Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Clarins Rouge Prodige

Clarins Rouge Prodige for Fall 2010

The first objective of a lipstick is to attract attention with its colour and shine. The second is to remain flawless throughout the day. Rouge Prodige is the new true-hold lipstick from Clarins, with a high performance formula that offers rich colour, stunning shine and long-lasting comfort. Gone are the dry, long wear lipsticks that made lips look feathered and chapped. Rouge Prodige stays put from your morning coffee cup to evening cocktail glass. With a wide range of shades and finishes, there is a colour for every woman to tout her pout all day long.

To introduce this new line to women across the country, Clarins is giving away 5000 sample cards with 4 flattering shades of Rouge Prodige. Be one of the first 5000 people to register at the Clarins Facebook page to win!

Benefits & Ingredients

  • Long-lasting, intense colour that doesn’t run
  • High Fidelity Pearl, a high tech polymer, captures colour pigments and enhances their radiance. Pigments remain on the lip surface for colour hold.
  • An enhanced shine top coat
  • A combination of vegetal oils helps enhance shine and colour hold. These oils leave a transparent film on lip surface to protect colour and enhance shine.
  • Brittany algae extract provides a high content of omega fatty acids to moisturize and soothe lips.
  • A combination of ceramides and waxes smooths lips and helps colour stay put. Helps smooth away lines and protect lips from dehydration.

Rouge Prodige True Colour Hold & Shine Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pinks to Plums: Lilac Pink, Rosewood, Litchi, Raspberry Sorbet, Pretty Plum, Mystic Plum, Blackberry
  • Corals to Reds: Coral Tulip, Sunset, Clementine, Fusion Red, Red Prodige
  • Beiges to Browns: Nude, Redwood, Copper Brown, Dark Chocolate

Palette Prodige: Face & Blush Powder ($35.00)

A soft, powder compact which adapts to all types of makeup and enhances all complexions. A universal harmony composed of 4 radiant shades: pale pink, sun kissed beige, sparkling coral and natural beige.

Instant Blush Magic Colour ($26.00)

A blush which instantly brings colour to the cheeks with a soft, glossy texture that melts in your fingers. It glows iridescent in the jar, but upon application becomes a translucent pink that instantly boosts one’s natural colour and radiance. One shade to suit all complexions!

Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Line ($23.00)

  • Intense Black (No. 1)

Availability: August 2010

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Clarins Instant Light

Light on the Gloss with Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss

Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss SPF 6 ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) are new for summer and come in three shades — Vanilla, Coral, and Cinnamon. Each is housed in a silver bullet of a pen that clicks up the gloss on a brush applicator.

  • Vanilla (01) is ultra sheer with a golden champagne shimmer and glossy sheen. It’s probably better suited over a lipstick or for those who love to show off their natural lip color.
  • Coral (02) is a medium coral–it’s very much a true coral, because it doesn’t lean orange or pink but somewhere perfectly in-between. It has a cinnamon gold shimmer strewn through the color. It’s much, much more pigmented in comparison to Vanilla–more like semi-opaque (but surprisingly opaque for a gloss as thin as this).
  • Cinnamon (03) is a lightened cinnamon brown with a little red in it and golden shimmer. It’s semi-sheer but nowhere near as pigmented as Coral is, but it’s not as invisible as Vanilla. I found this one applied rather splotchily in comparison to the other two. I had issues with getting the color to distribute evenly.

The gloss isn’t sticky, and it’s very lightweight; it has a thin consistency but comes with a dazzling sparkle. They have a sweetened scent, which I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there in both the scent and the taste–it is subtle, though. I get only an hour of wear with these, which is below average for me (I typically get two to three), and they’re not as hydrating as I’d expect. My lips aren’t a dried out mess, but they do seem to need a little extra TLC post-wear.  The SPF 6 is nice, though, particularly since you can’t smell or taste it.

The packaging is sleek, but given how little is housed inside, they start to seem a little bulky. It’s actually in the quantity that I get frustrated–most glosses fall somewhere between 0.10 oz. and 0.20 oz. in product, and the price varies from $14 to 30. Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss comes in at $450/oz. as compared to Chanel at $142/oz., Dior at $126/oz., and Guerlain at $165/oz. It’s really a shame that they didn’t give you a little more product, because at $18, they seem rather affordable for a high-end brand. Clarins Gloss Appeal, which is comparable, is available for $21 for 0.18 oz., and I really couldn’t say what makes the click gloss so much better that it’d be worth it.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: I would pass on these, and if you were interested in checking our Clarins Lip Gloss, opt for the Gloss Appeal, which has pretty shimmer in a better formula and more for your money.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Clarins Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Summer 2010:  Instant Sun Light Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Palette ($36.00) is a really wearable, easy-to-use summer palette that’s particularly suitable for those with warmer skin tones.  The palette includes four shades of eyeshadow:  a pale, shimmering champagne-peach; shimmering copper; satin medium-dark brown; and shimmering peachy-melon.  It also includes a gel eyeliner in a light chocolate brown with gold shimmer.

