Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Persephone Eye Kit

Some have asked me how and why I started blogging. There were several reasons why I started and I have many to thank for their inspiration and help getting me started. Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog occasionally asks for guest writers and being a regular reader, I thought it would be fun to submit an article to her.

At that time, about a year ago, I had recently discovered Le Metier de Beaute and I had scoured the web to find photos, swatches or reviews but could not find anything other than press release images and stock photos from Neimans and Bergdorfs online. I decided it would be fun to write about my thoughts on the products I had tried from the line to see if anyone else shared the same love.

My experience doing a guest post for her was so much fun as we wrote back and forth brainstorming ideas I decided to try and start my own. So I have Karen (among many others) to thank for helping me get started! This post is a spinoff of that post focusing on the Persephone Eye Kit by Le Metier de Beaute.


Those familiar with the line are well aware of their high quality, beautiful packaging and stunning colors. I can't say I love everything in the line, but most of the products I've tried I have fallen in love with. It's exclusivity makes it a bit difficult to locate and often times colors are sold out and are on back order due to the high demand.

They have a few kaleidoscope kits in the form of a stacked swivel type design with a flip top mirror. Very innovative, a bit bulky, a bit complicated to use, but fun nevertheless. The Persephone Eye Kit is no longer available, but it is one of the few kits that contained colors permanent from their regular line, so luckily you can still find these shades.


The colors include range from frost, to satin to matte:
  • Rose Champagne (frost) - a complex but soft shimmery pale rose-pink
  • Alexandrite (frost) - a beautiful a sparkly eggplant amethyst
  • Canvas (satin) - a soft, satin, neutral beige-yellow with subtle shimmer
  • Sequoia (matte) - a medium-dark chocolate brown


Rose Champagne:

Alexandrite:

Canvas:
Sequoia:


The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and easy to blend. My favorite shades are Rose Champagne and Canvas, but all shades work well together. What I typically do is:

  • Step 1: Use canvas on the lid (from lash to 1/2 way up the eye)
  • Step 2: Apply Alexandrite with a small shadow brush on the outer corners of the eye blending inward and up towards the middle of the eye
  • Step 3: Take a smudge brush, mix Alexandrite with Sequoia to line along upper lashes
  • Step 4: Take Rose Champagne with a light bluffly brush and blend over the eye from brow bone down to blend everything together

I like that the kit has a mix of neutral and cool making it extremely versatile to coordinate with other colors for lips and cheeks. Today's look combines the Persephone Eye Kit with the new Tenne Tint (reviewed here) and Ibiza Lipgloss (which I thought I had swatched but haven't yet).


Le Metier de Beaute was exclusively available at select Neimans and Bergdorf Goodman, but they are expanding their distribution. Check out their website for details on locations.

Do you have any favorites from the line? I'd love to hear your favorites :)

11 comments:

  1. I remember that post of yours on Karen's blog, at the time I had not heard of le metier.. I later found your blog when I was looking for Satin Taupe and Style snob comparisons... was completely amazed to find that you had thought to do all sorts of useful comparisons! Since then I have been hooked to your blog! :)

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  2. I love Le Metier and rely very heavily and the posts about the products because I'm in Australia and have to order it online.
    My favorite products are the devotion palette (beautiful rich colours), the precision liner (great inky black) and the tamarack dualistic eyeliner. I didn't like the foundation (it clogged my pores) and found the lip cremes to be the biggest disappointment. I bought framboise and papaye and found them both to be too opaque and thick - I felt they didn't look smooth on my lips. My next purchases will be more eyeshadows (I like the look of platinum and thunder) and I'd like to try the glosses.

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  3. oh i really wish i get my hands on these beautiful colours!!! i don't really care how you started blogging but i am soooooo glad that you did. you have such excellent taste and great collection of all the beautiful and often time, not-easily-obtained (affordable) for the general. and you are doing such a fine job.

    i am telling you that i no longer visiting some of the big name bloggers as they have tuned so commercialized that i don't know if they say what's on their mind or advertise for products anyway.

    but i know you are doing it for the passion and your tastefully done photographs are second to none. you know that i speak my mind. if it's crap, i bitch about it like there is no end. but if it's something good, i sing praises so loud that you can hear it across the ocean! :P

    i love your blog to pieces and don't you dare to stop blogging. i can't imagine!

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  4. Wow, that is beautiful!

    And how cool! I love Karen at MBB too but have yet to try for a guest post.

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  5. I love reading your blog and am so glad you were inspired to share your love for all things beauty! I have one request please...when you feature items that are discontinued or no longer available [the Le Metier de Beaute palette in today's post] it just creates longings for things we can't get or dupe--please focus your wonderful posts on things that are currently available so you can inspire a shopping wishlist that can be fulfilled. Thanks!

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  6. I was recently introduced to your blog and really enjoy it! I love Le Metier's Tamarack Eye Pencil. It's the most beautiful brown ever! It was on back order at Neiman Marcus for the longest time, but finally available again. Yay!

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  7. I've yet to try the Le Metier line. I am very thankful that you created your blog. I also thank Karen for introducing us to you. Keep up the great work lady.

    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Karen's site. I know her younger brother.

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  8. Thank you for your posts on Le Metier de Beaute! Just yesterday I was trying to find swatches online from this brand and you are the only one who has any! I bought their lipstick/stain in Palm Springs on a whim when I was rushing through Neimans in LA last month. I love it so much I can't wait to order more :) The problem is that the color they show online is so different from how the lipstick actually looks on me that I think swatches is the only way to have any idea the colors I'd be ordering. The only problem is that now, in addition to more lipstick, I also now want everything you have!

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  9. Pretty pretty packaging and I also love the shades. :) Thanks for this!

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  10. Hi ladies, sorry for the delay in responding to your comments, thank you for sharing some of your favorites with me!

    To the anonymous commenter who prefers current items. Hmmm - my blog's focus was intended to be on the hard to find. I will definitely try to accommodate your request, but note that I've received even more requests to write articles about HTF items that have long been discontinued too. So you can imagine my dilemma here.

    Luckily you can still purchase these shades individually. I actually like the individual compacts better. These kits can be a bit difficult to handle b/c of the size/bulkiness.

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  11. I still lust after this palette (I love goddess themed things, and unfortunately Le Metier came to the UK the next season, so we never got this collection) - I am very close to buying the individual shades, so thank you for the post!

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