AERIN Spring 2014 Essentials Collection Kaleidolight Palette | Photos, Swatches, Review

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The AERIN cosmetics line is a very curated line that is all about getting the most versatility and performance out of a select amount of products. The new AERIN Essentials Collection brings us a carefully edited selection of AERIN products that are sure to become essentials for any woman who tries them. One of the new pieces is the AERIN Kaleidolight Palette ($78 CAD/$70 US).

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The palette is housed in a sleek gold compact. I love AERIN’s no nonsense, no wasted space approach to packaging. The palette comes in a beautiful soft pink suede drawstring pouch.

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Inside the mirrored compact are six areas in the palette of varying sizes. Each large enough to be used individually or you can swirl a kabuki brush across the entire palette. The shades include light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink, and lavender to add subtle glow to the complexion or to be used on eyes and cheeks.

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The shade offering in the Kaleidolight Palette is universally flattering and well thought out. The only think I could nitpick about would be I would trade one of the similar beige shades in for a lighter shade with more shimmer for a more intense highlight. All of the shades offer the subtlest of glow without visible shimmer. The large bottom right bronze shade offers the tiniest bit more delicate shimmer. The powders are soft and smooth without being powdery. This palette really gives the skin the loveliest subtle glow to highlight and enhance your complexion as well as contour. It will work on a wide array of skin tones but I think it will be especially flattering on those with light-medium to medium complexions. It’s hard to describe but there is just something about the quality of the formula of powder that is so pretty on the skin.

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The new AERIN Essentials Collection is available now at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary, and Vancouver as well as at in Canada. It is available in the US at Neiman Marcus and Saks.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Collection Review & Swatches

The 2014 PANTONE Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. Lush. Modern. Beguiling. Radiant Orchid is an inspired flush of uninhibited beauty. I am loving this years choice. Radiant Orchid is a blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones. It suits a wide range of skin tones and is such versatile shade that can be worn on eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails. The Sephora + Pantone Universe 18-3224 Radiant Orchid Collection brings us an assortment of limited edition products capturing this captivating shade. I have three of the nine available products/sets to share with you today.

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Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26 US/$31 CAD) – This palette contains the most stunning Radiant Orchid powder blush along with two harmonizing powder aluminizes (Bridal Rose – warm rose gold and Spanish Villa that you can layer and blend with the radiant orchid shade or wear solo. These powders are incredibly pigmented and silky. I think they can be used just as effectively on the eyes making this a really versatile and beautiful palette.

Venus Lure Lip Balm ($16 US/$19 CAD) – This Radiant Orchid hued balm contains the nourishing Hyluronic Acid and Collagen to smooth and soften lips. Essential oils give a cooling and tingling sensation. This balm offers a glossy shine and can actually be built up to give a decent amount of colour.

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Color Gaze Brush Set ($68 US/$82 CAD) – This set of high quality brushes with Radiant Orchid toned ombre handles is made with soft synthetic bristles and comes in a standing and versatile pebbled vegan leather case. The brushes include Angled Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Crease Brush, Shadow Brush, and Lip Brush.

Available at Sephora now!

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Clarins Spring 2014 Opalescence Collection | Photos, Swatches, Review

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The Spring 2014 Clarins Opalescence Collection has some stunning new products to ease your way into spring. I am mesmerized by the stunning packaging on the Limited Edition Face and Blush Powder. It has the most amazing holographic opalescent top on the compact. I have a selection of items from the collection to share with you. There is also a Limited Edition Vibrant Light Eye Quartet and new permanent Cream Blushes released with the collection as well. I am so interested in the cream blushes. If you have tried them please let me know your thoughts on them in the comments.

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The Limited Edition Face & Blush Powder ($40 CAD) is a smooth matte powder that has a soft finish that doesn’t look at all powdery or chalky. The powder consists mainly of a light peach base with accents of coral and brown. The gold seen is just an overspray that is very easily removed. You can build up this powder to use as a blush or contour but I find it is best used all over the complexion. It even works on my fair skin this way when applied lightly. Applied a little more heavily I can achieve a more natural sun kissed effect on my skin. I think what makes this beautifully designed collectors palette release unique is that it has a matte finish. It’s something we don’t see often enough.


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Clarins Spring 2014 Face & Blush Powder | Peach, Coral, Brown individually, swirled together.

There are three new permanent shades of the Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick ($27 CAD) being released with the collection. This is my first experience with this formula and WOW do I ever love it! It is so glossy. It offers a nice amount of sheer pigment and has a light fruity scent. It feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick. It is so hydrating with all the lip care ingredients. I love having the shine and transparency of a gloss with the convenience and feel of a balmy lipstick. The shade shown is 21 Pink Orchid. The other two shades are 19 Tropical Pink and 20 Coral Tulip.

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The collection also includes a two new permanent shades of Gloss Prodige ($ CAD) 11 Coral Tulip and 12 Crystal. Crystal is a completely clear gloss without shimmer. I’m not a fan of clear glosses myself but if you are then you will love the Gloss Prodige formula which has a smooth gel finish and is non sticky. You can see in the swatches below that the Joli Rouge Lipstick is so glossy that you can’t even see a real difference adding the clear gloss on top.

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Clarins Joli Rouge in Pink Orchid on left. Pink Orchid Joli Rouge with Gloss Prodige in Crystal layered on top on the right.

There is a new permanent shade of Clarins Mineral Eye Shadow ($22 CAD) released with the collection called Smokey Plum. It is a smokey grey plum taupe. Lovely and complex. It applied with nice pigmentation and shimmer dry and more metallic when applied wet.

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I already introduced you to the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Booster in Rose ($37 CAD) in my Top Ten Tuesday Top 10 Primers post. This opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

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Collection available now at Clarins counters.

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