Clarins’s Garden Escape collection for Spring 2015 contains a few new limited edition and permanent products to the Clarins family. The star product is 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape (C$44), a 6-pan eyeshadow palette that contains a combination of pinks and greens to create your very own springtime look inspired by florals and greens. The colours in the palette are (from left to right) – a shimmery white, a shimmery forest green, a shimmery intense fir green, a shimmery light olive green, a satin coral-pink, a satin baby pink, and a satin medium brown.
I love the green and pink combination presented in this palette. It is super versatile for daytime use or nighttime use, and it great for travel. You can also use it wet for a more intense colour, although I find that the greens in this palette are already quite intensely pigmented. My only qualm about the palette is that I found the eyeshadows to be very powdery, in that there is a lot of powder fallout, particularly from the dark fir green, during application. To mitigate this, I recommend patting the eyeshadow on instead of brushing it on. Priced at $44 for a high end brand eyeshadow palette, I would have to say this is actually very good value.
In addition to the Garden Escape palette is my favourite of the collection – the Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose (C$32), a beautiful rose blush that stimulates the most natural glow. This has got to be one of the favourite blushes I’ve tried recently. The texture is smooth and not at all powdery, and the colour is very pigmented. As with all Blush Prodiges by Clarins, this one comes with a matte shade (the bigger squares) and a complementing shimmery shade. The matte shade is pigmented and deposits a good amount of colour with just one dip of the brush, and the shimmery shade adds just enough shimmer to be glowy but not sparkly. The end result is a springy pinched cheek that’s ultra natural.
Lastly, there are also a few new lip formulations that are joining the permanent range, and those are the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (C$23) in Raspberry (limited edition) and Honey (permanent, as shown below), as well as the Instant Light Lip Balm Protector (C$23) in 6 different shades – the ones I have are 01 Rose (left) and 06 Rosewood (right). The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey is a very thick, glossy oil-gel that contains hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, and plum oil to help nourish, plump, and protect the lips from dehydration. The Raspberry shade also contains Raspberry oil that contains anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties.
The Instant Light Lip Balm Protector contains wild mango butter and shea butter to nourish and protect the lips from dehydration. Of the two new lip products, I love using the Instant Light Lip Balm Protector during the day because the formula is relatively moisturizing and also provides a touch of natural colour for the lips. The shade 01 Rose is a nude pink, and 06 Rosewood is a nude beige. The colour, once applied, is semi-sheer, and the formula is very creamy, so it has the tendency to settle into lip lines.
Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape
Clarins blush Prodige in Sweet Rose
On eyes, wearing the Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape with the shimmery white in the inner corners, the satin coral rose as an all over wash, the light green in my crease, and the dark green to smoke out the look. On cheeks, wearing the Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose, and on lips, wearing the Instant Lip Lip Balm Protector in 01 Rose.
Clarins has also included some suggested looks and ideas to use the various colours in this palette. I love this because sometimes when a palette has too many colours, I get overwhelmed and I’m not sure which colours go with what. This way, it’s completely foolproof!
I’m loving the red packaging that Clarins uses. It’s also super appropriate for today because… Happy Chinese New Year! I hope everyone has a great day spending it with family and friends.