Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope

October 20, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope ($95 for 0.56 oz/16gms) has been widely raved about by many. I’ve been waiting for this kit since August when I saw the press release and previews in the Neiman Marcus book. It finally arrived at Neiman Marcus counters and online. It’s a beautiful palette of pinks combined with an intense true black. It does not disappoint and fully lives up to my expectations.

The shades in the palette have names, but they aren’t labeled anywhere on the packaging so I will refer to them as layer 1, 2, 3, and 4 but according to Le , the shades are named as follows:

  • Layer 1: Nouvelle, described as a “sheer mink negative” is a soft warm shimmering seashell pink, to my eye this is almost identical to the one in Antiquité Poupée
  • Layer 2: Gamine, described as a “satin pink celluloid”, a frosted cool pink
  • Layer 3: Icon, described as a “silky matte Parisian mauve”, a lovely mauve-nude satin, the perfect contour shade, but not in the traditional nude or brown
  • Layer 4: Fin, described as a “smoldering black carbon”, an intense true black with slight shimmer, definitely the deepest darkest black I own (darker than MAC Carbon, my older Shu Uemuras, Chanel Black Star, Burberry Midnight Black etc.)

The texture is smooth and colors have amazing pigment. The Couches de Couleur layering technique is pure genius with all their kaleidoscopes. This one is no exception. While most press photos showed this kit in the black packaging, mine arrived in silver from Neimans. It appears most others are also in silver packaging. The actual kit is cooler-toned than online promotional photos. When I first saw it, I was concerned that it might give me a pink-eye look with all the pinks. However, the combination of the mauve and the black prevent it from looking too pink.
Close ups and swatches, (L to R) Layers 2 and Layer 1:
(L to R): Layer 4 and Layer 3:

A few sets of comparisons, first up pinks compared to Le Métier de Beauté Antiquité Poupée, Rose Champagne and Bobbi Brown Pink Pearl:

Second, the mauve compared to Burberry Antique Rose and swatched next to MAC Mauvement:

The black shade swatched next to Burberry Midnight Black, Le Métier de Beauté Thunder, and Urban Decay Zero:

I think it’s a beautiful kit that will suit a wide range of skintones. It stands out among other beautiful releases this winter season. I’ve found it beautiful for both day and night looks. The black is finally what I’ve been searching for for many years. It’s a true intense deep black that doesn’t go on grey or blue (like most other blacks do). It made the perfect look for a night out (went perfectly with a little black dress) last week when my husband and I celebrated our four year anniversary. I matched it with a sheer pink cheek (Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink + 24k Shimmer Brick) and a rosy pink lip (Chanel Stresa Aqualumiere plus Bon Bon lipgloss, both discontinued).

It should be available to all Le Métier de Beauté counters now. I found mine at Neiman Marcus in store. Did you try or buy Nouvelle Vague? What were your thoughts?

See two beautiful eye looks on Messy Wands and Temptalia.

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  • Wow, that is one gorgeous palette! I'd be curious to check out le metier de beaute in person. All their Kaleidoscope eyeshadows look so lovely! xx

  • Very pretty! Looks like it would be gorgeous on! I like that the shades are quite different from other Kaleidoscopes released in the last couple of years. Enjoy 🙂

  • I was a little worried that the three to shades were too similar, but your swatches are brilliant and really show the depth of color. And that black is just amazing!

  • I thought the three top colors were too similar, but your swatches really show the depth and difference between them. And that black is just amazing

  • AGH! I need this so bad! Why do I have to be so broke right now. Wahhh!

  • A beautiful palette. I appreciate your comparisons to similar colours from other lines.

  • Sabrina, your review and swatches are the best I've seen of this gorgeous palette. You've done an excellent job of capturing the true color (I have this Kaleidoscope) of each pan and your comparisons are so very helpful for anyone who is wondering whether they might have dupes. The black comparisons in particular are very helpful. I have some palettes with a black shade and some black singles, but I don't have anything quite like Fin (which means End as in The End).

  • I wasn't that interested in the stock pictures or others I'd seen but yours are perfect and now I'm very interested in this.

  • I look forward to someone doing an eye look with this palette. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures of these (all of them are sooo pretty) shadows. xoxo Beth in Pgh 😉

  • I love the mauve layer 3 of this palette— I seem to be in the mood to wear rose so often lately. I like the color palette in this set, they seem to complement each other so well!