We have been enjoying glorious sunshine and impressive temperatures in Glasgow for the last week, so it’s definitely not too early to be sporting some of the items from the Clarins Sunkissed collection – even if I’m holding back on the summer dresses and sandals!
The Clarins Sunkissed collection, like its predecessors, features some highly covetable packaging – notably tortoiseshell-like compacts with a palm tree print – as well as a selection of beautiful variations on golds, bronzes and coppers. I wasn’t sent the bronzing powder to try (I’m a well-known bronze-avoider) but I have tried the Clarins Sunkissed 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£34), one of the Waterproof Eye Pencils (£17.50 each) and the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (£19 each), which aren’t strictly part of the Clarins Sunkissed collection but came out at about the same time and are very summery!
Aside from the prettiness of the compact, I wasn’t instantly bowled over by the colours of the Clarins Sunkissed 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette, which were inspired by the colours of the sunset: a very pale matte beige, a darker, shimmering beige, a pearlised vibrant orange and a gorgeous metallic bronze. However, once on the eyes, and once you have applied the orange shade, they look great and really quite striking – even moreso when used wet. With a slick of inky black eyeliner and lashings of mascara, voila – you have a glam 1960s look.
The limited edition Waterproof Eyeliners from the Clarins Sunkissed collection are also lovely and can be used for a dramatic effect. There are two shades of these metallic eyeliners: gold and copper (photographed). The copper is particularly effective with blue eyes, and looks great when worn above black liquid eyeliner or when worn alone for a slightly more natural look.
As for the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils, four new shades have been added to the original trio which have been extremely popular. (The two pictured above are Tangerine and Honey Glam.) These oils are supremely moisturising and nourishing and have a glossy look, but with none of the stickiness that you might expect. The colours are very, very subtle so don’t be guided by the colours you can see in the bottles; they look more like clear glosses on the lips.