Friday, 18 April 2014

Clarins Do Spring

When this popped through the letterbox, I couldn't believe it. As a firm lover of Clarins and everything they had to offer, of course I couldn't wait to try their new Opalescence collection. Its taken over 10 attempts to try photograph this range but I really just couldn't do it justice but the luxurious packaging always makes me swoon when I see it in my make up collection, and the actual product is as high standard.

The item I was most looking forward to trying was the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose*, at first I was put off by the shade Rose thinking it would look far too pink for my cool skin tone but it is actually the perfect match. This comes in a handy tube with a pump lid meaning it's great for on the go! I take around two to three pumps into my hands, massage over my face and I'm left with a brighter, radiant complexion and a base set for foundation. I don't know how this works because it doesn't contain any glitter or obvious shimmer but it leaves the skin looking well and truly radiant and I've even used this as a cream highlighter on those super lazy days. Teamed with the complexion base, the Cream Blush in Grenadine* adds a creamy pink glow but subtle enough to stop you looking like a clown. The consistency of these is fantastic, super creamy and light in colour. Although this shade looks like a vivid pink, swatched it is a true coral colour with a hint of shimmer running through it which looks very flattering buffed into the cheeks. I take a teeny bit on my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and blend into the cheeks and that sees me through the day without reapplication needed. This is my first real venture into cream brush and although I'm very much a powder girl, there may be a place for cream blushers in my heart.

I've eyed up the Clarins eyeshadow quads for as long as I can remember, I still melt when I see pictures of the Odyssey Palette from Christmas so when I saw I'd received the Eyeshadow Quad in Vibrant Light*, I was desperate to see how they fared to my beloved Nars eyeshadows. Overall I can say their colour selection is fantastic, included in the quad is four shades which you can wear separately or team up with the others. I would say the formula isn't always fantastic as they can be dry but applied wet you get a strong colour pay off especially with their glitter shade they include. Personally I found the glitter very messy to use and the fall down was terrible but for the other three shades, I can use and create a purple and grey smokey eye. I've really enjoyed using this and it's great for branching out into new colours, I wear bronzes far too much.

And finally we have their lip offerings, it's always exciting to try a new shade and these gems are no exception. The Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in Coral Tulip* is a red/pink colour in a super creamy, sheer finish. I'm not one for bold lipsticks but this can be worn as a full colour, applied lightly from the bullet or buffed into the lips with your fingers depending on the finish you're after. The formula isn't drying and moisturises the lips, and depending on the type of finish you've gone for, it'll last you throughout the day. And if I'm after a super glossy finish, I apply a layer of the Gloss Prodige in Crystal*, which is just a clear lipgloss. Although I'll never be a lip gloss lover - I've had too many hair in mouth incidents in the wind - this with the lipstick gives a glossy spring lip. I'm not overly keen on this because like I said, I'm not a lip gloss lover but it's just a tad too sticky for my liking. Give me a good lippy anyday!

All these spring collections and the sun is shining, could we well be on our way to summer? I seriously hope so because I'm hating the cold. Let me know what spring make up you've been wearing and any products you recommend for warmer weather, my daily make up is gonna need an overhaul now it's getting hotter!

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