Le Métier de Beauté's new Blush Kaleidoscope ($95), exclusive to Neiman Marcus in Troy, Michigan, just arrived via DHL. It was a week in transit, and I've been eagerly awaiting its arrival.
I hopped right outside to get a photo of it and take a couple of swatch photos. I was rushed, as the sun started to disappear behind the clouds, so I'll try to get better photos on another day. For now, my verdict is, "Call Troy!" This Kaleidoscope is much more versatile and much less orange than it appeared to all of us in the advance photo.
Only one shade, the one at the top, is extremely warm in tone. I swatched quickly and very heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator, and my swatch photos were snapped in full sun.
The shade at the top that looks peach in the pan is a warm peach. No one will apply it as a blush as heavily as I did for my swatch photos. I promise I'll get some "normal application" photos later. After I wiped most of the horizontal swatch off my arm, I found the shade flattering - even for my cool-toned skin. It will coordinate beautifully with the new Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss from the Jet Set Collection for resort.
The second shade down is a peach-pink hybrid (or blend), and I think it's extremely wearable by all because it's neutral in tone. Both shades at the top appear to be matte to my eye - which makes them believable blushes. The third shade is an exquisite gold, perfect for highlighting or blending. It has a subtle shimmer, as does the pink in the bottom swing-out pan. The pink shade is stunning.
I can't wait to find time to play with the shades, applying them normally, blending them, and layering them. Mikey Castillo "did good." I'll be back on another day with more photos. For now, remember that the Blush Kaleidoscope is a limited edition. If you want one, call the counter at (248) 643-3300. That will be faster this time of year than trying to order one through your local Neiman Marcus counter.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty