So as I told you a while ago, Zuneta started carrying Le Metier de Beauté, and this brand has been so hyped amongst bloggers during the past years that I really wanted to try it. I already had a little play with the shadows here but I used them the traditional way, while LMDB have their own method that they call "couches de couleur" - litterally layers of colors.
If you want to see it demonstrated, here is a little video for you.
The gorgeous evening makeup featured in the videos actually triggered my eyeshadow order, as I thought it was really beautiful.
To give you more explanations that what is said there, the LMDB colors are classified in 4 groups that serve 4 different purposes :
- Brighten: Resembles skin color, but has a little radiance to it
- Warm up: Resembles your natural blush color. Everyone has a different color, some people have more red, some more pink. To determine what tone you are, you should clench your knuckles and look at the color by the protruding bones.
- Focus: What the overall look is going to become
- Give depth: Usually placed at lash line, gives a veil to the entire look.
If you want additional information on this technique, I recommend checking fellow blogger and Lipstick Bandit Xiao at Messy Wands - she's the resident LMDB expert, in my opinion, and she has tons of FOTD and swatches available.
Now, I did try and use that technique with some eyeshadows I already owned but didn't find it worked too well and thought that there had to be something to the LMDB's eyeshadows that would allow them to work better this way.
And so of course, as soon as I received my shadows, I gave the technique a try. Which lead to this:
|Liner is a Nars Larger than Life pencil, not an eyeshadow.|
My opinion on the technique.
Let us be honest, there is a very tight line before depth-giving technique and muddy mess, and I'm not sure I didn't cross it here. I found it not that easy to layer the colors equally on both eyes and to get an even result. As a matter of fact, it is not even: the dark blue has darkened an eye more than the other.
I am also not totally convinced that this is flattering on my eyes, as I do need shading to make up for my hooded lids. In a look where the same colors are layered overall, there is no creation of depth in the crease.Probably not the best technique for me, then.
I might be overthinking here but lots of looks I've seen on blogs were done the traditional way (lid, crease, outer v, liner...). Would that be an indication that this technique does not work as it should for lots of us?
My opinion on the eyeshadows.
I did not really find there was anything special to their texture that made layering easier.
I found the colors I got pretty but were they worth 31€ each? I am not sure at all
Could I still use them the traditional way? Sure, but again, I'm not sure they then have enough added value to justify the price. They're not buttery soft nor über pigmented like Rouge Bunny Rouge for example.
I am going to give them some more play because I do want to give them a chance to work, considering all the hype they get all over the blogosphere. Maybe it's just me but so far, I don't get the appeal
In short... From my experience, I would not recommend splurging and spending over 90€ for a kaleidoscope or over 30€ for a single shadow unless the color is really unique and something you have been really looking for, or unless the couches de couleur technique works particularly well for you.