Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Clarins The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette

Another neutral eye shadow palette? Well... The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette by Clarins is different. It was created to make your eyes look amazing, while supporting human rights and the environment. Clarins has joined forces with Pur Project and they promised to plant 10,000 trees to help revive the Kuntanawa culture. As someone who studied (and is passionate about )cultural anthropology, I feel very strongly about preserving and reviving vanishing cultures, so it makes me really happy to see Clarins engaging in such a great cause. Well done! But what do I think about The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette itself? Let's find out.

First of all, the packaging is made with carefully selected, eco friendly materials and it is actually reusable. Once you used up all the eye shadows, you can use the case to store your brushes etc, which is very cool! I really like the sleek design and the thick cardboard feels surprisingly sturdy. I actually prefer cardboard packaging on bigger palettes- in my experience, it protects the eye shadows from breaking if you manage to drop the palette. When I dropped my Naked 2 (in a metal case) two eye shadows shattered completely and my cardboard palettes are still in perfect condition after many, many falls :)

The Essentials palette comes with a double ended brush with one side perfect for applying the eye shadow allover the lid and blending and the smaller side for adding finishing touches. There is 10 eye shadows  in the palette, all of them in different shades of brown, taupe and and beige. The selection of colours couldn't be more perfect. Most of them have a satin/frost finish, but there are also two matte shades and one sparkly/iridescent gold.

The formula of the satin shades is super pigmented and almost buttery, while the two matte shades are more subtle and slightly on the powdery side (1,4) The sparkly gold shade (2) is quite sheer, but it has the most beautiful shimmer in it and reflects light beautifully. It is probably my favourite colour from the palette.

Like all Clarins eye shadows, these are a dream to apply and stay put all day! They are also very easy to blend. I am absolutely in love with the selection of colours  and I can't stop using the palette. 

If you are looking for wearable, neutral shades - The Essentials Palette is for you. It would be a good start for those who haven't tried Clarins eye shadows yet or a perfect treat for Clarins addicts :)

You can buy it from www.clarins.co.uk.

swatches in daylight
swatches with flash
LOOk 1: wearing shade 6 allover the lid and shade 2 under the browbone
LOOK 2: wearing shade 10 allover the lid, blended out with shade 1 and 2
Look  3: wearing shade 2 in the inner corner and under the browbone, shade 8 and 10 in the outer corner

*PR sample



  1. Oh my god!!!! You look so gorgeous Sandra.. I keep telling myself I don't need this palette, but there's no way I can resist after seeing your beautiful swatches! xxxx

  2. Really beautiful palette and I could see myself wear any of those shades, and your nails look really lovely as well :o). Xx


  3. It's a lovely palette, it really is :) I can't justify it myself as I have the Naked 2 which looks very similar, however what a great product from Clarins.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  4. Perfect colors and make up is to die for! Plus i love your nails <3

  5. it looks really great I like the color shades:)

  6. This palette is gorgeous and they look lovely on you. Love how you blended all those colours.

    i may have to purchase this and give it a go.

    Great Post!


  7. this is really pretty! I love the packaging!

  8. I'm in love with this palette, the colors are beautifull!


  9. I like your nails it is very interesting, :)) you are beautiful

  10. These colors are beautiful! Want!

  11. I spotted this in the boots christmas catalogue and I fell in love, def going on my Xmas list ;D

    Emma from http://www.masqueradebelle.co.uk

  12. The shades in this palette look lovely and you look gorgeous x

  13. This looks amazing!

  14. I think this has just gone on my Christmas list :)

  15. I can't wait for this one. It looks amazing and I love Clarins eyeshadows!

  16. I love this palette! Amazing color! :)

  17. This looks gorgeous! Really suits you :) www.shehearts.net


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