I have to admit. When Mikey Castillo told me about his idea for a Kaleidoscope featuring the blackest black eyeshadow I was a tad bit skeptical if US consumers would buy into it. I was also excited about it because he spoke about the process to create the perfect black shadow with such enthusiasm and joy. I was drawn into his images of a woman using a little black shadow and deep dark lips similar to that look in Film Noir Cinema. The allure of mystery and nostalgia and glamour all combined into one Kaleidoscope was more than I could resist.
Fast forward one year and Mr. Castillo's dream has become reality. Enter stage right, Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. Oh how breathtaking the shades are. I was fortunate enough to have this sent to me for review. I am in awe of this Kaleidoscope and I have been wearing it daily for an entire week. For me to wear an eyeshadow palette devoid of taupe for a week straight is very unusual. So you know this has to be awesome.
Let's start with the shadows.
From Top to bottom
Nouvelle - a sheer mink negative. This shadow has hints of pink and gold in it. It makes a beautiful highlight color as well as a stunning allover wash of color.
Gamine - a satin pink celluloid. This angelic pink reminds me of Princess Bubblegum from the Adventure Time cartoon. If she were to wear one eyeshadow THIS would be it! I love the frostiness and pigmentation of this shadow. It's incredibly smooth and lightens up the eye without being glittery or too childish.
Icon - a silky matte Parisian mauve. The matte shadow is stunning all on it's own. The mauve looks amazing in matte. it really seems to give that old black and white film feel to the eye. Once you layer Gamine above it, the color transforms into something three dimensional and alluring.
Fin - a smoldering black carbon. This is the blackest black that ever blacked black. Blacker than MAC Carbon by a long ways and blacker than two other shadows from an Urban Decay Palette and a Giorgio Armani Palette I now see why Mr. Castillo went to all that effort to create this. The shadow is soft and slightly powdery. Fallout is inevitable when applying from brush to lid, but careful application will help a great deal.
Now I was not told exactly how to wear this Kaleidoscope, and I didn't ask. I wanted to experiment and see how it looked when I wore it different ways.
I tried wearing it layered, starting with Fin, then Icon, then Gamine and then Nouvelle over all of it and to highlight. It actually looked very good. The back was not as harsh because of the mauve matte shadow layered over it and the Frosty Gamine gave it depth.
Then I tried layering with with Icon then Gamine then Nouvelle to highlight and Fin in the outer V and to line the eye. Woah! That was a dramatic look. I ADORED it.
I tried varying the intensity of the Fin shadow and placement. Every look I came up with was a delicious smoky sultry look. I managed to make it a tad more conservative for the office, and I still felt that I was able to get across that Film Noir look that I believe Mr. Castillo was hoping to achieve.
I'm no expert at eyeshadow application, and you don't need to be either to wear this palette. By using the Couches de Couleur technique, the layering of color. This method works by patting colors one on top of another. The shadows cover the eyelid from lash line to crease. (But I go slightly above because of the way my eyes are set.) Your end result is what Le Metier calls their “red carpet smoky eye.” This method works best by using the Le Metier’s Kaleidoscope eyeshadow sets as the colors are meant to be applied in the order in which they appear in the palette bottom to top.
Let me make one thing very clear.
I do not normally wear black eyeshadow, nor do I normally wear pink eyeshadow. In fact. I do not own any pink shadow except for one lone Estee Lauder color. I think it makes my eyes look red and bloodshot. HOWEVER! When I wear this Kaleidoscope the black does not look too harsh or too"goth". The pink and mauve DO NOT make my eyes look bloodshot and red. I'm not sure how Le Metier de Beaute did it! Even Mr. Sith complimented me on my eye makeup one morning and he's hardly ever awake enough to comment on anything. That's gotta be worth something, right?
Do you NEED this? Well it's not available yet in stores, (Although the release date says September, so it will be out soon!) but it will be and when it is, it will retail for $95 USD. That's expensive. I know. I would have purchased this had a sample not been sent. Trust me. I would have made it mine once it hit the counters and I would have no buyers remorse at all. I'm kind of glad I'm reviewing this before it's out. That way, those of you that really want it can start saving up for it. And those that don't....well...you can just be happy looking at the pictures, right? If you want to pre-order the Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit you can call Kathy Shoreman from Neiman Marcus at 571-533-4972, and she can take your order. Oh and Neimans is also having their Beauty Event until September 6th. With a minimum purchase at Le Metier de Beaute, you can get a travel size Peau Vierge Tinted Luminizer! Sweet deal!
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