Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Sunday, September 30th 2012 0

Gold smoky eyes in four simple steps

Looking for the ultimate eye palette, versatile but still a show stopper? I've found just the thing from Clarins...

This Christmas, Clarins are bringing out this limited edition mineral eye palette. It features three velvety shadows in light, medium and dark brown, and a gold leaf shadow which is one of the most concentrated gold shades I’ve come across.

What I loved about this palette was that I could see how classic it was. I put together three looks with a little help from Benefit, Daniel Sandler and Soap & Glory to show just how adaptable these colours were.

Look 1: The Sun Kissed Glow

This colour combination would be lovely for anyone with a slightly warmer skin tone wanting to add some depth to their eyes. Using the light brown as a highlighter, I shaded along my brow bone. Next, I took a fluffy brown brush and shaded my contour with the medium brown (my favourite is MAC’s 217 Blending Brush). Finally, I smudged the darkest brown under my lash line.

To complete the look, I used Daniel Sandler’s Billion Dollar Body Shimmer to contour my face. Then, I added a splash of Benefit’s Hoola lip gloss to give my lips a toffee-like finish.

Look 2: The English Rose

If you’re paler, like me, this palette could really make your eyes pop. For my eyes, I followed the same steps as above.

Wanting a fresher base, I used Clarins’ new Skin Illusion powder foundation. It is very fresh but still gives a fair amount of coverage. Then, I finished the look with a coat of Soap & Glory’s Super Colour Fabulipstick in ‘Man Trap’, a bright red. You can see from my photos that this combination was the most effective at bringing out my blue eye colour.

Look 3: The Golden Girl

Following the step-by-step instructions with the palette, I created their desired smoky eye.

I can’t emphasise enough how beautiful the gold leaf shadow is. The texture is very strange, almost like a sticky foil, and so it applies in a thick and smooth coat. The smaller flecks of pigment pick up the light in an unusual way; it looks almost like a glitter but without any of the fall out. Of the many gold eye shadows I have tried, this is one of the most intense colours I’ve found – what you see in the palette is how it looks on your eye.

If you need to stock up on some beauty essentials before the festive season, I’d put this to the top of your list.

Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette is available in-store and online from October 8th 2012. 

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