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Unboxing: Le Métier de Beauté Beauty Vault VIP April 2014

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in Shade 2 - Open

The April Box for the Le Métier de Beauté Beauty Vault contained only one product—one of their newest releases, the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder. I think they sent out Shade 2 for everyone. This retails for $75, while the monthly box costs about $29.

“Let’s smooth things over. Introducing a technological breakthrough in anti-aging face products, this luxuriously soft, natural-looking treatment powder seamlessly covers visible imperfections while working below the surface to enhance and improve the skin long term. Key ingredients Vital ET™, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and Sodium Hyaluronate, a major contributor to greater skin hydration, penetrate deeper and result in more pronounced skin improvement due to our proprietary delivery system, TPM®.

A weightless powder so silky smooth it feels almost like a cream at first touch, this formula is easily blendable and will not settle into fine lines or wrinkles. Available in 3 universally flattering shades. Ideal for all skin types; paraben free.

How to Use: Apply with a brush for sheer coverage, or with a sponge for heavier application.

Key Ingredients
Sodium Hyaluronate: increases skin hydration
Nylon-12: works to resist settling into fine lines, provides a soft-focus effect
TPM®: powerfully efficient delivery system for key ingredients
Vital ET™: a bio-functional form of Vitamin E, increases elasticity and delivers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits

LMdB beauty Vault Vip April - Note
Each box has a handwritten note, pertaining to the contents of the box!

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in Shade 2

The Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder comes in a square compact, with a slight bevel on the underside. The material is similar to NARS rubbery plastic, though it is much less rubbery. This is the same material as most of the Le Métier de Beauté packaging.

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in Shade 2 - Sponge

The compact opens to a full mirror with a circle pan of the powder. When you lift the layer with the powder, it opens to a compartment where a soft sponge is stored. I haven’t tried applying the powder with a sponge yet.

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in Shade 2 - Swatch

Here is Shade 2, swatched. Among all the shades (they just have three!), this seems to be the most universal, which explains why LMdB decided to send the Beauty Vault VIP subscribers this shade. The Beauty Professor’s post on this shows all three shades, swatched.

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder in Shade 2 - Back
The underside of the compact.

Here it is, worn alone with no other base product (just a clean face!):
LMdB Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder - Alone - Face 2
I applied it with a kabuki brush on here. I think it’s a great, natural look that doesn’t make you look like you caked on some powder.

Over Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska:
LMdB - Powder over TiM and UD Naked Skin 2
Here, I used the Hakuhodo G5519BkSL Powder Brush to lightly sweep the brush over the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (used as a primer) and the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I think it gives the face a more polished look.

I’ve also tried this over the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and really liked how it looked after. Here’s how it fared after 9 hours of wear, no touch-ups or blotting:
LMdB over primer - face
Applied with a Kabuki Brush.

Over Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Makeup in Cheers to Me Champagne and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger:
OW NARSissist - Day 4 - Face 2
Applied with a Kabuki Brush.

All in all, I think it’s a great powder. The texture of these aren’t overly soft, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders which kind of crumble and kick up a lot of powder when you dip a brush into them. These feel soft, still, but it’s almost as if the powders are really densely packed into the compact.

The finish is quite beautiful, and I appreciate the skin care properties infused in the powder. I think it works well as both a finishing powder or as an alone base—which is great, since the heat is unbearable over here. (Holla at my tank tops!)

Here are some awesome reviews on the pressed powder:
Rachel at The Beauty Professor
Anastasia at Glamorable
Lulubelle at Bon Vivant Beauty

I never thought I’d be the kind of person that would be excited about powders, of all things, but the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, the Guerlain Météorites, and now this Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder by LMdB has proven me wrong. I’m trying not to explore anymore; the ones I’ve got have never failed me anyway.

The Beauty Vault VIP subscription was a gift to me by Sarie. Subscription sign-ups open back up in July.

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10 Comments

  1. Gracie says

    Wow! Your skin looks so smooth, radiant, glowy – ahhh*~*~~ 🙂 hooray for barely there oil control powders in this infernal heat! I just picked up the Guerlain Pressed Les Violettes mattifying compact, and I know you’re off Guerlain, but I’m loving it! I thought I wasn’t going to buy it but when I swatches it, I was convinced. It’s a soft matte, if that makes any sense. Doesn’t look dry, with a slight glow that’s not a sheen? I’ve been using the Wulong as a setting powder but I found it too glowy (read: bordering oily-looking) on most days, so the Les Violettes matte-ness was exactly what I was looking for ❤ Again, hooray for summer heat powders! 😀

    • Thank ya, Gracie! Agh haha I am so tempted, but I also have too many powders, so it’s OK. They have such good products out, though. Huuu.

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  3. I like it best over NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ❤ And I hate you for mentioning that Beauty Vault subbies open in July. GOSH parang gusto ko pero parang di ko afford!

    • Thanks, Telleh! Hahaha. Di ko alam kung kaya ko. I mean, it’s a splurge but super dami kong natanggap na super gusto ko… So ano na hahaha.

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