Monday, October 8, 2012

Clarins Christmas 2012 - Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette - photos, swatches and two looks!

Clarins has done it again.  They've released an absolutely stunning eye shadow palette for this Christmas and if they hadn't have sent one to me, I'd be making a sneaky purchase of it myself.  Let me discuss the packaging first.  This sturdy and expensive looking gold palette with an intricate design etched on the top screams sophistication and class and every time I play with it, I have to breathe on it and shine it up all nice before storing it in it's red velvet pouch.

The Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette is limited edition and is on counters this month as part of the Christmas 2012 collection.  Retailing at €40, it's money well spent and any lady would be very happy indeed to get this under the tree this Christmas.  Or now.  Just a thought.

The palette has four shades and two sponge tipped applicators.  The shadows can be used wet and dry and have a satin finish apart from the beautiful golden shadow that is the star of the show.  There's a pale creamy shade, a warm taupe and a soft brown shadow that all work beautifully together and when you bring the gold shade into the mix, well, magical things happen.

As always, I'm here to help you justify buying this palette for the €40 and I've two little tutorials here to show you what you can achieve with the Odyssey palette.  First up is a natural smokey eye, easy peasy, if I can do it, so can you.

Start off by using the lightest shade and sweeping it over the entire lid as a wash of colour and as a base so that the other shades blend easier.  Then taking the taupe shade, apply this lightly to the crease and blend up towards the brow bone.

Next, use the darkest shade and apply it all over the eyelid, up to the crease.  You can take it along the outer half of the lower lash line.  A quick slick of the Kohl Eye Pencil from the autumn collection, a slick of mascara and that's it.  An easy natural smokey eye.

Now, we need to use the gold, correct?!  I started off this look the same way as the first in that I used the palest shade all over the lid and took it up to the brow bone and took the taupe shade into the crease and blended.

I learned from the first look that to stop the fall out with the darkest shade, I needed to use the sponge tipped applicator, so I used it to pat the brown shade on the outer half of my lid and took it up to the crease and under the lower lash line.  I used the other sponge tipped applicator to apply the gold shade to the inner half of the eyelid and watched my eye immediately brighten up.  The gold brought out any flecks in my eyes and brought new life and warmth to the look.  It's definitely worth keeping the applicators for this shade as using a fluffy brush doesn't work as well.  It doesn't pick up the colour very much, so applicators or your finger will do the job better than any brush.

Mascara and liner is always good to complete a look and voila!  The photo where I hoped nobody would ring the doorbell!

The Odyssey palette is on Clarins counters this month and what I'm thinking is that it's a perfect palette to bring to work with you if you're going out that night straight from the office.  A smidgen of gold will transform any day time look to a night time look.

Isn't it gorgeous?


  1. Stunning Karen! That gold...swoon!

  2. The photos are lovely. Make-up porn. Haha. xD Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am drooling it is beautiful

  4. Oh gawd that's gorgeous. both the palette itself and the shadows. I think I'm in love with it.

  5. Oh I was really dubious at first (especially with the price) but that is incredible! so smooth and elegant looking.

  6. Does the gold come on it's own? I have a lot of neutral colors like the other ones but I love the gold

  7. just ordered both of these from debenhams. and now I have just spotted that I would have saved 15 euro if I had ordered them from aarghh! anyway, they are still worth it

  8. OH MY GOD! I have to have this!

    gorgeous makeup looks you did by the way and a great review! :) x x

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