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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One of My Favourite New Looks Featuring the Lancôme Lavender Grace Color Design Eye Palette

Just because something needs a little work doesn’t mean you should love it any less. This should be our motto for a lot of things, and while I admit I may need to work on adhering to this in some other areas of my life, when it comes to makeup I am a firm believer.

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Take for example one of my favourite eye palettes at the moment. The Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Lavender Grace ($55 CAD/$50 US). If you want this palette to look truly amazing then you need to use an eyeshadow primer. So what. I don’t really see that as a fault. You will never hear me rant and rave about something saying it totally sucks because it fades, creases, or looks lacklustre with no primer. As long is it performs well with a primer then I see the product as being worthwhile. I see eye primers as a daily necessity. I have a huge assortment that I use depending on the look I’m doing and I even regularly layer a cream base over a sheer primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance. ALL eyeshadows look and perform far better with a good primer. So, in my opinion, why the heck shouldn’t it be part of my daily makeup routine? I shudder at the thought of the number of years my makeup looked far less stellar than it could have before I started using them. Well, lets get back to the look. I’ve gone off the rails with my preaching about the necessity of primers.

So lets get back to the amazing Lancôme Lavender Grace Palette. I am SO IN LOVE with the look this palette creates. It is beyond stunning and perfect to coordinate with the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. In order to achieve this look I need to use an eye primer all over my lid and I also use a sticky glitter base (Too Faced Glitter Glue) with the highlighter shade to really get the full effect from it. Without primers the lavender lid shade is much sheerer/softer and the highlighter shade is just very sheer glitter with a lot of fallout. With primers the entire palette improves immensely. Let’s take a look at some swatches:

Without primer:

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With primer:

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If I had of swatched this in store I probably would have been. Meh, way too disappointing colour payoff, and passed. Luckily I was sent this for consideration from Lancome and had the pleasure of fully testing it. I think from now on I may take primer with me for swatching in store! If I hadn’t of given this palette a chance I would have been missing out on this fabulousness.

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The palette design is very slim and sleek.

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The plastic protector denotes the intended uses for the shades. There is also a booklet included with the palette that gives a suggestion for a day and night look with full step by step instructions. I have been wearing the night look because I’m a go big or go home kinda gal.

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It is such a gorgeous collection of shades. The soft pink base shade is a satin matte and works great as a base and builds up nicely under the brow bone to amplify the sheen a little bit. The lavender lid shade is bright and beautiful. It is the only shade that does still fade a bit throughout the day even with a primer but not enough to make me stop loving it. The charcoal shade I feared would be too dark in the crease on my fair skin but it blends out beautifully. The highlighter shade requires a base or even better a sticky base otherwise it falls out like crazy. With a good sticky base it looks absolutely incredible on the inner corner and patted on the lid. The liner shade (which is used in the outer third and blended into the crease as well in this night look) is the perfect compliment.

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Here is the look in full. I perfected my skin with Rouge Bunny Rouge Time Defying Foundation in Quinoa Cream and set with the Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Dual Fit Compact Jewel Complexion Pressed Powder. On cheeks in the new Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop and Lips are Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Liner in Roald with Dior Addict Gloss in Enchanted Pink. On the eyes I also used Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Eyeliner in Prune and the new Spring 2014 YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Captivating Purple

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NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Palettes make this NARSissist very happy! The arrival of the new NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit was some heavenly beautymail.

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NARSissist Eye Palette ($89 CAD/$79 US) This palette features 15 of the NARSissist community’s most beloved and inspiring shades in one compact, ready-to-wear every day, every way. The great thing about this palette is that they are all existing NARS shades. No surprises. There are certainly lots of reviews and swatches out there so you know the quality you are getting. I had thought there were some less than stellar shades included from some of the info I had read but they all swatched beautifully for me. I obviously haven’t had time to test all 15 shades on my eyes yet though. This palette is a real bargain as you are paying $175 US/oz compared to $357 US/oz for the Singles and $250 US/oz for the Duos. Yes of course I had to do the math! It is a perfect assortment of light to dark and matte and shimmering shades. This palette will be a great workhorse palette for any NARS, heck makeup, lover and a perfect travel companion.

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Shades included are:

  • All About Eve I flesh toned neutral
  • Madrague II (matte caramel)
  • Fez (velvety cocoa)
  • Bali (neutral)
  • Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections)
  • Madrague I (matte cream)
  • Nepal (soft sheer rose)
  • Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown)
  • Brousse II (black violet)
  • Mekong (espresso infused with gold)
  • Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter)
  • Lhasa (lavender grey)
  • Bad Behavior (deep pewter)
  • Dogon II (charcoal black)
  • Pandora II (matte black)

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NARSissist Cheek Palette ($55 CAD/$49 US) This set features three must-have shades for Spring and a newly designed mini blush brush for easy application on the go.

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Shades included are Devotee (limited edition, highlighting shade), Orgasm and Laguna. I know, I know. Many of you are annoyed that every cheek palette seems to have Orgasm and Laguna in it. The fact is they are beautiful and iconic shades and what could be more fitting for a NARSissist palette? Even if you already have them in your collection this palette is a must because it is the perfect travel size. The entire palette is the same height and width as the standard blush compacts. It is just about 30% longer. Purse and travel perfect!

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Available now at Sephora.

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