Sunday, October 14, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope

For as long as I've known about them, I've been enamored with Le Métier de Beauté's Kaleidoscopes. I hesitated a bit too long when Silk Road was released, and I've bitterly regretted not purchasing the palette for quite some time. When I received preliminary information about the Autumn 2012 Kaleidoscope, Nouvelle Vague, I knew I couldn't allow myself to make the same mistake twice.

I'm a bit of a Francophile, and the combination of chic Parisian shades inspired by the French Nouvelle Vague films of the 1960s was absolutely irresistible. Even in the initial press images the shades appeared chic and as evocative of the setting in which Nouvelle Vague films were captured as l'esprit of the movement. I caved and treated myself this past weekend after Renee of Le Métier applied Nouvelle Vague creating an incredibly effortless smoky eye ... c'était un vrai coup de foudre!

Nouvelle Vague is comprised of four equally stunning shades. Clockwise from top left the palette includes: Nouvelle (fresh or new) "a sheer mink negative," Gamine (youthful or childish) a "satin pink celluloid," Fin ("the end") a "smoldering black carbon" and Icon a "silky matte Parisian mauve."

Much like my other Le Métier de Beauté shadows the quality is divine: smooth, finely milled, endlessly blendable. Though it's simple to wear all four shades together the shadows lend themselves to being worn in pairs of two. While Nouvelle and Gamine go hand in hand for a warm, soft eye, Icon and Fin create the ideal soft, Parisian smoky eye.

All the shadows contained within the Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope are stunning, but Fin is the shadow that really caught my eye. I barely have to touch the shadow and the product transfers on to my finger as pigmented as it appears in the pan. Put aside your love for all other black eye shadows: if you're looking for the be all end all of matte black shades Fin will put a "fin" to your search!

Something I love about Le Métier de Beauté shadows is their innate ability to blend with each other not unlike paint, creating stunning custom shades and endless layering possibilities. Below I've layered Nouvelle with Gamine on the left and Nouvelle with Icon on the right.

Simply because I can't help myself, I thought I'd include the trailer for the film considered by many to be the darling of the French Nouvelle Vague genre, Hiroshima Mon Amour. If you have any interest in classic and or foreign films I highly recommend that you watch this movie—it's a classic.

Le Métier de Beauté's Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope retails for USD $95 and is currently available on the Neiman Marcus website.

Have you tried any of Le Métier de Beauté's shadows or Kaleidoscopes? What Le Métier shadow shade is your all time favorite?