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Clarins Jazzy Colours Review, Swatches, and Looks

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Why do I feel so strange reviewing a Fall Collection right now? Lord, I’ve been so overwhelmed with Holiday Collections that I forgot how much I was loving all the beautiful Fall Collections!

One in particular that totally made my season was Clarins Jazzy Colours! Sadly, Clarins has removed the original promo from their site for this fabulous collection but have no fear it’s still alive and kicking on the website with a bit of searching and across counters worldwide! After trying out Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation I knew I had to dig deeper into the mysterious of Clarins and discover their beautiful Fall Collection for myself!

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I tried out a majority of the offerings from Clarins Jazzy Colours and before I even get involved in my full on review I must say that it’s Muse Approved for purchase and comes with my highest recommendation! Clarins Jazzy Colours truly kept the idea of Fall together for me while bringing together warm, bold shades.

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My favorite pieces in the collection are the Clarins Colour Quartet for Eyes. Two new shades were introduced for Fall which are So Sublime and So Chic, the palettes respectively create a warmer look and a cooler look. This is my first time trying out a Clarins Colour Quartet Palette and I was quite surprised at how wonderfully pigmented the shadows were. I’m unsure what I was expecting but to say I was in awe over how butter soft, easily blendable, and wonderfully pigmented these were, is an understatement. It’s difficult to choose a favorite from the two but I did fall head over heels in lust with So Chic which is a combination of warm shades that include shimmering black, shimmering white, shimmering khaki green, and a matte plum. So Chic manages to create an intense evening or day time look by contrasting green with a dominant plum and a beautiful highlight of white. The look I created using So Chic was my dupe of the Clarins Jazzy Colours promo image and probably my favorite of the looks I created using the palettes so far.

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To start your look you can highlight your highbrow with the shimmering white, follow up by shading your lid and crease with the khaki green, proceed to blend the plum shade into the outer v and move it gently upwards to outline the crease, and finally, complete your look by lining the outer and lower lash line with the shimmering black!

Clarins Colour Quartet in So Sublime is made up of much more cooler tones when compared with So Chic. The palette contains two shades of light and dark contrasting pinks, a shimmering blue liner shade, and a shimmering gray.

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For my look with So Sublime I simply used the darker pink on my crease and blended the lighter pink into my lid, I highlighted my brow bone using the gray, and completed the look with a pop of the blue on my lower lash line. I think the blue drowned out my eyes a tiny little bit so my next run with the palette I’ll be lining my upper eye with the blue instead and seeing how that looks!

Each palette is $40 USD and truly it’s not much to pay as the palettes are extremely beautiful pieces. The palettes come housed in a velvet cloth bag so you can store them safely without scratching the posh mirrored compact. The palettes are quite heavy and the quality is seen not only in the contents but in the packaging itself! I truly loved these and can definately see myself returning for more of the color options available.

Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Plum completed my look with the Clarins Colour Quartet in So Chic. This is an intense Plum shade with a rich burgundy finish that looks simply stunning with a bold smoky eye look. Although I could gush all day about the shade I have to say that Clarins Joli Rouge is possibly one of the better lipsticks I’ve come across in my travels through the cosmetic universe. Although I fell deeply in love with Urban Decay’s new Lipsticks I have to say that Clarins Joli Rouge has them topped and trumped in spades! The formula is so moisturizing, so vibrant, so glossy, so pigmented! Truly a quality lipstick if ever I did see one! At $23 USD the price is not much difference from Urban Decay’s new lipsticks either! Plum is quite a sophisticated look for me and I know I’ll be reaching for it again and again to top warmer looks I’ll be doing as the Fall season progresses!

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And finally a new shade of Clarins Wonder Length Mascara was released which goes wonderfully well, again, with the Clarins Colour Quartet in So Chic! Wonder Plum completes the plum color perfectly in the So Chic palette with the perfect intense shade of plum colored lashes you’ll ever be privy too! The formula is the mascara is quite good and lengthens lashes while separating, curling, and fattening them up beautifully. The application is a straight, skinny brush which easily captured all your lashes in one pull and does a excellent job of getting hard to reach lower lashes!

