Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, D.C. Exclusive

Hi all! Apologies for the delay in posts – I had a department retreat and then had a cold. ^^;; Hope you are all well and psyched for the holidays. :)

Today I bring you another Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope, the D.C. exclusive Cherry Blossom! Unfortunately, I don’t think this one is available anymore, but I figured it was a good contribution to the beauty blogosphere in terms of information. I believe Cherry Blossom was my 2nd kaleidoscope from Le Métier. It was launched earlier this year, mid-March before Le Métier de Beauté was really on my radar and was designed by Michael Reinhardt, D.C. manager, artist and brand ambassador. My dear friend Justine and I are avid fans of CharlestonGirl at Best Things in Beauty, and she loves everything cherry blossom (her blog’s name is “Sakura Lovely”), so when she saw CG’s post about a few kits still being available, she texted me and had me call the D.C. Neimans to procure one for her (see her review here). And of course, I had to get one too. :)

Le Métier de Beauté D. C. Exclusive Kaleidoscope Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom is a very elegant, understated kaleidoscope, the lightest of the four I currently own. It’s perfect for a subtle, brightening “my eyes but better.” I couldn’t find any information on official shade names or descriptions, but Cherry Blossom features: a light shimmery peachy cream, a light gold-duochrome warm green, a sheer pastel matte pink, and a matte medium barley brown. In the swatches below, I realize my arm looks somewhat diseased but the swatches themselves are fairly true to color. The swatches were done by fingers on bare skin, pictures taken in indirect natural dying afternoon light.

Le Métier de Beauté D. C. Exclusive Kaleidoscope Cherry Blossom swatches top to bottom & layered

The peachy cream is close to my skin tone, and is a beautiful wash. The green is light when layered, but definitely a buildable green if you to start with it first over a base. The pink is quite light and sheer and a little on the dry side as Le Métier mattes can be, but I think it’s meant mostly to give dimension to the eye which it does wonderfully. The brown is medium pigmented and blends wonderfully. When layered according to the “couches de couleur” method, Cherry Blossom gives a very pretty dusty gold.

Unfortunately, I’ve really been struggling to get any decent FOTD pictures to show you, so here are two sets. The first was taken in early September on a very bright, sunny day. Here I layered all shades lightly and I hope you can appreciate the shimmer and dimension. It’s like silky lingerie for the eyes! Like honestly, Cherry Blossom really does have an effect similar to nude pantyhose.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Burberry Velvet Foundation No. 204, Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer No. 2, silica spheres; Cheeks: Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel; Lips: Le Métier de Beauté Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss Coral Confection; Eyes: NARS Eye Primer, Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidescope Eye Kit, Tamarack Eye Pencil, MUFE Aqua Eyes #23, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara

Then this next FOTD was taken today, also outside but in sad, grey, drizzly weather. Here I also layered all the shades, but concentrated each color more strongly, especially the green and brown, and ended up with more of a light taupe. Again, Cherry Blossom is very understated, but it’s elegant, super work-friendly, and right for any and every daytime occasion.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Burberry Velvet Foundation No. 204, Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer No. 2, silica spheres, Guerlain Perles du Dragon Meteorites; Cheeks: Burberry Earthy, Blossom; Lips: Burberry Lip Glow No. 3 Sepia; Eyes: NARS Eye Primer, Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidescope Eye Kit, Tamarack Eye Pencil, MUFE Aqua Eyes #23, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara

Overall I’m extremely pleased with Cherry Blossom and very happy I ordered (even if service from Neiman Marcus was less than stellar, charged $12 for shipping despite a $200 order and free shipping on the website, no email notice, no tracking AND no packing slip!!). The other kaleidoscopes I have from Le Métier, and the majority of those I’ve seen online, are much more colorful and bold, but Cherry Blossom really shows that the brand can do delicate beautifully as well.

See other reviews of Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope at:

Hope you enjoyed this post! What’s your favorite “my lids but better” or work-friendly eyeshadow palette? I think Bobbi Brown’s Day to Night Warm Eye Palette is still my go-to workhorse for work-friendly, but Cherry Blossom takes the cake for being the prettiest in that category.

6 Responses to “Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, D.C. Exclusive”

  1. This is gorgeous! I definitely see what you mean about ‘my lids but better,’ the finish on the shades looks beautiful. And I love the name of this palette too :)

    Hmm my favorite work-friendly eyeshadow palette is probably the Shu Uemura one my friend bought me, I think it was one of those Asia-exclusive palettes they sell at the airport.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hi hon! Yes, this is definitely the most understated of Le Métier’s kaleidoscopes, but I think CG said something along the lines of conservative D.C. women just wanting soft and pretty and not really being able to pull as much of the HAUTE COUTURE looks as perhaps those in NYC and how Cherry Blossom was perfectly made for them. And I TOTALLY understand hahaha. Makeup can be amazingly colorful and fun but you know sometimes you just want a pretty my face but better that isn’t boring!! Cherry Blossom is it! And yes the name!! The whole reason Justine and I ordered it in the first place lol!

    & ohhh that sounds lovely!! I only have the two Shu shadows in my Aya Takano palette anymore and those are a little loud for work haha. For some reason my lids did not play very well with a lot of the Shu metallic finish shadows but I might have to revisit them since I switched to the NARS primer.

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  2. This is a very beautiful kit.
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    Catherine responds:

    I love all of my Le Métier kaleidoscopes but I probably reach for this one the most!

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  3. Sakura says:

    Your Blog never disappoints!
    These shades are amazing I really love the copper shade.
    I think I’m going to go Internet hunting and get me some of this to try.
    Thankyou for an amazing post.
    Sakura x

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  4. Shari says:

    Oh wow, I love this! Cant bite the bullet yet though – $95!! Shucks. I’ll live vicariously through you!
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