Clarins Colour Accents Powder & Blush [In Our Makeup]
What It Is:
Clarins Colour Accents Powder & Blush from the Ombre Minérale Collection
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Clarins is known for their great face palettes that are included in almost every collection and their Fall 2012 offering is no exception. Colour Accents Powder and Blush is a limited edition palette that features “four harmonious shades in one chic compact”. Clarins promises that it will “bring instant illumination to every skin tone and complexion” and that the “translucent powder blends easily to smooth skin and even-out imperfections.” Let’s see how it measures up!
How To Use It:
When I first opened this palette, I was a little confused as to how to apply it. It definitely looks like a bronzer with a couple stripes of blush woven throughout. The description calls the powder translucent, but it’s definitely pigmented, so I took that into consideration when I decided to apply this on the apples of my cheeks. Instant warmth!
Check out the gallery for before and after shots of Colour Accents in action!
CC Rating: A
In recent years, brands have been releasing blush/bronzer hybrids that give your face warmth, but don’t make you orange and unnatural. Even though Clarins doesn’t advertise this as their contribution to the trend, I found wearing it as blush was my favorite method. It added warmth and gave me a healthy glow, but looked natural on my pale skin. The variety of shades of bronzer and the strips of blush mixed to a pale peachy-brown that I adored. The signature gold packaging is always delightful and makes me feel very posh whilst using it. The mirror included in the compact also makes this great for touch-ups.
I did a little bit of digging (literally) to determine whether or not the pink strips were simply overspray. Thankfully, they’re not and they go through to the pan! If they had only been overspray, the shade would have changed dramatically once they were gone.
Considering I am so pale, I wonder how this would work on girls of darker skintones. Tanned ladies would probably be able to build this up to give them a nice boost of warmth, but I’m unsure of how women of color could make this work. Unfortunately, that’s the name of the game with all blushers; they look stunning on some girls and make others cringe.
If you’re looking for a product to help you carry that summer glow into Fall, look no further! The Clarins Colour Accents Powder & Blush is available at Clarins website for $35 USD.
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