Friday, April 11, 2014

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder...A Comprehensive Review

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Above: The Peau Vierge Powder has finally made its debut!
Ever since hosting a beauty event at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island last September, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder.  On that day, LMdB Director of Color Mikey Castillo showed me his Peau Vierge powder prototype...I'm am fairly sure that I audibly gasped at the beauty housed in the compact.  My devotion to the original Peau Vierge, which is a non-negotiable step in my daily routine (and has been for the past two years!) made the notion of the this powder utterly exciting.  I patiently waited for it to surface, obsessively checking in with my LMdB friends each month until I finally received the call I'd been waiting for...the lovely Scotty Reyes at the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills informed me that the powders had just arrived.  I instantly placed an order of the #2 for me and my mom and, due to my proximity to LA, the powders arrived the next day (along with a bit of all three shades so that I can share swatches with you!).  I previously made preliminary mention of this formula in my March Favorites video and am elated to share even more in this post.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of all three available shades and images of the LMdB Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder on my face in various lighting situations...

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Above: The Peau Vierge Powder is packaged in a lovely matte black square compact.
Here's the official word on the powder, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:
Let's smooth things over. Introducing a technological breakthrough in anti-aging face products, this luxuriously soft, natural-looking treatment powder seamlessly covers visible imperfections while working below the surface to enhance and improve the skin long term. Key ingredients Vital ET™, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and Sodium Hyaluronate, a major contributor to greater skin hydration, penetrate deeper and result in more pronounced skin improvement due to our proprietary delivery system, TPM®.

A weightless powder so silky smooth it feels almost like a cream at first touch, this formula is easily blendable and will not settle into fine lines or wrinkles. Available in 3 universally flattering shades. Ideal for all skin types; paraben free.

How to Use
Apply with a brush for sheer coverage, or with a sponge for heavier application.

Key Ingredients
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: increases skin hydration
  • Nylon-12: works to resist settling into fine lines, provides a soft-focus effect
  • TPM®: powerfully efficient delivery system for key ingredients
  • Vital ET™: a bio-functional form of Vitamin E, increases elasticity and delivers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits

Above: The full ingredients list.
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Above: The powder's square compact has a separate compartment for the sponge applicator, which is both convenient and hygienic.
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Above: A closeup of shade #2...buttery soft and nearly invisible on the skin!
Texturally, this powder is marvelously silky and smooth.  Fragrance-free, finely milled and weightless, it blends into the skin immediately, leaving an imperceptible veil that somehow refines and perfects the skin and controls oil breakthrough without looking the slightest bit powdery.  Shade #2 is an excellent match for my NC 23-27 skin and the formula doesn't oxidize, even after hours of wear.  The coverage is sheer, but buildable to medium; while it likely wouldn't take the place of foundation for me, it is excellent for "no makeup" makeup days, especially when combined with the original Peau Vierge

I prefer using this to set my makeup and it is invaluable for touch ups.  Just a few swirls (sometimes I use the sponge, other times, a Hourglass Kabuki brush) and my face is refreshed and even, without the slightest hint of a powdery finish.  It delivers a matte effect that is somehow still radiant and skin like...incredible! The fact that it delivers skin care benefits just sends me over the edge of bliss. Magnifique!

The formula comes in three versatile and adaptable shades:

1. #1: A light beige suitable for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@ N/NW 10-20)

2. #2: A light beige suitable for light to light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20-35)

3. #3: A warm tan suitable for medium-dark to dark skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NC 35-50)

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Above: All three shades in their display at the Le Metier de Beaute counter at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island.
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Above: A closeup of Shade #1...suitable for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones.
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Above: A closeup of Shade #2...suitable for light to light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones.
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Above: A closeup of Shade #3...suitable for medium to medium-dark skin with neutral to warm undertones.
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Above: Swatches of all three shades in direct sunlight.
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Above: Swatches of all three shades in the shade.
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Above: Swatches of all three shades in direct sunlight with a flash.

Below: Images of the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in various lighting situations...
Above: In direct sunlight...as you can see, the texture is light and nearly imperceptible.
Above: Outdoors with a flash...also wearing the Le Metier de Beaute Amore HydraCreme Lipstick.
Above: At the end of an extremely humid day in Savannah, GA last month...makeup is intact and only slightly glowy.
Above: Freshly applied first thing in the morning.
Above: In Savannah, GA at nearly nightfall...the powder completely held everything together!
Above: Outdoors in shade...also wearing the Le Metier de Beaute Amore HydraCreme Lipstick.
Above: In direct sunlight over a touch of Peau Vierge #2 and Kanebo Foundation
Above: A closeup...I love how this blurs imperfections while offering a light veil of coverage on the skin...also wearing the LMdB HydraCreme Lipstick in Amore.
Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder was certainly worth the wait.  As a Peau Vierge devotee and base product lover that knows no bounds, this product is HG status! If you are looking for a powder with light coverage, anti-aging benefits and the least powdery finish in existence, look no further.  It is excellent for setting, finishing and touch ups alike...highly recommended. 

It's finally the weekend!  Congratulations to Beauty Professor reader MOLLY for winning the Air Repair Skin Care giveaway...also, additional Tom Ford Summer 2014 images (the Lip Shimmers in action!), a FOTD, Jenny Patinkin brush review and foundation swatches galore (Cle de Peau! Ardency Inn!) coming up in imminent posts ; ) 

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

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22 comments:

  1. Wow, this powder is really beautiful! The finish is amazing on you!

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    1. Thank you, Shireen! It is so finely-milled so the finish is barely perceptible!

      Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Just the post I've been waiting for! You have me convinced. I have the Serge Lutens foundation powder as well. I love it, and it's actually the ONLY powder I always enjoy using...but I like to explore here and there too. I do like to apply a setting powder to prolong the wear of my foundation, but I don't like it to be excessively matte. So this seems like a good option! I also like that it is sheer, because I would only be buying this to use on top of my Kanebo Sensai CP foundation anyways. I just put in the order for the powder AND the lipstick in amore. It's just fantastic on your lips!! Gosh, you look like a blushing bride!

    And I have to ask, what eyeshadow are you wearing? Is this one of the by Terry ones?

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    1. So glad to hear that, MG and thanks so much! I wanted to make sure to include every necessary detail and with traveling and work, it took me a bit longer than I originally hoped. So excited that you got the powder and lipstick...can't wait to hear your thoughts on both!

      In response to your question, in all of the images where I am also wearing the Amore lipstick, I am wearing the Jouer powder eyeshadow in Maple all over the lids. In the other images, I am wearing the By Terry Ombre Blackstars in Bronze Moon + Brown Perfection.

      xoxo and talk soon!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Thanks for reviewing this and showing it in so many different lights (very helpful!). Would you mind sharing your thoughts on how this compares to the Surratt Diaphane loose powder? I mean, obviously they're different because one is loose and the other is pressed, but since the Surratt comes in a compact and appears portable, I'm wondering if you'd recommend one over the other (and, if so, why)...?

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    1. My pleasure, SoSuSam! With regards to your question, I love both powders (both are currently in my purse!) for different reasons. The Surratt version is loose, radiant and weightless but completely translucent; it perfects the pores and removes shine without adding any color to the face. The LMdB is pressed, finely milled and mostly matte (though not overly so). It gives a skin-like finish but also deposits color to the skin due to its tint. It can be built up to add a bit more color, too. I adore them both!!!

      I hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks so much for your detailed reply! You've made the differences really clear. The Surratt has been on my list since you first featured it, and I think, after hearing your thoughts on the two, that I'll go ahead with it. Thank you! (Now I'm curious to hear what you think of the new RBR loose powder...)

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    3. My pleasure...I am so happy that the details made sense ; ) Can't wait to hear about your Surratt experience! Ahh...the RBR powder...likely next on my list!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Hi Rachel. Do you happen to know if this is exclusive to NM? I'm trying to find it anywhere besides NM and so far, no luck. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Deb,

      As far as I know, it can only be purchased Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. I know that Dermstore (online) carries Le Metier de Beaute as well but I don't see the powder on the site as of yet.

      Hope that helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. Hi BP!
    Would you mind sharing your thoughts on how this compares with Serge Lutens? When would you reach for one over the other and what are the strong points of each? Thanks BP!!!

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    1. Hi SJ!

      I find that the Serge Lutens is a bit more matte in texture and also has many more shade offerings. The LMdB, however, likely has a shade to match most skin tones and it also contains skincare benefits which the SL does not. I find myself using both at different times...the SL when I want a finished, matte complexion and the LMdB when I am going for a slightly more glowy, skinlike finish! In other words, as a wildly addicted-to-base-products girl, I am glad I own both ; )

      Hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Yes, it does. And thank you! I never even thought about BG. Problem solved!

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    1. So happy to hear it, Deb!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. Good morning,
    Wow, I was just looking for summer pressed powder last weekend for touch ups and then you presented this one. I am so interested since I have been looking for one. However, I have a question on shade # 1 and # 2. # 1 is more towars rosy or peachy? I guess I will need to search that on ebay, not sure Neiman will send this to Canada or not.

    BTW, I received my suqqu frame fix compact N in #102 for a week and so far so good, still testing it out. It is a bit light on my skin but it doesn't really matter at this point as I was planning to use it for T zone only which works fine. After 20 minutes or so it just blends in well with skin. However, if I am to repurchase the refill I would consider buying 003 for the whole face ( always prefer a hair darker than ghost face) but maybe during fall or winter time ( concerned if I am to use it for the whole face it may slide? Well, we will soon find out how long it holds in my T zone).

    Have a good weekend.

    Rochie

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    1. Hi Rochie,

      Glad to hear the post was good timing ; ) Yes, I would say that the #1 leans more peachy/rosy while the #2 is neutral to yellow.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with the Suqqu Frame Fix Compact...it sounds divine!!

      xoxo, talk soon and have a lovely rest of the weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Wow! You can't even tell you have any powder on...rare to find nowadays. I just bought the Dolce & Gabbana powder foundation that I'm going to use for touch ups but now I am very tempted to get this one as well - is that bad?! :) I hope it's not too matte though - from how you describe it I'm thinking it's not. Thanks for the great review. So helpful!

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    1. Thanks, Nicolle! You are asking the wrong person if it's bad to get yet another powder...the amount in my collection is immense and I can justify the use for each one...in turn, go for it ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. I've been enjoying the LMdB pressed powder ever since it arrived in this month's VIP subscription box. I love how imperceptible it is on the skin, while still providing a matte (but not flat) finish! I'm also really enjoying the Peau Vierge concealer - so creamy with great coverage.

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    1. Hi Lulubelle,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes...isn't the lack of obvious finish amazing? I, too, love the PV concealer...the fact that it has skincare benefits is a true bonus! Any other new products you're loving lately?

      I hope all is well with you...xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Oh my gosh this powder looks too good to be true! I can't wait to try it. You look stunning. <3

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    1. It is all kind of amazing, Blondie Esquire! Good to hear from you ; )

      Thanks for the kinds words...can't wait to hear your thoughts after trying it...please keep me posted!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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