Hi everyone. It’s been a while, and a whole lot of crazy stuff has happened since I blogged last. I am hanging on, working towards finishing up grad school with a master’s degree and should be starting work in late February with a fantastic biotech. I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting to blog again for months now, and I think I’ve finally found the inspiration again.
Today, I bring you Le Métier de Beauté’s absolutely stunning Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit for Holiday 2012 ($95). Le Métier is a positively beautiful, though fairly exclusive, line of luxury cosmetics and skincare. I believe they started out in 2006 exclusive to Neiman Marcus but they have been slowly expanding into more department stores. After reading about the line for ages and admiring from afar, the Nordstrom in the San Francisco Centre Westfield (and my beauty-go-to) finally got a counter about a year ago, and while I was skeptical at first, I have fallen head over heels for the eyeshadows! I haven’t tried much else because I’m trying very hard not to buy everything. However, to date I’ve collected four of the Kaleidoscope Eye Kits and while the price makes them “nice-to-have,” man are they nice-to-have! All pictures in this post were taken in indirect natural afternoon light.
|Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Holiday 2012|
The Kaleidoscope Eye Kits come in a cute-yet-functional round swivel deck with a flip up mirror on top. Bauhaus comes in a shiny silver chrome which … usually denotes a special release though honestly, they are all “special” and a lot of the exclusives come in the regular black matte so it’s very confusing (as far as I know none of the Eye Kits are part of the permanent line). Unfortunately, the distribution seems to be fairly limited and I have not been able to find it online anywhere except at Zuneta (for a $5.47 markup, Zuneta automatically removes the 20% VAT tax that only applies to the UK after you enter your billing/shipping address). Lu Ann at Nordstrom SF Centre (415.283.8500 x 1416) just got her shipment in on Saturday, December 8th but had so many holds and pre-orders that she didn’t even have a tester. However, if you call her she may be able to order one for you. Tell her I sent you. :) According to Charleston Girl at Best Things in Beauty, Neiman Marcus is also supposed to have Bauhaus in-store and online.
|Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Kaleidescope Eye Kit Holiday 2012 swatches: Axiom, Graphite, Crucible, Genre; blended swatch layered sequentially|
Bauhaus was designed by Le Métier Director of Color, Mikey Castillo (I was lucky enough to meet him at a Nordstrom Trend Show!). The inspiration comes from the Staatliches Bauhaus, a school in Germany that combined crafts and fine arts, and whose style has become one of the most influential in Modernist architecture and modern design (or so Wikipedia told me). According to Zuneta, Bauhaus contains:
- Axiom – Sublime bronzed umber
- Graphite – Silver liquid metal
- Crucible – Rich pomegranate
- Genre – Deep gun metal
Sure. Here I’ve swatched Bauhaus with my fingers on bare skin. I would call Axiom bronze. It looks closer to straight-up bronze (#CD7F32) on my computer than umber (#635147) or raw umber (#826644) and looks bronze on the eye too. Graphite is indeed silver. Crucible is a deep brown/red, darker and browner than the actual color of pomegranate. It’s like a deeper, browner version of MAC Cranberry (although TBH I don’t have that anymore to compare in person). I would call Genre a regular gunmetal. All of the shadows are amazingly rich and silky, like most Le Métier shadows though Graphite goes on a bit sheerer than the others.
I also swatched did a layered swatch of Bauhaus using the Le Métier “couches de couleur” (the layering of color) method, inspired by Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book. I did this also with my fingers so the swatches would show up well for the camera, so hopefully it’s a decent representation of the way the colors combine. When you dust Graphite more lightly over Axiom it actually makes a lovely taupe.
|Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kits Bauhaus Axiom and Crucible v. Silk Road Damask and Ikat||Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kits Bauhaus Axiom and Crucible v. Chauvet Pont d'Arc Ocher and Madder|
Though Bauhaus looks like it has some similar shades to previous Kaleidoscope Eye Kits, I’m happy to report that it has no dupes with the particular kits I own.
|Top row: Le Métier de Beauté Damask, Ocher, Ikat, Madder, Burberry Mulberry;
Bottom row: Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Axiom, Graphite, Crucible, Genre
Damask is not even close to Axiom and Ocher is a much cooler brown. Ikat and Burberry Mulberry are more purple than Crucible and while Madder is the closest, it’s lighter and less red/more brown. Unfortunately I didn’t have any other shadows in my current collection to compare with Graphite and Genre.
And here I have today’s FOTD wearing Bauhaus. I applied Bauhaus on my lids using the couches de couleur method over the NARS eye primer, and concentrated a little bit more of Genre in the outer corner. I lined the outer bottom corners of my eyes with Le Métier de Beauté Tamarack eye pencil and smudged Genre and Crucible into the pencil, and then layered Axiom and Graphite over MUFE Aqua Eyes #23 in the inner corner.
Overall I am extremely happy with Bauhaus. It’s a stunning palette of superb quality like most Le Métier Kaleidescopes. I typically shy away from silvers and greys but I’m glad I decided to give Bauhaus a try and I can definitely see myself creating a range of daytime to nighttime looks with this palette. So far lasting power is excellent. I have been wearing Bauhaus for around 10 hours and while the rest of my makeup is melting off my face, my eye look is pristine with the exception of some migration of my lower lashline (but pretty much everything migrates on my lower lashline if I don’t blot at least once).
For more information, Best Things in Beauty also has swatches and a makeover, and Zuneta has the most press details along with a short video. What do you guys think? Will you be tracking down Bauhaus? Any other Le Métier fans out there?
Hope you enjoyed this post! I should be back soon with the rest of my Le Métier Kaleidoscopes, my new absolute favorite makeup brand (you can probably tell which one it is by looking at my FOTD products haha) and a bit of tea, food and fashion too. :)