I could leave it at that but I doubt that would really help anybody or give any insight into the wonderful world of Le Metier de Beaute.
Some of you may recall my rather neurotic post yesterday about heading to Selfridges in London. Le Metier de Beaute, and more specifically their Director of Makeup Mikey Castillo, was the reason for the journey. To use the words of L'Oreal, it was worth it!
I braved a two hour train journey at rush hour, and my poor mother had to push me in a wheelchair all the way from St Pancras to Oxford Street, so expectations were high. I haven't been to London in years, let alone an event at Selfridges so I was a little overwhelmed and a lot nervous. I needn't have been though as everyone was lovely and I was immediately placed in the expert hands of makeup maestro Mickey Castillo. He had only just flown in from LA but you would never have guessed it from his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the brand. Here is a man who clearly loves makeup.
|Me in the capable hands of Mikey Castillo|
However, the opportunity to be made up by a world renowned makeup artist was too good to miss. I had tried a couple of Le Metier de Beaute products before, the foundation and Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (unfortunately I owned the one Mikey hadn't designed himself and didn't really like, oops), and thought they were excellent quality, but I was intrigued as to what more the brand had to offer and how to make the most out of the products I had.
- Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque - £65
- Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Noir - £25
- Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne - £20
I was thrilled that Mikey chose to work with the Le Cirque Eye Kit as it was the item I was most drawn to. My brother had picked me one up from Liberty last weekend but I have yet to get my hands on it. Although I had heard about the famous Le Metier de Beaute 'Couche de Couleurs 'layering technique that is recommended with these kits, I was keen to be shown how to master it by a professional.
|The Couche de Couleur technique used on my eyes|
A great example of this is their liquid eyeliner. As M&S would say, 'this is not just any liquid eyeliner', this is in a pen form designed by none other than Mont Blanc. It gives a beautiful thin line, the best I have ever seen from this kind of product. So good I got two of them. Even the foundation brush is slanted with specially packed bristles so that it hugs the contours of the face and avoids that streaky look so many can give.
To be blunt, I could write a book on all the things Mikey told me in just 45 minutes. I spent the entire makeover desperately trying to remember his words of wisdom on product ingredients, technique, inspiration, everything! Even before I got the chance to meet him, I knew that Le metier de Beaute was my kind of brand from the moment I set eyes on the innovative kaleidoscope design and felt the divine texture of the eye colours, as well as the imaginative and unusual colour combinations.
Sorry this has turned into a dissertation type post but as you can tell, I really enjoyed my trip out yesterday and I wanted to get across just how impressed I was with the brand (not to mention the whole of Selfridges Beauty Hall!). Hopefully I won't leave it so long now before I head to London again for more beauty shopping and I won't have a sleepless night beforehand!
A big thank you to Mikey and the rest of his team as well as Lisa for organising the event. If this post has whetted your appetite, you live in London and can get to Selfridges, Mikey is holding some master classes on Wednesday 3rd November and as if that wasn't enough to get your attention, the first 5 customers to book in and bring a friend will receive a fabulous 4 piece goody bag.
|The beautiful display in the Beauty Hall of Selfridges, London|
Le Metier de Beaute is now available at Selfridges as well as Liberty, both in store and online, giving you twice the opportunities to try it out and see why I and many other bloggers am raving about it so much.