I’m loving the inspiration behind luxury brand Le Metier de Beaute’s fall collection, Le Cirque. Based on Le Cirque de la Belle Epoche in late 19th century Paris, the popular and dazzling entertainment was frequented by artistic luminaries such as Picasso and Degas. I can’t help thinking though that this highly imaginative collection is just begging for some embellishment either on the packaging or the make up to match its intentions – no matter how beautiful the colours, it’s a stretch of any imagination to conjour up fanciful inspirations without a little bit of visual help. Imagine opening up the Kaleidoscopes to find a visual vintage circus imprint on each colour. Nicer, no?

Kaleidoscope Lip Kit: Les Artistes, £55. This is a pretty versatile palette with nude, bronze, rose, and a golden-flecked red, it really would see you through any mood or colour whim, especially if you get mixy with it.

Kaleidoscope Eye Kit: Le Cirque, £55. The stand out shade is Dynamique; a shimmery purple/sapphire that’s fiery and vivid. Tone it down with the shimmering stone shade Flamboyantes and – greige for eyes – mauve-grey Spectacle. Not sure where the reddish bronze Enrichissant shade comes in though…

Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss: La Belle, £20. This is a chocolately shade that for me is just too dark, but I can see it looking striking on the right person.

Nail 2010 La Belle Epoque: I wince every time I see the price of these, but I have the little Blue Magic At Dusk shade and it really is beautiful. A kind of blue-purple with irridescent tones, it’s not like any other blue or purple shades I’ve seen. Maybe that’s what you pay for – difference. They’re £10 each and tiny. You are warned!

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