What is it about mid-Winter that makes us long for a garden full of colorful flowers?
As I am writing this review of the gorgeous Clarins Garden Escape Color Collection for Spring 2015, my window is completely blanketed in White. There is white snow everywhere. And where there isn’t any color, there is a bleak sky and clear ice. The lack of bright, cheerful color makes me realize how much I miss it. But the Garden Escape collection by Clarins brings it to us to brighten our faces and our mood (it’s on counters, now).
In this feature, I’ll go through the entire collection, but I’m starting with the two makeup palettes in teh collection, one for eyes, one for cheeks. Clarins does these so beautifully, always encasing them in signature, red, velveteen pouches that make you feel as though you’ve purchased something very precious (and yes, you have)!
Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition) The garden escape eye shadow palette offers up six pastel shades that can be used wet or dry, to make different looks for day or evening. Each of these is embossed with a different floral design (it’s almost a shame to swipe your makeup brushes into them and smooth them down, but do it!). While pastels are “trending” for Spring, there is a big difference between “Easter Bunny” pastels and sophisticated pastels like these which include two shades of pink that are not too “sweet”, a creamy taupe, a forest green, dove grey and pearly white. These are semi-opaque, so you can mix, match, layer, try them wet and dry. The more you add (or use wet for drama) the more your eye looks will “blossom.” The palette also features a pretty design on the shiny gold compact, a nice interior mirror and a use-able, dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator (but I really suggest using your own makeup brushes).
Blush Prodige ($31.00) (Limited Edition) Sweet Rose. Roses are often associated with the color red, but this blush palette is all pink and it’s perfect for just about every skin tone. The blush is a mixture of matte and pearle, in complimentary pink tones, combined into a powder blush that applies so smoothly, it looks natural whether you add a little, or a lot, thanks to a combination of mineral and plant extracts. The mini blush brush nestled into the side of the compact is actually use-able! This blush is probably one of the nicest and universally flattering ones I’ve tested in a very long time. It’s well worth the money but get it quickly before it’s sold out.
Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($23.00) (Limited Edition). The Winter is wicked when it comes to drying out lips. This innovative product helps bring them back to life, with something that looks like a precious jewel in it’s clear plastic container with wide, wanded-tipped applicator, but don’t be fooled by how pretty these look because they’re serious skincare! They are nourishing, soothing, hydrating lip treatments that have pure plant oils of mirabelle plum, jojoba and hazelnut (they even plump a bit, and add just the barest hint of tint to powderdry lips). The innovative gel-like, non-sticky texture arrives in two shades: Honey (01) and limited-edition Raspberry (02). The raspberry is so addictive!