Peaches & Blues are having a moment this Summer. Right on time for FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Clarins releases Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette which combines peach & taupe with vivid Brazil Blue liner, a beautiful combination.
|Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette comes in a sleek compact, a velvet pouch and a look card which shows how to use the palette. The eye shadows can be used dry for a soft look or wet for a more intense dramatic one. In the past I have seen some of the palettes working much better when used wet but Color of Brazil has good color pay-off even when it is used dry.
|Packaging: Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
The palette has three neutral shades, one peachy shade for a summery fresh look and a vivid blue liner shade which is a little drier and stiffer but is denser so can be used better on a small area with more intensity. In the compact there are two brushes, one has a pointier edge for lining and a brush for blending. The eye shadows are embossed with traditional patterns of squares and circles (can anyone tell us if this is special to Brazil?).
|Close-up: Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette is composed of the following shades:
Top Left: Mid-toned bronze gold with a tad of green. The finish is satin to metallic. This one was the only shade which was a little drier compared to the others and didn't have a very good color pay-off. It performs better when used wet though.
Top Right: Mid-toned peach shade with satin finish. It has subtle shimmer and a very good color pay-off. Also perfect for layering to add a freshness to the eye look.
Bottom Left: Deep natural brown with satin to matte finish. It is very soft to touch and pigmentation is very dense.
Bottom Right: Light matte taupe. This is a gorgeous shade for a base or a subtle eye look. It applied beautifully.
Liner shade: Vivid blue with matte finish. Although this one has a good color pay-off once dry, I recommend it using wet to get the full density for an eye liner. With a right brush, this can also add some color to your eye look once layered on other shades.
|Swatch with direct sun: Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
Below I used the light taupe on inner corner, peach on mid-lid and darker brown on the outer. I then applied the blue as a liner and added a bit more to the other corner to smoke it out. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye-Pencil in Ultraviolet (which is a shimmery sister of Chaos) on the lower lash line and smoked it out with the liner shade from the palette.
|In-action on the eyes: Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
For the rest of the look, I used Giorgio Armani Dolci blush on the cheeks and YSL Kiss& Blush #04 in Orange Fougueux concentrated mostly on the center of lips for a bitten effect. I really liked how summery and fresh this look turned out to be. The resulting effect is close to Tom Ford's Summer Palette Unabashed which also had a similar blue and taupe combination. If you missed on that one or you are in search for a more affordable option, check out Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette. Also watch the application tips on this video at Clarins USA website.
|FOTD: Clarins Colours of Brazil Eye Quartet & Liner Palette|
Final thoughts: A lovely color combination and nice texture (only the golden shade could be smoother with better color pay-off). Clarins Colors of Brazil is now available at Clarins counters, for those of you who love the fresh breeze of summer over the dark blue seas.
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