Not so much in the way of review, but just my first thoughts on the new makeup collection from Clarins this autumn:
It’s a really beautiful collection, warm lip colours, cool smokey eye colours, and very strong brows. There’s the Pretty Day five colour eye palette (£33), two shades of the Ombre Matte eye powders ( 07 Carbon and 08 Heather £19 each, a pretty greyed lavender), two shades of Rouge Eclat 21 Tawny Rose and 22 Red Paprika (£19.50), two shades of Crayon Khol, 01 Carbon Black and 10 True Violet (£17), alongside three shades of eyebrow pencil 01 Dark Brown 02 Light Brown and 03 Soft Blonde (£17).
Lets take a closer look, shall we? Eye palette and lip colours first:
Was a bit disappointed that the palette is cardboard, particularly at this price point, but the soft gold is very pretty.
I just love the colours in the eye palette, they’re soft and cool, but look fairly versatile. The lip colours are nice too. A warm red, and a mauve that complements the eyeshadows nicely. Here’s how they swatch:
Colours applied with fingers on unprimed skin. The lighter shades look a little unpigmented applied this way, but you get plenty of oomph even without primer in the three darker ones. Over primer, I think you could get a good smokey eye out of these.
The Rouge Eclats are the usual luxurious Clarins texture. Emollient and balmy without being unpigmented. I like these a lot.
The Ombre Mattes were a bit of a surprise – I’ve not seen them before – but, expecting a bouncy creamy texture, I found them dense and powdery, more like a softly pressed pigment than a cream-to-powder shadow. Colour payoff is rather excellent though:
Again, applied with a finger over unprimed skin, you get dense opaque coverage which is easily blendable for about thirty seconds or so, until they set. I think you’d get a less opaque coverage with a brush application. Carbon is rather sparkly, but Heather (my favourite) is matte. Applied over a primer, I think they’d last incredibly well.
Eyebrow pencils seem to be a good formula, not too soft, and sharpen to a good point enabling you to draw individual brows in if you need. Shade 02 Light brown seems to have a good bit of red in it, but 03 Soft Blonde looks a good taupe shade. 01 Dark brown is just this side of black. I’ll need to do a proper test of this one. The pencils have a spoolie on the end so you can brush the pencil though your brow hair.
And finally, the eyeliners:
01 Carbon Black is well named, being a good and deeply pigmented black. Clarins aren’t the softest or creamiest eyeliners in the world, and I wouldn’t use this on the waterline as a result – but it would be good on the upper lid. 10 True Violet was the liner I was most looking forward to, and the biggest disappointment in the collection, I found it draggy and patchy when applying. Gorgeous colour – I can’t resist a purple liner! – but a bad formula, I think.
Anything stand out to you?
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