Looks like Clarins are on a roll in 2006, after my post last week showing a couple of bits from the new Spring collection, I’m thrilled to share with you a few more new products. Meet the new Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base.
The Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is a transparent balm in essence, but this isn’t your average lip balm. Essentially its purpose it smooth and soften the lips, evening out lines and helping your lipstick to stay in place for longer. It’s quite honestly a little tube of magic. It goes on clear and feels very comfortable and not at all greasy (my pet hate, greasy lips!) and it does indeed make my lips feel smooth and lovely. When combined with the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks it does indeed increase longevity and I see no reason why it wouldn’t apply to any brand of lipstick. I think, and I will try this out, that it would be amazing under liquid matte lipsticks for comfort, while keeping the finish matte.
Next up, the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks. £20 each.
Clarins lipsticks are totally amazing. They can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve tried the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks before, and they are just very lovely. The difference with this new launch is that they have been reformulated, and now have more moisture, finer pearl particles and new shades.
What’s lovely about these lipsticks is that they glow, the pearl particles seem to give light, the colour is sheer and radiant and the finish is moisturising and comfortable. They are just lovely.
Left to Right is Guava, Fig and Cherry.
The tip of each lipstick is designed to make application a breeze and they are not only beautifully scented, but flavoured too. I suppose for some this may be off putting so it is something to bear in mind, but I personally love the scent, it’s red berries, light and fruity.
Here are some slightly embarrassing (for a variety of reasons) photos of each colour being worn.
First is Guava, a lovely peachy pink.
All the products are beautiful and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of them. The shades are beautiful and wearable and very comfortable to wear. I much prefer to wear softer, sheerer finishes so these are right up my street, and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is brilliant, having tried these on yesterday, with the base, the last shade I tried, Cherry, was still in evidence at teatime.
Both the new Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base are available now from Clarins counters and Clarins online.
*All items received free of charge for review purposes.
I’ve said many times how much I love Clarins cosmetics, I think they are one of the best quality brands available and hugely underrated. I’ve got a couple of pieces from the new Spring Collection, Instant Glow to show you today.
The collection promises brightening, and radiant shades, taking you from the icy hues of winter into a bright blossoming Spring.
The first item I received to review is one of new shades of Ombre Iridescent (there are four new shades) in shade Silver Ivory (£19)
I’ve blogged about the Clarins Ombre Iridescent twice before and they are beautiful. They are a cream to powder formula, and apply like a cream and dry to a powder finish, they wear well and look beautiful. Silver Ivory is to my eyes, quite gold, but it’s a glorious cool gold with a gorgeous finish. Swatches further down the page. They are not glittery, they are not even shimmery, they just have a lovely iridescent finish.
The other item I received is the Rouge Eclat Age-Defying Lipstick in Hot Rose (£19.50)
I have more Clarins lipsticks than any other brand, they are without fail, exceptional. I found this shade a bit alarming for me but its actually a real treat. Its a beautiful finish and a beautiful colour and not quite as vibrant as it appears in the tube. Its incredibly wearable and perfect for Spring.
Swatches of the two products are shown below. I’ve included a couple of pictures to capture the depth of the finishes.
There are some lovely products in the collection, including two new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors which I love and I’ve reviewed other shades here as well as a gorgeous eyeshadow palette and a new Multi-Blush Shade.
The Clarins Instant Glow Spring Collection launches on the 10th January 2016 from Clarins counters and online
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
Today I’m blogging about the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil*. I’m so happy as these were launched first time in January to great acclaim and I missed out, they are now back, permanently and I finally get to try them out!
Okay so the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are a sort of lipgloss/treatment oil hybrid. Once applied they look like a lipgloss, but they perform like a lip treatment. Blended with essential oils and hazelnut oil as a preservative there’s also mirabelle and organic jojoba oil to nourish. There are two versions, Honey and Raspberry. Each is very lightly coloured, adding very little in terms of colour to the lip (although I do believe raspberry adds a hint of pinkness to my lips), and each is lightly scented. I personally think they smell very similar and I’m not sure they are honey and raspberry scented!
In terms of performance they are lush! When you apply them they definitely go on like gloss. And a fairly sticky gloss at that. But in time these moisturise and mellow, leaving behind a satin sheen and plumped lips. They are really very lovely and I can now see why they sold out first time round and why they have been bought back permanently. They also stay on my lips for much longer than an average lipgloss. Possibly in part to the stickyness, but I applied at 10am and can still feel remnants on my lips now at 3.00pm, they are of course, no longer glossy.
