Press Preview: Clarins Summer 2012

Excellent liquid blush, a five-colour eyeshadow palette, face powder, gloss, balm, mascara and face oils -- new covetables from Clarins.
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Excellent liquid blush, a five-colour eyeshadow palette, face powder, gloss, balm, mascara and face oils -- new covetables from Clarins.
Clarins Colour Quartet & Liner_May2012

Okay, a few of these Clarins items are in stores now. But let's start with this eye shadow palette, coming in May as part of the "Enchanted Collection."

Clarins Colour Quartet & Liner Palette compact_May 2012

No, that's not a hidden camera in the edge of the compact. Looks like it, though, doesn't it? (Aww geez. Now Staff's all caught up in a spy-makeup daydream. *sigh*)

Clarins Colour Quartet & Liner Palette_May 2012

Anyway, I like a four- or five-shadow set-up. Options. The shimmery shades in this Clarins Colour Quartet & Liner Palette ($42) of bronze, champagne, coppery-gold, violet and deep brown can be worn separately as quick washes of colour, as liner (the darker shades with the champagne as highlight), or in a variety of combinations (well, duh, right?). Add dark pencil and you've got smoky options too. Point is, with this one palette, you can look different every day if you wish. And these shades will make blue, green and brown eyes pop.

Clarins Enchanted Eye Palette tutorial

UPDATE: Just spotted this how-to in the press materials. Helpful?

Clarins Instant Light Blush_February 2012

I heart cream and liquid blush. The good ones look so wonderfully born-with-it natural. Instant Light Blush liquid ($28 each) in Brown Fizz and Vitamin Pink are two of the good ones. (Vitamin Pink reminds me of By Terry Rose de Rose Sheer Liquid Blush in Fresh Rose, actually, with perhaps a titch less shimmer.)

Clarins Instant Light Blush doe foot

The massive doe-foot applicator amuses me for some reason. Looks like a rabbit foot. But it does the trick: dab a bit on your skin, blend, and suddenly you have cheeks like you had when you were a happy toddler. Instant Light Blush is out now, but it's limited edition just for Spring, gone by May 1st.

Clarins Ever Matte Shine Control Mineral Powder Compact_March 2012

Whenever I hear "mineral powder," I confess I cringe a bit. Usually such things seem all shiny with mica, and give each pore an individual spotlight and a megaphone so it can scream "Hey! Look at me! I'm a pore! With lots of pore friends! Pore party forevah, yeah!" (I'm looking at you, Bare Minerals.) But this is the Ever Matte Shine Control Mineral Powder Compact ($32). No shimmer, and its velvety finish has oil-absorbing properties. Available in three shades, this month. There's a liquid foundation with SPF 15 to go with.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm_May 2012

I'm a sucker for lip balm. And these Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms ($27 each) in Crystal Violet (left) and Crystal Coral (right) give lips a pretty, sheer, shiny finish. Plus I dig the transparent bullets with the pigmented centre. Coming in May.

Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Gloss_February 2012

These non-sticky, high-pigment Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Glosses ($22 each) came out in February and are part of the Clarins core line. Above: Chocolate, Nude, Rose and Candy.

Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Gloss_shades_February

The super-shine formula contains raspberry oil as well as a collagen- and hyaluronic acid-boosting peptide complex to condition lips and make them look fuller.

Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Gloss 2_February 2012

Above: Grenadine, Raspberry, Blackberry and Papaya. I wish for more creamy finishes, but shimmer fans should like these easy-to-wear shades. Has anyone tried them yet?

Clarins Wonder Waterproof Mascara in Wonder Mint_May2012

So, coloured mascara. Where do you land on that topic? I actually really like burgundy (with green eyes you don't see the mascara, just glowing eyes), and deep purple (makes hazel eyes look a smidge greener), but I've never tried green or turquoise, like this Wonder Waterproof Mascara in Wonder Mint ($27), coming in May. But given the current colour climate in beauty (and fashion), I think it could work. Finishing the tips with black mascara makes the coloured-mascara thing more subtle, more wearable for some.

Clarins Face Treatment Oils_April2012

 These lovely Clarins Face Treatment Oils ($50 each) are my favourites of the collection. They'll be available in April in this new packaging. Concocted with pure plant extracts and essential oils in a hazelnut oil base, they're free of colourants, synthetic fragrance and preservatives (essential oils don't need them). A couple of drops is enough for the whole face; apply on damp skin. Lotus contains rosemary, chamomile, geranium and lotus extract to purify problem, oily and combination skin; it can be used to balance oily scalps, too. Santal is for rough, dry, fragile skin, a calming blend with sandalwood, cardamom, lavender and parsley. Also good for dry hair. Blue Orchid is for dehydrated, tight-feeling skin, and contains orchid and patchouli.

Not sure about the concept of putting oil on your face? Read this why-you-should by our Liza Herz.

Do you have any Clarins in your makeup bag?

For more, visit clarins.ca. Photos via Fujifilm F300 EXR digital camera.