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Clarins Single Eye Colour
Member Name: angelboouk
Clarins Single Eye Colour
Advantages: quality, packaging, finish, offer price
Disadvantages: regular price
Clarins is a premium beauty brand.
Clarins offer a range of single eye colours. There are around 15 shades on offer including pink tones, black, purple and greens. These eyeshadows are available in different finishes including pearl, matte and satin. Each shade has its own name including 'Lovely Rose' and 'Totally Black'.
Clarins promise an even, longlasting colour which illuminates the eyes.
Each eyeshadow is presented in a red and silver, mini compact. The eyeshadow shade is visible courtesy of a clear viewing window and there is a label at the base confirming the shade name. A reliable and durable catch holds the compact shut and when opened, reveals a small, sponge applicator.
I love the compact for this eyeshadow. It looks classy and expensive and it is always a bonus to have an applicator provided in the price. This eyeshadow has a 36month shelf life but I would recommend replacing the applicator after 6 months. The compacts are presented in red boxes.
~Price and Availability~
Each eyeshadow compact contains 2.7g of colour. These eyeshadows can be purchased from Clarins counters (Debenhams, John Lewis etc) and online at www.clarins.co.uk. Each eyeshadow retails at £15.00. A few of the rarer shades are available from www.deesetdirect.co.uk reduced to £3.50 which is a considerable saving!
I am a fan of Clarins make up products. I received my eyeshadow single as part of a Clarins promotional set last year so didn't have a choice of shade. I received Shade 8 : Mocha Mousse. Whilst I wouldn't have picked this for myself, it has grown on me. I find the shade choice to be varied but they are quite 'safe' choices - nothing OTT. The shade I own is part of the £3.50 offer.
If one is going to splash out £15.00 for an eyeshadow, then it has to be of an excellent quality. Having dabbled with really cheap eyeshadows (MUA, Collection 2000) and really expensive eyeshadows (Lancome and Dior), I can confirm that this Clarins eyeshadow does verge more towards premium than basic. It has the looks but how well does it perform in reality?
I wear eyeshadow a few times a week to simply complete my make up. I have been told that my eyes are my best feature so I like to dress them up a bit where possible. Mocha Mousse is quite a dark brown shade. The Clarins website doesn't indicate which finish each individual eyeshadow has. I would guess that Mocha Mousse is a matte colour.
The little applicator provided is every bit as stylish as the compact itself. It is small and a little fiddly to grip but does have a soft, durable little brush at the end which is perfect for applying this eyeshadow. This eyeshadow has a smooth consistency and the applicator picks up a decent amount of powder with one, simple sweep across the surface.
I do not use a primer on my eyelids. I simply sweep the brush across my eyelids for instant colour. It is easy enough to build up a stronger colour but I prefer the intensity that two sweeps of powder offers. Mocha Mousse is a gorgeous shade on my eyelids but won't be for everyone. It is a little lighter on my eyelids than in the compact and is a tan/bronze shade. It is the perfect shade to wear if you have a light tan but is also complimentary to paler skin tones as it really highlights the eyes. It looks natural and not over the top.
This eyeshadow feels lightweight and gentle on my eyelids and I have experienced no irritation at all. The finish is really good - there is no mess and the eyeshadow looks velvety smooth on my eyelids with a matte finish. It doesn't crease and it does blend well with other shades to create different effects. This eyeshadow lasts incredibly well. Even after a full day of wear, the colour is still visible. It is easy to wipe off at the end of the day.
Overall, I quite like this eyeshadow and this shade in particular. The overall look achieved is really nice and it can be intensified for evening wear or toned down for wearing during the day. I wouldn't say it is worth £15.00 but one compact is very long lasting as only a tiny sweep is required for noticeable results. I used it occasionally for a more classy look and it barely looks used.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: great eyeshadow