Apart from the five shade neutral palette, everything about Clarins Spring 2016 is a joy. There’s nothing wrong with the Natural Glow Eye Shadow Palette (£33) other than we’ve seen it in so many incarnations before. Everyone loves neutrals – it’s still a very strong trend, so I can see why it’s there, but there are other pieces from the collection I like much better. Like the blush, for example. Multi-Blush (£18.50) in Rose is an easy, quick pop of colour that wakens the face. I usually apply creme blush with a brush for better diffusion.Clarins Spring 2016
The new Rouge Eclat Lipsticks (£19.50) are almost balmy – they’re not huge smacks of pigment but a lighter, fresher colour hit.
This kind of shade is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to do the big colour statement – I’d be happy wearing any of them on a sunny spring day. Colours from bottom to top are: Pink Cherry, Pink Blossom, Hot Rose and Rose Praline.
The products I like best in the spring collection are the new Ombre Iridescent (£19) – single, light hit shadows that soften and brighten the lids. They’re a kind of cream to powder formula and blend so perfectly – I am hoping at some point, Clarins brings out some darker shades. And brighter!
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
Each shade is shot through with silver so they’re rather cool colours – I’d love some gold shots, too to warm these shades up, but in terms of soft-focus whisps of lid hugging loveliness, I can’t fault them.Clarins Spring 2016
Finally, the glossies! Two new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (£18) in Toffee Pink Shimmer and Plum Shimmer.
These aren’t, as the names might suggest, full of sparkle or shimmer, but they are ultra-glossy with subtle hints of colour.
The Clarins Spring 2016 beauty collection launches on 10th January.
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