As if the swoon worthy Skintones Eyeshadow Palette wasn’t enough (you can read my review here), Clarins are releasing a whole new line of eyeshadows as part of their Autumn 2014 collection. The Ombre Matte Cream to Powder eyeshadows are a move away from regular palette shadows, and instead are pots filled with the most gorgeous natural tones.
Packaged in the most glamorous of gold-lidded pots, the formulas are a complete dream to work with. The shadows themselves feel like velvet to apply, and the soft texture completely melts into the skin.
02 Nude Pink is a beautiful peachy-toned nude shade. I apply it over my entire lid with my finger, and it completely melts into the skin. It’s a beautiful base shade, and it has a great brightening effect when worn alone.
04 Rosewood is a cool taupe which I’m all kinds of obsessed with. For day, it’s perfect when smudged into the lash line, and the colour is easy to build when I want a slightly more dramatic look.
Like all of Clarins Autumn 2014 collection, the Ombre Matte Cream to Powder shadows are perfect neutrals, which contain no shimmer or sparkle. Instead, they work to emphasize your own natural beauty, and they are just the most swoon worthy shades. The collection is all ready selling out across the pond, so keep you’re eye on the Clarins website as it should be available super soon!
In the US they are available here.
In case you hadn’t realized it, I should admit that I’m completely head over heels for Clarins’ Autumn 2014 Ladylike Collection. I adore the elegant but natural look that the products create, and the brow palette is a work of complete genius.
Packaged in the same glamorous compact as Clarins’ eye shadows palettes, the Perfect Eyes and Brows contains absolutely everything you need to rival Cara Delevigne in the eyebrow departments. The compact contains three powders in taupe, warm brown and rich chocolate which you can use to fill in and shape your brows.
The choice of colors means that you’re sure to be able to mix your perfect shade, and I’ve been known to swipe the middle shade over my eyelids for a quick shadow-fix. All three area perfect consistency – they feel almost creamy and the colour payoff is divine. You only need a quick swipe to sculpt brows, and the colors look so natural you can experiment with darkening your brows without it looking artificial. When I’m wearing my hair up, I’ve been darkening my brows for a more sculpted and groomed look. Once you’re happy with your colour and shape, a quick swipe of the wax (the peachy shade in the centre) keeps everything looking perfectly in place. The furthest sill pink shade is a gorgeous shadow which brightens up the whole eye area. You can use it all over the lid, or I also like to dot a little in my inner eyes and swipe a little under the curve of my brows to look wide awake.
As if all the glorious powders and waxes weren’t enough, the tools included in the palette are a complete god-send if you’re on the go. Usually I dispense with the dinky little brushes and foam pads which come with compacts, but these are something else! A mini spoolie brush is perfect for getting brows under control, whilst the angled brush is great for applying colour evenly.
I think the star of the tools show, however are the tweezers. I’m a bit of a tools-snob, and always have a pair of Tweezerman on hand, but I have to admit, these are amazing. I used them for a quick tidy up, and despite their dinky size, they grabbed every little hair with ease.
This is a complete must-have when it’s released in August it will cost £33 you can find it in the US here
Even though most of us are still soaking in the sun, Clarins have been super busy inventing what can only be described as the most flattering of eyeshadow palettes.
The whole premise of Clarins’ Fall collection for 2014 is the idea of ladylike beauty. The Eye Quartet Mineral Palette is beautifully thought out – two brown shadows – one taupe, one beige are supported with a glittery dark brown shadow and a soft bone highlighter.
Inspired by various skin tones, I can’t imagine anyone not falling completely in love with this palette. The shadows are all soft enough to blend beautifully, and the wear time is excellent. Like with all Clarins’ shadows, there is no problem with creasing. I tested out the shadows using the new illuminating base (review to come, so stay tuned!) and I couldn’t be happier with the results. For someone who seems to collect brown eyeshadows like I do, these have definitely become my new favorites. The simplicity of this palette is just perfect – if you’re currently in the market for a go-to, you must check this out!
For an easy yet elegant day look, I have been blending the soft beige shadow (top left) over my lid, with a little of the taupe (bottom right) in the crease. To create a more dramatic look for evening, I then line a little of the sparkly brown over my lash line, and continue it under my lower lashes to create a sort of V-shape, then a touch of the highlighter at my inner eyes and under my brows keep me looking perky. If that seems a little too subtle for you, since the shadows are all mineral-based, they can also be used wet for extra intensity.
Like most Clarins’ eye palettes, the Skin Tones comes packaged in a glamorous golden compact. I love the old Hollywood glamour of the shiny case and the large mirror tucked in the lid is super convenient for on the go touch ups.
The palette will launch in August, and it will cost £32 US readers can find it here