Each eyeshadow is smooth, pigmented, and blendable.  What I really love about this palette is how workable it is–all the shades belong and work together with ease.  This is a great everyday palette, but it’s also perfect for traveling.  Whether you want a lighter, softer neutral eye or a smokier eye, you can do both with this one palette.  Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t necessarily the most innovative shades, but they are high-quality eyeshadows that will do you well, if you’re in the market for some neutrals or want them all in a convenient palette.

The eyeliner also suits the palette, because it’s dark enough to be smoldering, but it’s not so dark that it can’t be worn during the day, too.  I like the subtle shimmer in it, and I didn’t experience any smudging or fading when I wore it.  The included brushes are just mediocre but will get the job done if you’re in a pinch.

Clarins packaged this well–just a nice metal compact with a velvety brown bag–and I’m really surprised at the price.  Typically, Clarins eyeshadow quartets retail for $40, while this limited edition summer palette is just $36.  This made me curious to see if perhaps they just went with minimal quantity, but you get 0.15 oz. of product here.  Quartets contain 0.21 oz.–so I can see why there is a price differential.

Nonetheless, while it’s always great to get a ton of product for your money, we don’t always need the amount we buy, so sometimes just the initial investment cost is more important at the end of the day.  I think the amount you get is plenty to last you, even if this becomes an everyday palette (think of it as about 0.03 oz. per shade, as compared to the average eyeshadow at 0.05 oz.).

I really love this palette because of how well each shade coordinates with the others.  I see so many possibilities, and it’s definitely something I’d take with me on a weekend getaway.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love warmer neutrals, Clarins Instant Sun Light Eyeshadow Palette is a good match for you.  Each shade is well-pigmented, smooth and soft to the touch, and blendable.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Clarins #06 Gloss Appeal
Clarins Orchid (06) Gloss Appeal

Clarins Orchid (#06) Gloss Appeal ($21.00) is a sheer, reddened coral with ultra fine iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Gloss Appeal is a nice, non-sticky, lightweight gloss that lasts about two hours on its own. The shimmer is super, super fine, which makes it ideal for those who are sensitive to texture and the grit of more glittery glosses. It has a subtle, fruity scent that doesn’t linger once its on the lips. It only delivers semi-sheer color on my lips, so if you have ultra pigmented lips, you may want to try it out in-store first!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love non-sticky, subtly shimmery glosses, you may like Clarins’ Gloss Appeal.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Friday, December 11th, 2009

Clarins Cotton Flower Collection for Spring 2010

Cotton Flower Powder Palette

Cotton Flower Eyesahdow Quad & Liner

Single Eyeshadow

  • Desert Blonde (#25)
  • Dusky Rose (#26)

Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick

  • Sorbet (#10)
  • Toffee (#11)

Joli Rouge Lipstick

  • Pink Blossom (#730)
  • Rose Berry (#731)

Gloss Appeal

  • Iced Pink (#10)
  • Sweet Fig (#11)

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Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Clarins’ Palazzo d’Oro Collection: Gold Attraction Face Palette

Clarins Gold Attraction Face Palette ($57.00) is an elegant holiday highlighter from Clarins’ Palazzo d’Oro Collection.

It’s a particularly pretty to look at with the texture and design of the palette itself, and the overall shimmer and shade of it is quite lovely, too.  It swatches as a shimmery, sunny yellow gold with just a little peachiness to it. It’s shimmery, has a golden sheen, and it does warm up the complexion (but not in a bronzy way, as Lancome’s Sparkling Cherub does).

I would say it can run a little too shimmery, so if you’re more of a subtle-barely-there kind of gal, this might not make the best highlighter for your face.  (For your body?  Oh, yeah, dust this on your decolletage for some va-voom!)  I don’t mind using it as a face highlighter, though, and if you use a stippling brush (like MAC’s 187), you can get a more toned-down look than if you used a denser blush brush.

Bottom Line: It’s certainly not a must-have highlighter at $57 (which is a little spend-y), but it is an item that is worth a look at and perhaps purchased as a splurge during the holiday season.   The packaging is particularly luxe (has some heft to it), with a brilliant faux gold finish.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: If you’re keen on lovely gold packaging and highlighters, this Clarins’ highlighter might be for you.

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