Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Join the Circus with Le Metier de Beaute's Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque

Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in le Cirque - £65
I have been raving about this kit for months even though I only saw it in person on Thursday because I could tell from the promo pictures that the colours would suit me, and probably every other woman on the planet. They seem to be universally flattering, with the perfect texture and they can be adapted for a day or evening look.

I like to think that if I had been let loose at the Le Metier counter and allowed to choose my favourite four colours, these would be it. I think you can tell I absolutely love this product!

The Kaleidoscope Eye Kits are what first drew me to the brand as I think the packaging is such a great idea and the size of the shadows is generous, along with the fabulous mixtures of colours. This kit is part of the Le Cirque Fall Collection, based around a circus theme. It features four colours and I would describe them as light taupe, a deeper taupe, a chocolate brown with a hint of red and jewel tone purple. All the shades have some shimmer to them and they look infinitely better than the way I am describing them.

Light Taupe

Dark Taupe

Chocolate Brown

Jewel Purple

I was fortunate that the makeup artist who did my makeup on Thursday Night, Mikey Castillo, was the designer of this very kit. I was unfortunate in that whilst saying how much I loved them, the one I had was not designed by him and was his least favourite. I still like it but it was apparently designed for Vogue so is more fashionable than wearable. As I had the opportunity to quiz Mikey, I was interested in how he chose the colours for the kits, his inspiration and how long the whole process took.

To explain the theory behind the kaleidoscopes, Mikey used the charming analogy of an artist painting the ocean. He said that you would never just paint it one shade of blue as it would look flat. For it to come alive you need to add dimension and that is what Mikey seeks to achieve for the eyes with the Kaleidoscope Eye Kits. He admitted that all his celebrity clients avoid high fashion looks and just ask him for something that will enhance their natural eye colour. The Kaleidoscope Eye Kits are what he turns to in order to provide this.

Swatches left to right: light taupe, dark taupe, chocolate
brown, jewel purple - the picture makes the shadows look
a little chalky but in reality they are shimmery and butter
 In every kit he says he mixes a warm tone, a cool tone, a feminine tone and a jewel tone. When it is just reeled off like that you may think it wouldn't work, but somehow (in my experience) it always does. He knows his stuff. Apparently Mikey designed the Le Cirque kit over a year ago and he's just finished the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. I can't wait to see what the Holiday 2010 Collection looks like, Mikey said the Eye Kit is made up of cooler tones to be in line with Christmas Colours, but I have no idea when it will be released. I will try to find out tomorrow and post the answer in the comments section.

Back to Le Cirque. The four colours could easily be worn alone,especially the two taupes, but the Le Metier de Beaute technique is to layer from top to bottom, called Couche de Coleurs. On me, Mikey used the Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne smudged all over the lid first to emphasise the colour and help the powder shadows adhere better to the lid. He then patted the lightest shade all over the lid and up to just below the brow bone. He was very keen on emphasising the patting motion for best results. The darker taupe was then applied starting from the lashline up to the crease. Then came the brown on the lid and finally the purple around the lashline. This gave an easy to wear but sophisticated look.

Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne - £25

He said you could intensify it by going higher with the darker shades for evening. The eyes were then finished with the Champagne Pencil smudged under the lower lashline and on the lower inner rim, black liquid liner on the upper lashes (more about that in a future post) and two coats of Aubergine Mascara. Et voila. It really brought out the green in my eyes.

Swatches of Champagne Dualistic Eye Pencil - drawn as a line
and smudged out (looks prettier in person)
I think this is my favourite beauty product that I have bought this year and I am sure that it will be the one I will get the most use of. I'm not fantastic at complicated eye makeup but I think it is a credit to this product that two days after my makeover, I was able to perfectly recreate the look myself as the Eye Kit is such a dream to apply. It's lovely on its own, but I do think that the use of the Dualistic Champagne Eye Pencil as a base adds that little bit extra as the pencil has a hint of mauve in it which works wonderfully with the Le Cirque shades.

The Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque is available from Liberty and Selfridges in the UK for £65.


  1. Lovely colours, very beautiful, chic and wearable. Especially like the champagne pencil. Thankyou for this. Jan x

  2. Wonderful review! I also like the looks of the champagne pencil! x jeanie

  3. You've convinced me that I know need the champagne pencil. Love your review, you were very specific in explaining things.