Clarins – Spring 2014

Here at The Kats Paws we love make-up, we are forever buying new lipsticks and the latest blushers, and we love experimenting with luxury cosmetics. We were recently sent some gorgeous new products from the Clarins Spring Opalescence Range, and I loved it that much that I used my Debenhams Beauty Card points towards purchasing a couple of extra bits as well as a Face Mask.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask

This rich mask provides an intensive hydration to the driest of skins, which is perfect this time of year, when this is just what is needed. After cleansing the skin, smooth this mask over the face and decollate and sit back and relax for 5-10 minutes, as you may know from previous posts, I prefer to do this in a bubble bath, with my latest favourite Yankee Candle – heaven! This creamy, non-drying mask helps restore the skin’s ideal moisture balance and promotes a fresher, more radiant appearance and a wonderful feeling of comfort. The mask contains katafray bark extract and hyaluronic acid help to promote an optimal moisture balance. Fine lines caused by dehydration (keep drinking plenty of water girls, to keep your skin dehydrated) are smoothed, the skin feels soft and fresh. 

The creamy texture feels comforting on the skin and I liked that it felt cooling and soothing upon application. As a rich cream, the texture may not appeal to those with oily skin, although it certainly doesn’t feel heavy. The mask has a delicate floral fragrance which I found pleasant. It’s not a mask which dries on the face so there’s no uncomfortable, tight feeling whilst you wait for it to work its magic. At £32 for 75ml, it’s not cheap but a little goes a long way and I feel that this is a quality product which is worth the money. It feels pampering and indulgent to use, whilst also delivering results. I found this to be a lifesaver in restoring my skin whilst I have been full of cold, especially the dry, sore skin around my red nose!

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Opalescence Face & Blush Powder

As I am due to go on holiday soon, I wanted to purchase a powder foundation rather than a liquid foundation which may slide down my face in the hot sunshine. This also doubles up as a blusher and so once I have a bit of a tan, this will be perfect just to highlight my cheeks. This powder is so pretty, it is in an opalescent gold case, and then powder itself is like a little piece of art, with gold speckles. 

This powder is limited edition and so I wanted to snap it up now rather than waiting to get to duty free and being disappointed. It has an ultra smooth texture which delivers a warm and luminous colour to all skin tones and promotes a matte, even complexion with an instant natural looking glow, which again is perfect for the coming warmer, sunnier (hopefully) months. You can get this from department stores such as Debenhams for £30.

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Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Shade 02 (Peach)

I recently ran out of the Lancome Foundation that I have been using, and as I am hoping to have a little colour on my cheeks soon, I wanted to go for a new foundation in a darker shade. This face base is designed to be a radiance booster and BB equivalent in one. You can use it alone or in conjunction with your foundation and concealer to boost radiance, keep your skin hydrated all day long, protect against pollution and will also balance your skin tone. I really like using this foundation as it feels really light and refreshing on my skin, and not too heavy. The shade is perfect too, as although it is the medium shade, it doesn’t have an orange tone to it and the BB cream side to it covers my red areas on my cheeks perfectly. It costs £26 and you can also get it in the lighter shade Rose (01) and Champagne (03).

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Intense Shine Lip Gloss in Shade 12 (Crystal)

I love trying out different colours of lipsticks and lipglosses, but in the office, it is very casual, and a lot of girls don’t wear make-up and so I tend not to wear lipsticks or glosses as I feel a little overdone sat there. But this new Clarins lip gloss is clear and so is perfect for adding a little plumpness to my lips without me feeling over the top. It has an ultra smooth, gel base texture that doesn’t have that horrid sticky feel to it, and really does make the lips look fuller without the bee-sting look. This gloss can be worn on it’s own for a natural look or over your favourite lipstick to give it a shiny glossy finish. This lipgloss is also available in many other colours, including lilacs, mauves, reds, browns and pinks at £15.50-17.

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Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in Shade 19 (Tropical Pink) 

The texture of this lipstick is gorgeous. It feels really moisturising and super soft and it leaves a stunning glossy shine that really makes the lips look lovely and plump. There’s a very soft sparkle running through the luminous pop of colour. These are meant to have a shiny, transparent finish, and a hydrating formula. The finish is translucent, but there is still enough pigment to markedly alter the colour of my lips. The bullet is a weighty silver metal with an oval shape and like most Clarins lipsticks, it smells sweetly fruity. The Perfect Shine Lipstick comes in many other pretty shades which will suit all skin tones and colours and is available for £17-18.

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Multi-Blush in Shade 01 (Peach)

The Multi-Blush Cream Brush is a cream-to-powder formula that contains a mix of Rose, Mimosa and Sunflower waxes to keep skin hydrated, and a Light Optimising Complex to boost radiance. The finish is very natural and blends wonderfully into the skin, leaving behind no edges or horrid textures. I found that it dries quite quickly, so while most cream blushes do very well when applied with fingers, this one definitely benefits from application and blending with a small, dense brush like the Real Techniques Contour Brush. It has an airy quality that makes it easy to sheer out for a delicate flush, but it can also be built up. I felt it lasted about 5-6 hours before I noticed any fading, but is pretty and petite enough to carry in your handbag for touch-ups. This blush can also be used on your lips and comes in three other shades, 02 Candy, 03 Grenadine and 04 Rosewood and costs just £18.

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