Clarins Graphic Expression Autumn collection - Limited edition

9 Oct 2013

When my favourite brands bring our their A/W collections, I feel like I'm in my element. I love the bronze and golds, corals and pinks of the summer collections, but A/W is when I am really in my comfort zone where eyeshadows and lipsticks are concerned; both of which are usually the biggest focus in a limited edition collection. Whenever I share a Clarins limited edition collection I always praise their products and my love for their collections; today is no different. The newly released and very much so limited edition Graphic Expression* collection, which takes inspiration from the typical yet beautiful autumnal hues, is exactly the sort of shade range I can work with on a daily basis. Sometimes collections can be very stand out and they aren't always suitable for everyday wear. The Graphic Expression collection is the most versatile everyday collection I have seen from any brand for a while now, and I think it's a collection which is going to be beautiful and flattering on a huge variety of skin tones. I've raved on and on before about the high-quality, long-lasting products that Clarins produce - they are an amazing brand which are always worth the investment, they are a brand I would recommend to anyone who adores beautiful, well-thought-out, amazing quality products. 

Clarins Khol Long-Lasting Eye Pencil* (Clarins*, £17) - I think a good, dark, autumnal liner can be hard to find where kohl's are concerned. It seems most of the brands I have tried have fantastic gel and cream, even liquid, liners with a wide variety of shades, but pencil liners that aren't the standard black and are fantastic to use, are a little bit harder to find. I personally adore the Clarins liners, and this has been my first time trying them - so you can tell I'm impressed! There's 8 shades in the range and I was kindly sent 04 Platinum*, 05 Intense Violet* and 06 Bronze*, each of which is just really stunning if I'm honest. Very easy to apply, with a soft but firm pencil that glides on, stays put and doesn't budge once set. The Clarins kohl pencils have a favourite feature of mine for pencil liners; a built in blender tool - in Clarins case, there's a little teeny tiny brush for smudging your liner, which I find a much softer, workable alternative to the usual sponge blenders. Platinum is a deep steel-slate grey shade with the tiniest hint of shimmer, Intense Violet is deep and yet vibrant violet with a pearl finish and Bronze is a deep mossy-bronze shade with slight shimmer and is by far my favourite of the three, especially when blended out.

Clarins Forest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette* (Clarins*, £31, limited edition) - The star of the collection in my eyes! As soon as I saw the beautiful, deep autumnal shades in this palette I knew we were going to be best friends. It's perfect, every shade so incredibly versatile and shades I can wear everyday, for any occasion, all whilst having the ability to create a variety of looks with different shade combinations. The palette is called Forest, and that's true to the shades inside, all of which are very much the kind of autumnal shades you'd find walking through woods on crisp fallen leaves. The shades include a warm khaki shade, which has a satin finish and is lovely all over the lid or just in the crease for a day-time appropriate smokey eye. There's a pale beige with a slight gold undertone to it and very fine shimmer, lovely for a touch of highlight in the inner corner. With stunning gold glitter running through it, there is a deep, warm mossy shade and the last shade in the palette is a satin finish golden taupe. The palette comes with the usual beautiful red velvet pocket sleeve, to keep the palette protected (and looking very swish), as well as two pretty decent shadow applicators and two look suggestions and step by step guides. This has been a beautiful palette to work with and I adore the variety of looks I have been able to create. It's super versatile meaning you can create anything from a day time to a night time look, and if you pop it in your handbag on a day when you know you'll be out all day, you can add a touch of the mossy shade to your crease to transform your look for day to night! Clarins shadows can be used wet or dry, although I prefer to use them dry as I find with a fab primer like the Urban Decay Primer Potion, they are stand-out enough as they are. 

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick* (Clarins*, £18) - The Clarins Joli Rouge lipsticks are some of my favourite and I've featured a few of them here on the blog before. They have a creamy formula which is highly pigmented and the longevity of these lipsticks rivals many of the brands I own. I find that Clarins lipsticks always feel beautiful when applied, they never dry my lips out and have a lovely moisturising and creamy formula that leaves my lips hydrated. I also love the packaging for the Joli Rouge range of Clarins lipsticks, which is a clean, simple silver bullet, with the Clarins logo embossed on the bullet. There's three shades in the Graphic Expressions collections and I have kindly been sent 736 Pink Camellia* and 737 Spicy Cinnamon, both of which are just perfect for this time of year. Pink Camellia is a gorgeous rosy pink with a slight warm undertone and a subtle shimmer-gloss finish. Spicy Cinnamon has surprised me, because in the bullet it seemed a bit too brown-sugary to me, but when on the lips it's the perfect warming, spicy cinammon shade with the same gorgeous finish as Pink Camellia.

I am, as always, besotted with Clarins newest limited edition offering. If I had to recommend just one product, it would be the palette, but the whole collection looks stunning and the pieces I have tried are gorgeous, wearable and versatile. Everyday must haves for me! Is there anything from the collection which catches your eye? Let me know! 

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*This post contains PR samples. All opinions 100% my own.