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All in all creating looks with Clarins Jazzy Colour Collection for Fall has been a great experience. The quality of each item was outstanding and I was very pleased with the completed results! I definately recommend picking up the lipstick and So Chic palette as those are my favorite out of the items I tested out!

As mentioned early this is Muse Approved for purchase! I loved it and I’m sure I’ll be sporting So Chic quite a few times this Fall and of course with my Joli Rouge lipstick I’m hopeful I’ll be the height of elegance and sophistication…..what? A girl can dream!

Check out more of the Clarins Makeup Collection, Jazzy Colours, and great skincare by visiting there website!

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Clarins Holiday Collection 2008 Chic & Glam Holiday Colour Collection

Golly..I’m reviewing Clarins Fall Collection tonight and already the Holiday Collection is knocking on my door!

Isn’t it nuts how quickly collections have popped up this year? Phew! I’m exhausted and it isn’t even Christmas yet!

Clarins celebrates the Holiday Season with some fabulous kits this year and at $40 USD they are quite wallet friendly in my humble opinion!

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The collection includes three gorgeous palettes with a sparkling clutch! Three three limited edition purses are available in gold, black, and silver and include everything to make up your face, lips, and cheeks for the upcoming Holiday Season!

Clarins Chic & Glam Chic Black
3 Eye Shadows: Mystic Plum, Star Grey, and Midnight Grey
2 Lipglosses: Red Grape and Rose Fizz
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Black Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

Clarins Chic & Glam Trendy Gold
3 Eyeshadows: Warm Gold, Sun Bronze, Candy Rose
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Rose Cocktail and Milk Chocolate
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Gold Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

Clarins Chic & Glam Classy Silver
3 Eyeshadows: Purple Lilac, Smoky Grey, White Snow
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Raspberry Pop and Bubble Gum
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Wonder Black
Face Powder
Silver Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

The palettes look quite darling and at $40 USD they aren’t too badly priced for gift giving as well as spoiling yourself with one or two!

The Clarins Holiday Collection is available now on counters and at the Clarins site!

Be sure to stop back later tonight to hear my detailed review on Clarins Fall Collection 2008: Jazzy Colours

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Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review: It’s LOVE!

Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base Review

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Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review

It’s hard ignoring the sheer perfection that is Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation.

*sigh of pleasure*

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After one simple dab on my face I knew this was love. It’s not all that hard deciding right away that the product is pure bliss.

First of all it’s probably one of the biggest foundation products I’ve ever owned. Although it’s a little over 1 oz in size it feels like a TON of product is inside and the heavy glass jar is a luxe and posh presentation that’s worthy of your vanity or dresser.

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Although, at this point, I’m positive many of you are moaning and groaning about the fact that you have to dip your fingers inside to get the product out, fear NOT, they include a little spatula for those of us that are terribly scared of germs and bacteria and such.

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You’re not going to be moaning for long once you discover how heavenly the foundation is in texture. It is a mousse like foundation that’s whipped creamy and glides onto the skin like a dream. It absorbs quickly leaving behind a velvet-like canvas that’s prepped and ready for makeup.

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I swear this is love.

One of the things I did notice about the formula is it quite reminded of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. It has somewhat a similiar texture but absorbs more fully into the skin. The foundation also happens to have a very light, fresh scent that I really like. Some may be disturbed by a scented foundation but I thought it was lovely and added to the appeal of the product. The fact that the foundation is silicon like in texture allows it to smooth onto the skin in a nice, even glide covering up blemishes, problem skin, dull spots, and pores as it goes. I highly recommend this to my Asian readers that suffer from larger pores and are wanting to fill and cover them up. The product not only acts as a foundation but almost as if it is double tasking as a primer as well. I also happen to recommend this to older girls that may have the beginnings or the full effect of fine lines on their faces. This should smooth and offer good coverage for all these problems and more.

The coverage is medium but is quite buildable if you prefer. One of the most impressive things that I noticed about the foundation is it multitasks as a concealer. It’s such a moisturizing foundation that smoothing a tiny bit under your eyes creates a rather gorgeous finish. A few readers had recommended using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch under my eyes prior to using concealer this happens to mimic that technique only this is like having Perfecting Touch mixed in with a concealer and ready to apply.

