When I was recently in America one of the counters that I really wanted to check out was Le Metier de Beaute. Famed for their excellent products, sleek packaging, and hefty pricetag, I had to investigate further.
I can see that Le Metier de Beaute must be giving other high-end brands like Chanel a run for their money. Everything I swatched and applied was top quality. I was initially very tempted by the eyeshadow kits (eyeshadow palettes are my drug of choice) but after visualising the mountain of palettes I have at home I decided to pass. I can’t guarantee that it won’t be my next purchase though.
Instead, I went with the Flawless Face Kit. As I was travelling, the idea of having a kit that could ‘create’ a look was very appealing.
I’ve used this kit frequently from the day I bought it. When I initially applied it I was impressed, but didn’t think much more of it. It wasn’t until I caught site of myself in a mirror later in the day that I realised what a beautiful effect this kit creates. Subtle, light-diffusing, and flattering. It also photographs beautifully.
The pressed powder can be applied on its own with a sponge and the effect is very pretty. It does lean a little on the yellow side but looks very natural on the skin as you can see from the photos above. I usually apply this powder as a setting powder over my foundation, as I’ve never had the patience to wash and dry sponges every day. Even when you apply lots of this powder, it doesn’t look cakey on the skin. If your skin tone is too dark for this, you can substitute for a brightening and setting powder that they also have on hand. I’m not sure how this would work if you were ordering online though.
The bronzer is incredibly natural looking, and even though it has tiny silver flecks in the pan, these don’t show up at all on the face. It pairs well with the famed ‘Echo’ blush, which seems to look fantastic on pretty much all skintones. It has a subtle gold reflect which actually looks very natural and ‘healthy’ on the skin rather than gaudy or overdone.
The highlighter was the most unexpected love for me. Looking at the pinkish tone I thought it would be too obvious on my skin, but it’s very natural and flattering indeed. It seems to melt into the skin and add just the right amount of radiance.
I love this kit. Fantastic to use when you’re travelling, or even when you’re getting ready in the morning and don’t want to think about what goes with what. Once this is applied, all you need to add is eyeshadow, mascara, and gloss and you’re ready to go.
Le Metier de Beaute Flawless Face Kaleidoscope is available from the usual suspects (Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Saks, Bergdorf) for USD $95. You can also buy it from Nordstroms.com for USD $95 plus a heart-stopping USD $60 for shipping through their shipping company FiftyOne. It might be useful to investigate a package forwarding service if you live outside of the States.