True, there are many lovely holiday gifts out there now for the beauty junkies in your life (and that includes yourself!), but not all of them offer the added bonus of simultaneously helping others.
Chances are your resident makeup loving do-gooder pal will love the assortment of 10 wearable beige, brown and taupe mineral eyeshadows in the new $45 Clarins The Essentials Palette, and when she hears about how Clarins partnered with the PurProject organization to help preserve the Kuntanawa culture and ecosystem in Brazil, she’ll appreciate the gift even more.
According to PurPuroject and Clarins, the Kuntanawa people of the Amazon basin in Brazil heavily depend on the forest for their livelihood, and today they struggle to maintain their culture as deforestation threatens their environment.
Clarins has vowed to plant 10,000 trees to preserve the Kuntanawa culture and ecosystem, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this limited edition palette going to support the initiative.
But the feel-good factor doesn’t stop there. The palette itself has eco-friendly flair, like reusable packaging made from eco-friendly cardboard (the eyeshadows pop out when you’re finished with them, allowing you to reuse the box) and a dual-tipped brush made from sustainable birch wood and recycled aluminum.
As for the eyeshadows themselves, they include a smattering of warmer shades, which I’m wearing here, but for the most part, the palette leans neutral/cool.
The finishes are primarily satins and pearls, with a couple of mattes dropped in for contrast.
The textures blend like butter, and I like the delicate shine of the shimmery shadows. Nothing here is overly frosty, keeping the overall effect elegant.
I do have to contend with some minor fallout…but it’s not something a quick swipe of a makeup wipe can’t fix.
The Essentials definitely delivers as an everyday eye palette, particularly if you like cool-toned grayish taupes and neutral golden browns.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Clarins counters and coming soon to clarins.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,