Friday, June 7, 2013

Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream eyeshadow palette review + comparison swatches

         Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a tale set in the context of the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. There are several intertwined storylines, brought together by the machinations of mischievous fairies. Perhaps the most provocative tool of fairy magic employed in the tale was the Love in idleness, a white flower turned purple when struck by cupid's bow. When juice from the transformed flower is applied to closed lids, a person will fall in love with the first thing he or she sees upon waking. As you can imagine, this leads to quite a bit of comedic misadventure!

         Le Métier de Beaute has tickled our fancy this summer by creating a palette inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  I've been delighting in this set, thanks to LMdB, and have a review to share with you today. It's a collection of four lovely colors with which to anoint to our lids --- don't worry, they aren't quite as potent Shakespeare's fairy flowers, but be forewarned, you still just might fall in love!

          The Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream Kaleidoscope Eye Kit is packaged in reflective silver plastic packaging. It has a hinged mirror on top and four pull-out layers, each with one eyeshadow within. The shades were designed to be layered from top to bottom using LMdB's Couches de Couleur (Layers of Color) technique.

          You can see the Shakespearean inspirations in the name of each eyeshadow. The colors included are as follows, from top to bottom. Midsummer is an ethereal pink-gold. Fairyland is a silver-flecked grey. Athenians is a warm bronze. Love-in-idleness is a deep indigo blue shadow.

           I've swatched the Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream Kaleidoscope Eye Kit below, along with a few other colors in my collection so you can get a sense of the nuances in each shade. MAC Vex eyeshadow is very similar to Le Métier de Beauté Midsummer; both have an oyster base and a pink sheen. MAC Tzarine eyeshadow has a similar intensity to Le Métier de Beauté Fairyland, the latter has more pink tones, while the former has more gold tones. NARS Lola Lola eyeshadow (see story of how I purchased it here) is similar to Le Métier de Beauté Athenians, however Lola Lola is more red toned, while Athenians has more gold shimmer. Chantecaille Black Tip from The Sharks palette (reviewed here) looks similar to Le Métier de Beauté Love-in-idleness in the pan, however they are quite different when swatched. Chantecaille Black Tip is a much more brilliant blue, while Le Métier de Beauté Love-in-idleness has a blacker base and an indigo sheen.

          I love the combination of misty cool tones with warm hues in the Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, as I regularly employ this kind of contrast in my everyday routine. The colors are beautiful and practical, befitting an Amazonian or Fairy Queen --- and perhaps even your lids this midsummer! The limited edition Le Métier de Beauté Summer Night's Dream Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95) is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman (if interested, call for more info at 212-872-8612).

         Thanks for reading! Have you read or seen A Midsummer Night's Dream? What Shakespearean plays are your favorites? What was the last LMdB product you tried?

Love, Dovey.

P.S. For more Le Métier de Beauté, be sure to check out my review of Le Métier de Beauté True Eye Color in Nutmeg.
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.


  1. Wow, this is a gorgeous palette, I love the delicate grey shade, it's very special. Thanks a lot for the comparison swatches! Beautiful!

  2. What a fun quad! I'm really bummed out about their new vault exclusives though. Shipping would cost me about the same amount of money as the Kaleidoscope itself, and I just can't put that much money down on one product :(

  3. I love the design of the compact! I don't own anything quite like it. It's very pretty :) I love the bronze shade the most, so very warm! It's the sun in a pan :)

  4. I'm heading to the LMdB counter on Sunday at NM Palo Alto...I'll look for this!

  5. This palette is so beautiful! Midsummer and Love-in-idleness are gorgeous. I read A Midsummer Night's Dream in 7th grade and didn't really get it then, really need to re-read it!

  6. AnonymousJune 07, 2013

    So pretty!! I am loving greys lately so this looks perfect!

  7. Beautiful! I love the mix of warm and cool in this palette. Great comparisons, too! Tzarine is stunning!

  8. I love this shades combination. Athenians is awesome!

  9. I don't know why, but I don't like this form. Shades are beautiful.

  10. What a beautiful selection of shades, thanks for sharing will have to keep my fingers crossed we get that over here :)

  11. That was a clever pun about anointing the lids. ;)

    Looking at the shades in the pan didn't do anything for me, but seeing the swatches made me think that the shades really do look quite magical!

  12. I always love LMdB's Kaleidoscopes :) At first glance my favorite shade is Midsummer. Great comparisons!

  13. AnonymousJune 09, 2013

    I never had one but I really want one! this colour combo looks like something I would wear often I think. I like the idea of their kaleidoscopes a lot :) / Claire xxx

  14. I really adore your first pic! The best compliment for LMdB's palette, very pretty and remind me to issey miyake's summer fragrance bottle (forget the exact year)..

    However LMdBs are too pricey for me..


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