Last weekend, I met up with a reader, Lee and it turned into an epic 6 hour gab fest. It was quite amazing really, considering it was the first time we’d met (rather like a blind date :P ). I failed to notice the time and it was only when the restaurant we were in started seeing the dinner crowd come in, that we shifted our butts :P I think the staff were so relieved to see us go! Parking at Bangsar Village killed my poor wallet though so we’re going to have to meet elsewhere for our marathon sessions next time! :P
But what was significant about our meeting was that Lee very kindly lugged her traincase of beautiful high end makeup that we do not get here, so I could take a look at them! On that fateful day, my camera battery died. So what you have are mobile phone pictures, which she happily encouraged me to take and which I did… after I’d picked my jaw off the floor.
Here are some brands we only ever hear of without being able to see them first hand (at time of writing).
Le Métier de Beauté
A very niche and high end luxury brand for now, Le Métier de Beauté. Interestingly its an American brand, not French, despite the French-sounding name. I’d been captivated by the online buzz about this brand and it was most gratifying to see it in person. The main item I wanted to see was the Kaleidescope Eye which is a beautifully made eyeshadow palette of 4 eyeshadow pans in a swing out mechanism.
Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit – Le Cirque
This one’s Le Cirque and I did not swatch it, but it looked delicious! Lee tells me that it applies like a dream and is made to be layered one over the other. I have no doubt it is beautiful. View some swatches of it here and here. I’m absolutely lusting over it now! Its also surprisingly large. The whole kit sits in my whole palm with hardly room to spare.
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme – Framboise
Another item Lee told me I would love is the Lip Creme in Framboise. Here’s the swatch on the back of my hand. Argh!! She was right. I’m in love with the colour!
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme and Lip Glosses
Lip Creme is a liquid lipstick and I’m told its so moisturizing and just 1 application lasts the whole day. Ahhhh…… The plum looks pretty intense too. I’m dying to wear Framboise!
Le Metier de Beaute Blush Bronzer
Here’s a Bronzer/Blush which reminds me of something from… is it Bobbi Brown? It looks familiar anyway. I can’t place my finger on it. But it looks lovely.
Dolce & Gabbana
I didn’t take pictures of the eye palette (was too busy gawking) but I found the eye colours small and I wasn’t as enraptured by it. I think the super shiny packaging puts me off somewhat. You can see the packaging in the first picture right at the top.
Dolce & Gabbana Nude lipstick
I however, had to take a picture of this strange coloured lipstick. Its really a nude colour! No pinks, no oranges, just straight nude. Would be interesting to see it worn eh?
Nars Mini Multiples – Orgasm, Malibu and Luxor
Ah by comparison to the rest, Nars isn’t all that high end per se, and its less of a stranger. These are the mini multiples which were released for Christmas 2010.
Giorgio Armani! Why did you have to pull out of Malaysia??!! :( Anyway, here is a picture of the lip wax (which is like a cream lipstick), cream blush/highlighter duo and eye.
And finally, here is a picture of 3 lipsticks in a deep deep purple that I personally would find hard to pull off but which Lee assures me, looks absolutely amazing on her. I have no doubt of that :)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into some exotic luxury brands we don’t get here right now. I certainly enjoyed myself gawping at them and you can be sure, I’ve also cultivated some lemmings. Sigh…
Have you come across any of the brands above? NARS and Giorgio Armani would be quite common by now but how about the others? Or do you by any stroke of luck own anything from any of the above brands that you’d like to share your thoughts on? I’m definitely eyeing the Le Métier de Beauté but the Kaleidoscope Eye kit is … *gulp* … US$95!