Clarins Summer 2013 collection really is one to behold and today I am going to try and show you as much of the collective as possible but I warn you now you are going to want all of it.
Best start saving for its launch come April because I have a sneaky feeling it won't be around for long!

One of my favourite items and a complete summer staple (who doesn't like a good bronzer?) is the new Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact which is presented within huge round bronze plastic case.
Normally plastic comes across as cheap but as it is beautifully adorned with a sundial/Aztec style engravings it looks rather fabulous, not to mention the warm tortoiseshell colour really adds a touch of class.
I'm not one to gush about packaging but I am rather taken this time around not to mention plastic tends to travel that bit better and let's face it who wouldn't want to pack this for a week or two in the sun?

As soon as you open up the Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact you will be rather taken by how delicately designed the powder is, the large pan has been split into two segments each of which has tiny etchings embossed throughout. The little etchings follow on from the packaging and share the Aztec/sundial theme.
As mentioned the bronzer is split into two segments, the smallest section is the highlighter which is a brighten frosty golden shade that leans slightly yellow but as it does not contain any glitter it will be flattering on all skin types. What I like most about this bronzer is that the main shade is matte and due to the sheer size you have the option of wearing it alone or mixing it with the highlighter to add a little radiance.
The bronze shade is a a flat medium brown shade with a slight olive tone that is really pigmented yet blends out rather well so it should suit most light to medium deep skin tones.

As with all Clarins powder products this is soft to the touch almost velvet like yet firm enough to remain it's shape or provide a ridiculous amount of product fall out or shatter at the first drop.
Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact is wonderfully pigmented and builds up without caking should you want it to and it also blends out with such ease which is a blessing with any bronzing powders.
As this is mainly matte you can use it to sculpt and contour the face as well as using it to warm up the complexion.
On my skin when worn as a contour shade this wears for around 10 hours and around the 8 hour mark when used in the typical sense to warm up the skin overall.
One thing I forgot to mention is that the bronzer has been scented with a light sunscreen type scent,
like you needed anything else to tempt you!

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact £30/20g - this will launch in April.