Sunday, March 25, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope

Here's a quick one on the Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope. It was created by Michael Reinhardt of Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie to coincide with cherry blossom season in DC. 

The kaleidoscope consists of colors that make up a cherry blossom tree: a light shimmering peach, a gold green that mimics the leaves, an almost matte pink that is the exact shade of the flowers, and a matte brown for the twigs.

The green features a duochrome sheen and reflects gold at certain angles. I hope you'll be able to see it in the second swatch. The pink is an almost matte shade (I say almost because I detect a faint bit of sheen) so it was a little harder to pick up. The swatch above was made quite heavily.

first three layers on lid, lined with Precision Liquid Liner in Noir and topped with the fourth color

How it swatched and how it ended up looking on my eye was a complete surprise. I didn't expect it to be so light, and in retrospect I wish I put the brown on the lid as well instead of just the lash line. So far it looks like it's a My Lids But Better shade, which is not in itself a bad thing, but part of how a kaleidoscope justifies its price for me is its color transforming shenanigans, and without it I can't help but feel a little let down.

It's pretty, but if you were vacillating between the Cherry Blossom and Northern Lights Kaleidoscope, I would say go for the Auroras, if only because it shows up better.

Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope retails for $95 and is exclusively available to Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie in DC. For more information on how to order it (I hope it's still available!), visit this post on Best Things in Beauty.

Announcement: Dear readers, it's that time of the semester again. I have about one month to the end of my final year of college, and the assignments are starting to pile up at a frightening pace. I'll still try to post on Messy Wands, but I'm afraid it'll be less frequent than before. I do apologize for this, but I want to give my all for this "final push" in college. In the meantime, please enjoy the past tutorials and makeup looks you can access under the "labels" sidebar, and I hope to see you again when Messy Wands is back up and running at a steady pace.


  1. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FINALS XIAO!! You'll ace them. :)
    Yeah, this one doesn't transform as much as others I've seen and the 2 I have, but it is pretty on you. You could make dirt look good girl.

  2. Good luck on your final month in college! You should still enjoy and embrace it though! BEST WISHES<3 :D

  3. My Lids But Better, huh? I have this kaleidoscope, and I agree. The colors are very subtle, though that's why I would say they work for a bright spring day. I picked up my kaleidoscope from Michael himself, and he suggested applying the first three colors to the eyelid, then using the brown shade as liner and crease. I also took Charlestongirl's suggestion to sweep the pink shade along the brow bone. Everything's on my blog; it can be fun sometimes to compare looks. :)

    Best of luck on your finals. It'll feel great to graduate!

  4. Good luck with college, Xiao!

    I REALLY like this too! I can see myself wearing all 4 colors (easily). It's super duper spring-y and pretty!

  5. Good luck on finals!! :)

  6. I love the idea of this palette, but I agree with you, I prefer the Aurora kaleidoscope.

    Moving on to more important things, best of look on your final push in college! See you soon :)

  7. Xiao,

    What lipstick color did you use to pair with this look? It looks great on you.

  8. Beautiful colours - although, it seems to be colours are repeatedly released by different brands. Reminds me somewhat of the Guerlain Spring 2008/2009 collection (I can't remember the year).

    Good luck for the finals!

  9. Good luck on the end of college push! You'll be awesome :)

  10. Good luck for your final push!

    I am a little surprised with the blended layers on your lids. I suspect it would work better with an emollient base?

  11. I have just discovered your blog, how can I say, you are gorgeous! This look is really nice on you (even if the product is not as pigmented as I would have expected it to be, especially for that price!).

    Good luck with your finals!

    (sry for my english, it's not perfect ^^)

  12. That's a pity it doesn't show up! I really like the light green colour. I haven't found my HG light green yet *sigh*

    wish you all the best for you finals!

  13. can you please tell me what lipstick you are wearing? it looks amazeeballs!!! and btw this is not self promoting or anything its just that we have very very similar eyes.. one mono lid one double lid!!! please follow me!:)

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