Although it may not feel like it, Spring is officially here. It’s time to swap out the dark, rich plum and berry colors that ruled Winter for more youthful, cheery shades. Enter Clarins, a family-owned French cosmetics company. Founded in 1954, Clarins pioneered the infusion of biotechnology in the cosmetics industry when it first launched with six bodies and face oils made with 100% natural plant extracts. Sixty years later, botanical elements in skincare and cosmetics have become a major trend with beauty brands. Clarins continues to take inspiration from nature with its Spring 2015 Garden Escape Collection from Clarins. This collection launches several new products and shades that are perfect for welcoming Spring to your makeup collection.
Inspired by a walk through a Parisian garden in springtime, Clarins introduces a limited edition Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette that can be used in both wet and dry applications. The palette is encased in an etched gold packaging and is contained in a red velveteen pouch out of the box. The shadows are embossed in an artful design with a diamond pattern that matches its etched gold packaging. In the palette, are soft greens, pink hues, a versatile taupe, and a pearly white highlighter. The shades give a pretty, soft effect with its luxurious, sheen finish. The colors are universally flattering, can be layered for intensity, and blends beautifully. It’s a work of art!
To complement the Garden Escape Palette, Clarins has released a new shade for the Crayon Khol Eyeliner. Named Intense Green, this beautiful shade works well with all eye colors. The formulation of the kohl liner is soft enough to glide easily on the eye and quite blendable with its accompanying brush on the opposite end.
Clarins also released a new shade for the Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour. Though introduced as part of the Garden Escape Collection, Sweet Rose is a shade that will continue as part of the permanent line. This particular shade is a medium warm rose that has just enough pink to it that will make it work for neutral or cool complected skin tones for a combination of looks. As with all shades in Blush Prodige, there are two finishes (matte and iridescent) in the mosaic palette to enable an added radiance to your complexion.
Pucker up to Spring as Clarins launches two new lip products this season–the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector. Clarins created new textures for lips that are both indulgent and addictive.
Ever so glossy to enhance the lips and with the comfort of moisturizing oils, Clarins created a breakthrough product for women who like to showcase their lips as candy without the tackiness that comes from typical lip gloss products. The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is comprised of Mirabelle, organic jojoba oil, and hazelnut oil. Hazelnut oil is a common ingredient found in all of Clarins Face and Body Oils and is used for its nourishing properties. This non-sticky, gel-like lip oil is packaged in two shades–Honey, and Raspberry, a limited edition color for Spring 2015, that carries a fruity fragrance and a pretty pink color to the lips.
One easy swipe of the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector, and lips will feel hydrated with its creamy texture and nourished by its moisturizing formula. This tinted lip balm is available in six shades that enhances lips with subtle natural-looking color and a comforting, soft sheen. Of the six shades, the “My Pink” shade is the most unique. Ingredients in this shade react to the pH level of the lips, and the shade adjusts to your lip color to create a natural pink tint.
Two new shades are added to the Joli Rouge Brilliant Sheer Shine Lipstick line–Coral Dahlia and Rose Petal. These lipsticks combine the transparent color and shine of a lip gloss with the creamy texture of a lipstick. Light and long lasting, the formulation of this lipstick will continue to moisturize as shimmers. Both shades offer a pop of color and translate well for a fresh Spring look.
All products are available for purchase at Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.
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