Clarins has just launched their Opalescence Spring 2014 makeup collection including the new Multi Blush Cream Blush in four shades and new shades of Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base. The theme is subtle radiance with a hint of fresh Spring colour. I haven’t seen the stunning face powder in store yet but I was told the new Be Long Mascara will be out any minute now (whoop whoop, I’ve been waiting for it for months!). I decided to reward myself for my hard work by some impulse purchases from this collection, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I chose a Multi Blush Cream Blush in Candy (R300) which is a warm pink (there is also peach, grenadine and rosewood). It has an amazing texture which I love even more than the Chanel cream blush – it melts into skin, applies sheer and blends really well to give a completely natural effect. It is supposed to be cream to powder, but it looks fresher and dewier than a powder blush. There are very fine gold particles in it, like with the Clarins powder blush, but they don’t translate into shimmer on your skin and aren’t noticeable on application. I might just be going back for another shade!
I also got a Gloss Prodige in Coral Tulip (R220) which is a beautiful new coral-pink shade with a touch of subtle gold which just encapsulates Spring and summer to me. I know it is mid-winter, but I don’t care, I’m going going to wear it to death anyway. I think Clarins has got gloss down to a fine art. Like with the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, this gloss is hydrating, smooth and non-sticky. And they smell so good, fruity and delicious.
Lastly I got an Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Champagne (R315), which is intended to combat redness and even skin tone while giving you a natural-looking glow. There is also a rose for very fair skin tones and a peach for darker skin tones which on me would be a kind of light bronzing base. They are supposed to even out your skin and illuminate, but I was surprised at the coverage.
If you have good skin you can get away with wearing this on its own, as it is a light coverage which looks luminous without looking shiny or shimmery. The light-reflecting ingredients actually do blur your skin slightly. The Champagne is yellow-toned and does quite a good job of cancelling the redness around my nose and chin, and even makes blemishes less visible, but I can still wear it alone without it making my skin too yellow-toned. If you have blemishes you need to conceal afterwards, but it does help with the redness. I actually seriously love this stuff. It makes a good makeup primer as well, and makes my makeup last much longer while being hydrating at the same time. It does have a very strong floral scent though – so be warned if scent in makeup bothers you.