As soon as I see a palette filled with brown, wearable shade I get super excited and the Clarins The Essentials palette was no different. I was instantly drawn to the warm browns, smokey taupes and the glittery gold shade.
This limited edition Christmas palette houses ten shades inside it’s sleek packaging. The pressed mineral powder eye shadows can be used both wet and dry; and it even comes with a double ended brush. The pigmentation lets this palette down a little especially as I think Clarins is such a great brand, I would only use these shadows wet to get any substantial pigmentation.
However if you do apply these shadows with a dampened brush you will get some beautiful shimmery shades although the paler remain still fairly useless and not having the option to use the palette dry (and get any sort of pay-off) is such a shame. The colours are stunning in the actual palette but you would need to work quite hard to get the same colour on the lid.
I had high hopes from Clarins as it’s probably my favourite high-end brand however it fell quite short of my expectations. At £35 this palette isn’t the cheapest and you would be much better off paying a few extra pounds for another palette that you would be able to use dry and still get great pigmentation from. If you’re looking to get something from Clarins skip this palette, save a few pounds and buy one of their quads which are much better quality.
The Clarins Essnetials Palette is available for £35 and is limited edition for Christmas.
What eyeshadow palette have you been using recently?