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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Clarins Smokey Plum Dry and Wet

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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Win a Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in Your Shade! – Review & Giveaway

I still remember the release of the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation and all the associated hype. Even though one of my favourite foundations has always been Make Up For Ever Face & Body I somehow managed to go all this time without trying the infamous HD. Well I have finally tried it and I have an opportunity for you to win a chance to try it yourself. So what did I think?

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If you are going to try out the HD Foundation what better way to do it than with the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit ($92 CAD).

First off the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation has an extensive shade range of 26 shades. It is one of the most impressive out there. The shade 115 Ivory is a wonderful match for me. It’s a tad dark but I need to work around my freckles! There are also some really fair shades that are more pink toned but I wanted to keep the shade more neutral to cancel out some of the pink in my skin rather than accentuate it. This foundation offers medium coverage with a very natural finish. I have been loving it.

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Another great thing about this complexion kit for me was finally trying the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Primer. For some reason I have always thought this was a standard silicone type primer. I’m not a huge fan of silicone primers so I had never tried it. While the HD Primer is silicone based it does not have the texture or feel of a typical silicone primer. Rather it has a light lotion like consistency and feels very hydrating thanks to the D-Panthenol & Glycerin. The kit also contains the small sized version of the HD High Definition Powder which is a translucent setting powder that offers a flawless and lightly mattified yet natural finish. The kit includes a incredibly soft Kabuki Brush for application of the HD Powder.

Before (naked face):

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After (Make Up For Ever Complexion Starter Kit):

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Now here is your chance to WIN your own Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in your shade. The kit includes:

  • 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder
  • 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer
  • 1.01 oz HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • HD Kabuki Brush

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Step By Step Flawless Complexion with Benefit Cosmetics

I think an area where Benefit Cosmetics really excels is with their complexion products. I thought it might be fun to show you a step by step progression of creating a “Hello Flawless” complexion with Benefit Cosmetics products.

To begin, the dreaded beauty blogger sacrifice of a naked face shot:

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Next we see how dramatic a change the application of Benefit The POREfessional Pro Balm Primer ($36 CAD) and Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup ($44 CAD) Foundation in I’m Pure for Sure Ivory makes. I have been wearing this combo a lot lately as it offers a great match, great coverage, and a lovely natural finish on my dry skin.

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Next I used the FakeUp Concealer ($29 CAD) in 01 Light under my eyes and the Boing Concealer ($26 CAD) in 01 (01 and 02 shown below) to conceal some of the redness on my chin and around my nose as well as some of my darker hyper pigmentation. Set the products with the Hello Flawless Powder ($42 CAD) in I Love Me Ivory.

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Hello Flawless Boing

Once the skin is perfected we have to admit that sometimes we look a little dead. We need to bring back in some contours to the face as well as colour. I have used the Hoola Bronzer ($36 CAD) to contour my face and warm up my skin a little. I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this product before. It is a great bronzer that isn’t orange or muddy and works great on fair skin because it isn’t too dark. It’s matte but the powder is soft and creamy. Love. I added a little colour to my cheeks with Dandelion Brightening Face Powder ($36 CAD) which is the prettiest soft pink and beautiful on pale skin. A touch of High Beam Highlighter ($32 CAD) on high points of the face finishes the complexion.

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Hoola and Dandelion

Ta da. A lovely even and perfected canvas that still looks natural. Apply the eye look and lip product of your choice and your ready to face the world.

Before and After:

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What is your favourite Benefit Cosmetics product?

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