The Clarins Rouge Eclat collection for Spring 2013 was inspired by the beautiful Iris flower, and comprises of a Limited Edition Face & Blush Powder, a Mineral Loose Powder, a Limited Edition Mineral Eye Quarter Palette, the new Jolie Rouge Brillant Lipsticks in two shades and the new Gloss Prodige in Limited Edition '09 Water Lily' and '10 Vibrant Rose'.
I was sent by the brand a selection of goodies from this collection, so keep reading if you wish to find out my thoughts on them, but beware this is going to be a pic-heavy post, as I already got you all accustomed to, 'ArtDonatella style' :).
PALETTE ECLAT Face & Blush Powder
RRP: 37 Euro
L to R: Peach, Pink and Combined Blusher Results
Swipe of Blushers Combined
Clarins advises that this Face & Blush Powder is ideal for all skin tones and while I cannot vouch for that or even confirm for that matter, I will say that the powder itself is matte and the shade is on the medium side, with a rather peachy/beige undertone to it, which I guess would make it rather universal in terms of colouring.
The blushers are also matte and highly pigmented. As one can agree, at first glance one would be inclined to believe that four thin stripes of blusher would not make for a ...well, a blusher! I must point out here that one must not be fooled by the look of them, for they work really well and are really visible on the skin upon application (see proof pic above), I actually adore these two shades, there is something very unique about them, at least in my make-up collection that is.
The staying power of these is really good, and overall I would see myself getting a lot of use out of this palette.
OMBRE MINERALE 4 COULEURS '10 Iris Blossom'
RRP: 40 Euro
|Apologies for the quality of this pic, it was taken with my phone :(|
This mineral eyeshadow palette while quite handy in notion, in real life I'm not that impressed with it. I like the combination of shades and the texture of these is quite different between them. The taupe and purple shades are buttery soft and pigmented enough, and really easy to blend without causing a lot of fall-out, the white shade is more so glittery than shimmery (if that makes any sense), and it's a lot powder-y than the previously mentioned shades, while the 'deep black liner' to quote Clarins, transfers onto the skin as a fairly matte texture with tiny flexes of shimmer here and there, but quite powdery and not pigmented enough for my taste.
Overall, I find these eyeshadows a bit messy to work with unfortunately, and wet application is not really my thing to be quite honest. That being said, the staying power is quite good when applied on a good base. Can you tell I'm a bit on the fence when it comes to this palette? I think you can :).
POUDRE MULTI-ECLAT Mineral Loose Powder
RRP: 38 Euro
I was sent the shade '03 Dark' but as you can probably tell, it is not a dark shade at all, it's rather on the medium side if you ask me. This is a really fine, lightweight loose mineral powder, but which is not completely matte in finish, leaving the skin mattified yet healthy-looking.
There's not really much to say about this products, since the shade is a bit darker for my 'white' skin tone, but it's mineral and it's good for your skin, and the amount of product you get for the money is simply astonishing, while say, Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder comes in 4.8 g, the Poudre Multi-Eclat comes in....30g!!! Now that's what I call 'the business'!
JOLI ROUGE BRILLANT LIPSTICK '17 Watermelon'
RRP: 20 Euro
Now if you looked at the photos above and thought 'wow and my, that's pretty', well let me tell you it's just *that* in real life. Priced well in my opinion at 20 quid, I simply adore this shade and texture. I'm not one for lip glosses therefore formulas like this make my life a bit more easier (drama queen much?).
This soft and wearable pink shade is so beautiful and so convenient in a 'pick & go' kind of way, I absolutely love it. The finish is very glossy, mirror-shine effect and quite long lasting. It even tastes great (sweet). Feels a bit grainy on the lips when you rub them together, but I don't personally mind that. In conclusion, 10 out of 10 for this bad boy from me!
Clarins Rouge Eclat Make-Up Look
So, see anything you might like or maybe dislike in this post? Do let me know below!