I never wear gloss over lipstick, it makes me feel all unhappy when my doe foot applicators get lipstick on them, but I’d imagine they’d perform well over a lipstick for a glossy look but they are perfect for me as I skip lipstick quite often as I feel overly made up, but I feel wrong without something on my lips. The following picture is of the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey, immediately after application. The lines you can see in the finish, are the remnants of foundation I swept over my lips, rather than this product.
These are £18 each and available from Clarins online and instore. I note that Raspberry doesn’t seem to be available, I am not sure if it has launched and sold out or if its just not been stocked yet, but both shades are currently available on Selfridges site.
I don’t generally get on with lip balms, I find that frequently they aggravate my dryness rather than soothing it, this product however really works, my lips definitely feel nourished. At £18 they are not cheap, but they are a touch of luxury, and for me, not just luxury, but effective too. Definitely recommend.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
Housed inside a chocolate and gold embossed palette are ten eyeshadows in varying finishes, from satin, to sheer, to shimmer to matte.
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.
Now onto the shadows themselves.
It 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.
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 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 £35.
*Palette received free of charge for review purposes.
I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).
Here’s what I dug out.
I did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.
Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.
You can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.
Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.
My original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.
Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.
The Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.
Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!
Clarins. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, in terms of cosmetics I don’t think Clarins receive nearly enough hype. Their make up is exceptional quality. I’ve tried Joli Rouge lipsticks from Clarins before and liked them, as well as similar lipsticks such as the Joli Rouge Brilliant which were gorgeous too.
Now however the Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick has had a revamp, the formula is more moisturising and there are now 26 shades to choose from. The Joli Rouge formula offers high pigment and high shine. There are some shimmery, some less shimmery, but all offer a luminous effect.
I’ve got three here I’ve been trying out.
The shades I have are Soft Berry, Candy Rose and Lilac Pink.
The shape of the tip has been designed to provide a perfect application and it really does, it makes them a devil to swatch though. Please accept my apologies for the last swatch, I don’t know why its so fat!
Soft Berry, Candy Rose and Lilac Pink.
You can see they glow even in the swatches, but actually only the middle shade, Candy Rose has any shimmer in it.
A closer look:
I really love them all, the shades are all beautiful, the finish is beautiful, the formula wears really well on my prone to dryness lips and they have lovely quality packaging.
There’s a great range of colours, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a shade for everyone.
They are £19.50 each so a bit of an investment but they are worth it in terms of quality. Available now from www.clarins.co.uk
*All products features received free of charge for review purposes.
The highlight of every season for me, is seeing what’s new from Clarins. For such a huge brand, I find they don’t get nearly enough praise, the quality of everything I’ve ever tried is exceptional and the packaging and design is always classy. I really feel I need to apologise for some of these photos which for some reason didn’t all come out as well as they should have done, but the main one, the swatches one, came out perfectly so it will be quite literally a case of all’s well that ends well.
So starting off with the Eyebrow Pencils (£17)*
Available in three, shades, Soft Blonde, Light brown and Dark Brown, I have Light Brown. Each pencil has a spiral brush at one end to tame and groom the brows, while the pencil isn’t quite the right shade for me (actually it is but I like my brows DARK), I’ve been wearing it anyway. The pencil is really firm meaning its easy to draw exactly where you want it to go, with a sharp point you can even draw in hairs. I like this a lot.
Moving onto the Crayon Khol (£17)*
I’ve got lots of Clarins eyeliners and they never disappoint. They line brilliantly, they smudge brilliantly (with the brush on the other end of the pencil), they pack a powerful punch of colour and they wear really well, I don’t get transfer to my upper eyelid like I do with so many other brands. For this collection, two shades have been added, Carbon Black, for an ultra dark look and True Violet. True Violet is shown above, and I would suggest looking at the swatches at the end of the post because this colour is absolutely amazing. It applies darker than I expected, while the purple seems to be iridescent. Its beautiful.
Next up, the Ombre Mattes (£19)
This cream to powder finish eyeshadow is perfection. I absolutely love black eye make up and this is really black and gorgeous to apply. It’s silky and lightweight and doesn’t crease. It stays put all day long. I have Carbon, but the other shade available with this collection is Heather which looks like a purpley grey and equally lovely.
The final item to show you is the Rouge Eclat lipstick in the shade Red Paprika (£19.50*)
When you’re around I don’t want the rest.
Gorgeous colours, classy cases,
Surely you win the lipstick races.
