Legendary Black

I did a review on Le Metiér de Beauté a while ago, but never used the shadows in a blog post until now.  My review wasn’t too glowing.  Not that the shadows aren’t nice (some shades are hit and miss), but they aren’t nice enough to command the price tag.  Out of the ones I purchased, there are a couple that I really like and use regularly…Jojo is one of them.  It’s one of those great all over wash shades.  This look also features another Pro Longwear Mac Shadow.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eye brow Crayon – Spiked
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Base: Mac Nubile Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Orb
Inner Corner: Mac Gilded White Pencil
Lid: Le Metiér de Beauté – Jojo
Outer Corner: Mac Pro Longwear – Legendary Black
Crease: Mac Saddle and Corduroy
Upper Crease: Mac Brown Script
Upper Lash Line: Urban Decay – Blackout
Lower Lash Line: Mac Pro Longwear – Legendary Black
Urban Decay – Blackout
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay – Blackout
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
Get This Look:

I applied Urban Decay’s Primer Potion with my finger and used a Sigma 239 brush to put on the Nubile Paint Pot.  Nubile is a new Paint Pot by Mac that came out in an earlier collection, but it is still available on Mac’s website.  Using a Laura Mercier eye crease brush, I blended Saddle into the crease and Corduroy into the outer edge of the crease.  With the same brush, I lightly applied Brown Script above the brown shades so that it is peaking out.

Using a Hakuhodo shader brush, I put Jojo on to the inner two-thirds of my lid and up to the crease colors.  Using the other side of the brush, I applied Legendary Black to the outer third of my lid concentrating the color near the lash line and blending up.  I also blended this shade below the lower lash line.

To keep the upper lash line looking smokey, I chose a black eye shadow for a liner.  The blackest shadow I own is Urback Decay’s Blackout.  I also brought this black shade to the lower lash line and onto the outer edge of my lower waterline.

See the Le Metier de Beaute post for a swatch of Jojo.

Le Métier De Beauté – True Colour Eyeshadow

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.