It's a bit sad that September is here already and the only good thing about Autumn in my opinion, is the make-up side of it, the colours we wear become richer, darker and more fulfilling if I may, very much like the 'Graphic Expressions' collection from Clarins which is rich and comforting in shades and textures, like a warm blanket on a cool yet sunny Autumn afternoon. Here is rundown of my favourite products from the collection, all of which are press samples I received a few weeks back.
EYE QUARTET MINERAL PALETTE 'FOREST'; RRP: €41
The eyeshadows in this palette are quite impressive in quality. They're pigmented, buttery soft and easy to blend and work with, and cause no fall-out which is always a bonus. My dramatic self is inclined to be believe that there's nothing worse than a non-pigmented or a powdery eyeshadow that goes everywhere once applied, especially if like me, you do your base/foundation first as a general rule. Another bonus for this palette is that it's a fabulous neutral go-to ensemble, perfect for work but nonetheless perfect for after-work too. Quite versatile for a wee little palette. I am still not convinced about the price of this (at 41 Euro, it is pricey), but one thing is certain: Clarins have upped their game in terms of the quality of their eyeshadows and I am happy to admit that.
CRAYON KOHL '01 - Intense Black'; RRP: €17
I simply had to show you this product since it's the best of both a khol and a gel eyeliner, it's not as creamy as say, Avon's Supershock Gel Eyeliner is (which can be messy at times), but it's not a hard, waxy textured pencil either, which by all means makes it perfect to be used around the delicate eye area and on the waterline. Ladies, this one delivers the blackest black pigment, decency in lasting abilities and it's bang on my go-to eyeliner at the moment. Plus that smudging, sturdy little brush at the opposite end means business and again, delivers! The brush is perfect for smudging and blending the eyeliner in. Oh, and it comes with a pencil shapener inside, win-win-win.
BE LONG MASCARA '01' - RRP: €26 - Also available in brown - limited edition
The Clarins 'Be Long' Mascara is a good one as well. Hell, the entire Autumn 2013 collection is a good one! The formula of the mascara is not too dry, nor too wet, and the brush is tiny. And I mean it. Tiny and perfect to wiggle it and wiggle it well at the base of your eyelashes to get a good lift, and perfect in size to be used on the bottom lashes as well. Plus, it is said to have conditioning properties for fuller and longer lashes with extensive use.
JOLI ROUGE LIPSTICK '737 - Spicy Cinnamon' RRP: €21 - two other shades available in the collection
The Joli Rouge lipstick has a creamy and comfortable texture, the way all lipsticks should have. Not matte, not glossy, just the right punch of colour on the lips, as God and the inventors of lipsticks intended in the first place.
See anything you like here? And are we sad that Summer is now over?