.

The Jet Set resort collection will be on counters in February. Naturally, it will only be available at Neiman Marcus.

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6 Responses to “Le Metier de Beaute Resort 2012”

  • AlexandraRC says:

    Wow! all three nail polish shades are gorgeous!

  • Love those nail polishes!

  • I love Orange Juiced.

  • Alyx says:

    Wow I didn’t believe my eyes I just got the resort collection in today!!! At the las Vegas Neimans soooooooo pretty!!!! They’re going so fast I’m almost out of the glosses already! And yah they reminded me of those Nars tints too these pack some more color though!

  • Hollister says:

    I just want to say those Nars tints too these pack some more color is MUCH BEAUTIFUL!

  • Hollister UK says:

    I just want to say those Nars tints too these pack some more color is MUCH BEAUTIFUL! Sorry. Fogot one word!

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