If there’s one product that’s guaranteed to make you feel timeless and elegant, it’s a gorgeously glamorous compact. And in the past few years Clarins have been quietly knocking it out of the park when it comes to their beautifully designed, limited edition face powders. There was last year’s stunning Barocco palette, the newly released Autumn/Winter 3D Radiance palette and up next, as part of the brand’s festive collection, the very beautiful Passion collector face palette.
I was sent one to take a look at and went a little bit weak at the knees when I laid eyes on this pleasingly weighty gold palette, imprinted with a stunning red Art Deco inspired motif, which is mirrored on the product itself. This captivating compact epitomises elegance and glamour and in my opinion, is worth every penny of its €55 price tag. It’s sheer luxe.
The shimmery gold overlay and the product description -- ‘subtly illuminates the face and décolleté for a beautiful, festive make-up look’ -- meant that I initially used this as a highlighting powder. But the gold lifts quickly, leaving a finely milled translucent powder with no glitter or shimmer, that’s perfect for use as an all-over finishing powder. It feels weightless and velvety smooth on the skin and gives an elegant, flawless finish. Highly covetable, this is lovely to use and the perfect product to impart a little more glamour to evenings out and special occasions.
The Passion collection includes three other limited edition items, including a new eye quartet in Smokey Passion (3 wearable neutrals with a silver shimmer gel, €40), Rouge Prodige lipstick in Passion Rose (a rosewood shade with bronze shimmer, €20) and a Christmas 2011 makeup palette (€40). Instant Definition mascara rounds out the collection.
The Clarins ‘Passion Christmas Make-Up 2011’ range is out now.