Clarins Splendours Palette

Clarins Splendours Palette is part of their limited edition collection for this summer – a collection inspired by South America in terms of colours and print.

The Splendours Palette looks fairly plain in standard maroon and gold colours – but once it catches the light, an amazing design appears within the lid, it is just gorgeous!

Inside are four neutral, complimentary eyeshadow colours all embossed with the Splendours print – gold, champagne, maroon/bronze and pinky gold. There is also a waxy, deep plum eyeliner which I adore! It goes so nicely with all of the colours and is perfect to wear smudgy or as strong liner. 

The eyeshadows are really highly pigmented and creamy – they glide onto the eye with ease and leave so much colour on the lid with just one swipe. The colours last all day too – my eyes tend to look the same by evening as they did in the morning!
Here are a couple of looks I did using the palette. 

I am loving using it – it is delicate, fresh, feminine and somehow, feels ‘sunny’ to me! The shimmer in the shadows isn’t too overpowering – it leaves a nice satin finish to the eyes, and that liner is absolutely amazing!
Clarins Splendour Palette is out now priced at £31 from www.clarins.co.uk

MAC Archie’s Girls

MAC release limited edition collections more often than I’ve had hot dinners, but as soon as I got wind of the Archie’s Girls Collection, I knew some of it had to be mine! I am too young to have experienced Archie’s Girls as a comic, but I believe MAC have taken two of the characters from it – Betty who I gather is blonde, sweet and innocent and made a collection for her, and Veronica – a dark haired vixen, and made a collection for her too.

It was released in USA at the beginning of February, so I have been eyeing up the swatches that have appeared on blogs, making a list of what I wanted. It still isn’t for sale in MAC stores in the UK, but when I got an email from Selfridges saying they were stocking it exclusively I couldn’t wait to place an order!

I feel I was quite restrained really – if I was better off I definitely could have ordered more, I love the look of most of the collection. Number one on my list of importance was Betty Bright. The moment I saw it swatched on Temptalia I knew it was definitely my kind of lipstick!

When I swatched it on my hand I thought it was quite similar to Viva Glam Nicki by MAC, however side by side, you can see that Betty Bright looks much more coral in comparison to the pinkiness of Viva Glam Nicki.

It’s a Satin formula, which I find means that it will be moisturising, long lasting and buildable. The colour is opaque and not overly creamy – however as this is a colour verging on neon, I found that it needed to be applied with care so as to not look streaky – and also picked up any dry bits on my lips. That said, I adore the colour and think it will look amazing with a tan.

The next must-buy for me was the Pearlmatte face powder in Flatter Me, which is also from Betty’s collection.

It is described by MAC as a ‘golden peach base with coral hearts’ which sounded up my street – Stereo Rose by MAC has been my blush of choice for years now, and this sounded like it could come close colour wise. Besides, I loved the design of the product – the hearts are mega cute!

In the photo above I first swatched just the coral heart, then the base, then the two mixed together. The hearts could quite easily be avoided if you wanted to use the base colour on it’s own – I think it would be a really pretty highlight shade. Temptalia said in her review that she had problems in getting any colour from the hearts – however I found it to be no problem at all – the two mixed together leave a gentle coral colour which I find to be ideal with my kind of skin tone. It’s fairly sheer so it may not show up on darker skin tones though.

It went on really easily and smoothly and lasted all day – could this be a contender for my new fave coral blush!?

The Pearlglide eyeliners all looked amazing – if I could, I would have bought all four in the collection, but they are part of MAC’s permanent collection so I wasn’t too worried about getting them just for the Archie’s Girls packaging (plus they’re £1.50 cheaper!). Instead, I went for Black Swan, and Designer Purple.

Amazing, huh!?

They have glitter particles in them, which make them almost frosty looking and shimmery – even wet. You can’t use them in your waterline in case the glitter irritates your eyes, but they look fab on the lower or upper lash line.

They are really highly pigmented so one swoop of the pencil is all you need. I found them to be incredibly soft – so thin little eye liner lines are not possible straight from the pencil. These are all about being seen! The softness means they glide onto the eyes really easily. I think the black will look great to accentuate a smokey eye, but think I may end up using these as eyeshadow bases – they seem the perfect consistency!

