Last year Clarins released a limited edition eyeshadow palette, The Essentials Palette, that is one of my most favourite palettes in my stash. I only just managed to pick one up - I hadn't really seen them advertised or reviewed anywhere, and happened to chance on that was still in stock whilst doing some late-night shopping. I was pretty impressed, I still am; absolutely beautiful formulas that really are some of the most luxurious and workable shadows you could try. The colour pay-off is always great, even in paler shades, and the longevity means you can go day-tonight without a look that stays put (full review here).
This year Clarins have released a new, second palette, The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette*, featuring 10 essential mineral eye shadows perfect for the colder months ahead for creating everything from everyday wearable looks, to something with a bit more oomph for the festive season ahead. Last year the palette had a striking, festive yet chic colour scheme; this year Clarins have opted for a deep dark chocolate in the same sturdy cardboard casing with a compact mirror and elastic close. There's also a brush included; a natural wood dual-ended brush with super soft bristles, I regularly use the same brush included with last year's palette. The shades are beautiful, including metallic, matte, satin, shimmer and opalescent finishes. At £35 it's a perfect budget-friendly palette that would be lovely as a Christmas present (or even better as a treat for yourself), and is sure to sell out fast!
Shade 1 is a pale bone matte with peach undertones. It's great for a wash of colour to even skintone.
Shade 2 is a lovely champagne opalescence that has a slight hint of pale pink. I love this one as a wash of colour over the lids, with Shade 5 blended through the crease.
Shade 3 is a champagne opalescent with cool undertones which, also lovely for a simple wash of colour with a dark brown liner to finish.
Shade 4 is super pretty, a pale, cool-toned bronze opalescence which teamed with Shade 8, created a gorgeous smokey eye for the festive season.
Shade 5 is one of those perfect autumn crease shades, a matte brown with warming red undertones.
Shade 6 is the shade that sells this palette for me - a breathtaking gold leaf shimmer that can be used both wet and dry, and creates an incredible pop of colour. It reminds me of the Pop shade in my Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette (full review here).
Shade 7 is a classic antique gold with a soft metallic finish.
Shade 8 is another favourite shade, a brown metallic with a very fine flattering shimmer.
Shade 9 is a taupe matte, good for a wash of colour and teamed with a navy liner, creates a very flattering and chic look.
Shade 10 a lovely gunmetal grey with flattering satin finish.
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