Friday, June 1, 2018

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2018 Makeup Collection

It’s getting hot here in Toronto...really hot. I’m not a fan of humidity and mugginess but when the sun is shining and drinks are flowing by the pool, we all want pretty makeup that captures the season’s best trends.

Clarins Sunkissed Collection is simple and chic – featuring multi-colored bronzer, pops of bright color, dewy skin and lips that shine. The packaging is inspired by Florida's swaying palm trees, sun-washed hues and the vibrant energy of Miami.

The Limited-Edition Bronzing Compact ($42.00) is decked out with pink flamingos and contains 3 matte shades that are adapted to all skin tones. Use the softer hues to highlight and blend while the deeper pigment defines and accentuates. The silky powder is buildable and easy to layer so you can customize your tan or contour for a well sculpted finish. I love that the formula is infused with Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex to protect the skin from free radical damage but I wish the compact included one strip of bronzy shimmer for more radiance.

Some of you may have read about my obsession with Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (I wrote an entire post raving about them) and now there is a juicy new shade to collect. Delectable Plum ($25.00) is infused with hazelnut, organic jojoba and acai oils that condition your lips all year long. The blackcurrant flavor smells delicious and the large paddle applicator distributes the luscious formula in a smooth even coating. This is the perfect lip oil for long flights because it protects, nourishes and softens to prevent dryness and chapping. The deep berry tint drenches your pout in mirror-like shine that lasts for hours!

I didn’t think there was very much anyone could do to improve basic pencil liners but Clarins has proved me wrong with their innovative Makeup-Pen ($35.00). This awesome design contains 4 bold colors to enhance the lips and eyes. Simply click on the shade you want and twist to eject more color (no sharpening required). Emerald green and intense plum compliment all eye colors while bright pink defines your pout and prevents lipsticks from bleeding. The jet black is perfect for everyday wear and the pigmentation is creamy and full-coverage with smooth glide application. On hot days you might want to keep the pen in your purse for touch-ups because the formula does not appear to be water-proof.

The 4-Color Eye Shadow Palette in Lovely Rose ($46.00) may not be part of the summer collection but these shades are irresistible! The vivid coral is ideal for creating a sunset effect while the champagne, mauve and deep plum look gorgeous together. These velvety shadows are highly pigmented with buildable saturation so you can create a variety of looks from smoldering smokey eyes to daytime glam. Layer the color over primer for all-day wear with no creasing or fading and match with the black, pink or plum liner for more drama.

The Limited-Edition SOS Primer ($39.00) is available in 2 shades – 06 Bronze and 07 Mocha which is the color I received. This luminous liquid is formulated to moisturize, prep and enhance your skin tone but this tint is too dark for me and creates an evident tan. If you’re aiming for warm, sunkissed skin then you might like the extra pigment but I try to keep my foundation balanced. A variety of tone-correcting primers are also available in the permanent SOS range.

Despite the tanning effect, the smooth, mineral base helps blur roughness and textural irregularities for flawless makeup application and longer wear in all weather conditions.

Clarins is available at department stores nationwide and online at

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