Thursday, 13 August 2015

Clarins Ombre Matte in Carbon & Heather

Carbon, Heather

It's pretty soon to be talking about autumn makeup ranges, but hey ho, Clarins' autumn range is already live on their site.  It contains two new shades of the Ombre Matte eyeshadows, one of which I have fallen promptly and deeply in love with.

Before I reveal all on my sordid eyeshadow love affair, a quick intro to Ombre Matte - they're the original precursors to the Ombre Iridescente shadows I tried earlier this year, which were cream-to-powder-bouncy-sparkly, and unfortunately creased before the end of a long day.  The key difference, of course, is that Ombre Matte is cream-to-powder-bouncy-matte, and the relatively sheer level of pigmentation (which I found disappointing in the sparkly versions) works to your advantage with the matte shades.  A quick sweep of the ring finger across the surface of the product gives a soft wash of even matte colour, and a couple of sweeps deepens the effect for a smokier look.

The two new shades are Carbon - deep, deep black with teeny silvery sparkles - and Heather - greyish taupe with a distinctly lilac tone.  I've fallen for Heather, with it's beautifully eye defining hue, it's soft smudgy finish, and it's effortless application.  I can see myself wearing it rather a lot this autumn, paired with deep plum or black eyeliner, and a very vampy lip.  Nom.

Anyway.  If you like a bit of matte eyelid action, Ombre Matt is a winner - soft and easy to blend with an even finish, and they last the whole day with a dab of primer underneath them.  Find them now at the Clarins website, where they cost £19.

Disclosure:  PR samples

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