Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Powder Brush





There are several techniques for applying face powder; deciding which one to use often depending on the desired result and effect. There are even more types of powder brushes. Most of my top favorite powder brushes are ones with a dense flat head (Hakuhodo 527, Stila #21) that pushes the powder into the skin so it doesn't accumulate. This is, of course, more of a setting technique. Finishing often means getting a gossamer airbrushed look and diffusing any obvious lines (Hakuhodo Large Angled Face Brush, Louise Young LY07, NARS Botan or Ita). There's also the need to flick any extra loose powder before it settles (that's where something like Sue Devitt's powder brush becomes essential- it's so small enough not to go get into areas where it's not needed).

I've only had this Le Metier de Beaute Powder Brush a couple of weeks now and washed it exactly twice so far. But as it's quickly becoming a favorite and since I'm trying to fit in as many individual brush reviews before I start posting my brush guides hall of fame lists, I figured I can talk about this LMdB brush and at least explain why it's so great.




The Le Metier de Beaute Powder Brush is on the big and fluffy side, though not as humongous as my Louise Young. The head is only slightly curved, so there's a lot of contact with the skin if you press it parallel to your face. Thus, it does as good a job at pushing powder as a flat top.  The Le Metier brush is well-packed and very soft. You can see it's close in size and shape to Smashbox #2 and Bobbi Brown Face Blender. However, it's much softer and has a tighter feel. All the reasons that made me think both Smashbox and Bobbi's were nice but not quite perfect are now even more apparent, as I have a brush that got it absolutely right, making it a wonderfully versatile tool both for a good powdering and for finishing, buffing and airbrushing.

The brush feels great to hold and handle, even though it's on the short side, as are all Le Metier de Beaute makeup brushes. It's made of natural goat hair and is balanced enough to be a proper power tool. The quality and craftsmanship is great and I've experienced no bleeding during bath time.

Bottom Line: superb.

Le Metier de Beaute Powder Brush ($65) is available from Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and select Nordstrom locations as well as online. I received mine free of charge from the company.

All photos are mine.

12 comments:

  1. I wanted this brush so badly, but opted for the blush brush by LMDB. Who knows, I'll probably still buy this brush at some point. Their quality is unparalleled and I don't mind investing in good products that I know will last me years to come. Thanks for the reminder on this brush. I'm still very much looking forward to your epic brush review!

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  2. I had this for a fleeting moment. This brush I have to agree is amazing. I gave it to my mom before it came out of the box (who loves it). Still haven't been able to get myself to buy one again since I already own so many. Thanks for the wonderful review and your brush series!

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  3. I just recently got my first LMDB brush (the large concealer) and I absolutely love it. I think I am on the market for more of LMDB brushes as the quality is really amazing. I love the shape of this brush. I agree with Jenn putting in the investment is ok when you know it will last forever!

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  4. I need a new powder brush and this sounds lovely. I have the chantecaille one but it really doesn't mattify enough for me. It's so flimsy!

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  5. HDtM, The blush brush is fabulous. Review coming soon...

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  6. Sabrna, funny, I'm considering buying one for my mom, too.

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  7. N., yes, brushes are a worthy investment. I'm always frustrated to hear/see women applying expensive makeup with flimsy/inadequate brushes.

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  8. ketoglutarat, I hope you get one soon :)

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  9. L2S, From what I've seen so far, Chantecaille does better with eye brushes than face brushes.

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  10. Would this replace your kabuki brushes? Thanks!

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  11. Jesselyn, Kabuki brushes have their place. In my case there's no "replacing" because I test so many products with many textures and always look for the best option for each item. However, the LMdB powder brush can be the one if you're only going to choose a single brush.

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