Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Holiday 2010: Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for the holidays. It contains three eyeshadows and is housed in an elegant gold-lidded case with a black “scroll’ on the left side. The packaging, though, is extremely prone to capturing fingerprints.

The palette contains a matte charcoal black; antique-gold bronze (almost flashes green); and gilded peach-champagne with a metallic sheen. The first two shade really need to be used wet to get smooth, even color that’s true-to-pan. The peachy shade can be used dry and still provides nice color pay off. These feel very much like a mineralize or baked shadow, but more like Chanel’s than MAC’s. The texture doesn’t feel as silky smooth as Chanel eyeshadows, but the results when applied are similar.

I love the packaging, even though it does hold fingerprints, but I think it’s very elegant and luxurious. I think the inclusion of the double-sided sponge-tip applicator brings it down a bit, though. I’m also concerned over the amount of eyeshadow here — 0.05 oz. I double-checked the box and the palette, and it lists “net weight” of 0.05 oz. There is no “3 x 0.05 oz.” written. What? Are you serious?

It’s a lovely palette with three shades that work well together for a gold-themed smoky eye–perfect for the holidays–and it looks beautiful from the packaging to the shadows themselves. I don’t love the eyeshadows, though; they could be a little more intense (even when they are used wet) and smoother. But I’m really not digging the itty bitty amount of product you are getting. Even for high-end, it falls below average.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If quantity isn’t important to you, the product itself is more of a B product. It’s nice–not the greatest palette ever–and worth a look-see if you favor bronzes and golds.


See more photos & swatches!

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase the Barocco Palette? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $40.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Any matte black would substitute for the black shade; try something like Urban Decay Maui Wowie for the bronzed gold shade; and Urban Decay Jones for the peach shade.

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20 thoughts on “Clarins Barocco Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lala

    Is the gold similar to macs gorgeous gold.?

  2. Leenie

    I have similar colors and I wouldn’t spend 40 dollars on something I have plenty of

  3. Dianna

    Gorgeous colors but not liking the application issue. Thanks for the review, Christine.

  4. SiaM

    I was really waiting for your review on this palette and I think it was worth the wait, now I am convinced that I can pass on this thanks :)

  5. Kerri

    I suspect it’s only 0.05 oz in weight because the shadows are baked. Baked shadows are just extremely light. For example, my Euro/Canada Chanel (baked) quad contains 0.04 oz while my US (non-baked) quad says 0.24 oz – and they both have the same amount of product.

    • Hey Kerri,

      This is how I measured value: MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows are 0.07 each, LORAC’s are 0.15, Stila’s are 0.17 oz.. I’m not sure if these are actually baked eyeshadows — it doesn’t call it out, but they have a similar feel.

  6. THIS is why I trust sites like yours Christine, and other bloggers, and NOT magazines! I JUST got a new Allure this morning, and it has this kit in an article talking about how awesome it is, and how it totally fits in the whole “glittery smokey eye look for this season”. Did they even test it?

    • Rea

      Mariah, I TOTALLY agree with you. Shame on magazines, bless Christine. She atleast tests and critisizes the products she uses!

      Nice review, btw. I’m shocked of the small amount of product, though. How long would those eyeshadows last if you’d use them everyday? Not very long, I guess… atleast compared to other eyeshadows.

  7. I love the concept as I’m really loving golds this year, but that’s disappointing that they don’t work that well.

  8. Carrie Ann

    What a boring palette.

  9. Kate M.

    wow gorgeous colors…esp the middle one!  too bad about the value and application…
    otherwise i’d buy it in a flash!

  10. I’m actually really loving the two gold shadows! Do you know of any good dupes for these?

  11. All the high end brands are doing that scroll pattern this year…That gold color looks pretty, but it’s a bummer the product is not that great. Although maybe they’re assuming their core clientele has enough money to not care that a $40 shadow trio is crappy?

  12. The e/s are baked indeed. I like them because you can apply them on light skin and use them for a fancy look even when you are pale and everything else would look rather scarry.
    Still, the Chanel Quads have even less .oz than this!

  13. Eileen

    A Rembrandt palette I’d say … lovely.

  14. cloudburst

    I wish I could just buy the bronze shade – gorgeous!