Took me a while to say goodbye to this gorgeous design. I didn’t want to mess up the pretty pan.
Is it just me (probably), but doesn’t it look a little astronomical/sci-fi?
Whoa! Did you see that? I thought I saw a satellite fly by…
I actually don’t think it’s supposed to be interstellar. I think Clarins was going for graphic design.
I like it — the contrasting lines and circles. Very artsy-fartsy, isn’t it?
I must say…kudos to Clarins for being so consistent with their limited edition blushes. I can pretty much always count on them to 1) never leave me looking like a deranged clown, 2) smell great (this one smells like jasmine) and 3) be really easy to use.
Opalescence Face & Blush Powder ($40) is no exception.
Technically, it’s designed to be used as an all-over face powder, a contour powder and a blush. Just dust the matte pinkish beige on your shiny spots, sculpt your cheekbones with the matte tan, and add a little color to the apples of your cheeks with the matte coral. (The shimmery gold, by the way, is an overspray and disappears after the first few swipes.)
Rather than using the shades individually, I’ve been swirling a brush in the pan and mixing everything together, which I do because I find the separate brown and coral regions too tiny for my blush and bronzer brushes. Combined, the colors create a lovely peachy coral matte blush. I apply once in the morning, and I’m good for the rest of the day.
Guys/gals from fair to medium skin tones should be able to rock this well, but damsels with very deep tones might want to pass. It just may not create the same fresh-faced effect.
Overall, I like what Clarins has done here, but for $40, I’d welcome more dazzle and flash.
If you’re a makeup minimalist who gravitates (I still have that sci-fi-ish design on my brain) toward natural cheek looks and don’t want to deal with having to touch up through the day, Opalescence could suit you well.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Clarins counters and clarinsusa.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. You did it! You made it to Friday. Give yourself a big hug and a pat on the back.