Saturday, December 29, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit


Le Métier de Beauté's latest is the Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95, limited-edition). It's a stunning palette of rich shimmers in both warm and cool shades. Initial thoughts were that this was an odd combination, but knowing the genius of Le Métier de Beauté's creations, I decided to order anyways. I ordered sight unseen from Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills thanks to a tutorial/preview featured online at Zuneta (thanks Café Makeup for sending the link).

The shades are not individually named in the palette, although names are listed online:
  • Level 1 is called Axiom: sublime bronzed umber. It's a warm bronzey-golden shimmer.
  • Level 2 is called Graphic: silver liquid metal. This is a frosted pale silver metallic.
  • Level 3 is called Crucible: rich pomegranate. This shade is a warm metallic wine.
  • Level 4 is called Genre: deep gunmetal. This a frosted silvery gunmetal.

Individual close ups of each layer below.





The only shade that really appealed to me was the top golden bronze, however using the Le Métier layering technique gives a truly stunning smokey eye. It's perfect for a sultry night time look. Blending the shades will make it suitable for day as well, but to me, this has more of a night-time feel.


In comparing other shades and kits, I do believe you can achieve a similar effect with existing shades. There are very close similarities between Bauhaus and Bordeaux, Thunder, Silk Road kit, and Antiquite Poupee kit. I wouldn't say there are exact dupes - but shades that are indeed very close.
  • Level 1, Axiom has more warmth/red than Spicy (which is more golden)
  • Level 2, Graphic, I suspect is similar to other silvers (I don't own any silvers from Le Metier)
  • Level 3, Crucible is a mix between Silk Road's Level 3 and Bordeaux
  • Level 4, Genre is a more intense/deeper/metallic version of Thunder (more satiny) and Antique Poupee (has more of a blueish/silvery sheen)

Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus is a stunning palette. I have to say I'm very impressed with the color combinations since they aren't anything I would have imagined to try on my own. Be sure to check out a few other reviews and eye looks:
Bauhaus is fairly versatile. I used it with a soft pink cheek (Chanel's Rose Intiale) and nude-pink lips (Tom Ford Pink Dusk + Le Metier Sweet Creme Lip Gloss). On another occasion it worked well with a soft bronzey-nude blush (MAC Tenderling over Laguna Multiple) and nude-pink perle lips (Chanel Perle Rouge Coco). Bottom line love.

10 comments:

  1. love these colors... LMdB does such a good job with their shadows.

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  2. I was very close to picking this palette up, but at this point I have so many LMdB kaleidoscopes and single eyeshadows it's really hard to justify another. Your comparison photo reassured me that I made the right choice. :) Thank you!

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  3. Bauhaus is such a stunning palette! I've been wearing it a lot over the holidays and find that with a light hand it works beautifully for daytime. I would never have thought the bronze and silver would make a pretty taupe when layered together but they do haha, and then I smoke out my outer corners with the other two shades. It's really a surprisingly versatile palette considering my first thought when I saw it was of Olympic medals!

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  4. Gorgeous. May have to purchase to please the inner (novice) design nerd in me!

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  5. Beautiful design and so tempting. I love the shade Crucible.

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  6. This really is a most unusual Kaleidoscope. Looking at the single shades incorporated in this K'scope, I was thinking NO thank you! However, the combination of the shades on the eye is truly fantastic. An added extra is that the texture of the shadows in this K'scope is better than ever. I was SOOOOO close to letting it pass and I am SOOOO glad that I didn't!! Thanks for a great post on a very lovely Kaleidoscope. Sweetmakeuptemptations.com also has a couple of lovely layering pics of Bauhaus. Actually,...just check out her blog in general. If you're a makeup brush lover, you'll feel like you've gone to Heaven! AMAZING!

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  7. I second your point that this is more of a night palette than a daytime one. The four shades blend effortlessly into the most incredible smokey eye I have ever seen. It fills a hole in my eye wardrobe, as I have mattes and shimmers but not many true metallics. If you're collecting looks for this kaleidoscope, then I respectfully submit mine from my own blog. I followed the Zuneta tutorial and intensified the layering for a dramatic night look. It may be helpful to some who want to see a Bauhaus smokey eye.

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  8. gorgeous... crucible is a very interesting shade :D

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  9. Cool packaging. I saw similar packaging (stacked cases) only in China once. The colors are versatile, like you said, so it's something I'd love to try. Thanks for the review.

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