|Le Metier de Beaute Eye Kaleidoscope in Modernist Merlot|
|Second colour (doubles as a cheek colour)|
|Swatches left to right: Le Metier Fiji Lipstick, Le Metier Modernist Merlot Kaleidoscope from bottom to top (this picture was taken in artificial light so really doesn't show the colours in the best way)|
Le Metier's top makeup artist Mikey Castillo says women always ask hi8m for makeup to bring out the natural colour of their eyes and this is partly how the kaleidoscopes are created. The use of warm and cool, subtle and vibrant shades layered together attracts attention to the eye colour, not the eyeshadow, and according to Mikey, this is the most flattering and anti ageing makeup look. From the photos you should be able to see that what you are immediately drawn to is the green of my eyes, not so much the colour surrounding them. I love makeup that makes me look better, rather than overpowers my face, so this kaleidoscope (like most Le Metier products) gets the thumbs up from me!
|Modernist Merlot applied to the eyes (top down)|
Here are a few photos of Modernist Merlot applied to the eyes and cheeks. The other products used were:
- Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation
- Clinique Airbrush Concealer
- Chanel Imitable Mascara in Purple
- Le Metier de Beaute Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Blonde
- Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Lipstick in Fiji
|Modernist Merlot applied to cheeks and eyes, Fiji on the lips|
|Modernist Merlot applied to the cheeks and eyes, Fiji on the lips|
The second shade works really well as a cheek colour and has far less of a brown undertone when on the skin. After I'd applied the eye makeup, I thought I would go for my favourite lip colour, a pinky mauve, Nars Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil but it didn't work. The look felt too much, a bit old fashioned, so I paired it with a new find, my only Le Metier lipstick which I'd originally given to my mother but recently stole back. I normally do my utmost to shy away from warm colours, especially on the lips, but this shade, Fiji, somehow just works. It is quite hard to describe as it isn't your average pink. It is mid tone and very warm, but instead of brown used to warm it up, it looks more like it has a yellower base. It even has a hint of coral to it. Not sure if that makes any sense but it is the best I can do! Overall, I really love it paired with the Modernist Merlot palette.
I'm not sure if Modernist Merlot is still available in the US, but if one comes up on eBay or Makeup Alley, I would highly recommend it, especially if you have green eyes like me. I know I will get enough use out of it to justify the cost. The lipstick I think is part of the permanent Le Metier range so that is definitely available in America. I find the formula very comfortable to wear and long lasting, leaving a good stain once the main colour has worn off. I can't wait to try some of the other colours, Uma Paro looks particularly unusual.
Le Metier de Beaute is available in the US from Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. The Kaleidoscopes normally cost approximately £65. You lucky Americans!