Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope for Holiday 2012 Photos, Swatches, Review

Despite the fact that I’ve been pretty infatuated with Le Métier de Beauté, their Kaleidoscope was a product that I had not yet ventured into. When I saw the Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope for holiday 2012 on Zuneta and the look that is created with it, I was so mesmerized that I made my purchase immediately!

Note: this contains 16 grams/0.56oz of product, which means each eyeshadow weighs a bit more than their True Color Eye Shadows (3.8 grams/0.13oz). Le Métier de Beauté might not be the most budget-friendly brand, but it for sure gives you a lot of value!

I won’t dwell too much on packaging, since especially for those who are familiar with the Kaleidoscope kits, it is fairly standard. Essentially it functions like a jewelry box with four layers. There is a curve to help you swivel the layers out, and it can be snapped back securely. If you ever want to travel with a Kaleidoscope, the layers probably won’t pop open on their own in your bag! Something else that impresses me is the fact that the kit doesn’t topple over or even tilt whatever you do with it. I had imagined it might lose its balance if I open all the layers, but it doesn’t! The only minor critique I have is for some reason it is easy for the top to look a little “scratched.” If I could change anything about the packaging this would be it, but it’s not a deal-breaker!

EDIT: A lovely reader told me in the comment that the “scratched” appearance is actually caused by the layer of protective plastic that I didn’t spot and she’s right! Once that layer comes off the surface is all shiny and new.

The kit opens to a mirror as well as a highly reflective surface that can be used as one.

Note the size:

Bauhaus contains the following shades: Axiom (described as subtle bronzed umber by Le Métier de Beauté), Graphic (silver liquid metal), Crucible (rich pomegranate), and Genre (deep gun metal). Let’s take a closer look at all of them!

To my eyes, Axiom looks like a bronzy copper with coppery shimmer. Like other Le Métier de Beauté eyeshadows I have sampled, it is incredibly smooth and pigmented. It produces no fallout whatsoever, and the same goes to all the other shades.

Graphic is a bluish silver with a metallic finish. It is again highly pigmented and smooth, but there is a bit of underlying sheerness that could be part of the design. You can easily make it opaque with a bit of layering, but the swatch was done with one pass.

On me, Crucible is a plummy burgundy. It is shimmery, but much less so compared with the previous two shades.

Last but not least, I think Le Métier de Beauté underestimated how fantastic Genre is! Genre is a metallic steel gray with a bluish/greenish sheen. This shade has so much depth, and it is almost a duochrome with the bluish/greenish sheen! It is so incredibly pigmented and smooth. Color me impressed!

Here is all of them together:

For those of you who are familiar with Le Métier de Beauté, you might have heard of the Couches de Coleurs (layers of colors) technique. All the colors in the Kaleidoscope kits are designed to be layered on top of each other (from top to bottom) to create a prismatic effect. For example, here is Axiom alone:

Here is Graphic layered over Axiom:

Here is Crucible on top of Graphic and Axiom:

Here is all four of them together:

According to Le Métier de Beauté, the shades can be worn individually, but they work the best together to give eyes dimension. While some of the shades in Bauhaus might be trickier for me to wear alone, with a bit of layering it could be really interesting! Another observation I’ve made is that Bauhaus doesn’t work the same way most “quads” do in the sense that it might not be the most self-evident to place the colors next to each other. Therefore, while I might pair all four of them with different shades in my existing stash, if I want to use only this quad, layering might indeed be the best technique. I will do an FOTD and tell you about the experience as soon as I can, but this post is getting way too long and picture-heavy I thought I might as well stop here (I’m also saving my “bottom line” section till then, but for the moment you can already see that quality-wise you can’t fault Bauhaus for anything)!

Is Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope something that might interest you? What’s your favorite shade out of the four? Have you tried the Couches de Coleurs technique? What is your experience?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: You can purchase Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope on Zuneta. They offer free express shipping all over the world for orders over 100 pounds before Christmas (last order dates range from the 18th till the 20th, depending on where you are).

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.blogspot.com Chris El

    I’ve never ventured into the world of LMdB, but this is absolutely stunning!

    • Sunny

      Oh I hope you will soon, Chris! I haven’t been disappointed by ANYTHING they make!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Sunny! I’m on a makeup ban for 2 months!! And I feel tortured looking at the photos and swatches :-(

    • Sunny

      Ouch why are you on a makeup ban?? I’ll pray for you that Bauhaus is still available when the ban is over.

  • http://brigidbeautyblog.wordpress.com Christine Brigid

    I have been lusting after LMdB quads for a long, long time now, but haven’t ventured into buy territory. I’m just too unsure about the layering technique. Your layered swatches are incredible and I can’t wait to hear your report on it. These shades are unusual and gorgeous! Especially that Genre!

    • Sunny

      Hey Christine, the report is coming up tomorrow but let me just say it’s SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait to give it a second go and see what I can do differently too :) Genre is my favorite out of the four. You have to see this one in real life, because it’s really almost a duochrome!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    I always loved the packaging, so pretty and unique! The price is something scary for me though, but one day.. :p

    • Sunny

      Yeah I know what you mean. I just thought it was about time I gave this a try… and now I want more!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    Never tried this line before but that compact is a really unique idea.

    • Sunny

      Yeah it really reminds me of this jewelry box my mom gave me when I was little :)

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    lovely pigmentation :)

    • Sunny

      I agree!

  • http://nails.blogmesin.com Rabbit

    Packaging and pigmentation look really good.
    I think Crucible is the most interesting colour in the kit , but I like them all.

