Leave it to Dustin Lujan, makeup artist extraordinaire of Le Metier de Beaute and creator of Le Metier's latest kaleidoscope Pallid Incandescents, to break me out of my neutral and nude makeup rut! I am not typically a fan of pastel shades, in my makeup, my nails or my clothing, but this collection of shades is truly stunning!
From top to bottom, the shades are:
The shades in this kaleidoscope are unique, and complex in that they can be applied sheerly for a light whimsical effect, or more densely for a vibrant look. I think the colors will suit all skin tones from the very fair to the tan and dark. Also the colors all coordinate beautifully together. I think this palette differs from other Le Metier Kaleidoscopes in that the shades can be layered in the traditional couches de couleur fashion, or worn any other way you desire. I can see myself using just 2 of the 4 shades in many different combinations for many different looks! In terms of texture, the shadows are nothing short of what you would expect from Le Metier de Beaute. The fact that pastel shadows can be formulated with such a rich, buttery texture is something you don't often find.
Dustin created a beautiful look for me, using this palette, which demonstrates how gorgeous pastels can look on even darker skins! I have to admit, I was quite surprised by how much I loved this colorful look! To start, Dustin applied the Dualistic Eye Pencil in Noir all over the lid as a base. He then applied the lilac shade all over the lid, followed by the coral shade. The teal shade was applied to the outer corner and along the lash line for added depth. The pale pink shade was used as a highlight on the brow bone. Finally, the Precision Liquid Liner in Aqua was used to line my top lash line. The Noir Eye Pencil was used in the waterline and the Anamorphic Lash Mascara in Black was used on my lashes. Dustin also applied a mixture of the four shades along my lower lash line for added definition.
For the cheeks, Dustin used the a combination of all the shades from the Blush Kaleidoscope, and the gold shade as a highlight. For the Lips, he applied the Color Core Moisture Stain Lipstick in Figi, followed by the Lip Creme in Creme Caramel. The end result was a gorgeous summer evening look which was a nice change from the ubiquitous black smokey eye or bronzed summer look.
|L to R: Caramel Creme, Figi Lipstick, Aqua Precision Liquid Liner, Pallid Incandescents, Noir Liner|
First off, I received so many compliments on my makeup for the rest of the night which always makes a girl feel good! Secondly, this kaleidoscope in my opinion is a must have! It is unique, superb quality, and versatile! Dustin succeeded in creating something different than prior Le Metier offerings, and something that will suit a variety of skin tones and transition well from summer to winter and day to night.
Pallid Incandescents is exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman, and will be available July 5, in limited quantity! It retails for $95. Call Dustin at 212-872-8612 to reserve yours today! Tell him Product Doctor sent you!