I did notice that a little goes a long way and if I use too much I end up looking heavily made up so do mind yourself when applying! Just a two or three dabs and smooth out for a nice even finish. The wear is considerably longer than other foundations I’ve used before with a wear of around six or seven hours prior to needing a touch up.

One minor rant about the product is the color selections. They are rather weird color shades that are difficult to grasp. Some are too beige and others appear too orange. I got the lightest shade available which was 00 Ivory Beige but it just has a bit too much beige in it however it is very suitable to my tone and worked very well. I just always have a little bit of a problem when it comes to selecting the proper shade with Clarins. This is why I highly recommend you go to your local counter to make your color choice. You can see, touch, swatch, and have them match up the perfect shade for you where as with an Internet purchase you’ll stumble through what looks best and suitable for your skin. 00 Ivory Beige quite reminds me of a BB Cream prior to application which leads me to believe it’ll be suitable for Asian skin tones since it has a considerable amount of beige in it to sooth and even out yellow skin tones.

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At a price of $37 USD it’s a bit on the pricey side however since it’s like getting two products in one jar that actually works out to a deal and a steal. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch retails for $28 USD anyway so for less than $10 more you can purchase Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation and it’s basically like getting both products. Although I actually do recommend picking up Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as well as Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation if you have major problem skin and are looking to create a seriously flawless canvas. By prepping skin prior with Perfecting Touch and following up with Instant Smooth Foundation you should have virtually no signs of pores, blemishes, or anything else.

Clarins has a winner on it’s hands as far as the Muse is concerned. This is foundation greatness at it’s best and I can see this becoming a Fall and Winter staple product with holy grail stamped all over.

I really loved this one and recommend you go and try it out for yourself at your local counter. For further information and color selections visit Clarins website. While you’re visiting the site do check out the new Jazzy Colours Collection! I’ll be reviewing this shortly and hoping I can create an interesting face of the day look as the one the model is sporting! Doesn’t she look glam?

I’m slapping the Muse Approval on it for purchase!

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Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base Review

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Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base Review

The Muse is still rounding up concealers for you! Here’s her latest review!

Concealing our lids is just as important as concealing under our eyes. That’s where Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base comes into play.

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I normally use Benefit Lemon Aid for prepping my upper eye area. It’s my holy grain product, you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands one day. I love this stuff. However, I was recently intrigued by Clarins Instant Eye Perfect Base so I decided to cheat on good old Lemon Aid and give Clarins a shot!

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Now there aren’t a ton of products on the market right now that are using for prepping above the eye so Benefit and Clarins are definately unique in that aspect but where as Benefit preps it doesn’t prime and Clarins happens to do both.

The instant light comes in a click style pen which as you know is my ideal applicator for concealers and foundations. You simply swipe this on your lid and pat into place and it preps your eye area giving you a fresh look. When I say preps I simply mean that it creates a flawless finish to the eye while allowing your lid to match up with your under eye. Example: You conceal your under eye area but your lid isn’t looking nearly as fresh looking and concealer is simply to heavy for the lid! Solution: Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base! Take your Instant Light, smooth on, and perfection! Smooth lid, refreshed, bright, awake, and ready for shadow.

Although this happens to be ideal for prepping the lid might I suggest the amazing benefits as a primer. I hate to say this but this stuff actually works better than Urban Decay Primer Potion at prepping, priming, and allowing your eye shadow to blend on smoothly and last all day! Don’t get me wrong UDPP allows my shadow to last all day too but I experienced last fall out when using Instant Touch and my shadow blended quite nicely and smoothly after use.

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Now the formula is extremely creamy, very moisturizing and easy to blend but I was slightly disappointed in the color. Although I got the lightest and only shade available which is 00 I still felt like it was just a little too flesh colored for my liking. I prefer my concealers to have a whiter base as I feel it brightens my eye area better. However, even though the color was borderline peachy it blended seamlessly with my skin without any problems.

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This one gets a coveted place in my daily use line up and I find I’ve reached for this everyday since getting my hands on it. I like this one and I’m going to approve it for purchase!

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Visit Clarins site for further information on Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base.

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