The creative team of Le Metier de Beaute is full of people nicer than me: the New York City winter inspires them to create beautiful colors, while I can only come up with foul language to describe the weather of the last couple of days. If you've been to the city yesterday and felt the windchill you know what I mean. But, seriously, the magic of NYC during the holiday season is unlike anything else in the world. And it is, indeed, gorgeous.
Le Metier de Beaute holiday 2010 Eye Kaleidoscope is a limited edition of four eye shadow colors that can be worn alone or layered in Le Metier's Couches de Couleurs layering technique- you start with the lightest color in the Kaleidoscope and add a little of each shade one on top of the other, blending them together to create depth and dimension. Of course, you can play with different combination, change the layering order to suit your creativity and generally have fun. That's why I love Le Metier's Kaleidoscopes so much- they appeal to my inner little girl playing with makeup.
So what's in this Holiday 2010 Eye Kaleidoscope?
First, please note that the press sample I got is not the actual packaging you'll find at the stores. The Holiday Kaleidoscope comes in a festive white frosted case.
Now to the colors (from top to bottom):
Crystal Ball is described as "platinum champagne", but I'd say it's significantly darker than most champagne shades and is actually more on the taupe side.If I ever hit pan here, it'd be on this color.
Empire is a matte gray, comparable to several Bobbi Brown eye shadows I've seen and owned, very soft and pliable. Used alone it can become my go-to soft smoky eye color.
Rockette is shimmery warm pink with peachy leanings and gold flecks. I'm so going to try it as a blush, but I already noticed how amazing it is layered with Crystal Ball. I think I prefer it as the base color, but honestly, it works either way.
Sugar Plum is the glam evening shade of this set. Dark blue with pink and purple shimmery flecks, it takes the look an extra step. Several of Le Metier de Beaute's recent seasonal Kaleidoscope had a gorgeous blue color, and you can see why. They have a knack for blue.
Le Metier de Beaute's Holiday 201 Eye Kaleidoscope ($125) is a limited edition, available at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus locations. The press sample I have was sent for my consideration by the company's PR.
All photos are very much mine. Using any of them without my consent will unleash loads of bad karma, not to mention make me cranky, and I can hold a grudge like you'd never believe it. Just sayin'.