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.

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Review/Comparison: Las Vegas De Chanel Collection – Le Vernis Gold Fingers Nail Polish

The Gold Fingers Nail Polish is a pale gold nail polish with a gold, green and pink shimmer under the sun. It reminds me of Chanel’s Graphite from the Fall 2011 collection, although not quite as unique and shimmery as Graphite.

I compared it to a couple of gold nail polishes in my stash: The first being L’Oreal’s Project Runway Colors Take Flight collection nail polish in Amazon’s Flash #695,and then also the Hello Kitty’s 2011 Holiday collection Liquid Nail Art in Gold Sparkle.

As you can see Gold Fingers is much paler than Amazon’s Flash (which is a horrible watery nail polish that does not apply evenly). Gold Finger’s gold tone is similar to the HK’s Gold Sparkle, except Gold Sparkle has more noticeable glitter in green, silver and red. Out of the three, I have to say HK’s Gold Sparkle is the most unique.

The Gold Fingers applies smooth and does not streak. However, out of all of my Chanel nail polishes this one chips the worst. I applied 2 coats with Chanel’s base coat and Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted to Speed top coat. I have used that combination with other Chanel nail polishes and have never seen this result. It chipped on the same day as applied (on my birthday, how sad).  I am not talking about small chips either, big chunks fell out. To top that, one of my toe nails chipped completely, that has never happened to me before.

Product Info:

$28 @ Chanel.com or or Vegas Boutique in Borgata

0.04 fl oz

Pro:

  • Beautiful color
  • None Streaking

Con:

  • Chips easily
  • Expensive

Bottom line: It is a pretty gold, and I hate to say this about Chanel products, but I would avoid this nail polish and look for a dupe that performs better.

Quick Look: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #549 Distraction

Chanel’s #549 Distraction is a great nail polish for this season. It’s a bright coral that is more of a red coral than an orange coral. It does have blue-based pink glitter in the bottle that can only be seen under the sun. It looks like a crème under normal lighting. It goes on great with no streaks and two coats is more than enough it to be opaque.

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Bottom line: Distraction is a very wearable polish and has a great formula. If you are looking for a high-end expensive ($26) nail polish for the spring or summer this one to look into.

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