Sneak Peek: Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid LE Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscopes are magical…one streamlined, architecturally-advanced compact that houses four tiers of shades, ultimately comprising an infinite array of looks.  They’re utterly brilliant (I adore Carnaby Street)!  Consequently, I am excited to announce that LMdB is giving away the limited edition Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope (a $95 value) with a purchase of $250 or more at LMdB counter during the Neiman Marcus Camp Gorgeous Beauty Event which runs from June 5th-June 15th.  It is likely that this LE wonder will go quickly so call ahead to a Le Metier de Beaute counter near you to reserve yours in advance and tell them the Beauty Professor sent you… ; ) 
  • Mishel Brown and Scott Reyes at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills: (310) 559-5100 Ext. 2087
  • Sarah at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island: (949) 759-1900

Kindly scroll on for all the the details, shade descriptions, a host of images and the Bottom Line…

I must confess this kaleidoscope was love at first swatch…truly, each and every shade in the compact is breathtakingly stunning.  The eye base is phenomenal (LMdB Director of Color Mikey Castillo calls it “a sheer, pearlized nylon stocking”) and the powder shadows feel so silky that I initially deemed them a cream formula!  This is the first time that LMdB has included a dual sided cake-eyeliner in a kaleidoscope tier, which further adds to its intrigue and overall allure.  Each shade is deeply pigmented and truly easy to work with…from the eye base, to the eyeliner, the overall effect is beyond gorgeous!

The application is one of reversed Couches de Couleur…instead of beginning at the top, one would be wise to start at the bottom with the eye base and move upwards towards the liner for maximum efficacy.

Above: This primer is a neutral light beige cream that adds a radiant effect without the usage of obvious shimmer; from a pragmatic perspective, this is a magnificent primer that keeps shadow in place and creaseless for hours on end. 
Above: A closeup of the eye base.
Above: Mocha Sheen is an ultra-pearlilized light brown taupe with immense light-reflecting ability; it is similar to Corinthian, but brighter and more vivid.
Above: A closeup of Mocha Sheen.
Above: Rich Orchid is a glowing magenta plum; it is similar to Alexandrite/Fig but brighter and more magenta.
Above: A closeup Rich Orchid.
Above: The Split-Pan Cake Liner in Black and Plum-Orchid can be worn wet or dry; 

Above: A closeup of the Cake-Liners.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: All together in direct sunlight with a flash.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches in the shade.
Above: The completed look.
I started by applying the eye base all over with my ring finger…it blends like a dream.  Then, I covered my lid (to the brown bone) with Mocha Sheen and placed Rich Orchid in the crease, blending outward for depth and dimension.  I used a wet eyeliner brush to sweep the black cake liner along my upper lash line and then used the same brush to apply the Plum-Orchid liner along my lower waterline and lash line.  I finished my lower lash line with a touch of the Mocha Sheen for radiance and continuity.  The whole process took me less than five minutes! 
Above: The Plum-Orchid Cake Liner smoothly applies to the lower waterline with a dampened eyeliner brush.

 Below: Images of Dark Orchid on the eyes in various lighting situations…

Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In direct sunlight with a flash.
Above: In outdoor shade. 
Above: In outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: In indoor natural lighting with a flash. 
Above: Natural light.
Above: In natural light…kaleidoscope in the compact meets kaleidoscope on the  eyes.

Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope is hypnotically beautiful and the shades artfully translate from day to night and and season to season with flattering ease…Mikey Castillo outdid himself with this gem!  I am in earnest when I say that this is destined to become a timeless classic.  Highly recommended! 

I hope your weekend has been lovely thus far…good things ahead on BP in the month of June including my May Favorites video,  top lightweight foundations for summer, a plethora of new lip and skincare products and a few style posts.


–The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review,  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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  • Anonymous Reply

    What are you wearing on your lips in this post?

    June 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      I am wearing a combination of YSL Rouge Volupte #01 Nude Beige and Armour Beauty Opaque Gloss in Divine.


      –The Beauty Professor

      June 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  • A Delicate Rosie Beauty Reply

    Ooh, I wasn't interested in this initially, but the swatches are beautiful! It looks fantastic on you!

