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.

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $40.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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See individual shade review!

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18 thoughts on “Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Veronica

    I tried to buy this shortly after it came out.  Every store I went to had literally sold out within a day or two of receiving the palette.  Glad to know I wasn’t missing out on anything.  :P

  2. yellowlantern

    Shame about the palette, the look you created with it lovely!

  3. AbbeyWard

    The poor performance is unfortunate because it looks beautiful on.

  4. Gah!  I love the look of this palette so much.  I desperately want it, but I’ve held off as the reviews have been (like yours) decidedly on the poor side.  I wish someone would recreate this palette with better quality innards.

  5. GUSnail

    It’s too bad these didn’t perform well-they are beautiful colors.  I appreciate the neutrals with a splash of color.

  6. elewis429

    I like the little patterns on the shadows, but already have tons of colors just like these.

  7. Mariella

    I purchased this palette about a month ago (what can I say? My husband’s cousin is also the Clarins SA and I like to support her!) and it’s not the greatest.   I was disappointed in the lack of pigmentation of the liner! What’s worse, one of the pans has already fallen out of the palette and another is loose and has been from the start. Nothing a glue gun won’t fix but in a high end product, this shouldn’t be happening. The shadows – especially the purple – are lovely though.

  8. Keira

    I’m really surprised you only rated the packaging 4/5. I think it looks really fantastic, far above most palette compacts.

    • It’s plastic and hold fingerprints. I don’t rate based on whether it “looks” pretty or not – I rate on functionality, portability, does it have a mirror, will it break easily, is it too big/small for what it should be, etc.

    • Mariella

      Mine is already falling apart – one pan fell out entirely, after maybe a week, and another is loose. These haven’t even been stored in my handbag…the palette is in my bathroom vanity.

  9. Kafka

    I’ve swatched this in person and didn’t even get the payoff that you did!  It was very disappointing.

  10. PollyPloy

    Disappointing grade points. The look is a real beauty though.Ty for sharing <3

  11. Well, you have to hand it to Clarins: the pans are really, really beautiful with the designs etched into them. Too bad the rest of it isn’t quite up to snuff! 

  12. aw thats too bad about the quality of these. The shades are stunning and I had been thinking about grabbing this palette for a while now–maybe not

  13. The eye look you did is gorgeous, though.

  14. MaggiesMakeup

    I had exactly the same experience with this palette. Which is unfortunate, as it is such an aesthetically appealing one, and generally I think the eyeshadow formula for the Clarins singles is amazing.

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  16. OMG That purple shadow is postively dreamy..  I want that colour..just that one  :)