On a day-to-day basis, I’m queen of the nude lip. I can’t tell you how many variations of pinky neutrals I own, but I can say it’s a lot! As much as I love a subtle lip though, recently I’ve been lusting after a really dramatic, vampy look. So, when Clarins’ new Joli Rouge lipstick in Royal Plum, I couldn’t wait to try it out!
Before I even get started on the formula, I have to draw attention to the gorgeous packaging. Like all of the new Joli Rouge Lipsticks, Royal Plum comes in a stunning golden tube. It’s terribly glamorous and grown up, and it looks so pretty in my makeup bag!
Royal Plum is a really stunning blackened red shade. Before applying, I made sure to thoroughly exfoliate and moisturise my lips to keep the colour as smooth as possible. Then I applied the lipstick straight from the bullet. Unlike a lot of super dark shades I’ve tried, the hint of red in the formula gave Royal Plum a brightness which is super flattering, and stops me feeling too washed out. It’s this hint of colour which also keeps teeth looking bright and white, a must when wearing these sorts of shades!
The texture of the Joli Rouge lipstick is absolutely perfect for the deep shade – the lightweight and creamy formula just glides onto lips without any tugging, and the colour is wonderfully even. The lipsticks have the yummiest fruity scent, and the lasting power is really something – I got over three hours before I needed to reapply!
Clarins Rouge Joli in Royal Plum is priced at £19.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I’m not sure quite why, but the moment the leaves start to turn, I tend to abandon my legions of lip glosses, and head squarely for lipsticks. I think there is something so lovely about wearing a richer lip colour in Autumn’s golden light, Clarins have just relaunched their Joli Rouge lipstick collection, and I couldn’t be more in love.
Packaged in movie-star worthy golden tubes, these lipsticks just ooze glamour, and I’ve been absolutely loving trying out the variety of shades.
The colours in line up range from the vampiest oxblood to beautiful, easy to wear nudes, and the formulas are absolutely dreamy. They feel light, and balm-like to wear, and the fruity scent is such fun!
I’ll be sharing more in-depth individual colour reviews this week, but if you can’t wait that long, you can find Clarins’ Joli Rouge lipsticks here (UK) and here (US)
I think that Clarins must keep their eyebrow products for their Autumn collections – I’m still in love with their Perfect Eyes & Brows palette from last year (see my review here). This season’s offering is a bit lower maintenance, with a renewal of their Eyebrow Pencil.
Clarins’ Eyebrow Pencil is perfect if you’re after a natural amount of definition. Packaged in a rather similar manner to their eyeliners, One end of the pencil contains the colour, whilst the other is topped with a stiff spoolie brush. For best effects, I tend to apply the pencil with feather light brush strokes, then brush through with the spoolie.
The pencil is pigmented enough that a few strokes give brows both colour and definition, and the cool tone of the pencil keeps it looking natural. As part of the Autumn collection, Clarins are releasing two colours – 01 Soft Blonde and 02 Brown (pictured) so no matter what your colouring, your brows can look amazing!
Clarins Eyebrow Pencil will be priced at £17.00 and will be released soon.
It’s like Clarins can read my mind – each collection seems to be prettier than the next, and I’m absolute in love with the newest Autumn collection.
The collection is filled with a gorgeous selection of neutrals which are perfect for elevating your everyday looks! One of the products I rely on, on a daily basis is Clarins’ Crayon Khol – a stunning inky black liner which adds just the right amount of definition without looking too stark.
Unlike a lot of kohl pencils I’ve tried, Clarins’ offering has a slightly drier consistency which is perfect for smoking out, and creating a good smudgy look. To use, I simply line the upper waterline of my lashes, and use the brush end to soften the liner edge. If I want to create a more dramatic look, I simply trace my upper lash line too, then smudge it with the brush end. It’s incredibly easy, and once the liner is on, it doesn’t go anywhere!
Clarins’ Crayon Khol 01 will be priced at £17.00 and will be available soon!
When it comes to choosing scents, my top priority is always smelling fresh. I love feeling like I’ve just stepped out of the shower, so normally that means that I choose citrus notes for day-to-day wear. Most recently I’ve fallen even further in love with Clarins’ iconic Eau Dynamisante – it’s one of those fragrances which just smells so classic, I’ve been wearing it daily for the past few weeks.
Packaged in a red jewel of a bottle, Clarins first released Eau Dynamisante back in 1987, but it feels like such a fresh and classic fragrance to wear! I first start off with the Eau Dynamisante shower gel (review to come!) and it’s the perfect morning pick me up, then, once I’m out of the shower, I use a few squirts of the spray. Unlike a lot of scents, Eau Dynamisante won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Instead, it moisturises, firms and tones skin thanks to the essential oils of Lemon, Patchouli, Petit Grain, Ginseng and White Tea in the formula. When first applied, Eau Dynamisante is incredibly fresh and citrusy, and as the fragrance dries down, more herbal and woody notes become more noticeable. I love the freshness of the scent, and it sticks around for hours!
Clarins Eau Dynamisante is priced at £39.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US).