Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Clarins Spring 2013: Iris Blossom Eye Quartet and Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder

Clarins have brought out a corker of a spring collection, including juicy sheer lipsticks, lipglosses, mineral powder, and the essential mineral eyeshadow quartet and pretty face powder.  Today, we'll ignore the lip products (til a later date) and the powder, and concentrate on the two products which always make me sigh in a Clarins collection - the eye quartet and the embossed face powder.

Spring's eye quartet is surprisingly smoky, and is miles away from the usual ice-cream pastels usually released for spring.  The Iris Blossom palette contains a shimmering taupe, sparkly white, matte grey, and sparkling deep purple.  It's beautifully embossed with a stylised iris across the four pans, which is really pretty but thankfully not so ornate I won't use it.

Swatched on my hand as it's laid out in the palette.  The colours are reasonably pigmented - the most pigmented is (unsurprisingly) the metallic taupe, the worst is the white shimmer- it's almost just shimmer particles pressed into a pan.  Nice for a super-frosty highlight or a bit of inner eye action, probably too sheer to use on the lid.  The matte grey shade is medium pigment, as is the rich purple.  These colours are the kind I love to wear, and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this little palette.

Clarins embossed face powders have become a highlight of their collections.  The Palette Eclat is surprisingly simple - the pale, peachy powder is embossed with a stylised iris motif with vertical lines of pink powder.  According to the press release, it contains a light optimising complex to give the skin a beautiful, even tone bursting with radiance.

Apparently, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections - I'm not really sure how a powder can really manage this, but I'm imagining that the glow-giving properties are the key.

Swatched - the left most colour is the peachy base colour, the middle swatch is one of the pink bars, and the right is the result of running a fingertip across the whole palette.  Admittedly, these are rather heavy swatches, but given the pigmentation and the shade of the powder, I think this is one for light to medium skintones only - and should always be applied with a light hand.

Both the Iris Blossom quartet and the Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder cost £30, with the latter being limited edition.  Find them on the Clarins website and in-store now.

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. That powder looks gorgeous! But I have pale skin and I'm not sure it would work for me.

    1. I'll be doing an FOTD with both products soon to see how it works out on pale skin :)

  2. Beautiful & I love the eye palette and the fact that it's not overly shimmery.

    1. Agreed - it's a subtle sheen rather than all out SPARKLE. Very wearable!


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