When I got the opportunity to preview Clarins’ Spring 2015 Colour Collection last November, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of colours. When I think of Clarins, I think of wearable colour. My first coloured eyeshadow was a purple one from Clarins and even though it looked just shocking in the pan, it came out safe enough for the office. The new limited edition Garden Escape Palette*($44.00 CDN) is the perfect example of “wearable colour” with six fresh Spring shades ranging from pearly white and pink hues to spring greens and a neutral taupe.
The eyeshadows come in a shiny gold rectangular case with a tiny indent with a “C” where the palette should be opened. You can probably guess that because of how shiny the case is that this gets full of finger prints FAST.
I’ve always adored palettes with patterns embossed on them and could not bear to destroy the beautiful flower print when I did the swatches. The shadows felt hard, but were satiny smooth against my fingertips.
One thing to note is that these eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry, but I personally never apply shadows wet. I feel like with a good “wettish” eye primer, you can really get great colour payoff so I tend to leave my wet brushes out of the equation. These swatches are without primer and were wonderfully pigmented as is.
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Diorskin Star Studio Makeup SPF 30 in #021 Linen
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark
Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base #00*
Clarins Garden Escape Palette*
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
Marcelle Lengthening and Curling Mascara
Kiss Ever EZ Lashes*
Vasanti Luminous Cream Blush in Pinnacle
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector #04Final Verdict: If you are a fan of neutrals, the Garden Escape palette will be a wonderful extension to your collection. It’s not too out there in terms of moving out of your comfort zone when it comes to adding some colour to your makeup routine, but the two shades of green are really what can take your look from day to night. There were instructions with the palette on how to use all 6 colours and so just to see, I followed the colour scheme for a night look. The green shadows I LOVED, but the pinks were a little too subdued on me. I find that with my skin tone, a subtle blush of a pink always shows up as a shimmery “white-esque” shadow so these types of shades are always lost on me. For $44, I do think this is a fairly affordable palette in the more luxe beauty world so if you’re looking to try something a little different than your Naked palettes, but in the same type of “family” grab this limited edition palette while you can!