First Look: Le Metier De Beaute – Golden Gate Girl Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

When I came home today this baby was waiting for me on my door steps. I didn’t have enough time to get swatches before the sun went away, but I thought I would post pictures anyways.

Here we go from top to bottom.

The first shade is a flesh color with silver shimmer.

The second shade is a light lilac purple with silver shimmer.

The third shade is a matte brownish red color.

The last shade is a warm gold with gold shimmer.

I will post review with swatches as soon as I have some free time with the sun!

Review: Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Northern Lights (Aurora)

Since the Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope was coming out the same time as the Northern Lights, I ended up picking up both. By initial look at the Cherry Blossom and Northern Lights, color wise I thought I was going to like Northern Lights better. I usually don’t like brown colors; I find it makes my eyes look more tired.  After swatching them both, I think both are worth getting. The Cherry Blossom comes out to be a more unique color though.

[Same as Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Review] The packaging is good quality, although not the best for the price, or compared to other high end brands. The configuration is fun, but it would be improved on if you can detach the eye shadow individually.

[Same as Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Review] The formulation is fantastic; very finely milled and easy to blend. I find the matte shades to be smooth, as well. The pigmentation is also fantastic, including the lighter shades. I had reservations about how good the formulation would be, since this is a very expensive item, but it lives up to the hype.

I am not sure if the colors in this Kaleidoscope match the actual Northern Lights, since I have never seen it in person. It does come with a pink-beige shimmer shade, a light blue shimmer shade, a copper-gold shimmer shade, and a matte purple shade. The layered effect of this Kaleidoscope comes out to this purple with silver and gold shimmer. I used even amounts of each individual shade. It was harder to capture on camera the shimmer than the Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope, which to me makes it a little bit less unique that Cherry Blossom.

I did use this Kaleidoscope and it truly is fool proof (as Sunny from Neiman Marcus put it). I think the Kaleidoscopes would be great for a beginner to use. You would layer the color from the bottom of the Kaleidoscope up, rising the next shade little bit higher than over the previous one (to create that gradient effect). It was probably the easiest for me to create day-time smoky eye (for day-time just make sure you don’t overdo the darkest shade), because layering means less blending.

Product Info:

$95 @ Neimanmarcus.com

Net Wt 0.49 fl oz. (14 gms)

Pro:

  • Great formulation
  • Unique layered colors
  • Size of product (The high price tag comes with good size product. Here are some comparisons: Tom Ford Quad $7.5 per gram, Chanel Quads $8.53 per gram, Le Metier de Beaute $6.79 per gram)

Con:

  • Limited edition (This will go quickly like all their Kaleidoscopes)
  • Expensive for a single item

Bottom line: If you are debating between Northern Lights and Cherry Blossom, I would say Cherry Blossom is more unique, but Northern Lights works better on cooler skin tones. Hurry though, they are definitely not going to be in stock for long.

Review: Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Cherry Blossom

Le Metier de Beaute has finally released their Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope, which is exclusive at the Neiman Marcus in Washington, DC. This (and the Northern Lights Kaleidoscope) is my first Kaleidoscope… I always miss the releases.

The packaging is good quality, although not the best for the price, or compared to other high end brands. The configuration is fun, but it would be improved on if you can detach the eye shadow individually.

The formulation is fantastic; very finely milled and easy to blend. I find the matte shades to be smooth, as well. The pigmentation is also fantastic, including the lighter shades. I had reservations about how good the formulation would be, since this is a very expensive item, but it lives up to the hype.

I found the colors in this Kaleidoscope to match Cherry Blossom dead on, with a light beige shimmer shade, a green with golden shimmer shade, a light pink with slight shimmer (almost matte) shade, and a matte dark espresso shade. Individual shades aside, the layered color of all four shades is absolutely breathtaking. It comes out to this light brown with a duo-chrome effect. I used even amounts of each individual shade. You will be able to create many looks with this Kaleidoscope.

