Le Metier de Beaute Spring 2012: Northern Lights

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.
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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.
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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.

This collection is available everywhere that sells Le Metier. If you’re ordering online, you can get free shipping at any price at Nordstromicon (no code necessary) and Neiman Marcusicon (code SPRINGFS).

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2 Responses to “Le Metier de Beaute Spring 2012: Northern Lights”

  • mlle.epatant says:

    Thanks so much for the swatches—I was looking for the nail polish swatches. Do you have any dupe for faraday?

  • Chantal says:

    Karla, may I ask what order of colors you used for your “couches de couleurs” swatch? Or does it matter? My instinct would be to go from dark to light, but I have no experience with this technique.

    I guess I’m waiting for a “safer” combination of colors before buying my first Kaleidoscope; I’m often intimidated by the colors they put together. I’m not sure how I would use pale pink, baby blue and copper in a look, you know? Have you learned anything at the counter about CdP’s makeup philosophy regarding color combinations that would inform a potential customer on how to use them together? (I don’t have a counter near me, so I’d have to purchase online.) Maybe they want us to think outside our comfort zone? I’d love to know what you think!

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