Clarins 'The Essentials' Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

Friday 10 February 2017

Clarins The Essentials Palette is a limited edition product, new to the line. It retails for $62 CAD and contains 10 shadows.

Something that makes this palette really special is the fact that it is sustainable. "This palette was created as a part of Clarins' initiative to minimize our environmental footprint". It is packaging was formulated to be reusable and with ingredients that were carefully selected. The active ingredient in the shadows are the achiote flower. This flower is also known as the "lipstick tree" which I think is adorable. It's colouring is used in many products including food. Clarins has also partnered with the Pur Project to help support Ashaninka Indians to develop agroforestry resources.

This palette reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked 3, which wasn't a huge win for me. The same can be said for this Essentials Palette from Clarins. It is totally a personal thing though - don't let my opinion sway you. Unless you too are a fan of warm shadows.

When I think "essentials" the shade selection available in this palette does not come to mind. The formula on the chunkier looking shades in the palette is a little odd, it wants to be foiled but isn't totally there. Best used with your fingers for sure. The mattes are great!

Another thing that turns me off is the packaging, I don't mind that it is a little chunkier, but the brown is blah. Especially considering the fun things they could have done with the flower inspiration.

I do however love that there are some innovative ingredients are partnerships behind the palette. I also liked the look I created with some of the deeper shades, but I still don't imagine myself reaching for this. 

*This product was sent for my review and some links are affiliate. 

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