Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit- Review, Pictures, Swatches

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope

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.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague

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
Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Nouvelle

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.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Gamine
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.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Icon

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.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Fin
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. 

Black Eyeshadow Comparison

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.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague

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?

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Swatches

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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  1. This looks gorgeous on you! I've been stalking the website waiting to get my hands on this one!

    1. I think this would look amazing on you Brooke.

  2. I can't justify buying it at that price when all I want is the black. But oh do I want that black. I'm so sick of sheer and/or dark grey shadows masquerading as black.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. I wish they would release the black as a single color!

  3. Wow! This is absolutely stunning. I love the matte mauve and that black is truly one of a kind.

  4. This is so gorgeous! And, I collect matte black eyeshadows. hmmmmm.

  5. Oh wow, that is very black indeed. I love that!

  6. Drooling over the palette. Yikes-ing over that price tag (although it's Le Metier, duh). The mauve is stunning! *glances at empty walette, slowing backing away from blog post...*

  7. That is bloody gorgeous. I can see that I will be spending my cash on that...

  8. WOW!!! I AM IN AWE!!! Jeez I hope we get it in the store soon - I think we will get it in either the end of this week or next week. Because it is a small artisan cosmetic company, their shipping isn't as massive and clockwork as the huge conglomerates.

    So IMPRESSED by your review, swatches and EYE!!!!



  9. I love your swatches and eye. This is going to be a gorgeous palette once it's in my hot little hands.

  10. That black eyeshadow is freakin AMAZING!

  11. I guess I'd better start saving up for that then ;)

  12. You had me at your first eye look. SO stunningly gorgeous. So basically...what Replica said. ;)

  13. Well, I must say I also avoid pink eyeshadows, generally speaking, because most are unflattering. HOWEVER, this is clearly an example of a flattering, beautiful pink shadow! These might be my favorite colors you've featured on your eyes, and I'm not even usually partial to the smokey look :)

  14. Thank you for combining two of my faovrite things, Adventure Time and LMdB, into a blog post. This pallet does look amazing, I can't wait to see it in person!

  15. Wow, you have the best swatches on the interweb!! :P

    I kinda dismissed the palette before but now i want it (eventhough i have a sneaking suspicion that the first and third tier are dupes)


  16. Oh my! Gorgeousness! :) The shades look so pigmented and soft. Thanks for posting :)


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