Introducing the $35 Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact — not to be confused with Splenda, the artificial sweetener, despite the fact that the faux tan I get from it looks completely real, and that is pretty sweet.
Can’t say whether it actually tastes sweet, though…but I’m guessing, probably not.
When I used it last weekend to contour my cheeks, my mom, who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks, asked if I’d been eating enough and if I’d lost weight.
Yes, Mom, I have been eating enough, and no, I haven’t lost weight (said the girl who just had two slices of leftover birthday cake today after lunch).
It must be Splendours’ fault. A matte, medium-dark peachy golden brown, it resides on the darker side of the powder bronzing spectrum. Brushing it beneath my cheekbones sculpts them into sharp wedges of RuPaul/Tyra-style cheddar cheese.
Perfect for when I’m air quoting and don’t want my long, E.T.-like fingers (E.T. phone home!) to be distracting…
Just stare at mah cheeks, man!!
Among the many splendors of Splendours, the 0.7-ounce pan is HUGE! It’s a tabby toe-size bigger than Guerlain’s 0.67-ounce pan of Terra Nerolia Bronzer ($69), which till now had been my default bronzer for the past two months.
That reminds me, I keep meaning to mention that Splendours might be a good alternative to paying almost 70 bones for a bronzer from Guerlain, since the colors are quite similar.
You might even like the Clarins one more, especially if you aren’t wild about tiare flower scents. I find Terra Nerolia’s fragrance intoxicating, albeit heavy.
Color-wise, Splendours, which has a faint tea rose scent, is slightly darker and less golden.
If I were also being super nitpicky, I think Terra Nerolia’s grains look and feel a tad finer, but really, unless you’re bucking for a spot in the bronzer edition of Ultimate Makeup Hoarders, I don’t think that’s reason enough to justify the difference in price.
All in all, I think both bronzers are close to being dupes.
Wear Splendours to contour your face, like I am here, or as an all-over powder, for when you want to look like a bronzed, golden goddess just chillin’ on her fainting couch.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Also rocking my world, the Sonoma Seaside Breeze Scented Candle from Kohl’s
Lovely! Just lovely.
Have you tried these Sonoma candles from Kohl’s?? Home goods unsung heroes all the way!
I received Seaside Breeze a while back as a gift and use it every day. Whenever I sit down to write, I light it and set it on the table next to me (it’s burning right now, as a matter of fact).
It fills the room with a clean, beachy scent a little like fresh laundry, and it’s not so strong that it completely overpowers my senses and everything else in the room.
Each candle has two wicks and is supposed to last 30 hours. Kohl’s usually charges $19.99 for ‘em, but they’re currently on sale for $9.99 online, in case you’re interested.
I think I’ll pick up one or two more for summer.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,