Hello there! Continuing from yesterday’s post (My Spring Makeup 2015 Picks), let’s get to the rest of the goodies, starting with the Clarins Garden Escape Palette.
Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Eyes
Clarins Garden Escape Palette
Choosing among the many beautiful Spring eye shadow palettes was probably my most difficult task. I narrowed my choices down to: the Dior Kingdom of Colors House of Greens Quint, the Lancome My French Palette and the Clarins Garden Escape Palette. While the packaging on the Lancome offering is stunning – the shadows themselves didn’t seem to offer me anything that I didn’t already have in my collection. And I was really feeling Green. So it came down to House of Greens or Garden Escape. In the end, Garden Escape won out my a tiny margin for the mere fact that I’ve not tried any Clarins shadows before (though to be honest, part of my heart still longs for House of Greens, hehe). Here’s what it looks like.:
Besides the ethereal green and pink hues of the shadows themselves, I was drawn in by the packaging of this exquisite piece which features Clarin’s signature gold finish with a twist. (It is worth nothing that the compact itself is much lighter than I would have thought).
With shades of pink, white, green and taupe, the palette’s aesthetic is one meant to evoke the gardens of spring.
The shadows are designed to be used wet or dry. Personally, I don’t think it makes much of a difference in terms of intensity with the lighter shades but perhaps more so with the deeper greens. There are no mattes in this palette but the finish of the shadows verge more on satin than shimmer (with the exception of the white shade). As there are no shade names, I’ve taken the liberty of describing them as I interpret them: Pearly White, Forrest Green, Mossy Green, Warm Pink (with yellow undertones), Cool Lilac Pink, and True Taupe.
I’ve created two quick looks using the shadows dry. The first is a very simple, subtle use of the shades, while the second incorporates the greens. Besides the shadows in the palette and mascara (no liners), I used a touch of MAC’s Wedge in the crease in both looks to incorporate a matte element.
Look 1: Warm Pink on the inner two-thirds of the lid, True Taupe on the outer third of the lid and blended into the crease as well as the lower lash line, Pearly White in the inner corner and brow bone.
Look 2: Cool Lilac Pink mixed with a smidgen of Warm Pink on the inner two-thirds of the lid, Mossy Green on the outer third of the lid and blended into the crease, Forest Green to deepen the crease as well as to smudge along the upper and lower lash line, Pearly White mixed with Lilac Pink on the brow bone.
Subtlety is the name of the game when it comes to the tones and pigment of these shadows. Therefore, they may not be to everyone’s taste. Personally, I don’t mind. The soft look that comes across on the eyes speaks to me in exactly the way I envisioned it would when I first saw the release information for the collection. For me, it is the perfect compliment to the peachy lips and cheeks I plan to sport this season.
You can find the Garden Escape palette at Department stores which carry the brand and although it is Limited Edition, I’ve seen it around online (Clarins.co.uk, Nordstrom). At $45.00 USD/£32.00, it is one of the more affordable of the Spring selections.
Benefit Modern Pop Eyeliner
When I think of Spring, besides green, I also think of fresh, wide-awake eyes. The Bare Minerals Modern Pop collection, in its entirety, looked very well-done. But there could only be one. So I went with the Modern Pop Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner. It is a nude cream color designed to brighten the eye area. There is a built-in sharpener and smudge tip.
BareMinerals promises that this long-wearing, richly pigmented pencil, which is infused with a nourishing blend of minerals and vitamin C, “stays soft and creamy for blending, then sets to a long-wearing finish that resists smudging or fading”. I’ve only used it once so far and based on first impressions, the pencil is not as creamy as I would have expected.
Occasionally, I like to use something like Rimmels’ Scandaleyes Kohl Liner in Nude on the lower waterline to give that “bright eyed” effect. I was hoping that this product would be similar. Unfortunately, while the Rimmel pencil is super creamy and actually adheres itself to my waterline – I found that the Modern Pop version by BareMinerals more difficult to work with. I think it is because the formula is more waxy, which is good news for staying power but at a cost. Perhaps my waterline is too “watery”, but I had a hard time getting the pigment to “stick” so to speak. I’ll keep playing with it.
I wore everything featured in this post as well as yesterday’s post (Part One) together and, overall, I was quite pleased with my “Spring Face”. 🙂
Let me also say that this doesn’t mean I won’t purchase anything else until Summer. The point is not to purchase “the spring collections” just for the sake of it. Going forward in this quarter, it will be more about careful consideration of what products really appeal to me and if that product happens to be a “Spring release”, so be it. For example, I’ll admit I ended up ordering one of the Modernist palettes (in Exposure), and although I’ve not yet received it, I’ll most likely return it. The reviews from sources I trust just don’t have me enthused. If you’ve tried the new palettes, please share your thoughts in the comment section below – help me decided what to do! Hehe.
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