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Clarins Concealer Stick Review and Swatches

The Muse missed the boat on the Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick. I dunno I was kinda on the fence about a stick concealer so I didn’t bother indulging. I guess stick foundations kinda remind me of those old school lipstick style concealers with the hard texture and awful formula that makes blending into the art of scrubbing really hard. Applying concealer should not involve scrubbing to the point you’re yelling “out, out damn spot!”. You so know what I mean right? Lord knows they even still sell these lethal concealer lipstick thingys at your local drugstore.  In my humblest they should be outlawed.

Yes, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

However, Clarins Concealer Stick popped around for a visit today and I immediately raced to my mirror to try it out. I should have been feeling skeptical about it like most stick foundation but in my excitement I completely forget my unforgiving nature in regards to stick concealers.

Thank god I did as it’s special.

Jump for it.

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Summer Must Have Makeup: Clarins Bronzing Powder and Clarins Bronzing Duo Review

Ahh Summer you’re still around here some place aren’t you? Please stick around a little longer as it feels like the Muse’s hasn’t had a chance to truly enjoy you being around this year.

In honor of Summer today I’ll share with you to fab bronzers that I’m loving from Clarins!


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Ok, let me tell you a little secret…shhhh don’t tell anyone k? I always though Clarins was kinda for old ladies but than I tried a shadow quad and suddenly it opened a whole new world to me. Now I’m an utter addict and simply adore their releases.

I was all about the Clarins Instant Sun Light Collection this year as it had some great pieces to celebrate the heat with (do a search for the reviews on my blog). And even though I’m not a bronzer fan I found myself enjoying one or two this year without ranting and raving about them. You know me and the sun don’t get along so well, hello SPF? Wanna be BFF?

Safest way to get an instant spark of Summer sun?

Try out Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Duo or Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Powder!


As bronzing powder is sometimes incredibly difficult to work with I suggest trying out any that Clarins offers as they are a silky smooth formula that blend a treat. The effect is a beautiful touch of sun on face and cheeks.

Clarins Bronzing Duo is made of two shades of bronzer in two separate finishes. One light matte shade and one sparkling darker shade. Combine the two to contour your face or place the lighter shade on your forehead and the deeper on your cheeks for a safe Summer tan.


Clarins Bronzing Powder is a rich, deep bronze shade with a fine shimmer finish. The shade is very deep and could apply muddy so do use a tiny amount and build up slowly for a deeper tan. This has an SPF 15 as well.


I find the best way to use or apply either is by adding them on top of gently flushed cheeks. Grab your favorite cheek stain and apply to a fresh face (or a face prepped prior with tinted moisturizer. The lighter the makeup the more natural your bronzer will look). After your stain is in place dust a bit of bronzer on top for a lit from within glow.

Perfect for Summer sun and safe too.

Although Summer is ending you can still get away with bringing it with you into the Fall with these compacts plus it seems bronzed cheeks are making their way into many Fall looks.

Snag these palettes while they are still at your Clarins counter as they’ll be gone before you know it.

Loves ‘em!

See my Tips and Tricks for Bronzer Application to spice up your bronze look!

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Clarins Instant Sun Light

As bronzer palettes come and go at an alarming rate through my life this Summer season some stick out in my mind as worthy contenders in the large bronzer scheme of things. One bronzer that comes to mind and is meant to be remembered is the new Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face.


Click ahead for it’s review.

Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face is housed in the standard elegant mirror case that most all Clarins cosmetics sports, yes it’s a terrible magnet for fingerprints but oh so lovely regardless.


Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face is made up of a swirl of matte and subtly shimmer shades of bronzer for illuminating face and cheeks with a kiss of sunny color that mimics that of a tan. The powder is silky smooth and blends easily for a nice flawless, even finish. The dominate shade throughout the palette is a matte standard bronze but this is brightened up considerably with the addition of sparkling rose and peach shades. These two shades take the ho-hum bronzer from a traditional finish to more of a sunny glow.


The Summer Glow Palette is probably one of the most subtle bronzers I’ve used as of late which makes it user friendly for beginners in the bronzer world. I don’t find it heavily pigmented and the powder is so silky that it fairly glides onto skin making for very easy application. I think we can all appreciate a very subtle bronzer as who wants to look overly bronze anyway? Surely not I.

If you’re looking for something that illuminates the face, makes it glow with a touch of the sun, and gives off a flattering healthy look to face and cheeks, Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette will surely please.

Sportin’ Clarins Summer Glow Palette on cheeks and face!

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Light Summer Moisturizer: Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion Review

My skin is ever thankful Clarins as your Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion does the trick of reviving it and making it go from dull to pretty once again!


Find out more after the jump!

Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion isn’t your traditional facial lotion as it has a watery, gel-like consistency that mimics that of a toner. Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion quite reminds me of Guerlain Issima Success Model Smoothing Toner in formula and texture. If you’re familiar with this product you’ll understand the formula of Clarins.


The lotion is rather great for Summer wear as it’s very light and allows for a nice moist application that leaves skin dewy and ready for makeup without making my skin greasy or oily as some lotions are known to do in the Summer. It’s also one less step as I can easily skip toner! To use the lotion you can tap onto skin gently or dampen a cotton pad and pat on. The formula tends to feel sticky on the skin but after dry down it leaves a nice moisturized, soft finish behind.


At the moment Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion is my go to item for fresh, moist Summer skin without having to deal with heavier creams. It’s perfect wear for Summer and preps my skin beautifully for foundation and makeup.

Loving it!

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Wake Up Winter Skin, Hello Soft Summer Skin: Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask Review

I dunno about you but my face needs a revamp after the Winter. When the warm weather begins to set it I seriously need to work to get my skin in proper Summer ready order. Winter is harsh for me as it dries my skin out, causes gross flaking, and just generally destroys the freshness my skin normally has. What am I left with? Dull, dry, in need of help skin.

So to wake up my winter skin this year I’ve tried out Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask and I proceeded to say hello to soft Summer skin!


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Although it’s a tad expensive and it’s made for mature skin I still likey Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask. Props because it smells so heavenly (soft rose floral scent) but bigger props for making my face so smooth and moisturized.

The mask is a moisturizing pink cream that you apply generously to skin and leave on 10 minutes. I leave it on half an hour, might as well get all the moisturizing I can get for the $62 price tag. After time has elapsed I proceed to rinse it off with cool water. My skin feels nicely moisturized after use, very soft and nourished, and just generally pampered.


The greatest thing about it?

I love how I apply a super generous layer and I’m left with a slew of what appears to be lotion on my face. But within the time I leave it on, be it 10 or 30 minutes, my skin literally sucks the mask up. It’s a pretty awesome effect as when I look in the mirror after a time my face is virtually clear of the mask prior to my rinse. Pretty cool!

If you’re seeking something to bring a bit more moisture into your life or looking for way to revive dry skin or dullness left over from the Winter this is worthy of a look at. It’s quite expensive though so it may have you second thinking whether it’s something you need or not. Clarins has my heart lately and I was pretty delighted for what this did for my skin. If I were you I’d head to counter and ask for a tiny sample to try out, you might find yourself falling for it too!

Anyone try?

Do share some of your tips for getting your skin back in shape after a long Winter!

Tell the Muse!

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