I’ve been running behind on unboxing posts for the Le Métier de Beauté Beauty Vault VIP, a monthly subscription box for the brand. (Not that anyone looks forward to these, amirite?) They are on their second year of the program, and I’ve got to admit that it just keeps getting better!
For a subscription program that requires subscribers to pay upfront for the entire year, expectations are understandably high. Luckily, we’ve been getting awesome products (see other unboxing posts here), the only hitch being their sometimes slow and inadequate responses to customer service queries.
For September, the second month of the sub as shipments start getting mailed out in August, the product is the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe, a tinted base that provides “sheer natural-looking coverage for instant smoothing and perfecting.” It can be used as a standalone (very sheer!) foundation or as a luminous base under other foundations.
The Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe also “works to improve the skin” after long term use, as it contains retinol (delivered via their patented delivery technology called Syntoc Actif, making it OK to use in the day) and has broad spectrum SPF.
I got mine in the 2.0 fl. oz. tube (it’s also available in a sleeker-looking 1 fl. oz. bottle) and in the Shade 2, which is the middle shade. It’s very adaptable to most skin tones, as the tint is very, very sheer.
Here is what the shade looks like. It reminds me a little of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (I have mine in Opal), but this gives an even more subtle glow. Here’s a close-up photo of the product, as well as a blended-out swatch beside it (right side):
I’ve worn it here under the Ellis Faas Skin Veil* and Concealer* as well as Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light. I didn’t use a separate highlighter, but I enjoyed a “lit from within” glow for the day. 🙂
Here, worn again under Ellis Faas Skin Veil* and Concealer* but set with Le Métier de Beauté Eye Brightening and Setting Powder (Refresh) and Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder (Shade 2). I noticed that it gets a tad bit shiny throughout the day, but I live in a tropical, very humid climate, so it’s really to be expected.
For October, we received another Kaleidoscope (!!!) in Goldfinger, a tribute to “the themes of the 20th Century architect and visionary, Ernő Goldfinger.” Auric Goldfinger, the Bond villain, was also named after him. For the first shipment of this year’s round of subs, we got a beautiful kaleidoscope, so I’m really happy for this new~ one. Mostly because it is impossibly beautiful, especially when layered.
Le Métier de Beauté’s Kaleidoscopes are essentially quads (some are lip, eye, face, and some are mixes of these!) with shades that are meant to be layered over each other to create depth, a technique they call Couches de Couleur or “the layering of color.” The formulation of LMdB’s eyeshadows are “triple-milled” and extra smooth with a blendability that results in something deep and complex, instead of muddy. Each shade is also selected for a particular reason, representing Warmth, Femininity, Contrast, and Depth. Earlier iterations followed a more straightforward order: Warm, Cool, Hot, Cold.
Goldfinger has four layers:
- Golden Function (warmth) — a shimmering gold
- Violet File (femininity) — an opalascent grey-violet
- Peacock (contrast) — a deep satin cyan
- Gun Metal (depth) — a smoldering gun-metal
Let me tell you straight-up: I was not excited for this. It really looks way out of my comfort zone and sphere of interest. But there’s a reason why other people—not me—make eyeshadow palettes.
Swatched, L-R: Golden Function, Violet File, Peacock, Gun Metal; Golden Function + Violet File, Golden Function + Peacock, Golden Function + Gun Metal, Golden Function + Violet File + Peacock + Gun Metal
What did I tell you?? Beautiful!! LMdB eyeshadows are truly some of my favorites. I almost went catatonic when I visited a counter and actually swatched some shades I was looking at buying. Overwhelmed and panicked, I retreated into the darkness WITH NOTHING, my tail between my legs, arm covered in eyeshadow.
Anyway, this is me! Wearing Goldfinger! I really, really, really like this quad, you guys. So far, I’m really happy with the sub. As of October, which is only the third month in, we’ve gotten a total of $365 worth of products (had we gotten them at retail price), which to me is such a great deal. I’m so happy that they really tried to make it a GREAT sub, instead of just chucking in whatever product they had lying around.
* PR Sample