Product Info:

$95 @ Mezza Gallerie (202) 966-9700 ext 2265 Sunny Choi Noble (she’s awesome)

Net Wt 0.49 fl oz. (14 gms)

Pro:

  • Great formulation
  • Unique layered colors
  • Size of product (The high price tag comes with good size product. Here are some comparisons: Tom Ford Quad $7.5 per gram, Chanel Quads $8.53 per gram, Le Metier de Beaute $6.79 per gram)

Con:

  • Limited edition (This will go quickly like all their Kaleidoscopes)
  • Expensive for a single item

Bottom line: If you are a lover of high quality cosmetics, I would pick this up ASAP. They are definitely not going to be in stock for long.

Review: Bobbi Brown Neiman Marcus Exclusive Rose Gold Set

The Rose Gold Set includes:

  • Black Ink Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner. (There was a mistake on the NM website)
  • Rose Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow.
  • Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara.
  • Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL.
  • EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL.
  • Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush.
  • Accessory. <- Rose Gold Cosmetics Bag

The whole set is $85. So here’s the breakdown of the cost per product…

Product

Price

Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner $22.00
Long-Wear Cream Shadow $24.00
Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara $24.00
Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, 30mL ~$7.00 ($24/100mL)
EXTRA Repair Eye Cream, 7mL ~$ 31.73 ($68/15mL)
Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush $25.00 Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush$28.00 Cream Shadow Brush
Accessory

As you can see just the Gel Eye Liner, Cream Shadow and Mascara together is $70, so this set is a really good value for Bobbi Brown lovers and those who want to try out some of the Bobbi Brown products.

The Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner works great, I do own Black Ink, so it was good the color didn’t repeat. Caviar Ink is this smoky black color, although it’s not as dark as Black Ink. I get about 8 hours of wear before it starts to smudge, but I do have a bit of hooded eye so it might last longer on others. It smudges on my lower lash line faster, which is normal for me. The formula is very creamy and applies easily. I did use the Dual Ended Brush that came with the set and it worked fine.

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Rose Gold is not a color I would normally wear. I think it works best on those with pink undertone and lighter skin tone or darker skin tone than me (I’m about NC 25-30). It looked a bit orange on me instead of a rose gold color, I was wearing an orange shirt, so not sure if that affected it. I got the same wear as the Eye Liner in terms of length, 8 hours. I did not use a primer underneath, so it has good wear time. Again, I used the brush that came with it, and it applied fine. I did use my finger to blend it out a bit.

Being Asian, I am very picky when it comes to Mascara. I only use Waterproof formulas since it’s the only one that holds my curls. The Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara has a wet formula, which does not hold curls. I find it average in terms of lengthening, the Japanese fiber Mascaras does a better job. It does nothing for volume, but it is a very black and does not flake. The wand of this Mascara is very similar to the Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara. I like this wand best for my lower lashes, which is likely the only use I have for this particular Mascara.

Personally, I just use a facial cleanser to take my make up off, and really cannot use make up removers with oil in it because I find it blurs my contact lenses. I don’t feel like there is too much oil in this Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover though. It doesn’t leave that greasiness on my skin, and, surprisingly, this make up remover did not blur my contact lenses either.

I have not tried the eye cream yet. I know I do not like any skincare products packaged in a pot/jar instead of pump or tube.

I have always been a fan of Bobbi Brown’s brushes. I recently picked up the Bobbi Brown’s Party Collection Deluxe Travel Brush Set, which is exclusive to Neiman Marcus, as well. I was told by the Bobbi Brown Sales Associate that the travel size brushes were regular size brushes put on shorter handle. I disagree; the regular size brushes are denser and bigger than the travel size brushes. I found the travel brushes are just as soft as the regular size brushes. The travel size brushes perform well, but they are not exactly the same as the full size.

Lastly, the rose gold bag is actually really cute. Since it has a strap on it I think I will use it as a purse at some point.

Product Info:

$85 @ Neimanmarcus.com

It is a limited edition product.

Pro:

  • Great Value
  • Great Products (Cream Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Makeup Remover, brush and bag)

Con:

  • Not all products are winners (Mascara)
  • Cream Shadow might not work for all skin tone
  • Limited Edition (I believe the Rose Gold Cream Shadow is exclusive to this set)

Bottom line: If the color (for the Rose Gold Cream Shadow) works for you, I think this is a great set to get, especially if you don’t have any duplicated products or you want to try some of their products.