04 August 2011

Clarins AW11 Eye Quartet Mineral Palettes, with review and swatches of #04 Indigo


I showed you some of the lip offerings Clarins are launching for Autumn/Winter and today I'm going to take a look at what the brand has in store for our peepers this coming season. The Clarins Colour Definition collection contains no less than six elegant, gold encased palettes that can be applied wet or dry for a long-lasting look in a silky, mineral finish. Each palette contains four colours: two base shades in a satin finish, a more intense colour to line the eyes and an iridescent highlighter. Available in Nudes, Rosewoods, Pastels, Indigo, Violet and Graphite, each palette will cost €40 and they're all due to be released around the middle of this month. And they are gorgeous pieces of kit:  sophisticated, elegant and hardworking too (just like us, eh?!), offering up a variety of looks in one sleek little compact.

But don't take my word for it; let's have a look at the one I was lucky enough to be sent out. Indigo is described as a 'rich palette of cool, smoky blues' and is right up my street.


First up, the packaging. Seriously luxe. And it even comes with diagrams and instructions! We're told to use the two base colours for a subtle satin finish, the liner shade to intensify and the highlighter to perfectly illuminate eyes. The little picture shows what goes where. Soz about the thumbmark on the case - fingerprints are the only downfall of this glam goldie packaging and I'm just too careless to hang onto that red velvet pouch for long.



Now, the shadows. I don't see myself getting much use out of that blue (number 1 above), but the others are all favourites of mine so I hope to get a lot of happy wear out of this palette. I've swatched it dry and I've yet to play around with it wet but I've been really happy with the colour payoff from the grey and the navy, and while the highlighter is very subtle, sure that's exactly what you want for a sophisticated finish. I'll be wearing the grey with a touch of the highlighter for day, and adding in the navy for night; both looks will be lovely with those nude and peach toned Clarins lippies.

So what do you think, do you like what you see? Are any of the Eye Quartet Mineral Palettes calling your name?
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