Le Metier de Beaute’s New Nude Shadow Palette is Anything But Basic

Tough to pronounce, easy to apply

There’s a new nude in town: Le Métier de Beaute’s Fashion Eye Collection Palette ($125). The cult brand has perfected the art of producing prettily packaged things that may cost you half a paycheck, but are worth every penny if you find yourself reaching for the shadows on a daily basis.

The sleek case has eight refillable shadows—a good mix of neutral mattes and ultrafine satiny shades—but what sets this truly indispensable palette apart is that the all-in-one layering system includes two surprisingly versatile variations on Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala. A great option for ladies who are just starting to experiment with the color, Fire Lily (a deep shimmery cranberry) looks drop dead gorgeous when layered over traditional browns. I love the beauty of the Bordeaux (a punkier metallic plum) for the corners of the eyes. When I wet it to use it as a liner, the shade smudged easily along my line and gave me a stunning smoky look that wasn’t oversexed. Yes, a sloppy smoky eye can do that.

I fell especially hard for the fantastic color pay-off delivered by quadruple milled powders. The phenomenally silky formulas last throughout the night when used over a primer, though I wore the buttery smooth neutrals without one during the day and saw zero creasing on my usually oily lids. Some say you should follow the 50/50 rule when selecting a palette—that is, you should be able to wear at least half of the colors in the set to make it worth the spend. The combination of nudes, bronzes, plums, and the one-off ‘Marsala’ shade in this group would flatter almost any eye color, wet or dry, making it a signature piece for just about any occasion.

Everything with Le Métier de Beauté is limited edition, so spring for one as soon as you can.

A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.