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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Clarins Splendours Summer 2013 Collection






Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact: £30*
Splendours Colour Quartet & Eye Liner Palette: £31*

This may be the most beautifully packaged collection ever, but it's so hard to capture on camera so the gorgeous interiors will have to suffice! Clarins have just released the Splendours collection for Summer 2013, and boy is it a beauty! Consisting of a bronzer and an eyeshadow palette (as well as a shimmering body oil), the collection is inspired by South America's ancient ruins and its deep, exotic tones, and promises to give the skin a beautifully sunkissed look. Just the thing I'm after considering the lack of nice weather we're having right now..

The Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact is a large round compact with a mix of bronze and terracotta shades with a shimmering apricot centre. It's touted as being universally flattering, although I find it very warm in tone so it might not be for everyone. This bronzer is incredibly rich in pigmentation and contains Clarins' 'Light-Optimizing+ Complex' to enhance and smooth the skin upon application. The texture is like butter, which also means it's really easy to get carried away with this. Less is most definitely more here! I like to use this by taking a medium-sized fluffy blush brush (tapered is good but not essential!), swirling in the plan to pick up all the tones and applying onto the cheeks with a light hand. I follow this with a dab on the nose, forehead, temples and chin and blending out with a clean powder brush to make the effect more deceivingly natural. It has a matte finish with a hint of shimmer too, which stops it having a muddy effect (just don't use too much!).

Onto the Splendours Colour Quartet & Eye Liner Palette now, which would have to be my favourite out of the two. It is just beautiful! Made up of four mineral pigment eyeshadows in champagne, rose gold, copper and plum shades, as well as a black powder liner. It provides all the tones you could need for a gorgeous bronze smoky eye and is a perfect palette for blue-eyed girls like myself! I wasn't too impressed with the black shade but it's fine to add some definition to the lash line (I just realised it's meant to be used wet, which I tried and it does perform better but it's no holy grail for me). This section is the only part that has lost its pattern already too which is a shame! The brushes are okay, but I've actually gotten the best colour payoff just using my fingertips with this palette. I think this is a great one for any eye colour as it's so, so lovely, but like I said especially nice for blue eyes as the warm orangey tones complement blue so well. I'm obsessed!

Both products have seriously impressed me and got me crossing my fingers even harder for the summer weather to hurry up! They're not throwaway purchases at the £30 mark, but a surefire winner for any bronzing addicts, limited edition lovers and makeup collectors! If you're looking to decide between the two, I'd sway you towards the eye palette, but both items are absolutely beautiful and a joy to use! What do you think of the Splendours collection?

31 comment(s):

  1. oooh these are stunning! i love the packaging and presentation of them, but they also seem so gorgeously pigmented... they've given you a stunning glow! :)
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  2. The detailing is beautiful, I wouldn't want to spoil it!

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  3. That is without a doubt the prettiest make-up design I've seen. I would end up just keeping it to look at haha. Shame it's out of my price range!

    xx

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  4. The bronzer is just gorgeous! I'd love to try it but sadly I don't have £30 at the moment!
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Clarins packaging is amazing! x

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  6. The bronzer looks gorgeous and so natural on your skin. I also love the packaging x

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  7. Clarins always seem to do the prettiest products! Looks lovely on as well

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  8. The eyeshadows look amazing and they all have beautiful patterns

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  9. Wow amazing! I am so tempted to buy that bronzer! It looks super beautiful. A very Summer make-up item. x

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  10. Love all the shades in that eyeshadow palette! x

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  11. Eeeeeek aren't they just completely beautiful?! I would so love to own these pieces, although I doubt Id bring myself to use them haha xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  12. That is so gorgeous! Not only beautiful, but it seems like it combines into a lovely, matte glow.

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  13. Ugh the packaging on all those are just gorgeous! I love both the bronzer and eye compact, but the designs are so nice I wouldn't want to use them!!
    Lovely post (:

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  14. Amazing packaging and the eyeshadows look lovely!

    jess xx
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  15. The palettes are so beautiful I don't know if I could bear to use them! Love the colours though! xxx

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  16. Clarins always bring out such astheticall pleasing produts! The shades in the palette look lovely. Definitely colours I would wear ona daily basis!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  17. these items are so unbelievably beautiful that i think if i bought them, i'd be too scared to use them and ruin the patterns! but i really do like them both and i really want to splurge and treat myself to them! the bronzer looks like it'll produce a really natural sheen on the face and the palette has all the typical colours that i use! X

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  18. The packaging and embossing are so incredibly beautiful I'd be scared to use them in case it disappeared! They look so lovely though!

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  19. I'm loving Clarins at the moment, I have't tried any of their makeup products yet though! The eyeshadow palette looks gorgeous! :) ♥

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  20. These look so beautiful! Loving Clarins products at the moment and am very tempted by that bronzer! Love the packaging too!

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    Alice xx

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  21. THe eyeshadow palette looks perfect, love the pattern printed on it! Really pretty colours.

    Pipp xx
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  22. oooh i saw these on laura from belles boutiques blog too, she praised them too and ilove clarins skincare. thanks for the recommendation :) x

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  23. This is such a gorgeous collection!

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  24. You have such an amazing glow

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  25. these look really beautiful, i like a warm toned bronzer in the summer. I've never actually tried a clarins product before! love your blog xxx

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  26. I bought both items on a previous trip to beales, i've yet to fully try them out due to exams but on first swatch they seem beautiful. The bronzer is perfect for my skintone which is a bit darker than yours!

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