Le Metier de Beaute is a brand I've only heard about through fellow bloggers. I've seen the pretty packaging and glamorous name knocking about for a bit, so when I was invited down to Selfridges to celebrate the launch of their new counter I jumped at the chance. Plus, they were providing cupcakes and cocktails - the two magic words. Having only been in the UK for about 18mths they're still relatively unknown, but are taking the opportunity to establish themselves well - with the launch of the new Selfridges counter, this is the first step to them becoming an exclusive brand of London's famous department store, securing their position as the premium-of-premium and something every woman wants to aspire to own.
The range isn't as large as some of the others, something that you can think of as a positive if you're like me and feel completely overwhelmed at even the mention of a MAC counter. They keep things simple, offering a large range of eye colours and lipglosses, but sticking to just a few shades of the essentials such as concealer and liner. The colours are very 'true', meaning what you see is what you get - there's no difference between what's in the pot and what's on your skin, something extremely rare in the makeup world. They make some fab products like the tinted moisturiser/primer which contains all kinds of wonderful and naturally stimulating ingredients, to the mascara which is 100% organic. They pride themselves on their good ingredients, saying they're so well made and full of goodness that you can even sleep in them.
Well, there's a dare for you isn't there?! I like a challenge, so after a little bright spark set in my head (and a few wise words from twitter) I decided to hold Le Metier de Beaute to their promise... are the products so good you can sleep in them? Would I get any spots, blemishes or bad stuff happening overnight? Would I have super greasy, manky skin when I awoke from my slumber? Being a massive cleanser enthusiast it was practically painful to step away from the makeup remover and go straight to bed, but for all the women out there that come back on a Saturday night and pass out before they've had a chance to even attempt the use of a face wipe, this was for you.
So I went to bed in a full face of LMDB makeup - tinted moisturiser, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, liner and about 8 different eyeshadow colours. You couldn't get much more slap on, but surprisingly it didn't feel as though I had half of that on because the formulae are so light. Baring in mind I fidget til the cows come home and sleep on my face, the result the next morning wasn't as half as hideous as I expected it to be. My face didn't feel greasy or delicate like it usually does post-drunken night... it still felt clear and relatively fresh. I haven't come out in spots, blemishes or any kind of normal reaction I would have. The eye makeup even practically stayed immaculate! So there you go ladies and gents - Le Metier de Beaute, you CAN sleep in it! (Although don't make it a habit.)
Ready for bed... full face of slap
puffy face but makeup still in place
Although this isn't a brand that would normally float my boat, it's definitely one for your Xmas list. The products are fabulous quality and the price points totally reflect that. It's all very well to have a makeup bag full of your mass market brands, but it's also very nice indeed to have a few statement pieces that you can invest in and feel good when you wear. I've got a few products to try out over the next few weeks so I'll be updating you on how I find them, but if my experience in store is anything to go by they're gonna be fab.