Winter is almost in its moer (thank God!) and all the beauty houses are launching their spring/summer colour collections. Most are pastels or bluesy-focused as that’s what’s ‘on trend’ globally; Clarins’, however, draws inspirasie from both. Behold their new Colour Breeze 2012 collection:
It consists of Clarins’ Instant Smooth line-correcting concentrate, a limited edition powder compact, cream blush (in three different colours), a ‘bluesy’ shadow compact, Wonder Length macara, Gloss Prodige lip gloss (in seven different shades) and four new additions to their lipstick line up; two shades for Joli Rouge (their ‘Colour & Moisturising’ collection) and another two in their Jolie Rouge Brilliant (a shinier, sheerer range).
I was lucky enough to be given these guys to play with:
First up, gorgeous is the powder?
The coloured ‘petals’ aren’t just embossed; the hue goes all the way through so you’re not going to end up with a plain nude-looking powder after your first couple of swipes. The over all look it creates is a sheer matte-looking finish that isn’t ‘flat’ thanks to the other colours that schmingle together when you swirl your brush over it.
As for the cream blush, it was super easy to blend and apply. It does go on very sheer-looking though, but fortunately it’s easy to layer up to get a little more intensity going:
Here’s a closer look at the lippies:
Both of the lipsticks feel nice and lush on the lips, especially the Joli Rouge as it’s infused with nourishing mango butter and Maxi-Lip, a blend of peptides and hyaluronic acid to help plump up your lips. I loved the gloss though as it’s nicely pigmented, looks super shiny on your lips yet sits tight. It also makes use of Maxi-Lip and smells utterly delish, like a sweet strawberry lollipop!
As for the eye shadows, they’re rather sheer looking on your skin but easy enough to ‘build’. The only shade that gave me a bit of a hassle is the silvery white one as it ‘coated over’ after a couple swipes. Still, after a little scratchy scratch you’re back in business.
Being a blue-eyed blonde, I’m not really big into blue eye shadow so I took the palette to my make-up artist friend Colleen Visser and asked her to show me how to use it best. Her resolve was to skip out on the blue entirely and use the other smokier shades and highlighter to make a sexy smoky eye:
Seen anything you like? You’ll find the entire Colour Breeze collection sitting at the Clarins counter as I type.