Clarins Odyssey Face Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

More Lightweight Pressed Powder Than Goddess Glow

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette ($55.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “shimmering, lightweight pressed powder [that] brings a goddess glow to face, neck, and decolette.” Clarins says it is “the must-have holiday accessory for all skin tones.” It’s a softened peach with strong orange undertones (no pink) and a mostly matte finish. There’s a sparkling gold overlay that brushes away in one use. NARS Sex Appeal is pinker.

What is most remarkable about this product is how utterly finely-milled the powder is. It feels like a mixture of silk, butter, and cream. It’s incredibly soft, indeed lightweight, and easy to blend. The powder sits well on skin and never looks powdery. I didn’t detect any luminosity or shimmer when applied, because the only “shimmer” I saw at all was the overspray. Beneath the overspray is really a rather matte powder, and it can help with keeping oiliness at bay if you are prone to it. When I wore it on my cheeks, it lasted for eight hours. I used it later on my t-zone, and it did help minimize some of the oiliness I see after eight hours.

Those with very pale complexions might use this as a blusher or a bronzer, while medium skin tones can easily use this as a finishing or setting powder. I’m not certain how this well this will work on darker complexions, because while it doesn’t seem to have a white base, it is quite pale, so there’s potential for it to turn ashy–Clarins did, very specifically, say it’s for all skin tones. With a very fluffy brush, lighter complexions could also use this as a finishing powder that will add some natural warmth and golden tones to the skin.  I think with a touch more luminosity, this product would have been truly exceptional.

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Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette