Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Le Métier de Beauté November VIP Box: Liquid Gold

Disclaimer:  I purchased this.
Le Métier de Beauté's November VIP offering is a liquid luminizer named Gilded and their angled foundation brush.  I'm enamoured with both.  I've been on a acquiring new brushes kick this month and liquid luminizers continue to be my favorite way to use highlighters, so, win/win :-)

Gilded is a true yellow gold with small flecks of mica that are visible on the skin if you are close enough to say, lick someone.  At a socially appropriate distance however you get subtle illumination.  The texture of Gilded reminds me of a dry oil in that it applies like a liquid but then dries down (evaporates?) quickly, leaving behind a golden sheen.

Lightly blended

Completely Blended

I like mixing liquid luminizers with my liquid foundation, and the two I've tried it with thus far have worked well. It does not add any weight or oiliness to the foundations or seem to interfere with them at all, which is nice.
The formula is similar to Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheers in consistency, although Gilded has more visible shimmer flecks than the two I own, Fluid Sheer #2 and #5.

While Gilded is a limited edition item made exclusively for the VIP subscription program (as far as I know), the angled foundation brush ($50) is part of Le Métier de Beauté's regular catalog.  I don't have another brush like this one, and the flat synthetic brushes look like they will be useful for initially blending foundation, especially in harder to reach crevices and crannies.  I imagine I'll still want to buff my foundation out with something like Tarte's the Buffer foundation brush, but for spreading?  This one.
Here is Gilded blended with Becca's Matte Shine-Proof foundation in Sand.  I'm getting to where I no longer care for matte foundations (in spite of my oily skin) due to how flat they can look, but that does make them prime candidates for pairing with a liquid luminizer.  It still looks flat to me, however.
On my lips I'm wearing Buxom's Bambi (top of picture, doesn't seem to be available in the regular lineup anymore) over LMdB's Nudite lip pencil ($36).  I find $36 to be ridiculous for a lip liner, but I do like it.  It's not any better than Essence's $1.50 lip liners, IMO though.
Buxom Bambi, Buxom Sashi, LMdB Nudite
Bambi + Nudite
In this one I'm wearing Gilded mixed with BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel in Natural 05.  I think my skin looks more alive here, although lighting/time of day does seem to factor in with my photos.

On my lips I'm wearing Nudite again, this time topped with Buxom's sheer shimmer gloss Sasha, which I can't find in the general catalog anymore either. I'd forgotten how much I love Buxom's glosses, but I do.
Sashi + Nudite
Perfume of the Day:  Pumpkin I by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (full review here), with it's notes of pumpkin cream, cardamon, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk.  Because it's that time of the year.  I've been using this one in my fragrance burner for all around ambiance.
Song of the Day:  Something More Besides You by Cowboy Junkies.  I can't seem to get enough of them right now.
Something More Besides You (partial lyrics)
This morning I awoke,
the bed warm where it once was cold
Small blessings laid upon us
Small mysteries slowly unfold
Yet I still wonder is there a point
to what we do?
'Cause I kind of doubt
there there is something more besides you


  1. Are you glad you subscribed to this years's LMdB? Every year I talk myself out of it but I tell you - the items are gorgeous!

    1. Yes, I'm still really happy with this subscription. There have been a few months that didn't thrill me, but the good has definitely outweighed the 'eh' for me. It's the box I look forward to the most each month!