Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clarins Splendours Eyeshadow palette Summer 2013 - just wow...

Oh lads, I haven't been this excited about a single piece of make up in a while.  So much so, it nearly killed me to schedule this for today rather than post about it yesterday!  The eyeshadow and liner palette from Clarins' Splendours summer collection arrived here yesterday and I'd tried not to read too much about the collection after seeing the promo photos a few weeks ago.

Here's why.  I spent most of my teenage years watching the Indiana Jones films over and over.  I'm ignoring the monstrosity that was the most recent one, but the first three made me want to be an archaeologist and go digging for stuff and decipher symbols.  You know.  Indiana Jones-y stuff.  So when I heard that Clarins' summer collection was inspired by "the splendours of a pre-Columbian civilization that worshipped the sun", I couldn't wait to get my paws on it.

And it was worth the wait.  This is the most beautiful make up item I've ever seen and got busy photographing it in the sun.  But I had some problems.  I couldn't get the embossed symbols under the clear bronzey acrylic to show properly.



Then I got a bit of inspiration from the sun worshipers...  As I manouvered the palette around, I let the sun hit  it dead centre and look what happened...  All my years of watching Indy paid off!  Seriously, how gorgeous is this...


I waited to see if a secret door would open in my room, or if something magical would happen to the compact but alas, I had to make do with just opening the palette and seeing what lay beneath the burnished lid.


The palette contains four eyeshadows and an eyeliner, all embossed with symbols.  There are two little applicators, one with a round sponge tip and the other has a pointy sponge tip on one end and an angled brush on the other.  But enough about them.  Just look at the shadows and liners...


Now, I may as well tell you that this post doesn't have swatches.  One, I'm not ready to touch the perfection that is the shadows and liners.  Two, I need to see if I can figure out what the symbols mean and possibly prevent the end of the world.



I promise I'll swatch it very soon and show it in action, but I needed to show you what is the star of the show in the Clarins Splendours summer collection.  I've more bits to show you but you may as well add this to your wish list now.  It'll be available in May and will be €39 but considering how gorgeous it is, that you get four shadows and a liner, making it an ideal travel palette, it's going to sell out fast and that's my prediction, being a beauty obsessed Mayan and all.

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11 comments

  1. Ok I know sod all about the makeup but I love those pictures and how you caught the sun on top of the case.

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    1. haha deadly dude! I'm telling you, I'm going to start giving lessons ;P

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  2. Wow...that is so pretty!

    I'm usually one for not being able to justify spending more than €10-€15 on eyeshadow, especially since I don't actually wear make up very often, but I'm gonna have to make an exception for this one! It's stunning! Although, I fear I won't ever want to ruin it by using it!

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    1. I'm the same, maybe this weekend I'll be able to swatch it but without messing the symbols... Absolutely gorgeous

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  3. deadly photos lady! I really do need to get a camera, have been using my crappy phone for far too long

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    1. Thanks missus, grand what a bit of sunshine will do!

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  4. This is one of the best palettes of the summer. Next time see if you can get pics from the end of a rainbow.. that would be aces.

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    1. Since we are in the land of rainbows and leprechauns, I will do my best ;)

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  5. I want this!! Your photos are amazing

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    1. I'm telling you, it's totally worth it, I'm going to get the bronzer too, so beautiful...

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  6. Oh wow that's absolutely stunning! I need this palette in my life thanks to you LOL!

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