A Holiday tale in earthy golds | Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Odyssey: review, photos, swatches

The product: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Odyssey

Dress your eyes in gold… brown, beige and taupe-bronze eye colours can be blended or layered as desired, instantly creating warm glowing eyes. The pearl highlighter adds a touch of luminosity and a gold leaf effect to any eye look.”

Seen first here.

The shades: The four shades in the Odyssey palette area little odd, to be honest. For a palette that “feels” this warm, visually, it’s surprisingly wearable on cool-toned skin — the warmest shade also happens to be the most sheer. The lean isn’t unbearable, either; rather than being too orange, it’s unexpectedly yellow, with silver microshimmer to balance.

The three non-glitter shades are medium-sheer with finely-milled microshimmer, settling into a range of satin-frosts. The beige actually reflects a bit pink (as Clarins highlighters tend to do) — imperceptible unless you’re actively looking for it, but it gives a very brightening, polished sheen that’s stunning in person.

All of the satin shades contain a small amount of silver microshimmer, giving them the illusion of a neutral colour temperature and allowing the stunning bronze-gold glitter to really pop. Like all Clarins glitters, it sticks well to the skin, mixing chunkier bronze shards with loosely concentrated silver and gold shimmer for a mesmerizing, wet-finish effect. 

Foiled or applied overtop a sticky primer, the gold shade applies much more densely, mimicking a warm (slightly coppery) gold foil… minus the finicky application and wear of actual cosmetic foil.

The textures: I love the texture of Clarins’ eyeshadows, but I know not everyone does. If you’re really into crumbly, super-pigmented shades, their Eye Quartets won’t be for you — but if you prefer a mix of smooth satin finishes and gorgeous, dimensional glitters, then they’ll be perfect.

I love mixing textures to create depth & add versatility to a palette, and Clarins do a particularly great job of creating quads with this in mind. All of the quartets under a certain aesthetic, so if you have one or two that you’re happy with already, I think you’ll really enjoy this one, too.

The verdict?

My love affair with Clarins’ quads is no secret, and the Odyssey palette is no exception. (To be honest, though, I think I’m hitting my upper limit on these! Perhaps one in colour, and that’ll be it. Perhaps.)

For an earthy palette that feels warm and rich without pulling too orange on cool-toned skin, this is a great option. Clarins do a great job of mixing textures in their palettes, and the finely-milled satin finishes and rich gold foil featured here definitely don’t disappoint. At $42 CAD (and in stunning gold packaging), I would certainly recommend this!

PS: If you loved the gold glitter from the shu uemura Prestigious Bordeaux palette, this is a great dupe at less than half the price.

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 09 Odyssey – swatched in on primed skin

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 09 Odyssey

Clarins Odyssey packaging, Holiday 2012

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  • Sunny

    This one definitely has my name written all over it! I really haven't tried a lot from Clarins, and it's weird how I still haven't spotted this one here. I might have to dig around a little to find out where I can even swatch it!
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    • This one is definitely worth a look, Sunny! (I think it would look particularly wonderful on you.)

      I know some countries were slated to get this collection a little later, so fingers crossed that yours is one of them :)

  • AGH i want this so bad, so gorgeous :)

    Sophierosehearts x

    • Can you find Clarins in your area, Sophie? It's a great holiday palette; I would definitely enable you on this one! ;)

  • Ciambella

    IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. *drools*

  • rasilla

    Ah, the gold looks super lovely~
    And Clarins does seems to come out with nice packaging. I remember my mom had this pressed powder in a gorgeous sculpted gold casing. I used to take it with me to school just so I could look super cool lol until I dropped it and the mirror cracked…then I felt super crappy to have ruined something so pretty.
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    • Aww :) (But also :(, of course.)

      The Clarins packaging of the past could be rather hit-or-miss, but I absolutely adore the aesthetic of the modern lineup — very elegant, but still physically lightweight & visually clean. <3

  • mahrukh

    it deserve to be in my vanity… nice swatches…

  • Emilie

    Love these colors. I want this now (:

    • Be sure to grab it before they sell out, Emilie! A few of our readers have mentioned their counters running out of the Odyssey palettes already.

  • I LOVE this–it's gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I actually haven't tried any of Clarins' cosmetics…except their Instant Lip Perfector (which i love!). Definitely going to give this a swatch at the counter this weekend, though!
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    • Have fun at the Clarins counter! ;) Be sure to check out the Blush Prodiges, too — I think you might like 'em.

  • MFunnyValentine

    Pretty colour combo in a palette, although I was hoping for more colour payoff in the glittery bronze shade-which looks ah mazing in the pan.

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    • It can get really punchy when foiled — will try & remember to tweet you a pic when I get my camera back from the shop :)

  • My Lucite Dreams

    Gorgeous!! You had me at Foiled Effect. I will definitely be switching this next time I'm at the clarins counter. I've never tried there shadows. It does help that the other shades are beautiful too. Can't wait!

    • Hope you like it, Taylor! Make sure to swatch it wet or over primer — these are good on their own, but even better over a base! :)

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  • anna

    I'm sold! It looks great in those swatches!

    • Glad you like the look of the palette, Anna! Will you be picking anything up from the Odyssey collection?

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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    This looks very similar to Bare Escentuals The Truth. Have you seen that? It's a gorgeous palette nonetheless.
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    • Yes! I think they're quite different, though, tbh — the shades are definitely reminiscent, but the textures are another thing entirely.

      And, well, I've always been one for textures :p

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  • toyarosie

    The glitters in these palettes always freaked me out, but seeing them here makes me think twice Rae – it looks quite pretty and wearable! I've never purchased any makeup from Clarins, but you always make it look so darn good….I really need to change that!
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    • This would be a great "starter" Clarins palette! ;) To keep the glitter really wearable, try applying it with your fingertip — just barely touch your ring finger to the shadow, then pat onto the centre of your lid (& use tapping motions around the edges to blend.) It really helps cut down on both intensity and fallout for shades like these!