While you are busy sunning yourself with the summer sun, beauty companies have been busy rustling up new collections for both the Autumn and Winter months. Never one to disappoint Clarins are quick off the mark with their Autumn 2013 Collection Graphic Expression which hits the counters early August.
I am forever admiring the packaging of Clarins products, they are beautifully presented particularly the powder formulas, all contained within light gold metal casings that is simple, elegant, classic and yet beautiful. They feel and look luxurious due to the weight and high polish finish of the casing,
each item is delicately embossed with a "C" on the outer shell and come complete with a great quality mirror inside the compact as well as featuring the appropriate applicators dependent on the product housed inside.
The Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 11 Forest is Autumn personified in make-up form, four neutral but oddly cosy shades with a hint of green to take you through the season and beyond.
The Forest palette features a sage green, two typical neutrals and a blacked green hue so you can create both day and evening looks with next to no effort.
You can use the four shades wet or dry, depending on the colour intensiveness you require and in the case of the deeper shades they could double up as an eyeliner.
A quick colour description run down (top row to bottom row, left to right):
Shade 1 - an olive green that is neutral but has a brown nuance, this has the lightest shimmer finish out of the quad and is one of the better formulated in the palette in terms of pigmentation.
Shade 2 - a light yellow toned cream shade that has a evident shimmer finish, this is the sheerest shade out of the quad.
Shade 3 - this is the most complex shadow, a deep green that looks black with tiny flecks of golden glitter. Obviously the glitter element means this shade is not matte but I would say that the base is matte and is the most pigmented overall.
Shade 4 - a light yellow tinged brown that gives the overall taupe effect. This has a light satin finish and is great as an all over wash of colour.
The formula of the Clarins Forest Quad eyeshadow's are firm and can be a little dry on occasion but on the whole they deliver a high colour pay off per shade with the exception of the cream shade, which I found to be a little temperamental and worked best wet.The other deeper shades were a breeze to use, they swatch and apply well - both wet and dry,
easy to blend and had next to no fall out. The cream shade required a little more effort to achieve decent colour pay off and did appear to be a little chalky when dry.
However when wet it applied wet the pay off was much better and it lost the chalky quality.
The shade choices in my opinion are neutral and can be used to create a great everyday eye look as well as a smoky look thanks to the deep shade present within the palette.
Without a primer these shadows wore around six hours before I encountered creasing
but this is mainly my problem (oily skin) and not the actual product.
With a primer these lasted eight hours with ease.
Clarins Autumn Collection 2013 will be on counters from August the 5th.
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