Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation…New Swatches!

Above: All twelve shades of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation on the cusp of being swatched.
I have done an extensive amount of musing on the many merits of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation.  Past posts with a host of images and details can be found HERE and HERE.  With twelve shades to match nearly every skin tone, from the lightest alabaster to the richest cocoa, this foundation is indeed a classic.  A recent conversation that I had with dear friend and Le Metier de Beaute Director of Color Mikey Castillo (featured HERE and HERE) confirmed its utilitarian timelessness as we both agreed that this quintessential formula works extremely well on all skin types and ages.  
If you are on a quest for a medium coverage liquid foundation with supreme ingredients and the propensity to smooth and even skin with a dewy, undetectable finish, then it just may be time for you to discover your most befitting shade!  Although I have previously swatched all shades (see the earlier links in paragraph above), I now have the luxury of a more capable camera and spectrum of lighting options, thereby necessitating a swatching update. 
Kindly scroll on for shade descriptions, swatches of all twelve shades in various lighting situations and the Bottom Line…
Above: A visit with the LMdB luminaries (L-R) LMdB Artist Kayla Arielle, LMdB Director of Color Mikey Castillo, BP and LMdB Global Key Artist Ivan Castro at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island in April 2014.


(courtesy of Le Metier de Beaute)

Foundation is the building block for the rest of your makeup.  Get it right and your skin glows, the line between skin and foundation is, well, lineless.  Get it wrong and it doesn’t matter what follows, it’s all you can see – lines of demarcation, a skin tone that looks “off,” feeling not-so-flawless…

Mikey Castillo, Le Métier de Beauté Director of Color, has a color theory: your foundation shade should not match your skin – well, not exactly. In other words, foundation is not applied on a white background, so shades of foundation need to take our skin tone into consideration. We are not simply warm and cool; we have undertones and skin types that scream for complimentary coverage. The Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Foundation range works with skin with complementary tones for minimizing redness, maximizing warmth and allowing skin to breathe with buildable coverage. 

Mr. Castillo brings us through the range with a step-by-step guide to each shade and what skin tone, hue and undertone it was designed for.

Golden Skin Tones
These shades are recommended for fair to dark skin types that appear to have a golden undertone. This skin type tends to tan easily with minimal to no redness. This skin type is also referred to as “Warm.”

   Shade #1 is very fair, but warm in tone. For very pale skin that reveals no pink or redness.
  Shade #4 is for light skin that appears gold or yellow in tone. Though fair, this is suitable for a light complexion that is able to tan without burning.
  Shade #9 is the perfect year-round tan-color. Golden, but not burned.
  Shade #11 is best for naturally dark skin with a warm, golden undertone.

Olive Skin Tones
Whether fair or dark, this skin tone is considered “Cool,” and tends not to reveal any pink or red in the skin.

  Shade #2 is for a light, porcelain complexion with a cool undertone.
  Shade #6 is for a medium complexion (light tan) with no redness.
 Shade #8 is best for a naturally tan complexion that does not burn or reveal redness in the skin.

Neutral Skin Tones
As the name implies, this range is neither warm nor cool, but rather, a balance of both. This range is the easiest to fall into if you cannot decide between gold or pink. This skin type contains both hues, “warm” and “cool,” and is generally known to reveal pink or red in the skin when exposed to sun.

 Shade #3 is for a light to medium complexion, with a slight rosy hue.
 Shade #5, a true “medium,” this hue is perfect for a wide variety of actual skin colors. Anyone with a light to medium, medium, or medium to dark complexion can wear this color. If you are fair, it will reveal a naturally looking tan, if you are a slightly darker medium, than it will brighten the complexion. It contains both cool and warm tones.
 Shade #7 is a popular medium tan. Cool toned, with a warm glow. A perfect blend of gold and pink, with a light tan.  The hue appears peachy-apricot in tone, and again, a wide variety of skin colors can wear this shade.

Peachy-Rose Skin Tone
A peach and Rose complexion is generally comprised of amber, rose and deep orange hues. Shades 10 and 12 are most suitable for very tanned, or naturally deep complexioned skin types.

 Shade #10 is idea for a medium-dark complexion. Example: Mediterranean skin that has been tanned exposing a slight redness in tone. It invokes the legendary tans of Saint Tropez and the Cote d’ Azur.
 Shade #12 is ideal for the darkest skin tones. This hue contains a slightly red to orange undertone.

About Classic Flawless Finish Foundation
  • The lightweight, oil-free, light-diffusing formula evens out skin tone and imperfections for a luminous, natural look.  
  • Hydrating emollients and age-defying ingredients create a creamy formula that glides on effortlessly and blends in quickly for flawless coverage that lasts all day. Soft finish leaves skin looking natural and refreshed
  • Weightless, luminous oil-free formula
  • Skin loving moisturizers and Vitamins A & E for a healthy, hydrated complexion
  •  All-day medium coverage
  • Protects skin from harmful UVA/UVA rays with SPF 8 (Mr. Castillo recommends using a daily moisturizer with a minimum SPF value of 15)
  •  Safe for most skin types including sensitive skin
Above: Swatches of all shades in direct, mid-day sunlight.
Above: All shades swatched in warm, late-afternoon sunlight.
Above: The lighter shades swatched in shade.
Above: The darker shades swatched in shade.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation is a formula for all seasons.  The perfectly buildable medium coverage is skin-like and glowing and its ability to flatter skin of all types and ages is commendable!  If you are looking for a truly classic luxury foundation with exemplary ingredients and remarkable performance, then the LMdB Classic Flawless Finish Foundation is a must. Available at Neiman Marcus,  Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s and Dermstore.  
Special thanks to LMdB Specialist Angel Loza at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island for his help with this update ; )
Have YOU tried this formula?  Thoughts?
Have a beautiful Monday…so many good things ahead…xx,
–The Beauty Professor
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Comments (12)

