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making faces :: is "corinthian" the stuff of myth?

are you ready for my corinthian style?
corinth is currently a smallish greek town, about 80km from athens, the second largest population centre of the peloponnesus [the large peninsula in the southern part of greece] after kalamata. but in ancient times, corinth was a powerful city state, supposedly founded by a descendant of the god helios, probably not a factual statement, but typical of the era, which freely combined history and myth in a proud tradition carried on today by fox news.

today, the corinthians are all but forgotten- an ancient ruin replaced by an industrial-era town far after greece had ceded its position of power in the world. today, it's a city best known for its contribution to architecture, particularly a design of column. it's probably not what the god helios envisioned for his family. 

but le metier de beaute understands the mythical, romantic legacy of ancient corinth, i'm sure. that's why they named their most prized and elusive eye shadow for it. a shade that is as classic and iconic as the city of ancient corinth itself. indeed "corinthian" is elusive. and by "elusive" i mean "sold out just about everywhere for long periods of time despite the fact that it's supposed to be part of the permanent collection". "elusive" just saves time. 

I'VE CAPTURED THE "ELUSIVE" CORINTHIAN AND AM HIDING IT AFTER THE BREAK
but from the first time i read descriptions of it, i knew it had to be mine. 

corinthian, natural light
i lucked out, because zuneta got a shipment in, but didn't have a clickable swatch of it on line for a while. it just appeared in the drop-down menu when you went to select your colour. score! of course, zuneta are no slouches. they discovered there error, added the swatch and, well, now it's sold out again. but it does periodically crop up wherever le metier de beaute is sold. it pretty much has to. it's a permanent collection item. 

as a rule, taupe eye shadows are at once so mysterious and difficult to describe and so universally flattering that they do tend to create a frothy frenzy [i still can't use the word "frothy" without cringing] among cosmetic devotees. being neither a true brown nor grey, but somewhere in between, often touched by the hand of purple [and sometimes other colours, because it can get pretty kinky where taupes are concerned], taupe combines well with a lot of other colours, but also stands tall on its own. as much as you want something standing tall on your eyelids. 

corinthian, with flash
being a le metier shadow, "corinthian" already has a lot to live up to, and it does. it is incredibly smooth, easy to blend, long-lasting and everything else you want a shadow formula to be. i'd also say that it's probably the most pigmented le metier shade i own. the colour payoff is intense from the first swipe, kind of like you'd expect from a much darker colour [like "fig"], but almost shocking on something as unassuming as a little ol' taupe. it can be sheered out a little, but it does deposit a surprising amount of colour. it's really the sort of thing you could wear all on your own, if you were pressed for time, because it would still look finished. 

i've heard it compared to mac's holy grail taupe "satin taupe" and the comparison is apt- i would say that "satin taupe" is more brown, whereas "corinthian" has a real pink tinge to it that makes it different. there's also a very complex shimmer to corinthian, which makes it almost hypnotic to look at. remember that if you put it on and suddenly find everyone transfixed by your charisma. in terms of other taupes, i compared it to a couple of favourites: nars "ashes to ashes" is a lot lighter; mac's own mythical taupe "mothbrown" [being released again soon as part of their online only "by request" collection] is much more grey and cooler. what can i say? taupes are often very different from one another and many of them are quite fascinating. 

natural light l to r :: nars ashes to ashes, corinthian, mac satin taupe, mac mothbrown [l.e.]

with flash l to r :: nars ashes to ashes, corinthian, mac satin taupe, mac mothbrown [l.e.]
i've already talked about how much i like le metier's products and there's no reason to repeat that here, except to say that "corinthian" is absolutely worth the time it takes to find it. i love the company. i love their "prestige but not prissy" attitude that creates high end formulas in an exciting range of shades. if you want to splurge on something and at the same time value originality in terms of shades, le metier should absolutely be your destination. 

here's a look i tried with "corinthian" [and not a whole lot else]. it's a perfect quick night out look that i threw together while pulling music to play at my last dj set. [photos are taken with flash. bonus points for spotting dom waiting patiently for me to be done... the trials of being a blogger's boy...]

products used

the base :: 
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
gosh liquid concealer "light"
marcelle pressed powder "translucent"

eyes ::
le metier de beaute e/s "corinthian" [rosy taupe]
mac greasepaint stick "dirty" [dark grey-brown]*
mac e/s "creamy bisque" [pinkish-ivory highlight]*
urban decay 24/7 e/l "perversion" [blackest ever black]
armani eyes to kill excess mascara
cheeks ::
edward bess quad royale "south of france" [shimmery mauve sand]

lips ::
yves st. laurent l/s "pourpre carmin" [deepest purple berry]

*suggested alternates :: dirty = makeup forever aqua shadow 4f [a little lighter and greyer]; creamy bisque = mac dazzlelight [warmer and has more of a shimmer] 

le metier de beaute is available at many fine department stores south of the border, however it's only available through mail order in most other parts of the world. luckily, a lot of places ship throughout the world. the most affordable option is likely zuneta, as their shipping fees are very low and they do a strict currency exchange, rather than adding costs for duty and taxes. [although you will be liable for those on your end, it's likely less expensive than if you allow the retailer to assess them for you.] also, they're shipping is extremely fast and efficient and their customer service kicks arse. 

like i said "corinthian" is theoretically part of the standard lmdb line-up, so it should be available everywhere the brand is sold. it just has a tendency to go out of stock pretty fast. you can snap it up as soon as you see it, or you can wait for your favourite retailer to get it in. your choice. 

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