Critics are calling Smoky Plum “The sleeper hit of spring shadows!”
Well, not really… I have no idea what they’re calling it, but I’m calling it ohmygoshLURVE!
Watch out! — or this shadow will steal your heart (like it stole mine).
I mean, I love Clarins and all, but when I think of sultry, pulse-quickening smokey shadows, Clarins doesn’t usually spring to mind. Most of the time I head over to NARS, MAC, Chanel or Tom Ford for that.
But Smoky Plum, one of 14 pieces in the new Opalescence spring collection, could confidently hold its own with the smokiest of the smokey. Surprisingly complex, I think it’s definitely worth considering if you’re on the prowl for your next great smokey shadow.
A shimmery bronzed purple with taupe tendencies, it’s designed to be worn wet or dry, which just means that applying it with a wet brush head coaxes out more of the pigment and enhances the metallic finish.
Either way, applied wet or dry, I think Smoky Plum is pretty damned hot, and I used a combination of wet and dry applications for my makeup in these pics to get those light-to-dark gradients I love when I wear smokey eyes (incidentally, I like to spell smokey with an ‘e’ before the ‘y,’ while Clarins spells it without one).
Wait ’til you get this purple puppy on your lids. Smoky Plum swatches beautifully on the back of a hand, but I think it’s infinitely prettier on eyes.
The first time I applied it, I remember looking in the mirror with the finished look and blinking incredulously a few times. Suddenly, tiny little flecks of silvery glitter appeared out of nowhere!
Oh, and did I mention that it blends like a dream? On top of that, it lasts all day.
What do you get when you combine plum, taupe and bronze with a soft, silky formula and a shimmering, sparkly finish? How about this: the je ne sais quois that takes this eyeshadow from “Yeah, that’s pretty” to “Oh, my gawd, Becky, if I don’t get it I will cut a b*tch!”
I’m talking zero to rabid in less than 10 seconds, no joke. For me, Smoky Plum is the must-have morsel from the Clarins spring collection. Love with extra .
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Enjoy the silence…
No, I’m not quoting my favorite Depeche Mode song of all time (Somebody runs a close second…although you might not want to listen to that particular tune if it’s raining and you’re nursing a broken heart. Just an FYI from personal experience.), but since I brought it up, why don’t we blast it for old times’ sake?
Construction on our condo is officially done. Like, DONE done, and I couldn’t be happier!
Finding that out was the best part of my day. How about yours?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,