Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow and Coromandel Collection Nail Lacquer Review

Our love affair with the French beauty fave continues…

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We here at weheartthis love, love, love Le Métier de Beauté. I am a person who has tried most cosmetic brands on the market and I am well versed in what is out there, so trust me when I say that there is just something about this brand that just gets it so right.

Everything I’ve used of theirs is almost impossibly chic and on trend, if not ahead of the trend and the quality really gives the impression of luxury. High-end cosmetics are a splurge for me, but Le Métier de Beauté is a true splurge. There is a noticeable specialness to their products. Case in point, their eye shadows.

For me, many high-end eye shadows seem fairly basic to me – yes, they are finely milled, some fun colors, of obvious quality, but still just eye shadow. I am usually not a person that gets wowed by eye shadow, until I tried Le Métier de Beauté’s True Colour Eye Shadowicon ($30).

Corinthian

In the pans, they seemed like your run-of-the-mill high-end eye shadow. Once on, they became a whole other animal. They seemingly change from the color in the pan into a multi-dimensional shade with so many different nuances and subtleties. In short, they are glorious.

At first glance, Corinthian seemed like your average neutral brownish shade in the pan, and once on, it became deep beige and taupe, grey and purple. This shade seemed to transform depending on the lighting I was in and what color top I was wearing. It was kind of magical. I’ve never used an eye shadow where I got more than what was in the pan. These shadows were nothing short of a revelation.

Fire Lily

Meanwhile Fire Lily is an intimidating shimmering red in the pan, but once on, transformed into a shade that was both bronze and burgundy, sometimes pink and red. Again, it seemed to change depending on the lighting I was in and what colors I was wearing. It was also incredibly flattering, something I never imagined considering in the pan it looks like exotic clown makeup.

Corinthian, Fire Lily

On top of getting to try out these covet-worthy and highly collectible eye shadows, I got to try out half of Le Métier de Beauté’s fall collection of Orient-inspired Coromandel Collection Nail Lacquers. The new collection is a collaboration between Neiman Marcus’s Fashion Director, Ken Downing, and Le Métier de Beauté, which can only be fabulous and fashionable.

The collection is made up of 4 well-edited shades ($18 each) that manage to be both bold and neutral at the same time and I got to test two of the shades:

Cloison-Navy – a blackened cobalt meets navy opaque cream
Saucey Plum – a deep and dark plum with a hint of oxblood

While the shades are similar to ones I already have; they manage to stand out and surpass their counterparts in my polish collection. I’m officially hooked.

Saucey Plum takes the oxblood nail trend and adds a hint of purple to it, the end result being the darkest shade of plum with a hint of burgundy imaginable. Saucey Plum required 2 coats for even coverage.

Cloison-Navy is the darkest navy you can get without being black and I only required one coat to get glossy, glamorous nails.

Both shades were deeply saturated in pigment and impossibly glossy – I didn’t even require a top coat. My wear time was 2-3 days for each before the first chip appeared, which is slightly better than average for me.

Pros:
Eye shadows are more complex in color than what appears in the pan.
Nail polishes are so dark and pigmented–they are truly swoon-worthy.

Cons:
$30 is a bit spendy for a single eye shadow pan. It limits my ability to collect all of them, which I very much want to do now *pouts*
Nail polishes are LIMITED EDITION – the bane of my existence. (I inevitably love limited edition items so much that when they are gone, I mourn them. A lot.)

Overall, Le Métier de Beauté continues to impress and I can’t wait to try even more products from them. Like, ALL of them…

Readers – Is anybody else in a love affair with Le Métier de Beauté?

Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.

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    turboterp

    I received a bottle of Le Metier De Beaute nail lacquer to test. I can’t find a name on the bottle, but I’m pretty sure it’s Indo-sheen Red from this collection. In any case, this is officially my favorite red polish of all time (and that’s saying something considering I’m a red addict from wayyy back). The lacquer is thin and fast-drying, yet so pigment-rich that one coat is almost opaque. Two coats are flawless, and with a top coat, I’ve gotten almost a week without a chip. And I’ve been wearing it on my toes for over two weeks and my pedicure still looks fresh! The color is a bright, clear, ruby red that’s just right. I’m sorry to hear these colors are limited edition because I wouldn’t hesitate to splurge on another bottle. It’s perfection!

    And @krista , thanks to you, I’m obsessing over Corinthian. I love the way you describe the dimensions of the color… very tempting!

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      Krista

      @turboterp , You’re welcome! Now I want Indo-Sheen. I think we’re even? Seriously, though, EVERYONE kinda needs Corinthian. I hate when people tell me I need something, but this is one instance where it’s warranted.

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    gigi

    I haven’t had the chance to try this brand yet, but I completely understand when you say that some companies just get it right. I have listed these products on my “Can’t Live Without” list for the time being. I love the fact that the shadows are multi-dimensional; it’s a hard-to-find quality, one I rarely see. For the last fifteen years my shadow splurge has been Christian Dior. No matter what shades I use, they virtually apply themselves and are highly flattering. Ah, and the polishes . . . Let me go back and see exactly how much “extra” I can squeeze out of our checking account . . .

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      Krista

      Dior does make some fabulous shadows (I have more than my fair share, too :) )…these are of similar quality. They apply like butter and stay put. And the colors are to die for. *swoons*

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    Mel

    Great review and that mirror looks huge! As soon as I read your description and before I read all the comments I said to myself ” I NEED Corinthian!!!” I have not had the pleasure of trying this line yet, and I think that shadow needs to be my first splurge!

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