I love Clarins lipsticks so much I am inspired to write poetry. Amazing poetry I am sure you’ll agree. But seriously, if you’ve never tried a Clarins lipstick, you should, the Rouge Eclat formula moisturisers without a hint of greasiness, while minimizing fine lines. They wear really well on me and I just love them. There are two new shades for this collections, Tawny Rose, and Red Paprika as shown. Its a gorgeous orange hued, rich red shade and my pick of the collection.
Swatches of all of the above are here, Eyebrow Pencil Light Brown, Rouge Eclat in Paprika Red, Crayon Khol in True Violet and Ombre Matte in Carbon.
As always a gorgeous collection with extremely good quality products, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of the items shown above. That liner colour though is just perfect.
The Collection Launches in August and you will be able to find it on Clarins counters as well as Clarins online.
*All Items received free of charge for review purposes
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.
It’s possible you’ve heard of, or even tried, Clarins Everlasting Foundation but it’s had an overhaul and is set for relaunch on the 15th February.
The first thing worthy of mention is the pump bottle.
I’m a big fan of Clarin’s Extra Comfort Foundation and that comes in a glass jar which I actually don’t mind, but a pump makes for better hygiene, it also seems to pump out in nearly the right amount, I used two pumps. Sometimes with pump bottles I struggle with getting the right amount and often end up with wastage where I’ve pumped out too much. Not so in this case.
In terms of shades, I opted for shade 103 Ivory, which is the shade I use in Extra Comfort. I found this marginally paler, but it’s not too pale, it actually blends perfectly into my skin, colour wise.
The finish was a little tricky on my very parched skin, my skin has some dry and flaky patches which are nearly gone and I did think the finish of this was clogged up a bit in the patches, but it turns out, and it’s not the first foundation that I’ve tried that does this, that when I look in the mirror a short while after applying, it’s settled down and evened out, covering the patches really well without looking patchy. The longer it’s on the skin, the more it settles.
The foundation contains bamboo powder which has matifying properties as well giving the foundation its great hold on the skin. Organic quinoa seed extract reinforces the skin’s barrier meaning that while this is a matte finish, you never look dry.
In short, I’m very pleased with this. I’ve always said that Clarins make the best foundations out there and this still holds true. I love how it looks on my skin. I found that although my skin felt comfortable all day, I didn’t quite get 18 hours out of it, getting more like 14-16, but I’m a horrific face-toucher, it’s a miracle anything stays put for 6 hours, never mind 12.
Please excuse the warm glow of the below photograph, it was so sunny when I took it, but it will give you a good idea of how the finish looks on my dry skin.
I can’t decide which foundation I prefer between the two, Extra Comfort and Everlasting+, but since I’m just about to run out of Extra Comfort, I will happily switch over to this.
Clarins Everlasting+ SPF 15 Foundation launches on the 15th February and will retail at £27.50 for a 30ml glass bottle with pump.
*Product provided free of charge for review purposes.
I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about this so far so sorry if this is a bit of overkill readers, but to spice things up a bit, this isn’t a review. Generally speaking I like to do reviews only on my blog unless it’s something really exciting, in which case I’ll share it without a review.
This is the case with the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Being described as the generation of self tanner, this certainly is a great new innovation. Suitable for all skin types this is essentially a gradual tan kind of product. It’s a small bottle of serum, 15ml to be exact, but don’t be alarmed, it’s not terribly expensive at £18 and a little goes a very long way. Basically, mix 1,2 or 3 drops with your day or night cream and apply as usual for a sun kissed glow that is both natural and customisable. So instead of putting tanning products on your face and a) risking break outs if you are that way inclined, and b) risking a streaky orange mess, this is a gentle gradual subtle colour. You can use 1, 2 or 3 drops as I already said and top up as often as required to build up the colour you wish.
It’s properly clever stuff I think!
Now the reason I’ve not tried this (yet) is that I have a proven track history of utterly failing with ALL tanning products, be they gradual or otherwise. I am so pale everything looks orange and unnatural on me and I always get at least one big streak. I do have faith in this product and I would be prepared to try it on my face and I would trust that it would be streak free…but when I’m so deathly, milk bottle, glow in the dark white, I can’t see how having a golden glow on my face won’t look odd….
Until I crack tanning my body, I’m not overly keen on walking around with a mismatched face! BUT, if I was going to, this is the product I’d try it with!
It is usually available from www.clarins.co.uk but is currently out of stock, but I would recommend checking your local counter. I’m sure it will be restocked soon online.