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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