Le Metier’s spring collection is on counters now, their inspiration: the cold, spectacular north, and the phenomenon of magnetism that is the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The collection offers up one Kaleidoscope for eyes, and another for lips — each $95.
I swatched the eyeshadows shade-by-shade, and then couches de couleur style. General operating instructions for a Kaleidoscope eye kit are to layer shades 1-3 on the lid (from lashline to crease) without blending, then use the fourth shade as a liner. The result is an anyone-can-do-it smoky eye.
I like to be surprised by the combined color of a kaleidoscope, but I could not believe that shades 1 + 2 + 3 turned out to be a satin dusty beige-pink.
It seems the shades in these kits do have individual names, so I’ll use those names (though you won’t see them anywhere on the packaging). Ionic is a warm, dusty pale pink. Sky is a shimmery/satin ice blue. Magnetic is a shimmery copper. And Equinox is a blurple (blue-purple) satin.
Lip Kaleidoscopes are truly an “owner’s choice” type product. I swatched the shades individually, then layered all four to combine that color on the end — but you could use the colors singly, in pairs, or as a trio to make the color you desire. Again, using LMdB’s “secret” shade names: Illuminate is a bright, warm flamingo pink with sparkles. Voltaic is a muted warm mauve-rose. Dynamos is a sheer strawberry coral with gold and silver sparkles (it reminds me of limited-edition-Dallas-lipgloss Nadine). And Eos is an opaque, cream-finish, cool, Barbie blue-pink.
The nail polishes didn’t speak to me right away (I’m still obsessing over neons), but once I swatched them, I really wanted them. Solar Flare is a magenta rose creme. Faraday is a purple grey with tiny silver shimmers. This is SO understated-gorgeous on the nails, and I think you could wear it year-round. Aurora is a bright, turquoise blue creme (and blues are having a major moment right now). The polishes are $18 each.