As promised, here are the photos, swatches and reviews of one the best fall 2010 releases, Le Metier de Beaute Le Cirque Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. Is it the color combination? the finish? the way they all blend together to create a flattering and elegant look? It's all of the above, really, combined with high quality and Le Metier's way of creating pigments that are almost sheer but very visible and identifiable.
As always, the eye shadows can be used separately. However, applying them layered in the order they come (top to bottom), using smaller amounts of the darkest color while getting closer to the lash line and blending is what gives the prettiest and most polished results: no color screams at you, but there's a lot of depth and definition.
Flamboyantes, the shimmering stone color, is great for highlighting and dabbing in the inner corner of the eye. But I often skip it when going for a casual daytime look in favor of a simple nude eye shadow that opens up the eye area with less drama. The way to apply the other shades depends on the shape of your eye, crease and lid. It's impossible to give one-size-fits-all directions, because we all have different needs. My eyes are big, deep-set with a very visible upper lid. I apply Spectacle from the lashes up to just above the crease (in a half circle shape) and blend it upwards, then Enrichssant in the crease and Dynamique just above the lash line and wing it a outwards. Because Spectacle and Enrichssant aren't too dark, the look is especially flattering for my eye shape. Those who need to darken things in the crease would blend more Dynamique into the other colors. That's exactly what makes Le Metier de Beaute's Kaleidoscopes so great- they work with minor adjustments for just about anyone.
Over an eye primer, the eye shadows hold without fading or losing vibrancy from morning to night. While the texture is very soft and tends to disintegrates a little in the pan (as you can see in the photos taken after some use), there's no fallout on the face and application is very clean.
Le Metier de Beaute Le Cirque Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95)