Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Video: Week in Review, Vol. 004

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Products Mentioned

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Nevermind Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Jagged Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ammunition Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Les Voilettes (03), Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush. On lips: Giorgio Armani #111 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss
Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss

Add a Splash of Grenadine to Your Pout

Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a warm, strawberry pink with gold shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is less pink, more coral, has no shimmer. MAC Star Quality is lighter and has no shimmer. Revlon Strawberry is a touch redder and doesn’t have gold shimmer (but has white and pink sparkle). MAC Galaxy Rose is a bit darker and doesn’t have the same shimmer.

Gloss Prodige is supposed to have “intense color, mirror-like shine, and long-lasting hold.” It has nearly opaque color coverage with some lingering translucency, but it covers very well and–more importantly–evenly. The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, and it feels lightweight on. It has a high gloss shine, and while not a gloss I’d describe as particularly sticky, there is some mild tackiness after an hour or two. Grenadine lasted five hours on me. It has a sweet, fruity scent–almost like a watermelon Sour Patch Kid, there’s a tanginess to it–but it’s a stronger scent.  It’s lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear, but I did notice the texture of the sparkle after the gloss wore away–no traveling, though.

The Glossover

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Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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It wears and applies well, and it's not always easy to do that with an opaque gloss. The high-shine finish and glossiness makes lips look more voluminous as well!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012


Clarins Fall 2012 Collection – Ombre Minerale

Face Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

A compact comprised of luminous, ultrafine powders for an evenly matte yet radiant complexion or a natural pink glow.

Ombre Minerale Eyeshadow

Pure, lasting eyeshadows shade, define, highlight and line in the season’s most fashionable colors. Glide on wet for high-intensity color or apply dry for a subtle finish. The ultra-soft, mineral formula blends easily, won’t crease, fade or settle into fine lines. Available in 16 matte, satin and pearlized finishes.

  • Aubergine
  • Auburn
  • Black Sparkle
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Golden Rose
  • Lavender Tea
  • Lingerie
  • Nude
  • Petal
  • Platinum
  • Silver Green
  • Slate Blue
  • Taupe
  • Tea Rose
  • Vibrant Violet
  • White Sparkle

3 Dot Liquid Liner ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

A new generation liquid liner. Dab the three-pronged tip against the lash line for a precise line every time.

Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.50) Limited Edition)

  • Dark Cherry
  • Fig
  • Orchid Pink
  • Spiced Orange

Instant Definition Mascara ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Intense Plum

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent.  I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette.  The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down.  The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

The Glossover

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The wear was disappointing, along with the overall color payoff and feel/texture of the shades in the palette. I think the color combination was really pretty and perfect for summer, but the execution could have been significantly better.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 15th, 2012


Clarins Enchanted Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm offers the magical combination of crystalline transparent color and the comfort and repairing action of a balm. It glides on beautifully in four limited edition shades.

  • Crystal Coral Sheer coral
  • Crystal Pink Sheer pink
  • Crystal Red Sheer red
  • Crystal Violet Sheer violet

Enchanted Summer Eye Quartet & Eyeliner Palette ($40.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

The Clarins Enchanted Summer Palette features four luminous eye shadows in a powder motif inspired by exotic travels, plus a pearlized-brown eyeliner for a truly intense look.

Bronzing Powder Duo SPF 15 ($34.00)

  • Light For light skin tones
  • Medium For medium skin tones
  • Dark For dark skin tones

Colour Quench Lip Balm ($18.00)

  • Jaipur Pink
  • Delhi Nude

Kohl Kajal ($24.00)

  • Black Black
  • Violet Purple

availability: May 2012, now at Nordstrom

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Saturday, January 21st, 2012


Clarins Spring 2012 Collection: Colour Breeze

It’s like the first signs of spring, a certain poetic grace and a hint of casualness. It’s the sheer lightness of a high-shine lip gloss, exquisitely smooth powders, fresh and truly unique textures; tender yet vibrant shades. It’s a bright, luminous complexion, beautifully enhanced cheek bones, ultra-shiny lips and naturally unsettling eyes.

Face Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Colour Breeze Illuminates the complexion with a matte finish

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blue Sky Blues, white, teals

Instant Light Blush ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vitamin Pink Pink
  • Coral Tonic Coral
  • Brown Fizz Bronze

Gloss Prodige ($20.00) (Permanent)

  • Chocolate Brown
  • Rose Soft pink
  • Nude Nude
  • Grenadine Red
  • Candy Berry
  • Raspberry Raspberry
  • Blackberry Deep berry
  • Papaya Coral

Joli Rouge ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Poppy Red Red
  • Baby Pink Pink

Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Magnolia Pink
  • Pink Coral Pink-coral

availability: February 2012 at all Clarins counters, clarins.com

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