Yes, I know we are currently in the depths of winter and Christmas is only round the corner, but today we’re taking a sneeky glimpse into Clarins’ beautiful makeup collection for Spring 2014.
Opalescence is all about a luminous complexion with light pastel and plum colours on the eyes topped off with juicy, glossy lips in pinks and corals and a flush of glowing youthful colour on the cheeks.
In the luxurious surroundings of The Penthouse Suite in The Morgan Hotel, Dublin, Clarins head makeup artist Siobhan O’Mahony demonstrated the beautiful Opalescence Makeup Collection on Irish model Pippa Ormond. Siobhan explained that this collection was all about women being their own makeup artist. Mostly using just her fingers, she created a stunningly fresh look on Pippa which made her look radiant (well moreso than she normally does!).
The collection itself consists of 3 Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases ( 01 Rose, 02 Champagne, 03 Peach – €30) which bring light and luminosity to the complexion as well as correcting skin redness and dullness and providing a base for foundation.
There are 4 Multi blushes in this collection (01 Peach, 02 Candy, 03 Grenadine, 04 Rosewood – €22) which are cream to powder products that can be used as a blush as well as a lip colour. These are really beautiful and have the most unusual texture. They don’t slip about once applied and can be used over cream or powder bases. Used as a blush, they create the most stunning lit-from-within glow which can be sheer or buildable depending on what finish you want. I REALLY love these
For lips, Clarins have 3 beautiful colours (19 Tropical Pink, 20 Coral Tulip, 21 Pink Orchid – €21) in their Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine sheer lipstick range. These lipsticks give a sheer slick of glossy colour and are perfect for spring/summer, I actually wore this lipstick on my wedding day, it looks and feels really gorgeous on.
They also have 2 Gloss Prodige Intense Shine and Colour lipglosses in the line, (11 Coral Tulip & 12 Crystal – €18.50) which are full of shine and sparkle and make your lips look juicy!
Then there’s my favourite of the collection, the Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 12 Vibrant Light (€41, above) This stunning palette consists of a beautiful light pink, an irridescent purple, a smoky grey and a shimmery silver which all compliment each other perfectly. This would create a beautiful soft smoky eye and I will definitely be using this on my spring brides. as it’s just perfect for that.
There is also a mineral eyeshadow mono in 17 smoky plum (€19) which is exactly as it’s description, and can be swept all over the lid for a smoky look.
Lastly, the Opalescence Face and Blush Powder (€37) combines a face powder, blush and bronzer in one. Lightly dusted over the complexion, it gives a glowing radiance while controlling shine and contouring.
Overall I am loving this collection. It is the essence of spring with it’s radiant bases,soft romantic eye colours and glossy lips and would be absolutely perfect for brides. All products are easily applied with fingers and give a great effect. I also love the high shine gold packaging which add to the luxe feel of the products. Clarins is normally associated with older women, your mother most likely has one of their palettes or a lipstick floating around in her makeup bag but I have to say my mind has been changed on this. There really is something for everyone in this collection!
The Clarins Opalescence Collection is available from 20th January 2014 at Clarins counters nationwide.