|Above: All twelve shades of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation on the cusp of being swatched.|
I have done an extensive amount of musing on the many merits of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation. Past posts with a host of images and details can be found HERE and HERE. With twelve shades to match nearly every skin tone, from the lightest alabaster to the richest cocoa, this foundation is indeed a classic. A recent conversation that I had with dear friend and Le Metier de Beaute Director of Color Mikey Castillo (featured HERE and HERE) confirmed its utilitarian timelessness as we both agreed that this quintessential formula works extremely well on all skin types and ages.
If you are on a quest for a medium coverage liquid foundation with supreme ingredients and the propensity to smooth and even skin with a dewy, undetectable finish, then it just may be time for you to discover your most befitting shade! Although I have previously swatched all shades (see the earlier links in paragraph above), I now have the luxury of a more capable camera and spectrum of lighting options, thereby necessitating a swatching update.
Kindly scroll on for shade descriptions, swatches of all twelve shades in various lighting situations and the Bottom Line...
|Above: A visit with the LMdB luminaries (L-R) LMdB Artist Kayla Arielle, LMdB Director of Color Mikey Castillo, BP and LMdB Global Key Artist Ivan Castro at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island in April 2014.|
MEET YOUR MATCH.
LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉ’S GUIDE TO FIND “THE ONE”
(courtesy of Le Metier de Beaute)
Foundation is the building block for the rest of your makeup. Get it right and your skin glows, the line between skin and foundation is, well, lineless. Get it wrong and it doesn’t matter what follows, it’s all you can see – lines of demarcation, a skin tone that looks “off,” feeling not-so-flawless…
Mikey Castillo, Le Métier de Beauté Director of Color, has a color theory: your foundation shade should not match your skin – well, not exactly. In other words, foundation is not applied on a white background, so shades of foundation need to take our skin tone into consideration. We are not simply warm and cool; we have undertones and skin types that scream for complimentary coverage. The Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Foundation range works with skin with complementary tones for minimizing redness, maximizing warmth and allowing skin to breathe with buildable coverage.
Mr. Castillo brings us through the range with a step-by-step guide to each shade and what skin tone, hue and undertone it was designed for.
Golden Skin Tones
These shades are recommended for fair to dark skin types that appear to have a golden undertone. This skin type tends to tan easily with minimal to no redness. This skin type is also referred to as "Warm."
- Shade #1 is very fair, but warm in tone. For very pale skin that reveals no pink or redness.
- Shade #4 is for light skin that appears gold or yellow in tone. Though fair, this is suitable for a light complexion that is able to tan without burning.
- Shade #9 is the perfect year-round tan-color. Golden, but not burned.
- Shade #11 is best for naturally dark skin with a warm, golden undertone.
Olive Skin Tones
Whether fair or dark, this skin tone is considered "Cool," and tends not to reveal any pink or red in the skin.
- Shade #2 is for a light, porcelain complexion with a cool undertone.
- Shade #6 is for a medium complexion (light tan) with no redness.
- Shade #8 is best for a naturally tan complexion that does not burn or reveal redness in the skin.
Neutral Skin Tones
As the name implies, this range is neither warm nor cool, but rather, a balance of both. This range is the easiest to fall into if you cannot decide between gold or pink. This skin type contains both hues, "warm" and "cool,” and is generally known to reveal pink or red in the skin when exposed to sun.
- Shade #3 is for a light to medium complexion, with a slight rosy hue.
- Shade #5, a true “medium,” this hue is perfect for a wide variety of actual skin colors. Anyone with a light to medium, medium, or medium to dark complexion can wear this color. If you are fair, it will reveal a naturally looking tan, if you are a slightly darker medium, than it will brighten the complexion. It contains both cool and warm tones.
- Shade #7 is a popular medium tan. Cool toned, with a warm glow. A perfect blend of gold and pink, with a light tan. The hue appears peachy-apricot in tone, and again, a wide variety of skin colors can wear this shade.
Peachy-Rose Skin Tone
A peach and Rose complexion is generally comprised of amber, rose and deep orange hues. Shades 10 and 12 are most suitable for very tanned, or naturally deep complexioned skin types.
- Shade #10 is idea for a medium-dark complexion. Example: Mediterranean skin that has been tanned exposing a slight redness in tone. It invokes the legendary tans of Saint Tropez and the Cote d' Azur.
- Shade #12 is ideal for the darkest skin tones. This hue contains a slightly red to orange undertone.
About Classic Flawless Finish Foundation
- The lightweight, oil-free, light-diffusing formula evens out skin tone and imperfections for a luminous, natural look.
- Hydrating emollients and age-defying ingredients create a creamy formula that glides on effortlessly and blends in quickly for flawless coverage that lasts all day. Soft finish leaves skin looking natural and refreshed
- Weightless, luminous oil-free formula
- Skin loving moisturizers and Vitamins A & E for a healthy, hydrated complexion
- All-day medium coverage
- Protects skin from harmful UVA/UVA rays with SPF 8 (Mr. Castillo recommends using a daily moisturizer with a minimum SPF value of 15)
- Safe for most skin types including sensitive skin
|Above: Swatches of all shades in direct, mid-day sunlight.|
|Above: All shades swatched in warm, late-afternoon sunlight.|
|Above: The lighter shades swatched in shade.|
|Above: The darker shades swatched in shade.|
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation is a formula for all seasons. The perfectly buildable medium coverage is skin-like and glowing and its ability to flatter skin of all types and ages is commendable! If you are looking for a truly classic luxury foundation with exemplary ingredients and remarkable performance, then the LMdB Classic Flawless Finish Foundation is a must. Available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman's and Dermstore.
Special thanks to LMdB Specialist Angel Loza at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island for his help with this update ; )
Have YOU tried this formula? Thoughts?
Have a beautiful Monday...so many good things ahead...xx,
--The Beauty Professor
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