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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Clarins Takes the Make-up Trail

Clarins New Enchanted Summer Collection
was inspired by the heart of India

Can’t you just feel the dry heat and visualise the sights and senses of India just by looking at Clarins summer make-up collection? Inspired by the traditional patterns of India and their celebrations of the festival of colour – a spectrum of colour symbolises red for joy and love, orange for optimism, green for harmony and blue for vitality, Clarins have caught the wanderlust spirit  and embraced the land of temples, spirituality and traditional values for their collection, New Enchanted.

Jewel in the crown: Colour Quartet and Liner Palette

The jewel in the crown is their Colour Quartet & Liner Palette, £30. A collection of four mineral eye shades, they apply faster than a blink of the eye going on smooth and crease-free. Champagne beige, bronze, gold and violet, along with a golden brown eyeliner collided together to make one heck of a bewitching eye. A lovely touch is the traditional sari print motifs embossed on each shade.

I haven’t got a snap, but there’s also a Kohl Kajal Long-Lasting Eyeliner, £15 in collection which is a reworked formula of the traditional Indian kohl. The texture is creamy and for this reason lines the eyes perfectly with intense, long-lasting results. Available in two shades black and violet.

A wash of natural colour: Bronzing Duo

For those who crave a wash of colour, the Bronzing Duo SPF15 Mineral Power Compact, £26 is two complementary tones of bronze in one palette. Dubbed ‘made-to-measure’ radiance, simply blend together for a low-key, natural looking tan whatever the weather. The formula is super smart too: a combo of mineral and soft-focus pigments, along with pearls that optically minimise fine lines for a youth-inducing radiant glow. Sunshine in a compact.

Mwah! Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms

Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms, £16.50 are a make-up bag gotta-have. Looking like they wouldn’t leave a whisper of colour, they are surprisingly powerful in their intensity. They have the transparency of a gloss and the comfort of a lip balm all rolled into one, and as they’re so sheer they give the illusion of a fuller lip. Pick from a pretty pink, rosy red, teeth brightening coral (my favourite) or a sensual violet.

The collection is available from May.  

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