Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Clarins 'Enchanted Summer' Color Quartet & Liner Palette: Photos, Swatches and Review

While I was stalking the Nordstrom's what's new in beauty section, I noticed this gorgeous looking palette from Clarins.  I've never bought a makeup item from Clarins and I thought this was a good way to try them out.  Besides, I'm a sucker for packaging and the pattern on the palette and eyeshadows themselves are exquisite.  The palette is composed of four eyeshadows and one cream liner as well as a sponge tip applicator and a dual ended precision sponge tip and angled brush applicator.  This palette is limited edition and a Nordstrom exclusive item.

What the Nordstrom website say's about the product:
The Clarins Enchanted Summer Palette features four luminous eye shadows in a powder motif inspired by exotic travels, plus a pearlized-brown eyeliner for a truly intense look.
Limited edition.
By Clarins.

 All the pictures above were shot indoors and are white balanced.  No flash was used.

The two photos above were shot outdoors in sunlight, flash was not used.

 The colors in the palette are as follows:  a beautifully soft frosty gold, a satin bluish purple with subtle shimmers ( the photos do not do this color justice), a shimmery golden bronze with gold shimmers and a gorgeous iridescent blushing champagne.  The cream liner is a dark bronzed brown with red, bronze and gold sparkles(again this picture does not capture this gorgeous color). 

 The two photographs above are indoor shots, they are white balanced and flash was not used.

 Outdoor photo in sunlight, no flash was used.

 For this look I took the purple shade and placed it on the lid.  Next, I took the gold shade and placed it in the crease and the inner 4th of my lower lash line.  Then, I took the bronze shade and applied it to my outer v and blended into the crease.  After that, I took the champagne color and applied it to my inner corner and brow bone for a highlight.  Lastly, I applied the cream liner to my upper and lower lash line.

The colors in this palette are gorgeous, they are soft and have a creamy feel.  They are easy to blend and the colors are very subtle in my opinion. I expected a little more color payoff from the purple, but it's still beautiful.  The cream liner is a dream and so easy to apply.  I used UD primer potion and got about 8hrs of wear with little creasing.  My eyelids were extremely oily on this day, so I'm sure they would have worn longer if not for that. The design on the eyeshadow's themselves fades with use.  I'm pretty happy with this purchase and I am going to have to try some other products from Clarins Summer Collection.  


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