I am proud to announce that Messy Wands is part of the Beautybloggers.org second annual charity auction! I am the last blogger in the world to be announcing my participation as the others have already blogged about this weeks in advance. Let my late posting be your absolute last reminder that it will go live tomorrow, November 28 and last through December 12.
For those who aren't familiar with the auction, O Queen of Swatching Karla Sugar organized the same event last year, where she gathered beauty companies and bloggers to donate some (oft rare and discontinued) items to this charity event, where the proceeds will completely benefit Doctors Without Borders. Some of this year's treasures include two of Chanel's discontinued polishes, the limited edition Karla Sugar lip gloss by Le Métier de Beauté, the eternally sought after MAC Stereo Rose and Marine Life (!), the discontinued Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle, and the entire Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge skincare line (!!!).
My own contribution is Le Métier de Beauté Modernist Merlot, created exclusively for Neiman Marcus Fashion Island to celebrate Fashion's Night Out. While I was not able to review it, Best Things in Beauty and Raeview have both done fabulous write-ups with great pictures and swatches, so I encourage you to head over and see if Modernist Merlot tickles your fancy.
In light of the recent Come One, Come All fiasco, where three of the colors are exact duplicates from recent kaleidoscopes (I don't know if we will ever have time to discuss this, though I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments), I made sure to compare Modernist Merlot to every single kaleidoscope I owned. I am currently in the process of asking Karla to make a correction to my listing. The third shade of Modernist Merlot is the same as the one in Silk Road. The other three shades are original.
That said, the complete effect of layering Modernist Merlot from top to bottom produces an entirely different look compared to Silk Road and the fourteen other kaleidoscopes I own (unlike what you get with Come One, Come all). It is a worthy palette for a worthy cause, and I hope you will add my humble contribution to your list of bids.