Saturday, 28 April 2012

Clarins Enchanted Summer Collection: Swatches

The Enchanted Summer collection by Clarins is a delightful collection inspired by India.

The Colour Quartet & Liner Palette (£30/US$40) features four luminous powder eye shadows embossed with delicate motifs and a pearlized-brown cream eyeliner.

This has to be the prettiest palette I've ever seen from Clarins.

The pearlish white shade is the most shimmery shade in the palette while the brown and golden shades have a lovely gleam. The purple shade, which I had high hopes for, proved to be a disappointment as it was so sheer that it took several layers to get it to show up nicely. It was the only shade in the palette that I had difficulty swatching. Nevertheless, it is a pretty shade of violet, not quite the royal purple that it looks in the pan.

I liked the dark brown cream eyeliner, which was well-pigmented and felt creamy and smooth to touch.

The collection also includes two Kohl Kajal Long-Lasting Eyeliners (£15/US$24) in Deep Violet and Instant Black formulated with rose and mimosa extracts. While these had good color payoff, I'm not sure how practical these are as the sharp tip gets blunted quite quickly and would need sharpening. Also, I was fiddling around trying to see if the body twists to reveal more product inside the tube but there appears to be none.

The two Colour Quench Lip Balms (£15/US$18) in Jaipur (pink) and Delhi are packed with intense shimmer. These are swatched on the left half of the pic below. On the right are two of the Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms (£16.50/US$US$24.50). Only two out of the four shades are available in Switzerland: Crystal Coral and Crystal Violet. These have a translucent outer core surrounding an inner core of pigment. These apply sheer at first but with several swipes, the color does build up quite nicely.

You can see the full collection on Makeup4all, which also includes two mascaras and Bronzing Duo SPF 15 Mineral Powder Compact in three shades. Unfortunately, this collection will reportedly not be available in Singapore.

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