Packaging ho that I am, I always
salivate thinking about look forward to seeing what Clarins cooks up for their holiday collections.
Mmm… luxuries limited edition designs. And seriously good stuff.
Since the brand usually displays dramatic flair with the packaging of their holiday collections, I was a little surprised by this year’s release. Passion, available now on Clarins counters and also online, has at least one opulent episode via the curvy red pattern decorating the Passion Face Palette ($55), but the other items in the four-piece collection look uncharacteristically streamlined and restrained.
Here, the simple compacts merely hint at the fire that burns within them. “Hello, lovah,” they whisper, with sophisticated gray, rose, taupe, peach and silver shades that feel more to me like a controlled burn than a sudden burst of vibrant, intense color.
Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Smokey Passion ($40)
When I started to explore Passion (LOL!), I began with this quartet. Its sleek gold compact houses two powder eyeshadows (in taupe and rose), a powder liner (in a glittery grayish black) and a creamy, glittery highlighter; I really like how the colors make my eyes smolder and shimmer, and while the creamy highlighter applies a little patchy on me, the powders slide like smooth skin on satin sheets.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Passion Face Palette ($55)
When I sweep the Passion Face Palette on my cheeks, the golden shimmer works like stage lights to illuminate my face. The downy soft texture feels like cashmere, but alas, the shimmer is just an overspray. The pale peachy pink matte powder beneath it doesn’t really show up on my tan skin. I have a feeling this piece would fare better on lighter lasses than it does on me.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Passion Rose ($24)
A single layer of shimmery, rosy brown Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Passion Rose (unscented and unflavored) delivers rich color that lasts for hours, even through a few cups of tea.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Instant Definition Mascara in 01 Intense Black ($24)
The boldest part of this look? — the lashes! Glossy jet black Instant Definition Mascara in 01 Intense Black ($24) will not be denied, and I fully appreciate that. The snazzy brush, with its short, stubby tip, defines and separates like a champ.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Passion Face Palette
Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Smokey Passion
Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Passion Rose
Instant Definition Mascara in 01 Intense Black
Swatches of Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Smokey Passion
Swatches from the left: Passion Face Palette, Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Passion Rose and Instant Definition Mascara in 01 Intense Black
This year, Clarins’ quiet, beautiful holiday collection whispers, rather than shouts.
(And sometimes a gal’s gotta whisper.)
In terms of packaging, I applaud them for once again doing something different, even if it lacks the brand’s usual holiday bling.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Well, we made quick work of Monday, didn’t we? I hope your day went off without any major hitches.
Tonight El Hub called on his way home from work to ask if I wanted to go out to dinner, and I replied, “Uh… yes?”
We hadn’t gone out in a while, so this was a nice treat. We headed to an Italian restaurant not far from here called Tavola Italian Kitchen.
My dish: halibut with brussel sprouts and cannellini beans
I also ordered a side of cheesy polenta (aka heaven in a bowl)
El Hub ordered steak and potatoes (he’s such a dude)
And for dessert, a quince and currant cake with vanilla gelato, NOM!