Remember last summer’s bad ass Clarins Summer Fever collection? Gawd, I loved that release! It had a beach party vibe that felt very young and fun, and it was *so* poppin’ with its bright teal, purple, hot pink and orange colors.
With this summer’s Instant Sun Light collection, Clarins took a completely different route. Available now, the nine-piece release ($20-36) features a subdued palette of warm brown, coral, pink and gold shades in matte and shimmer finishes.
There’s a ton of powder blushes and bronzers in this collection, as the look focuses on glowy bronze skin rather than bright pops of color.
The look is elegant and mature (it totally screams Chanel!), and it brings up images of sophisticated little black dresses, crystal champagne flutes, yachts and tuxedoed high rollas.
Initially, I was a little bummed that Instant Sun Light wasn’t as bright as last year’s Summer Fever, but after playing with six of the products I found there’s still a lot of great stuff here. It’s not as blingy, for sure, but it’s pretty, natural makeup, and I can totes get behind that.
Soleil Irise Shimmer Palette for Eyes, Cheeks and Decollete, $36
Soleil Irise’s three shimmery shades (pink, coral and gold) look like sunrise in a palette. You can swirl the colors together and apply the mix as a highlighting powder on the cheeks and body, but I prefer to apply the colors individually as single washes of sunny color on my lids. It’s a tiny compact for $36, but the fine texture and rich color payoff make up for the steep price. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Shimmer Glow Palette SPF 15, $36
Swirling the five shades together in the Shimmer Glow Palette creates a warm, peachy pink glow. This powder feels finely milled, buttery to the touch and weightless on my skin. I like to wear it either as a blush or a highlighter. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Bronzing Duo in Bright Sun, $35
The light side of the Bright Sun Duo applies as a matte honey beige, while the dark applies as a matte orange-brown.
Light-skinned lovelies who wear warm colors well could use the light side as a blush and the dark side to contour, while dark-skinned beauties could use the light side as a highlighter and the dark side as a blush. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Bronzing Powder Compact in Golden Sun, $35
A few swipes of Golden Sun equals instant tropical tan. When I wear this warm orange-brown powder it adds a sun-kissed glow to my cheeks. The finish is mostly matte with the slightest touch of shimmer, and I have a feeling it’ll photograph *really* well. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Swatches from left to right: Summer Glow Palette, lighter shade from the Bronzing Duo in Bright Sun, darker shade from the Bronzing Duo in Bright Sun, Bronzing Powder in Golden Sun
Sun Colour Lip Balm SPF 6 in Sunset Coral and Sunset Bronze, $20 each
Sunset Coral (a creamy coral) and Sunset Bronze (a shimmery bronze), feel thin and very light on the lips. Both Sun Colour Lip Balm shades apply sheer with plenty of shine to spare, and they taste and smell like brown sugar, yum! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
The bronzers and shimmer eye palettes in the Sun Light collection come with a brown pouch with bronze trim.
If you wear warm colors well and like bronzy, natural makeup looks, you’ll find a lot to love in this release. Cooler-toned gals, however, might want to consider holding out for future Clarins collections with less orange-based shades.
Overall, I really like Instant Sun Light. The shades look natural, some of the products come with SPF, and I dig the easy-to-wear palette.
Now, if I could only find a yacht party with some high rollas to rock this makeup the way it was meant to be rocked, LOL! Call me, Jay-Z and Beyonce…
What are your thoughts on Instant Sun Light? Do you likey?
Thanks for all of your summer reading suggestions! I ended up ordering Something Borrowed, along with the first book from the Sookie Stackhouse series. I figure you can’t go wrong with chic lit and vampires.
Tonight, I’m heading to the BEAST (aka the East Bay) for a joint birthday celebration with my lil’ bro, who turns 28 this week. My mom and dad are firing up the barbeque, and I’m assured that there will be a Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins in my future. WOOT!
How’s your Tuesday? Got any plans for tonight?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,