    • Sunny

      Yup pigmentation is usually GREAT with LMdB eyeshadows! Crucible is a color that scares me a lot in pan, but for some reason everything makes sense when put together. I guess that’s the magic of a Kaleidoscope kit 😉

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This is beautiful but probably not my favorite (Nouvelle Vague was–though I haven’t mustered up the courage to purchase it yet :P). But the shadows look really rich and silky–can’t wait to try my first LMdB shadow (I know–sad, isn’t it? lol)

    PS: great pics Sunny! Did you get a new camera or lighting setup perhaps?

    • Sunny

      Oh jeez Becca, STOP IT! Now I want Nouvelle Vague too!!! And no, it’s not sad. Just know that you might be hooked!

      Nope it’s the same camera and lighting! I just.. figured out how to use them better I guess LOL Thanks for the compliment Becca!

  • http://deijsprinses.wordpress.com/ deijsprinses

    If seen this beautiful product before but while I love it, it’s rather pricey and I just can’t help myself. I really have issues with spending tons of money on one product, even if it’s good. Issues 😉 😀

    • Sunny

      LOL I know what you mean 😉 But then Christmas was coming so I…

  • http://themakeuptrain.com Chris

    It is pretty awesome that they included both cool and warm shades. Most palettes/sets put “like shades together”. It’s nice to see some variety.

    • Sunny

      Exactly! LMdB seems to have very different logic :)

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Beautiful colors. This will definitely be on my wishlist.

    • Sunny

      They’re pretty amazing eh? Not the run-of-the-mill combinations you see!

  • http://www.perilouslypale.com Perilously Pale

    So beautiful! Can’t wait to see what you do with this!

    • Sunny

      It’s coming tomorrow! xx

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    What a great pigmentation ! And love the packaging, it’s something different, for a change.

    • Sunny

      The quality of LMdB has never ceased to amaze me!

  • http://www.worshipblues.com The Peculiar One

    Awwwwwwww maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! I love love love the look of Crucible. It’s positively delicious!

    • Sunny

      Haha apparently Crucible is popular around here! Maybe it’s because you don’t often see similar shades around? :)

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I actually hadn’t heard of that technique – very interesting. I do love the effect of the colors layered – I love shades that appear a blend of many tones, that can’t really be described with words. The rich bronze and red-brown-plum are particularly lovely to me, both of those would work well alone, too. I always find intentionally sheer products like Graphic interesting… in the past I probably wouldn’t have been too positive about them, but I’m starting to appreciate them – they definitely have their place

    • Sunny

      Hey Catherine, Couches de Coleurs basically means layering. It’s just that LMdB eyeshadows are supposed to be much finer, so they don’t get muddy even when they are layered multiple times. Graphic can be pretty opaque if you do two swipes instead of one, but it is pretty pigmented with one swipe already and works well layered :)

  • http://www.gettingcheeky.com Jessica

    Beautiful Sunny! I can’t wait to see what you do with this: the colors will so beautifully complement your skin tone.

    ♥ Jessica

    • Sunny

      Hey Jessica, I think the beauty about this one is anyone can make it work, depending on how you layer the colors :)

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.sg/ Jacqueline

    Be still my heart, that is one luscious eye palette and the pigmentation is out of this world. What a fantastic purchase Sunny. Do an fotd soon please I want to see how you will wear it.

    • Sunny

      I agree, Jacqueline! The pigmentation is so generous!

  • http://cogitationproject.com Emilie @ Cogitation Project

    Hey Sunny! So happy you finally ventured into the kaleidoscopes. And what a perfect introduction. I am so in love with Bauhaus :)

    • Sunny

      Yaay for me! Now I’m just scared I’ll start COLLECTING them…

  • http://morelikespace.blogspot.com Kate

    This looks so beautiful. I picked up my first kaleidoscope (Nouvelle Vague) not so long ago and I’m already thinking I need this one too! The combination of two warmer and two cooler shades is really interesting. Thanks for the lovely swatches.

    • Sunny

      I was really tempted by Nouvelle Vague as well, but I wasn’t so sure all the pinkish shades would be flattering on me. After playing with Bauhaus I’m convinced Le Metier de Beaute could do no wrong, and I’m toying with the idea again… LOL

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com Isabelle

    Whaw, that’s gorgeous! So well pigmented!

    • Sunny

      Yup! LMdB knows how to make good stuff!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    Great review Sunny. I’m marveling at the colors layered on top of each other. They look the most beautiful combined, and the final is gorgeous. It’s such a lovely collection that I will for now admire from the screen. I’m sure they all look beautiful on you :-)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Taylor! Yeah the layering is so much fun! That’s why I thought I’d show you guys a step-by-step :)

  • MakeUpFanatic

    Thanks for the review! I love LMDB and have one too many kaleidoscopes at this point and I picked up this one but it is not one of my favorites. FYI the top has a thin protective plastic cover on it that you have to peel off – that is why it looks scratched (although without the protective cover the top on the silver especially can actually get nicked).

    • Sunny

      Hey, thanks so much for the comment! It’s my first Kaleidoscope so I can’t really compare, but quality-wise it’s definitely impressive!

      Thanks SO much for telling me about the plastic cover too! I just tried and you’re right about the surface. In any case it’s much prettier now. I’ll have to protect it better :)

  • Alison

    I LOVE the look of Bauhaus. That gray! Oh my goodness! Possibly my favourite Le Metier shade choice, ever! If only it were permanent in a single, then I could get it when I head back to the States.

    If we could only get this shade, the Black from Nouvelle Vague and then a couple of other colours like… a dark plum and a midnight blue, or the purples from Violaceous Splendour or something. WOAH.

    • Sunny

      Yay I’m glad to hear you like Bauhaus! Yeah it’d be GREAT if all these eyeshadows were available as singles and we could just make our own Kaleidoscopes! We should petition for LMdB to consider the idea!