Last 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.
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.