Monday, November 21, 2011

Le Métier de Beauté Come One, Come All Kaleidoscope Eye Kit


Le Métier de Beauté Come One, Come All Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95) was recently released as an exclusive to Nordstrom Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Many thanks to Best Things in Beauty who told us all about this the morning it was released for the Trend Show. She provided detailed descriptions, contact information, swatches and photos and I called to order as soon as I saw it. The colors & descriptions (thanks to Charleston Girl for providing the names as well since the kits don't have names on them):
  • Haute Honey is a glistening warm champagne gold
  • Tawni Taupe is a shimmering frosted taupe with gold shimmer and slight olive tones
  • Montgomery Mauve is a mauve reddish purple
  • Bethesda Brown is a deep brown with gold flecks

Haute Honey

Tawni Taupe

Montgomery Mauve

Bethesda Brown

It took a little over a week to arrive from the East Coast and when it did, it took my breath away. I was however slightly let down for two reasons: 1) The kit contains yet another warm burgandy/plum/mauve shade which I feel are in too many Le Métier Eye Kits (I find these difficult to wear on my eyes, even with layering). 2) I found that three of the four colors are duplicates from other kaleidoscope kits, Splendid Frost from last holiday and Silk Road from this past fall. Makeup Magpie has also identified the same dupes. I highly recommend you check out her beautiful photos and swatches on her blog to see them on different skintones. (I did not photograph my swatches of the dupes but they are indeed identical. You can click for larger viewing.)


I applied this on the eyes as soon as it arrived using the Le Métier couches de couleur method of layering from top shade in the kit to the bottom color. The result: unexpectedly gorgeous. Yes, I detest warm reddish shades, but layering these colors resulted in a really stunning eye look (not to sound vain, but the color combination is really astounding). So I take back part of my pouty attitude, the colors are really very wearable. I wore this kit every day for the last week. I still cannot take good eye pics so I tried to layer on my arm to show you how they look mixed. I love the convenience of this kit.




At this time I do not know if the kit is still available but check out Best Things in Beauty for the contact info for the counter. If you have Silk Road and Splendid Frost, I don't think you need this one. I still haven't found a good dupe for the top shade although it reminds me of Chantecaille's Rose Gold Eyeshadow (currently missing in action, I'm just disorganized at the moment).

Even with the dupes, many might ask: was it worth the $95? I think so, but I could have lived without this. Curiosity got the best of me. Still, I adore it and I would have never thought to combine the colors together like they are in this palette. The versatility of this palette is amazing. I think that Come One, Come All should have been released for fall instead of Silk Road since it appears to be more neutral and universally flattering. Silk Road is indeed gorgeous, but a bit difficult to pull off because it's so warm (at least in my mind but of course I still caved even though I did not review/feature it).

Many have been asking if I will order Dustin's new kit from Bergdorfs (see preview on Messy Wands). I'm still undecided. That rust-shade scares me but every NY girl tells me it warms up the look wonderfully. I'm still not sold ... yet.

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19 comments:

  1. Love this review! I feel the same way about the reddish brown in nearly every kit. I feeI I can pass on the these two kaleidoscopes (as I have a few other kaleidoscopes like Splendid Frost), however the layering result is amazing.

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  2. One of my readers, who has Silk Road, wrote me about the two bottom shades. I didn't purchase Silk Road, so I couldn't do the compare at home. Now that I have looked at them side-by-side in the store, I think she (and you) are right). The shades look the same to me.

    I believe she returned Come One, Come All.

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  3. This reminds me quite a bit of the colours in the MAC Festive Frost Face kit!

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  4. I was feeling really sad for myself that I had missed Come One, Come All (mainly for that taupe shade.. haha). But not so much any more since most of the shades are apparently somewhat dupe-able. I adore your blended swatch. Beautiful!

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  5. I completely agree with you that Le Metier should've released this as fall collection instead of Silk Road. I really want this one but I don't know if it is still available.

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  6. It looks like LMdB is succumbing to the pressure of creating new kaleidoscopes and, in the process, is resorting to repromotes just like many other brands. That three of the four colors have already been issued is a terrible disappointment and a blow to LMdB's image of being ultra creative. There is simply no reason to pay $95 to get one new color and there is simply no reason for LMdB to try to pass something like this off as being a unique creation when it so obviously isn't.

