Le Metier de Beaute Summerland

September 5, 2010
One thing I love about San Francisco is that they have the most beautiful stores. I stopped by the Neiman Marcus in Union Square and it was breathtaking. I was thrilled to find that they carry Le Metier. I’ve had my eye on Le Metier de Beaute’s Summerland Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss $32 for quite some time and finally indulged my cravings. Luckily they had 1 left in stock. It was meant to be.

* click photos for larger viewing of the sparkles *

is the Sheer Brilliance formula, but I find this to be one of the more pigmented ones. It’s packed with loads of shimmer and swatches on the hand very frosty. I would describe it as a complex bronzey peach that has slight pinkish tones with a silver sheen and tiny micro sparkles. It’s probably the most complex gloss I own making it hard to describe.

  • In the tube, it flashes bronze, peach and has slight pink reflecting shimmers.
  • On the back of my hand, it swatches with a silvery sheen and diamond-like micro sparkles. It’s so complex swatched on the hand it’s almost blinding.
  • On the lips, the shimmer is more subdued but still significantly more glitzy than most other Le Metier glosses (which I find are similar to Chanel’s Aqualumiere Glosses in the finish, only the Le Metier glosses surpass Chanel in their complex shimmers and unique colors). It looks silvery, bronzey-pink and bronzey-peach with silver depending on the angle. I find it very complicated.
  • Swatched next to other bronzey peach glosses, Summerland almost looks pink. (Scroll to the bottom.)

There’s a soft scent – it reminds me of cotton candy and vanilla, but it’s not overpoweringly sweet which I like. The texture is glossy but less slippery than the other glosses from the line. It seems to be in between the Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss and Lip Creme formula.

Swatched blended out & swatched heavily:

I couldn’t find a similar shade, but pulled a few other glosses I thought would help for comparison purposes.

Left to right: Bobbi Brown Spun Gold, Dior #522, Le Metier Captiva, Le Metier Summerland, Le Metier Papaye Creme, Laura Mercier Ambre Rose

Odd how, when swatched next to other shades, Summerland almost looks pinkish. While I would say it’s clearly not a straight pink. But then Papaye Creme is deceiving as well. Looks like a deep melon red in the tube, on the lips it applies like a light warm melon-gold shimmer.

Le Metier de Beaute is available at Bergorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores. Check their websites for listings of other retailers. They recently launched on Nordstrom.com as well. The price points are indeed expensive, but I find them to be a true luxury brand. I’ve been pleased with the quality and exquisite colors of 90% of the items I’ve purchased.

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  • Wow, that and the Papaye Cream are both so gorgeous!!

  • Nice colors! I've never gone shopping in san fran. But now I'd have to.

  • Gorgeous colour, and looks fab on! x

  • I was just making my list for Neiman's Beauty Event. I think I will add this gloss. Yes, it does seem to pull pink. It sort of reminds me of Chanel's Blizzard Glossimer, one of my have to haves, so I think this is a winner for me. Ps. just recently discovered your blog. Nice to have a local to follow. Nice work, thank you!

  • Eileen

    What an utterly gorgeous color, Sabrina. The way it swatches is also a delightful surprise, but it's that hint of pink at its core that is giving it such an interesting dimension. The pink is kind of a now you see it; now you don't phenomena. It's that complexity and depth that makes LMdB so highly coveted.

  • That's a beautiful colour, I will have to have a look at that one at the counter.

  • Summerland looks gorgeous. I think the slight peachy tones is a match made in heaven for you πŸ™‚


  • Martha – Le Metier is a beautiful line. I'm so glad they are doing well and expanding considering they were so exclusive and not well known when they first launched.

    The Girlie Blog – Shopping in SF is amazing. Parking is a pain though.

    TheBristolBeautyBlog – It's lovely and I think it will look different on everyone πŸ™‚

    Jellytea – It pulls pink compared to the other shades, but on the lips it's more peachy. Chanel Blizzard is probably the one Chanel item I hate – I love it on my hand, but on my lips it always makes me look like I am a frozen corpse. I am so jealous of my friends who can wear it. Just not me. So I find it very different.

    Eileen – I love the way you describe things. Again – when are we going to see your blog? (Hint hint.) I would read it every day πŸ™‚

    GraceLondon – Yes, definitely look for it!

    Lilpil – TY, it's a stunning color. Definitely more sparkley than I am used to, but they pulled it off beautifully.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful! Do you like it better than Ibiza?

  • I am completely in Love with Le Metier glosses and creme glosses. I picked up Summerland a week ago in Vegas and it is my new go to color.
    I hardly ever look at glosses in other brands any more. This brand is truly worth the $$.
    I just wish they had all the colors online instead of just in stores.
    They also have waaaay too many limited edition colors πŸ™

  • Good god, Summerland is STUNNING! Your last lip photo just looks amazing, Sabrina.

    I admit that I'm scared of your description of the silver sheen and glitter…silver is generally not my friend when it comes to lip colors. The swatch reminds me of Chanel Blizzard, which I've never worn outside because it looks ghastly on me.

    I was so thrilled to discover we have Le Metier de Beaute at the new Nordstrom Santa Monica! Thanks to you, I'll be checking out these glosses later on this week.