A texture finer than cake flour and a fresh, unforced healthy glow? Lovely traits to have in/get from a powder blush, but I crave more from my pans (says the girl whose husband routinely catches her in the bathroom cooing at a Chanel Joues Constraste blush).
Ya know, like a nice scent.
Known for their Laissez-faire approach to cheek color, Clarins has kindly obliged.
Their brand new $35 Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder Palette smells ah-may-zing! Evocative of something from a more expensive line like Chanel. When I open the pan and take a whiff, it’s as if a bouquet of freesias appears on my desk beside a tin of violet hard candies as I’m hugged by someone who loves me — all in one sniff!
But the scent isn’t the only reason I heart this multi-colored palette of matte peach, rose and tan. Whether worn separately or mixed together, the shades look like they were made for fall smokey eyes and/or bold lips.
Slightly more pigmented than last spring’s Rouge Ã‰clat Face & Blush Palette, Graphic Expression is also more peachy than pink.
I wear two layers for a veil of peachy rose color on my tanned cheeks and three or four for the bolder look I’m wearing in these pics.
(NOTE: If makeup often oxidizes on your skin, I have noticed that Graphic Expression does slightly darken on my skin over time when it’s worn.)
Clarins Graphic Expression ticks all of my important blush boxes…
Does it keep my pores under wraps? Check. Layers well? Check. Lasts all day? Check. Works well on a wide range of skin tones? Check.
I suppose one could wait for fall to wear Clarins Graphic Expression, but why do that? Late summer’s just as good a time as any. Especially with a blush that looks this pretty with a tan, a juicy coral gloss and mascara.
PRICE:Â $35 for a 0.3-ounce pan
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
I need some TLCFMP (Tender Loving Care for My Paws)
I’ve been sporting a seriously janky manicure all week. My paws need an intervention, like, ASAP!
I’m thinking about trying some nail art like this pic I saw on my friend Keri’s Instagram.
I love the gold streaks on her burgundy nails. To get the streaks, she used a MAC 205 mascara brush. So creative, right?
Keri does some seriously cool designs on her blog, Nail Art Junkie. Check it out if you have time.
Have you done any nail art lately? I think I’d try it more often if I didn’t have to open so many cans of gravy for my very hungry boss, LOL!
I hope you had a nice Monday. Did your week get off to a good start?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,