Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment – review

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Luxury and the Common Girl

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge  

It has become common for skincare and makeup lines to categorize themselves as “luxury.” “Common” is, in fact, the opposite of luxury and, even as drugstore brands increase in quality and good brands become better, the meaning of luxury is sometimes lost. Le Metier de Beaute is one brand out there that continues to define the term luxury in the makeup and beauty world. Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex Tinted Treatment is the line’s superstar, a leader on skincare and makeup fronts that has earned its stripes.

Created in 2006, Le Metier de Beaute or “The Craft of Beauty” is a fairly new brand that has risen to the top to become the crème de la crème of the beauty world, selling in many of the world’s finest department stores. Marchesa has collaborated with LMdB to create haute couture palettes, while Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair magazines have sung its praises. InStyle magazine named Peau Vierge a Best of Beauty award in 2010, the year it debuted. The accolades and endorsements have come fast and furious, and I am about to add mine.

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge

Peau Vierge says luxury at first sight. The slender, elegant chrome canister gives away its star status. The all-metal container won’t break before you’ve pumped your last pump.

The Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex Tinted Treatment ($125) is a middle-aged girl’s dream, an anti-aging complexe with a patented proprietary delivery system (Syntoc Actif) that gets the most efficacy from the active ingredients, retinol being the primary one.

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge shade 2 swatch

Retinol has long been proven to plump and smooth skin from deep down under while stimulating collagen production. All this and tint, too! A little color will make sure you put on your best face while Peau Vierge creates a better one from the inside.

Peau Vierge does such a great job in the coverage department that this Anti-Aging Complexe is being hailed by many as an incredible foundation, too. The tinted Peau Vierge comes in three shades…

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge

Shade 1 -very fair; peaches and cream complexions
Shade 2 – neutral beige that works for the widest range of skin tones (and is what I use)
Shade 3 – deep golden base that can be blended with deeper foundations for darker complexions

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge shade 2 swatchShade 2, lightly blended

Le Métier de Beaute Peau Vierge shade 2 swatchFully blended, shown in sunlight to catch the light diffusing shimmer

Texture is incredibly rich yet feels lightweight on the skin
Coverage is comparable to a light foundation; skin looks luminescent and improved immediately.
In less than a week skin appears much more hydrated and more even-toned
Pump dispenser is beautiful, sturdy and sanitary
Built-in SPF
Lasts for months

Some may be sensitive to Retinol, its active ingredient
Though it does have SPF 20, sunlight and Retinol generally don’t mix
Luxury isn’t cheap

Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment is definitely a luxury worth exploring. I for one am chopping my weekly Champagne allowance in half to save up for my next supply. Sometimes you’ve just got to have beer with caviar. How common of me.

Ladies – do you save for luxuries like Le Metier de Beaute products? How much is too much?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skin tone


  • sherrishera

    Sherri is a writer, dog lover, old movie fanatic, history detective, political junkie, fashion pundit and social media consumer advocate. “A fancy dinner and expensive champagne are better than writing a rent check any day of the week.” skin tone: NC 25 skin type: oily/sensitive favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything

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  1. Oh, how I love Le Metier de Beaute! I am dreading, I say DREADING when my beautiful bottle of Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex Tinted Treatment comes to an end.. OMG! Perish the thought! I will find a way to get more, yes I will… by Hook or crook!
    My skin is almost 50 years old and it responded to this like a champ.. really, really love and want to never be without it! Why so expensive though? I wish it would come down just a smidgen.. but I know that’s not happening. GREAT review @sherrishera!

  2. If I am ever able to splurge, I will be checking Peau Vierge out! It sounds amazing and I really like how it can also be used as a light foundation.

  3. I know that Le Metier de Beaute ‘s products are worth their considerable cost, so I’m not ruling out a splurge, but yikes!
    As always, though, you have me very tempted, @sherrishera

  4. This is a little too rich for my blood, but it looks soooo tempting. The canister alone– like something a Bond girl would use as a combo weapon/beautifier!

  5. Some things are worth splurging on . . . this is something I really want to check out. However, before shelling out the money on this luxury — I would want to try out a sample. (I HATE spending on money on things that don’t deliver.)

    1. Oh gosh, see my reply to @krista. You can sample this!

  6. Holy fudgesicles do I want to try this…but $125? I’m going to need a lottery win or an inheritance to snag this. Or I can just troll the Le Metier counter at Nordstrom’s and wait for someone to buy this, club them like a baby seal, and take it. But I’ll be waiting a long time b/c I’m paler than the average gal. So inheritance it is!!! Bwahahahahaha…my treachery is eternal!

    1. Get thyself to a LMdB counter IMMEDIATELY, young lady! The nice folks there are happy to slather some on your face–they practically insist upon it from what I understand. I was raving about their lip products to my boss and she came back from the LMdB counter in lust with Peau Vierge after insisting she try it. She didn’t buy it then, but, like all of us it is now in her radar of incredible beauty products. If you’re making a bucket list of amazing beauty products to try before you kick it, this has got to be on it.

  7. This is SO WORTH IT!! (And I never use all caps for multiple words or more than one exclamation point, so you know I really mean it.) The luminosity that this gives your skin is so beautiful. I don’t need any other complexion products when I use it; no additional foundation/tinted moisturizer, no powder. Because I don’t need it! It doesn’t emphasize pores either (like a lot of highlight-type products can.) I bounce around with products too much to really say if my skin has looked any better over time, but I can say that it looks downright amazing when I have it on.

  8. Definitely going to ask for a sample at the counter. If I like it as much as you all do – then maybe I will ask for it for my birthday!

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