Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer – Swatches and Review

Silk Road is another stunning success from the Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter 2011 collection. This polish is easily a one coater and there were no issues with brush streaks. These pics show two coats and I apologize once again for the abysmal condition of my nails.

Bringing together wealth and mystique, Le Metier de Beaute introduces EAST MEET WEST, the newest limited edition nail lacquer collection for Fall/Winter 2011.
Inspired by the jewels, spices and luxurious fabrics traveled along the Silk Road EAST MEET WEST includes four bold hues with a touch of shimmering sheen.
Mixing daring colors and understated elegance, each shade is a must have for the Fall and Winter seasons:
Dynasty—a deep, shimmering fuchsia.
Anatolia—a rich plum illuminated with bronzy, golden shimmer.
Silk Road—a metallic, bronzed copper.
Urban Dweller— a rich chocolate plum with golden effervescence.
Specifically formulated to be Three-Free without formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Proposition 65-compliant and fortified with strengthening proteins and hydrators, Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers are highly pigmented for rich, glossy, long-wearing color.

Silk Road is described, as seen above, as a metallic bronzed copper. This is very accurate but at the same time I couldn’t stop thinking of it as a yummy chocolate bronze even though I don’t think that description even makes a whole lot of sense. I love it and wouldn’t be surprised if I went through my entire cute little bottle this fall!

The mini lacquers retail for $10. I purchased mine online at Neiman Marcus and Le Metier de Beaute is also available at Bergdorf Goodman and select Nordstrom.

Giorgio Armani Jacquard Eye Palette #1 Face of the Day

Here is my face of the day testing out the Armani Fall Jacquard palette #1. I think you will see why I was a little disappointed. I swear in these pics you can almost see that the eye shadow was dry in texture. I’m sure that’s my over active, hyper critical imagination though ;-)
This also demonstrated just how purple the Chanel Taupe liner is. If I hadn’t of pointed out it’s use you may have just assumed I’d lined under my eyes with the purple from the Armani palette wouldn’t you? ;-)

Products Used:

Face:
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Shade 1
MUFE HD Concealer 305 set with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Le Metier de Beaute Visage de Soie

Cheeks:
Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Ecrin

Eyes:
NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eye Primer and MAC Painterly Paint Pot as base
Giorgio Armani Jacquard Woven Eye Palette #1: Beige on browbone and inner corner, pale green on lid, deeper green on outer v and crease, purple thick to line upper lash line
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eye Liner in Taupe to line lower lash line
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Black

Lips:
Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss in Coy

 

Giorgio Armani Fall 2011 Jacquard Woven Eye Palette #1 – Swatches and Review

At first I thought I was going to be able to avert some of the Fall collections with my credit card unscathed but my fellow bloggers were out to get me! I could not resist ordering one of the Giorgio Armani Fall Jacquard eye shadow palettes. Charleston Girl over at The Best Things in Beauty is determined to make me order more form Armani’s Fall collection with her beautiful swatches and reviews of the collection. We’ll see how long I can hold out.

From the Neiman Marcus website:

Jacquard – intricately woven color.
Light, transparency, density and color, woven together create the luxuriously sophisticated jacquard look for Fall 2011.
The famous jacquard fabrics, made primarily of silk, were constructed in a variety of complex weaves juxtaposing light, color and texture in a highly sophisticated design.
From textiles to cosmetics…Never before was Armani fabric artistry so close to makeup.
Giorgio Armani Cosmetics premiers a new approach to color with translucent colors in non opaque, luminous bases for infinite blending of vibrant muted colors. From the softest, evanescent color veil, to an intense sheer color vibrancy.

First of all the woven pattern is absolutely stunning. It really is beautiful. I also love that no space is wasted in Giorgio Armani compacts with the inclusion of useless sponge tip applicators. I love the colour combination of the Jacquard palette. The slightly green tinged beige is versatile and beautiful. I did experience some fallout from the fine shimmer in this shade. The sage and moss toned greens have a more shimmery effect and can be built to a more frosted finish. The deep purple is a really nice matte that is smooth enough to have a more satin effect on the skin. I really love the shades and the pigmentation was good but I found the formula to be a bit dry. I wouldn’t really call it chalky but it’s drier than the buttery smooth formulas I prefer. Much different than the formula in the Summer Mediterranean palette. Because of this dry texture I didn’t find they blended as nicely as I would like. I will have to play more with this quad because after my first face of the day using it (stay tuned) I’m not really inclined to keep it.

I ordered this from the Neiman Marcus website.