So round about now is when we’re told by magazines and beauty houses to start using lots and lots of colour. I’ve been (happily) stuck in a little bronzey eye/bright lip rut for, ooh, about six months now so while it’s time to embrace a change, I’m feeling trepidatious.
This spring is all about pinks and greens - so the Clarins Garden Escape collection is an ideal place to start. The eyeshadow palette, €41, is a stunner with six embossed satin and pearl shades which are fresh and on trend, but also very wearable - thanks, I think, to the smokiness of the two greens, which makes them easier to work with than brighter hues. You also get two pinks, an ivory and a lovely taupey brown; all can be used wet or dry and as you can see from these model shots, create a surprisingly modern yet sophisticated look. (Want swatches? Gemma has 'em over here).
The easiest way to incorporate a little colour into your look is with a pretty liner; the new Crayon Khôl in 09, Intense Green, €18, is perfect for pairing with the Garden Escape palette or using alone - whether that’s smudged in all around the eyes or just traced along your upper lashline.
It’s joined on counter by a new shade of Blush Prodige in 08, Sweet Rose, €33, which combines a matte and subtly shimmery shade; use separately or swirl them together to inject some much needed radiance back into winter cheeks.
Best of all, though, are the lip products: I really rate the balms and glosses offered by this brand and find them to be the perfect combination of colour and care, packed with moisturising ingredients which make them as comfortable to wear as they are great to look at.
The Instant Light Lip Perfector creams now come in a range of six hydrating stick balms, with mango, shea and vitamin E alongside a natural peptide which boosts the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, for more plumped up and moisturised lips.
They’re also launching an innovative lip oil, €19, which is my first experience of a product of this type – although like all the best ideas, I can’t work out why it hasn’t been done sooner. It feels like a gloss but it’s infused with hazelnut, raspberry and jojoba oils to seriously hydrate and plump up your pout. It smells delicious and while the shade Honey (left) is sticking around, Raspberry is a limited edition. You’re going to want it, but so is everyone else, so sharpen up those elbows for when the collection drops on January 19th.
In the meantime, have a browse of some of my favourite Clarins products here and tell me, is anything calling your name?