With every season, I always look forward to seeing the new Clarins collections and this Summer is no different.
The Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Make-up Collection is actually a little different from usual brand Summer collections (it’s limited on the bronze tones, and there’s no teals or aquas to be found), and a little different for a Clarins collection too. It’s the first time in years I’ve known there not to be an eyeshadow palette, its no bad thing, there are new products to coo over instead, it’s just surprising.
I’m lucky enough to have a few things to show you from the collection so I’ll stop waffling and get on with it.
Starting with the New Limited Edition Ombre Iridescente in Aquatic Grey*
And what a beauty it is. I’m aware that Clarins Ombre Matte eyeshadows have been around for a little while, but these Ombre Iridescente are new and Limited for Summer. Available in Aquatic Rose as well as the Aquatic Grey shown above. At £19 each these aren’t cheap but the formula is exceptional. One of these new-ish cream to powder products the texture is silky smooth and a dream to apply and blend. What I especially love is that they apply true to pan, by which I mean the colour you see is is what you get when you apply it, (although you may find this varies depending on your applicator. They can be built up to be opaque or indeed blended out for a shimmery wash of colour. I personally don’t get any creasing with this at all, but if you have oily lids, you may find you want to use a primer. The colour is beautiful, and iridescent seems the right word to use as they aren’t glittery or frosty, they just shine.
Next up we have the Limited Edition Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot*
The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases (£26) are not new, but for Summer 2015 there are two new Limited Edition shades, Apricot and Golden Bronze. Apricot is the shade I have and I must confess, when I squeezed out a bit onto my hand I was alarmed at the orange hue, thinking that on my pale skin it wuld make me look tangoed. I should have had more faith. The Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases are exactly as they sound, a base provide luminosity, and hide imperfections. It can be used either under foundation or alone, which would very much depend on your skin/comfort levels, but for me, I can see me wearing this alone in warmer weather (although it’s unlikely I could forgo the concealer), but its great under foundation too. It’s hard to describe the effect but if you look at the last of the pictures above, you’ll see a shine, or glow, to my hand. It’s not glittery or shimmery, it is quite literally a glow and a its a lovely product. I am fair skinned and this just about works on me, but I would imagine if you were very very pale, the shade wouldn’t work to well for you, the good news is that there are pale shades in the permanent versions of this product.
Finally meet Clarins Fix’Make-Up*
Again, exactly as it sounds, this is the product you need to keep your summer make up set in place all day long. It contains beautiful ingredients, rose cohobat to keep skin soft and supple, vitamin C for radiance and brightening and fructose acts as a polymer to fix your make up in place. It feels cooling and gorgeous on the skin and really seems to keep my make up looking fresh. It will be beautiful kept in the fridge for regular sprays during hot Summer days. It’s £22 and you don’t need much, I think it’ll last well, unless you get addicted to the cooling feeling!
Also released for Summer is a beautiful Bronzing Compact, the Truly Waterproof Mascara, as well as a black waterproof mascara. Also worth mentioning is the New After Sun Shimmer Oil which sounds beautiful, I just love body oils, and essential oils, hazelnut oil and soft golden shimmer sounds like a winning combination to me.
All products are set for release in May, I don’t have an exact date, but I am sure it’s likely to be early in the month.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.