Ladies, I haven’t felt very glamorous this week… On a scale of 1 to 10, my glamorousness has been hovering around a -3. With scrunchies in my hair and my bum glued to the couch and wrapped in stretchy pants, I’ve watched just about every zombie movie and TV show released since 1969. Has it been educational? Sure, but it hasn’t been great for glamor.
The new Clarins Barocco Holiday Collection couldn’t have come at a better time.
Look at all that fancy… It’s like a shot of fabulous straight to the heart!
The floral swirls/filigree designs both inside and out, and the rich berry, gold, black and peach shades seduced the sweat pants right off me (actually, they were raggedy yoga pants). These are products begging to be worn with a shimmery golden gown and dangerously high heels.
Clarins drew their inspiration for the collection from the Baroque style, characterized by dynamic movement, overt emotion and self-confident rhetoric, and prevalent from the late 16th century to the early 18th century in Europe.
The collection itself is limited edition and very small, with just four pieces, but man, oh, man they’re striking!
- Barocco Face Palette ($55)
This golden peachy pink powder adds a warm, subtle sheen to the cheeks and face. I lightly brush it on the apples of my cheeks with a blush brush for a softly illuminating effect.
- Barocco Eye Colour Trio ($40)
To my eye, this powder shadow trio’s stunna shade sits in the center pan, the shimmery sunset gold with flashes of blackish brown (like a tiger’s coat!). It sits between a matte brownish black and a shimmery blackish gold. NOTE: These shadows go on very sheer, so I’ve been applying them with a wet eyeshadow brush to help ’em along.
- Barocco Shimmering Gold Powder for Face and Decollete ($35)
WARNING: Danger Will Robinson! Be super careful when you open this, especially if it was shipped to you. I wasn’t, and subsequently ended up with powder all over my shirt, in my hair and on the bathroom floor. Several of the gold nuggets, which feel soft and almost creamy to the touch, must have broken in transit. If you’re looking for a gold powder for face and body with big chunks of uber-shimmer, you might really like this a lot.
- Barocco Rouge Prodige ($24)
If you’ve watched many period pieces, you’ve probably seen purple velvet drapes of the kind that inspired this opaque berry lipstick. I like the way the deep shade, with its semi-matte texture, contrasts with the gold in the collection, and the scent- and flavor-free formula feels creamy and thick on my lips.
Barocco Rouge Prodige
Barocco Face Palette
Barocco Eye Colour Trio
Barocco Shimmering Gold Powder for Face and Decollete
Swatches from left: Prodige lipstick, far left eyeshadow from the Eye Colour Trio, middle eyeshadow from the Eye Colour Trio, far right eyeshadow from the Eye Colour Trio, Face Palette, Shimmering Gold Powder for Face and Decollete
Barocco Eye Colour Trio
Barocco Rouge Prodige lipstick
Well, what do ya think? Did Clarins successfully go for Baroque?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,