The Clarins autumn beauty edit is small but sweet, comprising four neutral eyeshadow quads, Supra Volume mascara in 2 shades and, for skin, a new version of their BB cream that deserves its own post soon.
Today, though, is all about the eyes: I was given Rosewood and Nude, colourways first introduced with the Ombre Minerale 4 Couleurs quads in autumn 2011. This time around, the formula has been modernised and revamped: the mineral pigments have enriched with carnauba wax and corn starch for a softer, smoother finish.
The shadows are really easy to work with for day or night, and there’s a nice selection of finishes in each palette. Like their earlier incarnation, they can be used wet or dry but the payoff is much more intense, and the colours last well without creasing or fading.
Rosewood has pink and mauve tones that would be gorgeous on green eyes, but Nude is my favourite, and it’s the one I’m wearing here. The peachy/coral toned shade is a little unexpected in a neutrals palette but it works so well with the other shades: there’s a beige, a perfect taupe shimmer and a gorgeous dark brown satin.
Now, the bad news: at €43 a pop, the price will be a stumbling block for some. But for quality, versatility and sheer ease of use, not to mention a great selection of shades and your standard Clarins skin-friendly ingredients, it’s definitely one to consider when payday rolls around.