  • Lisa Reply

    Hi! I think you missed numbering the first swatch (nearest your wrist) in your first picture — 🙂

    May 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks for the "head's up," Lisa…I was able to correct it ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  • jamsusa Reply

    Good morning BP,
    One quick question, this formula is suppose to be creamy texture, isn't it?
    I first got a bottle of #7 from my friend and I purchased # 3 bcoz #7 turns out a bit dark after one winter. Funny thing is my #3 is a creamy texture and # 7 is sort of liquid texture….It's been always that texture….

    Do you still wear the same shade?

    Have a great day.


    May 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Rochie,

      In my experience, this is a liquid foundation with creamy tendencies. I like to shake mine a bit (I have #7 and #9) before application to get the most consistent texture. Is the coverage of your #3 different than the #7?

      Hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Kayla is stunningly beautiful!!

    May 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Indeed…and she is entirely sweet as well!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 6, 2014 at 12:00 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    I wear CDP in 020 what shade would you recommend in this foundation? Thanks

    May 6, 2014 at 1:57 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I would suggest shade #6 or #7!

      I hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 6, 2014 at 6:04 am
  • MG Reply

    Thank you for the swatches! I'm actually currently on the hunt for an incredibly stalwart foundation to wear to my honeymoon over the summer. We're going to Italy in August and it's supposed to be 95 degrees around that time, and as much as I adore my KS CP cream foundation (that I bought literally 6 backups of when you said they're leaving the US!), it may not handle that kind of temperature. Do you think the LMdB one is a good option? Right now, I'm leaning towards GA Lasting Silk foundation, but I'm not really in love with it. It's just okay IMO. Any suggestions??

    May 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Happy to help, MG! The first time I tried this formula, I was in Palm Beach, FL in the summer and I found that that it held up beautifully, even with the excruciating humidity. Another option is the slightly more matte Cle de Peau Cream foundation (recently reviewed)…it still offers medium to full coverage and looks like real skin but is extremely resistant to heat and fading. I stumbled upon it by accident but have found myself grabbing for it a lot lately!

      With regards to your other option, I find that the GA Lasting Silk gives me flashback in photos and sometimes can look dry (at least on my skin!).

      Italy in August…that sounds incredible!! Can't wait to hear what foundation you settle on!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 8, 2014 at 1:52 am
    • MG Reply

      I have to say, I am so flattered you have gotten to know me so well as a reader that you already know I would want to know about flashback before I could ask it! You also always comment on lack of shimmer in eyeshadows whenever I post a question, and I simply love how attentive you are to your readers likes/dislikes!

      Well, since I couldn't decide between these two foundations, I just wound up getting both the Cle de Peau and the LMdB foundation! I have a hunch I'll like the Cle de Peau better though, because it strikes me as slightly more resistant to humidity from the texture. I also am not a huge fan of the GA Lasting Silk, although I could never put my finger on it. I love how natural it looks when I apply it, but I find after a few hours, it catches onto the dry patches on my skin and make them look worse. It also separates on my nose, which does not look the best. I prefer the way the KS CP foundation fades–very evenly. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the lasting power I need for 95+ weather for 14 hour days. Hopefully one of these works out! If you have anymore suggestions, keep em coming!

      Also, what powder do you like to use with the Cle de Peau for the best long-lasting results? I'm currently trying to get my hands on the Surratt powder (the radiant one), but they're out of stock at the moment. But for now, I have LMdB peau vierge and Serge Lutens powders. Hopefully the Suratt will come soon!

      May 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      But of course, MG! We are makeup "kindred spirits" in so many ways and I am so glad that BP brought us together!

      I am so glad that you ended up with both foundations…they are lovely formulas and I think you'll definitely find use for both at different times ; ) The CdP is just so fantastic in warm and humid weather…seriously, it lasts forever. I feel like it is some kind of well-kept secret! I also suggest the Ardency Inn Custom Coverage Concentrate (full review with swatches soon). It is so pigmented that it can be mixed with moisturizer or primer for coverage of your choosing or used full strength as a concealer…and it is also very stalwart in terms of lasting power. You might like it as an alternative (and it is super affordable in contrast to what we're used to spending on foundation these days!).

      In terms of powder, I haven't found the need to set the CdP, but I have been using the Surratt powder, LMdB Peau Vierge powder, or, most recently, the Tom Ford Translucent Setting Powder in Ivory Fawn for mid-day touch ups! Love all three!

      I hope that helps and that you are having a divine weekend…xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

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