There has been a general consensus that the C-word has been in use far too early this year, but hey ho (ho ho...ahem). If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - and if these beauties won't get you in the mood for Christmas, then nothing will.
Clarins Christmas Make-Up collection, entitled ''Passion'', is the absolute height of luxury. I have to admit that Clarins isn't the first brand that would appeal to me (or most girls my age), but I know that they are good at what they do, and was delighted to have a play with these products.
Above is Rouge Prodige lipstick in No 131. I was a little disappointed with the shade as it's not something that Sinéad or I would go for, but I think my Mam will adore this. It's a brownish-nudey-rose colour with a gold shimmer, but not the kind that makes your lips look dry and patchy. Longevity is good here, and the formula is extremely comfortable to wear - at €20, you wouldn't expect much less.
The Collector Face Powder Palette is the star product of the collection, and it's the kind of thing that sends us make-up fanatics' blood pressure through the roof with excitement.
The packaging is exquisite; heavy and expensive looking, with the design on the lid reflecting that of the encased powder. The powder itself is flawless - it has a light, silky texture with decent pigmentation. The shade is perfect for the average Irish skintone and will perk up a dull complexion in just a couple of sweeps.
The swatch shows how subtle the glow it gives it - no chunky glitter in sight. It's even more subtle and wearable than Dior Amber Diamond, and that's a pretty stellar feat. I have a feeling that the gold part is most likely just an overspray that will wear away with time, but even when it's gone you will still be left with a beautiful, shimmery peach powder. This is a pricey piece of beauty apparatus at €55, but, if you can afford it, it will make a fantastic gift to any girl or woman in your life!
I think I've made it pretty clear that I adore the powder, but this eyeshadow quad comes a very close second. When I'm buying eyeshadows for myself, I stick to the likes of MAC, Inglot and Sleek, as I know they're going to be good. Because of this, I had kind of forgotten how lovely a nice eyeshadow quad can be. I used to be obsessed with Lancome's offerings, and this one is making me fall back in love with fancy make-up.
Like the highlighter, the Ombre Minérale 4 Couleurs is encased in gorgeous gold, reflective packaging (that's the flowers in my dining room that you can see in the top picture). It feels expensive but isn't as heavy as the highlighter. The four shades are gorgeous and right up my street. Suitable for either day or night, there are three powders and one cream shadow (the silver).
They swatch really well, making this a decent buy for €40. The shadows are just as good as, if not better than MAC. Pigmentation is great and buildable, depending on what kind of look you're going for. I think nearly anyone would get on well with this quad; the colours are beautiful and well-put-together. In other words, bloody gorgeous and another great gift idea for this Christmas.
Clarins Passion Christmas Collection is available from today in selected department stores & pharmacies all over Ireland.
Oh! And expect another Clarins post from us this week as we are going to meet the current Mr Clarins himself tomorrow! Eek!