Le Métier De Beauté is a fairly new, complete high-end cosmetics line. The eyeshadows have been getting rave reviews on various blogs that I like and I got sucked in. You’d think the price tag would scare me away. $30 each (0.13 oz / 3.8g)!!! Fortunately or unfortunately, tax return money gave me more courage to dive into this line.
The shadows are supposed to be finely milled with a silky feel and have superior blendability with outstanding color payoff. The shadows also have a signature layering technique the line calls Couches de Couleur. This allows the user to layer colors without it turning muddy.
I can’t say how underwhelmed I am with these shadows. It’s sad really because I paid so much for them and every other review I read was glowingly positive. Perhaps my bar was set too high? The texture and pigmentation of the shadows I purchased varied greatly and also varied by application type. As you can see from the pictures, one of the shadow pans arrived completely unattached from the case!! Thankfully, the shadow itself didn’t crack or break. In my belief, that is not a shipping issue. I don’t expect a shadow I paid $30 for to arrive completely unglued; very disappointing.
Most of the textures are smooth (Goldstone, Spicy), some are smoother than others (Jojo, Alexandrite) and some felt completely gritty (Midnight Sky). Alexandrite, Chameleon and Fire Lily had the best pigmentation, Lapis had the worst. I had to build up the color a lot to get a good swatch. Fire Lily applies so much better with my finger than a brush, which was weird. With a brush, the shade is a very sheer, red sparkly mess. The shades do swatch true to the color in the pan, but unlike some brands I have (INGLOT, Fyrinnae) I had to build up the color.
One of the pictures shows the brightly colored shades layered with the neutral shades. This is the most interesting thing about these shadows. All good shadows can blend with other shades and depending on the colors chosen, can create another color on the eye (yellow with blue will create green for example). This is different. You can change the color, but you don’t lose the depth of either color. It’s hard to explain, but take a peek at the pictures. I must say this is pretty nice twist, but not worth $30. Especially when you can find an entire shadow cheaper in the same shade you’re trying to create.
Try these shades out at the counter first before buying. The line is sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.