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Friday, February 13, 2015

Clarins Garden Escape Six Colour Eye Palette

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I think my dream last night had a Roy Orbison soundtrack. I have a theory that when you wake up with a song in your head, especially if it's a song you haven't heard in a while, it's because it was in your dreams' soundtrack. And yes, I totally believe that dreams have soundtracks. What this all boils down to, is the fact that I've had I Drove All Night stuck in my head since I woke up. What does all of this have to do with Clarins Garden Escape Six Colour Eye Palette? Well, it does happen to be pretty dreamy with it's Springy hues and floral pattern... So, you know, read on!

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Housed in a classic Clarins gold compact with a special edition print, the Garden Escape Six Colour Eye Palette is quite pleasing to the eye- even before you get to the goods inside. As per usual, the palette comes with a red, velvety storage pouch and a card illustrating two ways to use the shadows. The palette interior has a full mirror, and sponge applicator/ brush that is actually useful although it's likely you're not going to use it. The palette looks quite elegant and like something that should cost much more than $44.

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Getting past the packaging, you get six gorgeous shades perfect for Spring- a shimmering white, deep green with a more satin-like finish, a lighter grassier green, a peach tinged pink, an icy baby pink, and a beautiful taupe. While the shadow textures do differ amongst the shades, most have some form of shimmer, which might not suit all. The shadows however, all have a smooth and creamy texture with great pigmentation dry- these can be used wet or dry- and wear very well all day when used over primer. I've actually been wearing these shades over Clarins Ombre Matte Shadow in Nude Pink as a base which works perfectly with these feminine shades.

Above, I've used Nude Pink as a base all over the lid followed by the lighter green shade. I then used the deeper green shade on the lower half of the lid for a bit of a smokey look, but with Spring shades, and used the lightest pink shade to blend out above the crease. I finished everything off with a bit of mascara and the deep green shade smudged on the lower lash line.

Overall, this is a great palette. The shades fit the Spring theme, but are completely wearable- for any time of year. What do you think of these shades? Must have or pass? What shades do you like for Spring? You know, if it ever gets here...