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Clarins The Essentials PaletteClarins The Essentials PaletteIt’s been ages since I’ve had a new Clarins eyeshadow palette to play with! This new one, The Essentials Eye Make-up Palette, is back for Christmas 2015.

Housed inside a chocolate and gold embossed palette are ten eyeshadows in varying finishes, from satin, to sheer, to shimmer to matte.

Clarins The Essentials PaletteClarins The Essentials PaletteΒ The first thing I want to mention is the transparent overlay on top of the shadows. Its a handy placement chart, showing you where you can apply each numbered shadow for best effect and to create a variety of looks. It’s also worth mentioning the mirror in the lid, which is handy.

Also included in the palette is a brush.Clarins The Essentials Palette


The brush itself is more than just a useless addition, its a perfectly usable brush made from sustainable birchwood. Both are fluffy brushes, with one end being slightly smaller than the other.

Now onto the shadows themselves.

Clarins The Essentials PaletteIt is basically a neutrals palette, with the addition of the purple on the far right, which to my eyes is grey toned. The palette, like all good neutrals palettes, allows you create anything from a soft, subtle day time look, to a dramatic smoky eye for the evening, or even some high shine with the shimmer shades.

Here are the swatches.

Clarins The Essentials Palette

As with all the Clarins mineral eyeshadows, they can all be used both wet and dry. Personally, I don’t ever use my eyeshadows wet, I don’t apply my make up in the bathroom and I don’t find this practical, however it goes without saying you’ll get a much more pigmented result from these (or indeed any shadows) if you do. If you’d like to see how they look swatched wet, then head over to British Beauty Bloggers post.

The first swatch you see on the left, the warm toned shimmer, isn’t actually the first swatch. The first swatch is invisible on my skin, totally invisible. The baby pink is clearly too close to my skin tone and I wasn’t able to build it up at all. So what you can see are nine shades of the palette, but the tenth is there!

The grey toned purple is a great shade, and the black is amazing. It seems that good black shadows aren’t easy to make judging by the amount of patchy, chalky blacks I’ve tried but this black is amazing. The gold shimmer is also worth of special mention, its dazzling, even swatched dry and it looks amazing wet. I also really love the third shade from the right which is a charcoal colour, as well as the fourth from the left which is a beautiful bronze shade. It’s a really nice palette, and yes there are a lot of neutral palettes around at the moment, but this stands out for two main reasons to me, the first is the option to use it wet, the second is the incredible black. There’s nothing wrong with any of the other shades I’ve not mentioned, they are all decent shadows, bar the first, which I think would be fine on darker skin than mine. They are standard neutral palette offerings and they have their place, and they work really well with the other shades mentioned. I have a particular fondness for coffee and chocolate shades mixed with greys and blacks, its a different and unique look and one to try if you haven’t already… and gold and grey is my absolute favourite combination!

If you are in the market for a new palette I’d definitely recommend this, especially if, unlike me, you do like to or would be prepared to use them wet because they really wow then!

Oh and here’s a clever thing, the tray of eyeshadow pans lifts out of the box completely, meaning that when you’ve finished Β with your palette you can keep the box and use it for something else, a pencil or jewellery case perhaps?!

The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette is available now from Clarins counters and online, and it retails at Β£35.

*Palette received free of charge for review purposes.

29 responses to “Clarins The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette Review”

  1. Claire says:

    I love the colours in this palette and you can’t go wrong with Clarins, a great brand, worth spending money on πŸ™‚

  2. The best bit is that Overlay. I never know where to apply which colour.

  3. StressedMum says:

    I want this palette, I need to update my eye make up and this would be perfect and not too overly priced either

  4. Tori Gabriel says:

    What a lovely range of colours! I love the box and the fact you can keep it afterwards is a great idea.

  5. This pallete reminds me of Naked by Urban Decay and it looks amazing!

  6. Oh wow those eye shadows are so so stunning, I love the mix of looks that you could create with this xxx

  7. I love the colours in the palette, I love having a great collection of compatible eyeshadows x

  8. Lovely shades here. Clarins never fails to impress me.

  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    I am loving those colours, they are the sort I always pick up, think I might have to add this to my Xmas list. x

  10. Kacie says:

    This looks like a great palette; the colours are exactly what I usually go for x

  11. I love all of these colours! My own eye shadow palette has similar colours to these so will keep these in mind! I especially like number 4 – so sparkly! πŸ™‚

  12. Rachel says:

    What an absolutely beautiful palette this is x

  13. Oh I love the look of this, those colours are just great. I need some new eyeshadow!

  14. Lorraine says:

    That’s a really nice palette. I like neutral tones and shades. Would wear that everyday.

  15. Emma says:

    Love that plastic overlay and the combination of finishes. I stopped wearing shadow a little while ago as I’m just not very good at it

    • justcharlieg says:

      I must admit I’m not very good at it either, but I do like to play and I’ve practised so I’m not terrible, but I’m still not good!

  16. Teresa Bowen says:

    I have been thinking about updating my makeup and this looks like a good excuse to get started. Great mix of colours.

  17. Charlotte says:

    I need this as I drop my eye shadow yesterday and it smashed! πŸ™

  18. Catstello says:

    Never tried Clarins, are they cruelty-free? Looks good!

  19. Ickle Pickle says:

    This palette is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the colours and would wear them all. Lovely review. Kaz x

  20. Dominika says:

    I saw this palette in Boots the other day, it looks lovely!

    Dominika

  21. Diana Villa says:

    Ohhhhhhh! That palette is so beautiful, I want to buy it πŸ˜€

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