August 9, 2010

Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette Review and Swatches

Don’t wait too long to snatch up the Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette as it’s still on counters and definitely a gorgeous palette not only for Summer but also well into Fall!


Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette was introduced as part of the Clarins Summer Collection and includes four shadows and one liner!

I’m always quite excited about Clarins special releases particularly Summer and Holiday. They make some of the greatest palettes which are not only luxe in appearance but quality as well.

Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette comes housed in a silver slim line palette. It’s one of Clarins best designs to date since the palette resists fingermarks. Most Clarins palettes and packaging in general come in mirror cases which smear up real quick but this seems to resist fingerprints well due to its foggy finish.

The palette is made up four shades of warm shadows and one liner plus two applicators for application. As mentioned above these shades can easily work well into Fall as well as Summer. Shades include cream, bronze-y brown, matte brown, golden peach, and a brown liner shade. The palette has a gorgeous golden flower design which sadly is an overspray and quickly wears away with a single swatch. Formula wise the shades are richly pigmented with a velvet formula sans shimmer or sparkle. They work beautifully together for a contrasting eye look or one at a time for several looks. Although limited in colors you can still create several different looks using the palette as each of the shades contrasts so well together.

The overall look is a very warm look that’s ideal for the beach or an evening out. The palette is quite work friendly in my opinion for a more professional look as well.

I’m not keen on the liner shade as the texture is heavy enough to get an even line at first swatch so you do have to go back and go over the line two or three times.

  • Those who enjoy Clarins palettes (collectors and fans of the brand will enjoy this to the max!).
  • Anyone seeking a warmer look for Summer that will work well into Fall!
  • Anyone who has brown eyes and likes the way warmer shades of brown and bronze looks on their eyes.
  • Anyone who wants shades that contrast well together!

  • Anyone not interested in splurging $36 on a palette!

Overall, Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet was definitely a gorgeous palette. Although its price tag is a tad on the luxe side for a palette of its size, I still think it’s an elegant piece of makeup that’s not only beautiful but very practical as well for creating sophisticated, pretty looks.

Loves it!

Well worth the haul and gets my seal of approval for purchase!

Available now from Clarins and at Clarins counters but hurry as it is LE.

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  • M

    Unfortunately, this gorgeous palette is not sold in Singapore! ๐Ÿ™ I asked the Clarins makeup counters and even e-mailed them, but the rep said that the summer collection isn’t going to be sold here.

    And I was really looking forward to the palette and the cute Instant Smooth Crystal Balms. Sob.

    P.S Read somewhere that a reviewer thought the petal shaped designs with the gold overspray in the middle resembles a….. vajajay? Lol.

    • the Muse

      aw so sorry to hear it M ๐Ÿ™ Grrrrr! It’s such a nice one too. any luck on the Instant Blush? That’s damn nice as well! LOL really?! I totally didn’t get that LOL!

      • M

        Yes, we have the instant blush, Prodige lipsticks and the highlighter. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I REALLY wanted the eyeshadow quad. Sigh.

        Re: petals, I didn’t get that, too!! But it’s hilarious!

        • the Muse

          awww sniff M! any luck trading with someone on MUA?

          ha little pervs ๐Ÿ˜€

  • telle

    i have this palette too and really like it. the only thing that i would change about it is that i would have the golden shimmer overlay go through each eyeshadow color, instead of being just an overlay.

    the colors are fab! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      telle AGREED ๐Ÿ˜€ the colors truly are fab but the overspray makes me sniffle when it’s gone ๐Ÿ˜€