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.
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.
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.