Friday, December 18, 2015

Clarins The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette

I have No Doubt that the Gwen Palette from Urban Decay (sorry) will be the bestselling palette this Christmas but there are tons of others to pick from one of which is the Clarins The Essentials Eye Make Up Palette* (€43.00).  Clarins are making a tradition of releasing a larger (than their traditional 4 pan palette) the past couple of years with new but classic shades.

Clarins always remind me of Christmas - part of it is the festive red packaging but mostly its because I adore the skincare sets they release at Christmas.  Many years ago when I received my first Christmas bonus I took myself to Brown Thomas and bought a day cream Christmas set.  My absolute favourite thing about Clarins is their skincare which is amazing and honestly the older I get the more I believe in taking care on my skin first before applying makeup (don't worry I still apply makeup I'm just making an effort to take care of my skin).  So if you have a few bob to spend in Clarins I would say head straight to skin care.... your face will thank you.

When Clarins collections are released I am always more excited by the lip products than the eye products and that's because the lip products are are simply delicious, they smell, feel and look amazing.   I am never quite as excited by the eye products.

The Essentials palette is a very pretty neutral eye shadow palette, we have seen many many neutral eye palette but we all love them because they are so flattering and wearable and this is no exception.

The palette contains 10 shadows and a double ended brush (grand if your stuck but not the most amazing in the world, but better than most brushes that come in palettes)  the shades are laid out starting at the lightest (a lovely matte) and moving onto the darker shade.  The forth shade in is golden glitter that you would use to pop some festive bling on the lid.  The shadows are nicely pigmented and the shade at the end which is a wonderful purple/gray is an interesting addition to the palette.

Personally if I saw a Clarins box at Christmas I would be hoping for skincare (can you tell I'm all about skin care at the moment ? and one of my most loved products at the moment is the Clarins Mission Perfection Serum its amazing) but the Clarins The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette would make a lovely gift for a mam or mother in law.  Clarins have a great range of Christmas gifts (my mam is a huge fan of Eau Dynamisamte and I think if I picked her up something instead of the classic fragrance she would murder me) which you should check out if your shopping this weekend.
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