Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Brown (03)

Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.20 oz.) is consists of four powder eyeshadows that are supposed to be usable both wet and dry and have long-wearing results. I think that, despite being a neutral palette, it is not quite as dupable as is typical, because there is a lot less warmth coming from orange tones. It’s also more subdued, which may make it an easy to wear palette for some.

The texture is much denser and firmer in the pan (but not stiff or difficult to blend out) with greater pigmentation and a smoother, less powdery/dry finish, even when used dry. They reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow but not quite as cream-like. This particular set of shades wore fairly well, but I had some issues with the deepest shade when used dry, as it didn’t adhere as well and looked a bit patchy. I liked the finish and intensity of using the shades with a slightly dampened brush more, personally. They are not too different applied dry or damp in coverage, which is good if you don’t typically bother to use a damp brush!

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Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

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Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #1 Eyeshadow

Brown #1

Brown #1 is a light-medium, dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage that was fairly easy to blend and lasted for seven hours. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque, much easier to work with, and wore for eight hours.

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Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #2 Eyeshadow

Brown #2

Brown #2 is a muted, medium brown with subtle, sallow yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation both wet and dry, but the damp application yielded slightly darker, smoother pigmentation overall. The texture was denser, more cream-like, and had no powderiness at all, but I didn’t have any issues picking up the color with my eyeshadow brush. It wore well for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp.

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Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #3 Eyeshadow

Brown #3

Brown #3 is a medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It wasn’t necessary to use the eyeshadow damp, as it was richly pigmented dry already, though damp application gave it a smoother, more metallic finish. The texture was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with on bare skin. This shade wore nicely for eight hours both wet and dry.

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Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow
Clarins Brown #4 Eyeshadow

Brown #4

Brown #4 is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the biggest difference was how the color appeared darker and cooler applied damp. The consistency felt firmer than desired, so it did take a little extra work to get the color out of the pan. If I used a flat, synthetic brush, I had better results initially than using a natural eyeshadow brush. I noticed signs of fading after eight hours (both wet and dry).

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Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette | Look Breakdown

Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Brown (03) Eyeshadow Palette | Look Breakdown

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Claire, I’ve got a few Clarins palettes and love almost all of them all. In a few of them, some of the “brighter” shades aren’t all that pigmented but I don’t think that’s their “vibe” – I think in general, they’re more about subtle colours rather than Urban Decay type brights. The “Forest” quad from a few years ago (Christine reviewed it, which is how I learned about it) is amazingly good and it’s a shame they discontinued it rather than bringing it back in this new “format”.

Aw, this one is pretty too! I like that it’s not too warm and I love shade #2… I’ll put it on the wishlist for ‘you never know when you need more neutrals’.

I bought this about a month or so back (for $8! Yay, SDM’s 20% off days and Optimum points!) and like it very much for a quick every day natural/work appropriate look. I do with the lightest colour was more of a true white-ish/satiny highlighter, though. The other thing that struck me is that in real life #2 and #3 look almost identical in the pans but #2 has very little pigmentation while 3 is much more pigmented.

I don’t know why, but this *almost* seems like a mini crossection of Viseart Cashmere with a touch of Chroma? I like it, but even with no absolute dupes, I may be able to do something close with what I own. And yet again, not all in one place, though.

Weird! I think this would actually be a good neutral palette for me. The satin finishes are perfect, and, although the undertones are warm, there’s not a lot of orange there. Hmmm! Getting that kind of satin finish in the light beige (my base/browbone shade) and the medium brown (my hood/crease/blending shade) is actually pretty unusual. I need to think about this one!

I was thinking the exact same thing, Fran, about a neutrals palette with less of an orange emphasis.

Definitely going on the list to consider during a SDM 20℅ off sale or a bi-annual Bon Ton sale.

Very pretty, and yes, the shadows are cooler-toned than they appear in the pans. I’m kind of bored with all my neutral shadows right now, so I might check this one out. Clarins is one of the unsung makeup brands that generally pleases me, and their prices are reasonable, too 🙂

Wish I was in the market for shades this color! It’s so hard to find neutrals that are actually neutral (I’m cool enough to pull these cooler)! I’ll have to keep this in mind though if I do need them!

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