Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest from Graphic Expression Fall 2013 Collection

On the last days of my holiday, posting on the blog started becoming more of a challenge considering the urge of living up everything which I won't be finding until next summer. I have been here for three weeks now so I was taking it rather easy but tomorrow I will be driving to a "second level" holiday to get some cultural touch to beach, sun and sea part. That means the 100th post has to wait till I get back on Monday. It also means I am siting here preparing one more post instead of packing. How typically me, would do anything not to pack. I will try to keep it short though, here comes the 99th one.


Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest

Clarins Forest Quad is another item which caught my attention while I was checking out the fall collections. Clarins typically releases a powder/blush which is almost everytime a "must-to-get" item for me and usually becomes my go-to blush for some months. Sometimes I also can't resist and purchase their eye products together with it. Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 in Forest is definitely a stunner with gorgeous natural earth tones in such a pretty harmony. I was hesitant though because khaki usually blend undesirably with my eye color but after I have seen some swatches, I found the taupe shade impossible to resist.


Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest

Clarins Quad in Forest is composed of the following shades:

  • Top Left: Mid-toned khaki green with golden shimmer
  • Top Right: Light ivory glitter shade
  • Bottom Left: Deep cool brown with golden shimmer
  • Bottom Right: Mid-toned mauve taupe with silver sheen



Close-up: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest

As the below swatches show, palette has three shades with satin finish and one with glitter. Each satin shade differs in intensity in terms of sheen. Taupe (bottom right) one has the most sheen but it doesn't appear frosty, it is rather complex. Deep brown (bottom left) has the least sheen, appears almost matte, other than a few scattered sparkles, therefore makes a perfect definition shade for the crease and outer edge.


Swatch under sun: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest

Below is my take on Clarins Quad in Forest with less of khaki and more of taupe.

  • I primed my eyelids with Nars Pro-prime
  • Applied the show stopper taupe shade (bottom right) all over the eye lid and along the bottom lash line.
I could stop there. That is how gorgeous that taupe is, but I went on for demonstration purposes ;-)


  • I defined my crease and outer corner of lids with deep brown (bottom left). 
  • Lightly applied the khaki shade (upper left) towards the outer corner just as a slight green accent.
  • Picked up some of the glitter shade (upper right) with my finger and padded to the inner corner, blending towards the middle.
  • Used an eye liner very close to upper and lower lashes as well as on water line for more definition (I believe it was UD Demolition for a softer look).
  • Finished the look with YSL Baby Doll Mascara on top and bottom lashes.



In-action: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest

The words "taupe" plus "glitter shade" rang a bell and I would like to put this one side by side with Tom Ford She Wolf (previously reviewed here).

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest vs. Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color Trio She Wolf

As the swatches show, the mauve leaning taupe of Clarins Forest is warmer while She Wolf offers a more gray toned mid-shade. On the other hand She Wolf's brown shade is warmer once compared to Forest. Glitter shades also differ in color as well as the formula, Forest's glitter shade appearing more frost and opaque while Tom Ford glitter shade has a more transparent basis and chunkier glitter (which I admittedly like more).

Swatch comparison: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette #11 Forest vs. Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color Trio She Wolf

Final thoughts: I love how pigmented and complex the shades of Clarins' Quad in Forest are. I am head over heals with taupe and I love deep brown and khaki shades. I only found the glitter shade a little hard to pick up and apply, even with fingers.  All in all, Clarins' Quad in Forest is a gorgeous palette with balanced finishes, textures and a coldness/warmness equilibrium. Definitely worth checking out. For those in Europe, you can get Clarins products with discount from Escentual (not an affiliate link, just a friendly recommendation)

Do you like Khaki on your eyes? Does it work for you?

18 comments

  1. I love khaki on the eyes! I actually don't have anything from clarins lol I follow too many brands already. That taupe is puurrrrty :)

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    1. Hi Yin Hou,
      I can totally relate. I am also trying to restrict the brands I am using because I tend to buy too many stuff already and each brand I follow adds on top of that :-) Still from time to time I go beyond and get something I like, not because it is a certain brand but because it is so pretty. In those cases I really use up the product LOL. So I started with Clarins and got one of their limited edition powder/brushes. Now I always check it out ;-)

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    1. Thanks Daria, I suited the look to me by not using many "khaki" shades.

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  3. This one is LOVELY! Definitely have to see if I can hunt it down. Taupe and khaki have my name written all over it :)

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    1. I can imagine how beautiful this one would look on you, definitely your type of shades.

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  4. How is the texture of NARS Pro Prime? I'm asking because I've tried UD and TF and both irritated my lids and made them look "crackly" (only word I can think of). I'm asking because I do have and love the colors of this palette but the dark khaki doesn't have any staying power on me, even when applied wet. A little frustrating since it was the reason why I purchased it along with the beautiful shade on its right. :)

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    1. Hi Icaria,
      too bad primers don't work on you. I like Nars Pro-prime but I have to add that I don't have oily lids to start with so maybe I am not the right person to review primers. Milage varies from person to person so I would advice you give it a try before you buy it.
      xox

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    2. Oh Sara I should have mentioned I don't have oily lids either. Thanks for the good idea, I'll try to get a little sample jar made at Sephora. :)

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    3. Let me know how you liked it after you try it out.

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  5. That looks so lovely on you, its such a nice selection of shades, the taupey shade really wins the show :)

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    1. Hi Clare,
      you are one of the reasons why I picked it up on the first place, LOL. It also looked stunning on you. :-*

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  6. Curses Sara! You're going to make me go buy this right now--just for that taupe shade that has me at a loss for words, lol.

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    1. LOL Jenny, luckily these are not that expensive ;-)
      I can't wait for your review.

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  7. Such a gorgeous quad! The colors are right up my alley, love it :-D

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    1. Thanks, those would look definitely gorgeous on you too. Let me know if you review it xox

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  8. Looks lovely on u as always. It reminds me the Guerlain Terracotta Make-Up Palette for Face and Eyes (La Sélection de L’Été).

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  9. I am going to book mark yo eye balls


    your creeper forever lol

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