If you’re regular reader of AL, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been playing around with eyeshadows quite a bit. Without a surprise, I’ve got two new looks from Clarins’ Ladylike Autumn Makeup Collection.
I always love the eyeshadow quads Clarins launch. The packaging is luxe and the eyeshadow inside are just as brilliant. Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Skin Tones*, £32 consists of natural shades to complement autumn. I think this palette is the perfect accompaniment to a deep, dark berry lip! I’ve created a soft, neutral slightly smoky eyeshadow look that can be worn with nude lips for a minimal makeup look; or teamed with something like MAC’s Diva lipstick or Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick (review & swatchhere).
The palette has four shades, two taupe shades and two brown shades. One taupe has a matte finish and the other has a satin finish, same goes for the brown shades. The shades can be used dry or wet. Used wet, the pigmentation is really intense however when dry, the colour payoff isn’t amazing. But I actually liked that, as it helped me to create quite a light/natural day look. If you’re going to work, or a brunch meeting – using the eye shadows dry would give you a very sophisticated, day appropriate neutral smoky eye look. I’ve created the look below with this in mind. I used the top left light taupe shade all over the lid and then the light brown shade in the bottom right on the outer corner. To intensify the crease and the outer corner, I layered and blended the darker brown shade. I blended the dark brown eye shadow very lightly on my lower lash line too.
Moving on to the Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadows*, £19. Now these thoroughly impressed me! I applied these with my fingers, they have a very creamy texture initially but sets like powder eyeshadow, so you have to be quick when blending.
They’re very intensely pigmented and last really well through the day. I’ve used 02 Nude Rose* and 05 Sparkle Grey* for the look I’ve featured. I applied Nude Pink all over the lid; this evened out the redness on my lid and gave a blank canvas. Then I applied Sparkle Grey on the outer half of my lid and blended, I blended whatever was left on my finger on my bottom lash line too. I didn’t bother to use eyeliner, just went in with about 3 coats of mascara to really make my lashes stand out against the sparkley grey eyeshadow. The shadows lasted really well on me even without primer, considering I have the oiliest lids ever!
If you’re looking for something for the festive season, I’d highly recommend the ombre matte cream-to-powder eyeshadows. The colour range is great and the longevity would see you through any Halloween/Christmas parties you have coming up!
Have you tried Clarins Eyeshadows before? What do you think of the Skin Tones Quartet Mineral Eyeshadow Palette and the Ombre Matte Cream-To-Powder Eyeshadows? Share your pamper essentials in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!