WARNING: Do not wear the new Clarins Splendours Colour Quartet & Eye Liner Palette ($42) unless you plan to kick all other gold summer eye palettes to the curb.
Put another way, if this were makeup high school, it’s the palette that would have been voted “Most Likely To Be Mistaken for Cookies” in the yearbook.
And we all know how awesome cookies are.
Remember those things?
Wait — no, not cookies. I mean those yearbook things where the seniors cast a bunch of votes for “Most Likely To…”
I wasn’t really one of those kids, but I was voted “Too Sexy for This Band” by my compatriots in the musical arts (BAND GEEKS!). And to this day I have no idea whether they were being serious or sarcastic…
Still, I’m surprised it wasn’t “Most Likely to Become a Cat Lady.” You feel me?
Yep, hindsight’s 20/20.
Like one of those popular girls who got nominated for everything (Best Hair, Most Likely to Succeed, Biggest Flirt, Best Pronunciation in Spanish Class), the categories in which this palette would dominate are…
- Most Likely To Flatter Warm-Toned Tans
- Most Likely To Dance From Dawn Till Dusk With a Minimum of Creasing and Fading
- Most Likely To Be Mistaken for a Dior Quint
- Most Likely To Mix It Up (as in mixing colors to create your own custom shades, which I’ve been doing a lot with this palette and really liking my results)
- Most Likely To Be the Palette That Melts Your Makeup-Loving Heart This Summer
Inside are four shimmery powder shadows — three golden shades (a rose gold, copper gold and a pale gold) and a plummy chocolate brown — and a creamy plum liner, all of which work together as well as root beer and vanilla ice cream.
For day, go casual with a single wash of color over your lids (or mix two of the shadows together), and line your lash lines with the soft, smudgy liner.
Then, later that night, steal a page out of BeyoncÃ©’s book by using the cream liner as your base, and then blend the other shades on top for a smokey, diva-about-to-drop-the-mike look.
Splendours could also win a brand new “Most Likely” category this year — “Most Likely To Be Worn To a Fancy Weekend Summer Getaway With Either the Girls or Your Boo.” (Hint, hint, El Hub, if you’re reading this, I’m free weekend after next).
Oh, yeah. This palette gets my vote.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
We good, Monday?
I hope you had a good one. Mine flew by in a flash! — and without any drama from Tabs. I think he’s still basking in his post-birthday gravy glow.
I’m not up to much tonight. I just finished some leftover Thai food, and now I’m watching The Voice and looking at dresses on asos.com.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,