Le Metier de Beaute Marchesa Collection

September 19, 2010
The Le Metier de Beaute Marchesa collaboration was launched in New York for Fashion’s Night Out at Bergdorf Goodman and since there was a promotion, I decided to take advantage of their GWP and order a few things. Unfortunately the GWP did not arrive with my package, but hopefully will be resolved soon. The items I picked out included the 2 small palettes designed by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman ($65 each) along with both Sheer Illumination Highlighters ($48 each). Also in my order were a few things from fall and their regular beauty line (to be reviewed later). In terms of availability – I got mine from Bergdorf Goodman, but all Le Metier locations should have these for sale in the next month. Check MetierBeaute.com for location listings.

The Sheer Illumination Pens come in 2 shades, one is a Highlighter which is a pale gold shimmer. The other is a Brightener which is a liquid form of their Refresh Powder Eye Brightener, a pale pinkish cream shade. I have not used these yet on the face, but they are meant to brighten the skin. I will have to experiment with these over the next few weeks to see exactly how they are best used. Both come in a click-style packaging. So far the texture seems easy to blend and smooth so I think they will work magic under my eyes.

The Marchesa Palettes are beautiful for touch ups and perfect for slipping into your purse for going out. Tiny but beautiful to look at. The Keren Palette has warmer tones for a more natural look while the Georgina Palette is more dramatic for an evening look.

Keren Palette contains:
  • Bronzer
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss in Le Caramel
  • Creme Blush in La Rougeur
  • Eye Shadow in Le Fauve

Georgina Palette contains:
  • Translucent pressed powder
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss in La Cerise Noir
  • Creme Blush in La Peche
  • Eye Shadow in Le Minuit
Here are swatches. I tried to do my best without using up too much of my product. The concealer in both palettes are the same. Also the gloss in the Keren palette goes on clear so I didn’t swatch it again. I almost didn’t swatch these because I felt it would be a waste, but I know many of you will appreciate this. I hope some of you will treat yourself to a splurge because they are indeed beautiful even though extremely expensive.

* note these have been applied with a sheer hand without any base and not all colors in each palette have been swatched

Overall extremely pricey and definitely a splurge. As much I love luxury brands and value high quality products, it was hard for me to justify the prices of these given the small sizes but in the end caved since I was already purchasing a few other items and wanted to qualify for their gift. If I had seen these in person I might have not splurged, but then I do have to say I am happy that I did get these. Although I wouldn’t call these a must have (have I confused you by now?) – I think there are other items in the regular Le Metier line that I like over these. Beautiful no doubt. At this time I am not sure if they are limited edition items or not.

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  • I love the look of the colours in these, some very nice combinations, it would be hard to pick one. The small size is rather cute too.

  • Nazia

    Everything looks beautiful. I think I prefer the Keren palette.

    Are the Highlighter and Brightener pens LE?

    The swatches are very much appreciated.


  • yea, the double entre glosses are a bit small as well, but the colors are so pretty πŸ™‚ i fell in luv with the Georgina Palette when i saw it. *swoon*

  • beautiful palettes for sure. i know many people aren't fond of cream and powder mix but these are certainly ellegant. i am also steering my direction away from such palette as they tend to get messy. but it's always great to look at them before they are used. i find i tend to finish the cream stuff first (esp if they are for lips) with such palette. i guess they are either too small amount or that psychologically, i just want to use them up so they don't mess with the rest.

    hey, i have been reading all your LMdB posts. really wish we had this here. (Or there is and i don't know???)

  • Honor

    I like the Keren palette, you who are such a specialist of bronzer how do you rate this one . The eye shadow looks quite shimmery in the palette but quite Matte on your arm.
    Great review anyway

  • These look really handy. I like Keren Palette the colours look beautiful and soft.

  • I adore both palettes but as you mention they are tiny and pricey. I was a little confused with the Georgina palette's e/s since it's black. I know it would be for evening, but black?
    Still gorgeous though!

  • OMG, these are gorgeous! I like the Keren palette better. I am a bit confused though, you did not swatch the lip gloss, isn't?
    like them, like them, like them, like them

  • Sophia1105

    Thank you for taking the time (and product!) to swatch these! Both are so the palettes are so beautiful!

  • LuckyRedLisa

    *sigh* I feel the same way about these items- I'm conflicted. I had them on pre-order at BG, then called back and canceled the next day. Now I have some of the items on backorder at NM, but after seeing them here, I may cancel those, too. I utterly adore Le Metier, but there are other things in the line I actually prefer at this price.
    No denying the palettes are utterly gorgeous, though!!! Just not anything I "must have."

  • asl

    I was so excited for this collaboration, but the price for those palettes is preposterous.

    I purchased some lip cremes from BG in NY a few months back a received a free Petit Poudrier compact as a thank you, I guess. While I realize it's not part of this collection and in less fancy packaging, it contains more or less the same stuff – a luminzer, three eye shadows, and a pan of the magic transformer cream stuff. I think it retailed for around 38. To charge almost double for this seems unconscionable.

  • I'm loving these palettes, so pretty! You refer to them in your post as being "tiny" how small are they? Like the size of a credit card? or bigger? How small are they?

  • Nazia – I'm not sure if anything is LE or not. Your best bet would be to check with Bergdorfs.

    Panties – Yes, I saw those double ended glosses, SO TINY! I would rather have a full sized lipgloss from them instead.

    Jojoba – Yeah, I agree mixing cream with powder = bad idea. You're right on point about the value being questionable with the high price. I need to tell myself not to cave again in the future. Although I do think these are lovely.

    Honor – Swatches can be deceiving. I was not willing to use up my entire palette just to provide better swatches. Please take them with a grain of salt. The bronzer is quite nice, but Maldives Magic is similar in effect and much more practical. I still love my Edward Bess Daydream the best though.

    LuckyRedLisa – couldn't have summed it up better. You're better off saving the $$$ for full sized regular items.

    Diane – they are credit card sized, so yes they are very tiny.