Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Le Metier De Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Chinoiserie Azure

Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in
Chinoiserie Azure
This is my first ever purchase from Le Metier De Beaute and I can see myself making many more (funds depending). I had never heard of the brand before I started reading beauty blogs and I was really intrigued by the kaleidoscope concept - the internal stacking system.

Ultimately, I decided I would like to try the Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque, but as I don't live in London and it is still not available on the Selfridges or Liberty website, I thought I would go out of my comfort zone and try another colour.

I was initially very put off the Chinoiserie Azure kit (the name is a mouthful) by the very vivid blue colour, I had visions of turning into a Pat Butcher lookalike. I took a closer look, well as close as you can when ordering online, at the other three colours and they seemed wearable and also colours I didn't already own, so I took a leap of faith.

The kit arrived a few days ago and I loved the design and the bottom three shades, but the top blue scared me. Being the coward I am, I put it back in its box and it is only today that I properly tried it out. From the top down, the shades are a deep, cool blue, a golden teal (my favourite), a very light golden copper and a rich navy that leans towards violet.

Top shade: Deep blue

Golden teal

Golden Copper


I'll admit that I have not tried to apply the blue, I'm really not too sure what to do with it so if anyone has any ideas do let me know. I used the other three shades, layered, with the darkest used dry on the lower lashline and wet on the upper lashline, and I am thrilled with the result. This is a very different eye look for me, I normally chicken out and go for varying shades of taupe, and at a push, brown, but these colours work beautifully together. I would never have thought to put them together like this myself, so it just shows that the kaleidoscope idea is a good one.

The colours are the easiest I have come across to blend and this made it quite quick to do what looks like a fairly complicated eye. I have taken photos of the design of the product, the individual shades in the pan and swatches slightly blended on the skin and more intense on the fingertips. The shades are so much more interesting in real life than in the photos, they have a lot more depth to them, so it was hard to do them justice.

Swatches left to right = top to bottom in the palette

Left to right: navy, blue, teal, copper
I am really impressed with this kit and with the Le Metier de Beaute foundation that came with this order (I got the lightest shade). I'll post about that another time as there will be no new beauty products for a while (after my birthday) due to my blowing my budget on Venomous Villians. Rest assured though I have a lot of items still to get through post wise so I will strive to still show you or discuss something different everyday.

The final big plus point for me about this kit is that I finally have an eye look that makes Tom Ford's Pink Dusk look good on me, a miracle! I will certainly be trying to send my London dwelling brother on a trip to Selfridges to try to get the Le Cirque Kaleidoscope Eye Kit for me.

Le Metier De Beaute is now available from both Liberty and Selfridges in the UK and this palette is sold online at Liberty for £55.


  1. I have a big lemming for this (golden teal is screaming at me)- I just dipped my brush into the brand and so far it's just over the top lovely. I have a single shadow in Corinthian and just ordered Spicy (can't wait till it arrives). If you love taupe do check out Corinthian- it's gorgeous! Thanks for adding more fire to my lemming with this post!


  2. Hi Jeanie,
    Glad you like Le Metier de Beaute, I would never have found it if I hadn't seen it on other blogs. Golden teal wss definitely what drew me to this, it offset the slightly intimidating blue. I will go check out Corinthian online, although I can't afford/justify anything more until November at the very, very earliest X

  3. This is gorgeous. I didn't see this in the US. The golden teal is fabulous. If you haven't tried their layering technique you really should. The way I'd personally use this is the dark bottom shade first, then the golden copper over that, last the golden teal. I have a lot of reviews of Le Metier on my blog since it's my favorite brand.

  4. Hi Marcia, thanks for your suggestion. I will defintely try the colours out the way you describe. Just heading to your blog now to check out more Le Metier products. Only just tried them and I can see them being a firm favourite!

  5. These are really beautiful colours! I know what you mean about the blue but have you given it a try layering with the other colours? I know often the 'odd one out in the palette looks amazing using the couches de couleur technique.

    Sorry, I just realised Marcia was saying the same thing! Anyway, lovely post and thank you for sharing your thoughts abd swatches.
    Jane x