Starting with the lips, dry chapped lips can be quenched with the new Instant Light Lip Perfectors – I’ve been a fan of these since they came to my rescue during the coldest months last Winter – as the ingredients soften and protect as well as offering just a hint of beautiful colour. The new purple plum shade doesn’t look as intense on the lip as it does in the tube, but offers a light wash of colour and just a hint of shine.
As for the lipsticks, Clarins is my go-to brand when I need a lippy that delivers serious colour, but also moisturisation for my lips. The new shades of Rouge Eclat offer exactly that – protecting lips and also working to minimize fine lines. If that’s not enough, they also contain ingredients which actually battle against dehydration and boost collagen! All of this doesn’t compromise on the appearance or lasting power of the lipsticks though, and I can confirm that after standing on the rugby pitch side lines for over 3 hours in the biting winds, my lippy remained in tact, and I didn’t even find myself reaching for my trusty lip balm once inside!
Claris never fail to hit the nail on the head when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I’ve become a collector of their small palettes, and their new rose-bronze compact is my favourite so far! The shades are so incredibly wearable, ranging from a light beige (perfect for the brow bone or inner corners) to deep velvety browns, all of which are superbly blendable – making for an easy smoky or natural eye look. I’m never a fan of the brushes that come with these palettes (Naked Smokey palette is an exception) and I’m not too blown away by the one in the Clarins palette. It’s OK for emergencies but these eye shadows deserve a proper blending brush to bring out their beauty.
The four new shades of Ombre Iridescent eye shadows look just like little round candies, dotted around my makeup drawer – and as fun as they are to look at, they are to apply too. With a pearlescent finish, I still find the cream to powder formula rather mind-boggling. How can something so flat in the pot create such a pop of colour and luminous glow?! I’ll never know, but boy do I love it!