    June 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much!!

      Yes, the shades are stunning when swatched…so silky and pigmented!


      –The Beauty Professor

      June 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    I am in need of another peau verge.So I might have to purchase another item 🙂 Maybe the peau verge powder??..Or do you have another recommendation??..I definitely do not think I would have chosen this kaleidoscope for myself, but after seeing this post..I love it!!! Thank you:) Also which foundation are you wearing 🙂 You are always soo lovely 🙂 Looking forward to the upcoming posts

    Shelly K

    June 2, 2014 at 12:50 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Shelly,

      It sounds like you have some wonderful LMdB purchases ahead…one simply cannot go wrong with anything Peau Vierge! I also suggest the Creme Fresh Tint in Mystique (so perfect for a subtle pink glow all summer long). I know what you mean about the kaleidoscope…the colors sound dramatic but they are actually so wearable! In these photos, I am wearing the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector in Medium (to be featured in my May Favorites video this week!). It is an exquisite, light feeling formula for casual days ; )

      Thanks for the sweet words…xx and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 3, 2014 at 6:33 am
  • Suzy Reply

    Hi, Professor!

    It's been a little while since I've commented but I'm always reading – thank you for such a steady stream of information and beautiful looks. The LMdB palette is beautiful – but….your foundation steals the show in these shots – it's perfect…what is it?!

    We've all come to rely so heavily on your foundation expertise – particularly for those of us who wear similar shades to you. I've been searching everywhere for the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation based on the strength of your recommendation but Natural Beige is sold out online at NM and Bergdorf…dying to get my hands on it!

    June 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Good to hear from you, Suzy! Thanks for being a loyal reader, comments or otherwise ; )

      With regards to your question, I am wearing the Omorvicza Complexion Perfector in Medium (discussed in my latest video–May Favorites). It has lovely natural medium coverage and works for NC 23-27 skin tones.

      I pledge to continually be on the hunt for excellent foundations and share my findings on this blog…it's a quest I take seriously and I am glad that it continues to be helpful for my readers!

      If you can't get your hands on KS Natural Beige, you may want to try the Omorovicza or the CdP Cream Foundation in O20 (also fully reviewed on my blog!) as alternatives…both have wonderful, medium to full, slightly dewy, long lasting coverage.

      Hope that helps…take care and do keep me posted…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  • Rouge La La Reply

    Wow!! I'm loving this kaleidoscope! I've never bought one before, but I think this will be the one! Gorgeous pics….I love the one with you in the grass. Thanks for the great reviews!!

    June 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Rouge La La…I am so glad that this will be your first one…it is a magnificent place to start!

      Thanks for the sweet words about my pics ; )

      xoxo and have a lovely rest of the week,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm
  • Sabrina Reply

    This is just so gorgeous on you. I adore the looks you shared! I was able to pick up mine today from my local Neimans, I can't wait to use it, Le Metier designed an incredible palette. I wish they would release more kaleidoscopes (non-exclusive ones).

    June 5, 2014 at 5:20 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Sabrina! I am so glad that you have this in your possession now and know that the looks you create with it will be stunning! I agree…the LMdB needs to release more products, more frequently…I think we're both fans for life ; )

      xx and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm
  • Ana B Reply

    Great swatches indeed! I really wanted to try this out for I find the packaging handy and the colors so very pretty. This is a travel friendly make up that I really need. Good thing that it has really great colors in it.

    June 9, 2014 at 3:19 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Ana!

      Thank you! I highly suggest tracking this down if you are serious about getting it because it is LE and once it's gone, it's gone ; )

      I am taking mine on a trip later on this week!


      –The Beauty Professor

      June 10, 2014 at 4:11 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi Lovely,
    What a stunning look you created. The swatch of black orchid is stunning!!
    Your skin look gorgeous in your photos to.

    Hope that you are keeping well

    Julie xxx

    June 11, 2014 at 11:53 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, dear friend!

      This kaleidoscope is so easy to work with and the results are always nothing short of magnificent…one of my favorite collections to date!

      I hope your weekend is off to a lovely start…xx and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm

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