Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Clarins The Essentials Eye Make Up Palette

Clarins The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette*:

Clarins always reminds me of Christmas.  The brands signature shades of red and gold set me off away with a festive feel but its also my memories of Clarins that make me feel full of Christmas cheer.   There was always Clarins in my house at Christmas, my mam always got a Clarins gift set for Christmas (they have fantastic value Christmas gift sets) and the very first year I was working full time I went into Brown Thomas and spent my Christmas Bonus on a Clarins gift set.  I suppose Clarins was the brand that thought me good skin is the best makeup a girl can have, so my first proper grown up skin care was from Clarins.

This Christmas Clarins have released an eyeshadow palette - which is quite similar to last years palette - I am calling it a Naked Palette for grown ups.  Think of a beautiful selection of neutral shades but without the "naked" name being tagged onto the packaging.  Oh Clarins your such a classy brand.

The palette is housed in sturdy cardboard packaging and the actual palette of shades can be removed.  Personally I love the traditional Clarins gold metallic packaging in red pouch so I am not majorly excited by the packaging of the palette. 

The palette contains a double ended brush, the brush itself is good quality but it is quite small so takes some time to go over the eye area (and I have quite small eyes), so although its not the perfect eye brush it would work well enough when travelling.

There are 10 shadows in the palette all neutral and one stand out golden beacon in the middle.  I found the two shades to the far right of the palette a little patchy to swatch and to apply.  The central 6 shades of the palette are simply beautiful.  The gold metallic shade in the middle is stunning.  I found it best to apply this shade with your finger and pat it on the lid as a finishing touch.  The overlay gives you a makeup guide for both a day and a night look (I like that your given a guide but not overwhelmed by makeup looks). 

The very pretty central shades - would you look at that gold.

The Essentials palette is very pretty, it manages to be neutral without being boring, the gold shade is obviously the stand out shade and is just beautiful.  I know that this palette will be on many Christmas lists.  Part of me would have preferred if Clarins had of made a smaller palette containing the 6 central shades and left it in their signature gold packaging.  There are things I love about the palette (the 6 central shades) and a couple of things I would change (the packaging and the brush) but overall I give the palette a big thumbs up.  The Palette costs €43.00 and is out now. 

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1 comment:

  1. This is a pretty palette. I would get a lot of use from it as its full of colours I reach for


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