And so, unfortunately – that is all… the photos above show me wearing everything I bought.

Let me know what you think, and what you have your eye on from the collection.

The MAC Archie’s Girls collection is available at Selfridges.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Perversion

I was first introduced to the 24/7 liners by Urban Decay in the original NAKED palette. In with it came a double ended pencil – ‘Zero’ on one end, which was black, and ‘Whiskey’ on the other, which was brown.

I’d never really felt an eye pencil like it before. They had a slightly oily texture to them, which meant that they really did glide on, and were really easy to work with. I had found my Holy Grail eyeliner!

Unfortunately, as it was double ended, in theory, I only had half a pencil worth of Zero, which has now run out… however Urban Decay recently released some new shades to the 24/7 liner range, one of them being Perversion, which is apparently blacker than Zero, which is, well, black! It sounded good – I purchased, it didn’t take much persuasion (does it ever?!).

I no longer have my little stub of double ended Zero to compare Perversion with – but if you imagine Zero to be black, Perversion is the blackest blackness in blacksville. It’s BLACK. I’d go as far as to say it’s pretty comparable in finish to that of a gel liner, and quite unlike any other pencil.

I have swatched it on my hand along with some other black liners I own. From left to right (or from top to bottom, rather) we have:
The Body Shop 01 Eye Definer: Black, GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner: Black Ink, Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil: Perversion, MAC: Smoulder.

As you can see, Perversion is definitely one of the blackest liners there – very similar in colour to Smoulder by MAC, but completely different to apply, and in finish. I absolutely love Smoulder, but it is very (for want of a better word) dry, compared to Perversion. With Smoulder you have to press down to get any colour, whereas Perversion needs the lightest of touches for the bold blackness to appear.

It claims to be waterproof – so I ran my hand under water, and all swatches remained.

Out came the soap for a proper hand wash. These were the results….

Evidently not as wash-proof as MAC Smoulder! It does, however, last all day, and the water running over it didn’t seem to phase it.

Because it is soooo black, soooo sensitive, and soooo ‘glidey’ I think it’s harder to work with than Zero. There’s little room for error with this badboy. You have to be careful with lining the inner corner of your eye too – it will definitely transfer down to the lower inner corner, as I found out, and because of the ultra black blackness, it won’t look great. With a little practise, we will soon be working in harmony (I hope).

I really love it, but don’t think it can replace Zero. Although I thought I wanted a blackest-fantasticest liner, in reality it’s a bit WOAH for neutral daytime looks, so I think I’ll have to repurchase Zero too.

What do you think of Perversion? Have you tried it? Do you like it?!

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette

My Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette arrived today – there is currently 10% off and free delivery at Debenhams.com so I took advantage. It was worth the wait – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

It comes in plastic packaging with a purple velvet style tray for the palette to sit in, and a 3.75ml bottle of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – which you use on your eyelids to help your eyeshadow stay pigmented, stop it from creasing, and make it last longer.

The palette itself is dark chocolate brown with a velvet feel to it, and the logos splashed across it in metallic gold.

The palette contains 12 eyeshadows which are in the brown family. Some of them are existing shadows, some of them are new to the line, and have been introduced via this palette.

There is also a double-ended 24/7 glide on liner inside, one end brown the other is black. I have never ever felt a liner that goes on so smoothly, almost like it is really oily but without looking really shiny. ‘Glide on’ does exactly what it says on the tin!

I have swatched the colours on the back of my hand.

This morning I used Virgin all over my lid and crease, then Sin over my lid. I used Naked in the middle third of my eye, and Half Baked on the outer third and crease. I then lined my eyes using Zero, and finished off with Black Hypnose Mascara over Diorshow Maximize.

The colours are all really highly pigmented, smooth and good quality. My faves at the moment look like Virgin and Half Baked or Sidecar – I just love how they are SO golden, almost like gold leaf! This will be a really handy addition to the make up collection to take away, and all of the colours are really wearable for both day and night time looks.