It must be summer. Most brands have come up with new and improved bronzers to keep the color in our (well-sunscreened) cheeks. Le Metier de Beaute's latest offering is the multi-tasker Blushing Bronzed Duet. A two-sided and rather large compact that has a blush on one side and a bronzer on the other. They come in two versions, cool and warm, and are oddly named after tragic love stories- Traviata and Romeo & Juliet.
Traviata is the one that has Le Metier de Beaute's gorgeous Echo blush on one side and Sun Kissed bronzer on the other. Thet work well together or alone, and I've been experimenting both with layering them and with swirling the brush over both and using them as a single item that allows you to balance and tailor the color to your exact preference. While the pressed product has a light shimmer, once on skin the effect is more of a subtle sheen or glow, with no obvious shimmer particles.
Romeo & Juliet is the cool version. The blush is a blue-toned pink that looks fresh and natural. I can easily wear it with or without the bronzer, which speaks volumes about the quality of Le Metier de Beaute's pigments. So many of them are universally flattering, plus having such a silky and blendable texture that allows the color to meld with your skin. The intensity can be built up considerably, but I apply both Traviata and Romeo & Juliet with a light hand, blending the colors together just so.
As I said above, the compact is quite large (easy to work with a wide brush) and holds quite a bit of product. This makes the Duet a pretty good deal since the bronzer alone retails for $55 and the blush is priced at $30.
Bottom Line: true love.
Le Metier de Beaute Blushing Bronzed Duet ($65) is available from Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. I received both from the company's PR team.
All photos are mine.