The Clarins Autumn 2017 collection actually launches next month, as do many of the A/W collections, so hope you’re ready for the return of the smoky eye! So, to start, there are three new Jolie Rouge shades – Clarins lipstick colours always have a good level of vibrancy and are soft and comfortable in the wear thanks to mango oil in the formula.
The shades are Guava, Litchi and Deep Red. Deep Red is very pink red. They’re £20 each.
The new 4 Colour Eye Shadow Palette is interesting – it’s very pared back compared to some of the really bright palettes I’ve been seeing lately with a grey-green aspect that’s quite unusual.
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The pigment is strong, which is what I would expect from this brand and it can be used wet or dry. Clarins are one of the few brands left that advocate the wet or dry method and I’m not really a fan of wetting eye shadows even though it does increase the depth of colour. These shades are strong enough not to need it I think.
See what I mean? Strong pigments! I know I’d get a lot of use from the matte grey for smoky eyes and lining but compared to the blush (coming up) and the lip shades, I’m not sure how this palette fits because it seems at odds with the rest of the collection, especially at £34. Come to think of it, it is never clear who designs the make up for Clarins and where any inspiration comes from.
I think this is my favourite piece from the collection – a peachy golden blush that’s far less predictable than the many ‘rose gold’ blushes around at the moment.
The gold cast is very subtle and just catches in the light and the formula does have a few tiny sparkles in it, but it’s very flattering with a strong level of pigment so you only need the lightest sweep. It’s £27.
If you like bold colour, the Ombre Matte is ALL of it! I love a dark blue shadow – it’s darker on the skin than it looks in the picture.
Although it’s a matte shade, in a creme to powder formula, it’s got a multi dimensional aspect up close, and would make a great smoky liner. It’s £19. As you can see in the picture there is also an ink liner, and not shown are a couple of new lip liner shades.
Apart from the palette which I feel is just a bit ‘safe’ I love this collection – the Clarins consumer does tend to be a bit older than many beauty brands and I feel this is probably pointed to them (us!).
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