Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscopes are magical...one streamlined, architecturally-advanced compact that houses four tiers of shades, ultimately comprising an infinite array of looks. They're utterly brilliant (I adore Carnaby Street)! Consequently, I am excited to announce that LMdB is giving away the limited edition Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope (a $95 value) with a purchase of $250 or more at LMdB counter during the Neiman Marcus Camp Gorgeous Beauty Event which runs from June 5th-June 15th. It is likely that this LE wonder will go quickly so call ahead to a Le Metier de Beaute counter near you to reserve yours in advance and tell them the Beauty Professor sent you... ; )
- Mishel Brown and Scott Reyes at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills: (310) 559-5100 Ext. 2087
- Sarah at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island: (949) 759-1900
Kindly scroll on for all the the details, shade descriptions, a host of images and the Bottom Line...
I must confess this kaleidoscope was love at first swatch...truly, each and every shade in the compact is breathtakingly stunning. The eye base is phenomenal (LMdB Director of Color Mikey Castillo calls it "a sheer, pearlized nylon stocking") and the powder shadows feel so silky that I initially deemed them a cream formula! This is the first time that LMdB has included a dual sided cake-eyeliner in a kaleidoscope tier, which further adds to its intrigue and overall allure. Each shade is deeply pigmented and truly easy to work with...from the eye base, to the eyeliner, the overall effect is beyond gorgeous!
The application is one of reversed Couches de Couleur...instead of beginning at the top, one would be wise to start at the bottom with the eye base and move upwards towards the liner for maximum efficacy.
|Above: This primer is a neutral light beige cream that adds a radiant effect without the usage of obvious shimmer; from a pragmatic perspective, this is a magnificent primer that keeps shadow in place and creaseless for hours on end.|
|Above: A closeup of the eye base.|
|Above: Mocha Sheen is an ultra-pearlilized light brown taupe with immense light-reflecting ability; it is similar to Corinthian, but brighter and more vivid.|
|Above: A closeup of Mocha Sheen.|
|Above: Rich Orchid is a glowing magenta plum; it is similar to Alexandrite/Fig but brighter and more magenta.|
|Above: A closeup Rich Orchid.|
|Above: The Split-Pan Cake Liner in Black and Plum-Orchid can be worn wet or dry;|
|Above: A closeup of the Cake-Liners.|
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: All together in direct sunlight with a flash.|
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches in the shade.|
|Above: The completed look.|
I started by applying the eye base all over with my ring finger...it blends like a dream. Then, I covered my lid (to the brown bone) with Mocha Sheen and placed Rich Orchid in the crease, blending outward for depth and dimension. I used a wet eyeliner brush to sweep the black cake liner along my upper lash line and then used the same brush to apply the Plum-Orchid liner along my lower waterline and lash line. I finished my lower lash line with a touch of the Mocha Sheen for radiance and continuity. The whole process took me less than five minutes!
|Above: The Plum-Orchid Cake Liner smoothly applies to the lower waterline with a dampened eyeliner brush.|
|Above: In direct sunlight.|
|Above: In direct sunlight with a flash.|
|Above: In outdoor shade.|
|Above: In outdoor shade with a flash.|
|Above: In indoor natural lighting with a flash.|
|Above: Natural light.|
|Above: In natural light...kaleidoscope in the compact meets kaleidoscope on the eyes.|
I hope your weekend has been lovely thus far...good things ahead on BP in the month of June including my May Favorites video, top lightweight foundations for summer, a plethora of new lip and skincare products and a few style posts.
--The Beauty Professor
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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