I’ve been a cosmetics/product sucker/whore since my first department store makeover. I’m trying to remember exactly what that was. Lancome, I think, here in Denver maybe? I was in my mid-20s. I’m not sure how I managed to escape the department store makeover for so long. I think they just didn’t have them in Topeka. Or did they just start in the ’80s?
They did my face, I looked so polished and finished, and I of course bought every product they put on me. Not all makeovers after that were successful. The black-red vamp lip color that Chanel thought would look amazing on me was the Hooker Express, and I’m not sure I’d even put my credit card back in my wallet (I did NOT buy the Vamp lipstick) before I was wiping it off.
Time has brought a little discernment, and I haven’t bought “everything they put on my face” since that first time, but the siren call of all those makeup-aholics praising Le Metier de Beaute products has been trying to break through my discernment glass case I’ve put myself under for months – ignoring the BG and Neiman-Marcus catalogs, the In Style prize for their treatment foundation, the blog reviews, especially the British ones, the oohs and ahs over their creme lipstick in framboise, the jade and silver eyeshadow combo they put on one blogger.
I’ve tried so many overpriced cosmetic lines, loved some things in them, hated others, bought way too much of it that I soon discarded for the next newnewthing, I’m just reluctant to try new ones, especially the stratospherically priced lines. Did I mention I’m still in love with the Armani stuff I got in London? I didn’t need anything else. Really. So why look at this Metier stuff? Pointless, I sniffed, and ignored another blog review.
What finally got me? My fickle eyelashes. I’ve been doing eyelash extensions for several months, but the glue or the process or something is bothering my eyes more and more every time I do another application, and I now spend four days with red, itchy eyes and a bottle of Benadryl before they settle down. I’ve decided I need to give it up. Not just for that, but because my body tends to reject anything that is fake. My pretty short, trim nails always try to lift, peel, chip. My eyelash extensions, once they stop itching, don’t want to stay on one eye, so I have to have it done every two weeks. Some of you may be aghast, wondering how this can be when I have so much that’s fake on me. Actually, very little of me is fake. I tend to be a pretty natural girl in my every day life. I love to get glammed up, I love the eyelashes because then I don’t have to think about my eyelashes in the morning except to comb them or worry about mascara running during yoga. My nails I love because I’m not constantly having to file some new tragedy that one of my nails has become. Everything else? All me. My foundation is always the lightest I can find or a naked face – most days it’s a naked face. I love my lipstick, but it also crawls off my lips pronto.
So the eyelashes, I have to stop getting the extensions, so I need to research mascara. I wanted one that stayed on all day, didn’t smudge or otherwise crawl off my eyes within an hour. I love the Kiss Me mascara, but it just didn’t do enough to make my lashes pop out there. Off I went to Google around for mascara reviews. To my horror, the Le Metier de Beaute mascara popped up everywhere. I’ll save you some googling, you can buy it here for $34 in too many off-black colors – jade, midnight, aubergine. You don’t need them all, I’m sure, not that I heeded that advice. Reviews are excellent for the coloration and the staying power, reports that it really doesn’t smudge and gives you a nice, natural eyelash, and two coats makes them very thick and full, still not smudgy.
I shielded my eyes carefully while reading those reviews and looking at the BG site, trying to stay just with the mascara. Then I saw that In Style award for their Peau Vierge anti-aging tinted treatment with retinol and SPF 20, and everyone Loooooooooves it. Nononononononononono! Oh, oops, I think I have a sample or three of it in my bathroom. Well, I’ll just try it first – tinted treatment product is almost better than naked moisturized face! – goes on silky smooth, light, covers unevenness without giving me a mask, and my face feels and looks damned amazing. The Armani Face Fabric looks as good, but it doesn’t have retinol or spf 20, and this seems to cover the undereye area a little better and reflects light.
I really am hopeless. So I’m setting a reminder on my calendar to come back here in two months and tell you how my face looks after using it daily for that long – better, the same, worse. It’s $125, so it’s not a product you want to spend on unless you love it. Yes, I’ll report in on the mascara too and the creme lip gloss and the other couple of things that found their way into my cart before I hit checkout. Did I mention they have some new Kaleidoscope eyeshadow thingies coming out this fall that are supposed to be amazing? And they’re teaming up with Marchesa for a little palette collection? That seems to be up on the NM site now. When I go to NYC in October, I’m planting my butt at their counter and trying everything.
I went through two of my three samples of the Peau Vierge, and since I”m getting my full-size product tomorrow, I’ll give away my last sample (light to medium color) to a commenter. But you have to tell me about your first makeover – did you love it, hate it? Buy nothing, everything?