Hey guys! One brand that I have never done a post on is Clarins, I'm not sure why as they have some lovely products, and their recent releases have been seriously good! Clarins also just launched their collection for autumn 2014, which they've named "Ladylike". Most of the products are quite neutral, with a mainly purple, grey, nude shade range, but there are also a few striking lipstick shades! This means today that I am here with a review of a few products from the collection.
Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadow - Nude Beige (01), Taupe (03), Sparkle Grey (05) - £19*
First up are the Ombre Matte eyeshadows! These are described as a "cream-to-powder matte" eyeshadow, but I wouldn't really call them a cream eyeshadow, more of a velvety smooth powder. They really do apply beautifully, and are very easily to blend! As for lasting power, I get a good six hours wear, without any primer, before they start to crease at all, and as my eyes can get quite oily (hence why I almost always wear an eyeshadow primer) I think that is pretty good.
The three shades, out of the range of six, that I got were Nude Beige, Taupe and Sparkle Grey! Nude Beige is quite a self-explanatory name, a matte nude beige shade. I love using this as a base for my eyeshadow as it's a lovely, blendable shade that seems to go with every other eyeshadow shade! Taupe is a dark taupe shade and Sparkle Grey is a gorgeous shimmery purple, grey shade, which is one of the prettiest shades that I've seen. Purple toned eyeshadows are something that I almost never wear, so I was actually surprised that this seemed to suit me really well!
These are a lovely range of eyeshadows, which I would definitely recommend! They are a little pricey at £19 each, but there seems to be a lot of product in each pot and one would make a great Christmas present (yes, I am already talking about Christmas presents).
Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base - £22*
Following on from the subject of eyeshadow, onto Clarins' eye primer! This can either be used by itself to smooth out your eyelids and add a little colour, or under eyeshadow to help prolong the life of your eyeshadow and reduce the risk of it creasing.
This is tanned skin shade (that's the best way I can describe it), but blends out slightly lighter than that! The shade of this does actually remind me of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden, but slightly more nude toned. The formulation is really smooth and creamy, plus when it dries it feels incredibly light!
I definitely do notice a difference in my eyeshadow's longevity when I use this, since it can increase six hours wear without creasing, to more than ten hours of wear!
This is a product that I have seen a lot of other bloggers raving about! The Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brow Palette is a must have on-the-go palette, as it contains not only three brow powders (which can also be used as eyeshadows), a setting wax and pink highlighter (you could either use this as an eyeshadow or under your brow bone), but also three little tools - mini tweezers, a mini spooli brush and a mini double ended brush (you know the ones, with a sponge brush on one end then a tilted eyebrow brush on the other)! All of this being in one little palette, in my eyes, is pretty amazing, especially if you are going somewhere where you need to pack light but don't want to skimp out on products.
I'll start off with the powders and wax first! For me, I use a mixture of the light and medium powders to fill in my eyebrows, then apply a little of the clear wax to set them. My favourite use for the pink highlighter is under my brow bone, to help define it a little and add some shimmer! The three powders and highlighter are very pigmented, so you only need to apply a small amount of product to the brush.
The tools in the palette are all really useful too! The tweezers are absolutely amazing, they are sharp, great quality and very easy to use. Ah the spooli, probably the most underrated essential makeup accessory there is! I use a spooli to comb through my brows when I am tweezing them, and filling them in to make them look more natural. As for the double ended brush, I haven't found a use for the the sponge end (I've always hated those things) but the tilted brush end is great for applying the brow powder!
This really is a great little compact to carry around with you for any eyeshadow or brow touch ups, so I'd definitely suggest that you test it out! I must say that my only negative would be that I'm not overly keen on the wax, as it is pretty hard to pick up and a little awkward to apply, but apart from that the palette is a winner.
Overall these are five lovely products, and Clarins really did well with them! I'm very excited to see the winter collections as the autumn one was great. I'd best go and see if I can find some sneaky previews of it somewhere now!
What was your favourite product from the Clarins Ladylike Collection?