    Perhaps LMdB rationalizes their shameless sameness by saying that they are offering the colors in a different combination for layering. But you know what? Women do that all the time with their various palettes and singles. It's not exactly a creative wasteland here in consumerville!

    I don't necessarily mind repromotes when they are clearly labeled. That way I can easily decide if it's something I want to get or if it's something I already have. The easy fix is for LMdB to christen each color with a name and then stick to it.

    Sorry for this rant, but I'm becoming rather weary of LMdB's unimaginative attempt to be imaginative :-(

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  7. I was really annoyed that Come One, Come All shared two dupes with Silk Road. I think it's especially egregious since Silk Road was released only a few months ago. For such an expensive palette, there is no excuse for this. I returned Come One, Come All, and frankly the experience has put me off LMdB.

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  8. I am loving the gradation, blended swatch you did on the right of your forearm. It is a lovely collection.

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  9. I also ordered this palette after Charleston Girl's excellent review. I LOVE IT. I have worn it every day since it arrived- a rarity for fickle me!! It gives me the absolutely perfect neutral eye. I can do subtle or dramatic, warmer or cooler, depending on application technique and layers of color. A-MA-ZING.
    I was actually about to order Silk Road, but now I'm hesitant. I'm not as disappointed with lMdB as others though, as this wasn't a huge release, this was a small exclusive for one store. They couldn't really be expected to come out with completely unique shades for every pan of these little releases. It isn't like they did national roll-outs for two palettes that shared two shades. That would be questionable, but this, nah, I'm over it. But I will skip Silk Road!!

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  10. I wonder if I can recreate with some rose gold (I need to rummage my stash) shadow, LMDB Bordeaux or Fig, Crystal Ball and Nars Mekong. I want the kaleidoscope but I don't want to pay for shipping. Besides, I've decided to take a stance against LMDB's counter-specific exclusive practice.

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  11. Thanks, Sabrina. On my monitor Tawni Taupe looks like "Flamboyante" and "Spectacle," the top two colors in the Le Circe Kaleidoscope, perhaps a little warmer. Can you verify if you have the time?

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  12. Liz - you can call the counter (info on Best Things in Beauty linked above) to check availability.

    LuckyRedLisa - thank you for your thoughts. I agree, it was a counter-specific small release so I'm not quite as upset as others about the dupes. The upside is those who missed out don't have to worry if they have other kits. I think you can safely skip Silk Road.

    Ava, I don't have them on hand but I did check at home, Tawni Taupe is very different. The shades from Le Cirque are more green (like MAC Vex) and more grey (like more of a silvery cool grey versus gold shimmer).

    The photograph does flash a bit of green because of the gold. I recommend you check out Makeup Magpie's swatches/photos, they might look more accurate/true to life on your screen.

    Charlestongirl - even with the dupes, I'm still very thankful I have this because of your dedication to let us know about the latest and greatest. Thank you!

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  13. I don't have splendid frost or silk road so this was perfect for me. Love it (though I still haven't used the darkest shade on my super pale skin)!

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  14. I like this better than Silk Road but was disappointed that two of the colors are the same. I'll get more wear out of this one though.
    Your swatches are just gorgeous!

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  15. Hi Sabrina, Love your photos!! Thanks so much for the kind mention. I was a bit disappointed at first like you, but am grateful to now have a backup of that taupe & I like the pale gold a lot, although I haven't tried it on my eyes yet (I am sometimes so slow to put my new things into practice!) I think I'll give it a go tomorrow and layer the colors as you mentioned :)

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  16. I am so sad! So sad!!
    1. I have silk road
    2. I have splendid frost
    3. I have city girl (lmdb hong kong exclusive)

    City girl contains the first two shades in Come One, Come All so I bought a super expensive palette that contains eyeshadows I already own!!! :(

    That said, your swatches are define and I have to say that you're my favourite blogger :D

    Xo Cindy (A Girl's Guide to Makeup)

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  17. Your blended swatch is absolutely amazing Sabrina! I have this kaleidoscope too and gave it a first try yesterday. Your swatch makes me want to go back upstairs and put it on right now :D
    Jane x

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  18. Sabrina, I just received Dustin's new kit. I know you are on the fence because of the rust color so I wanted to share with you that, in my opinion, the taupe in the kit is the same as the taupe in Splendid Frost and the taupe in Come One Come All. This may help to make up your mind. The dusty pink color and the dark bluish silver are beautiful though. If there are any left, that is.

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