Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Iris Blossom review, swatches, photos | Clarins Rouge Eclat (Spring 2013) collection

Monday, March 4, 2013

Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet

The product: Clarins Ombre Minérale 4 Couleurs in 10 Iris Blossom

There are a lot of gorgeous (seriously; gorgeous) products in this Spring’s Clarins Rouge Eclat collection, but I have to say — Iris Blossom? Total. Stunner.

I know I promised this review ages ago, so without further adieu, I hope you enjoy the post!

Clarins Spring 2013 Iris Blossom quad

The formula

Like the other Clarins Eye QuartetsIris Blossom contains four eyeshadows with fairly hard-textured formulas. One is a sheer liner/crease shade that builds up easily and foils well; one is a translucent shimmer; and two (of course) are smooth, gorgeous mid-tones. 

Again, as with the other quads, I found Iris Blossom very easy to create both day and night looks from — things like foiling (or focusing more on the bottom two shades) are great for adding drama, and the mix of tones and textures add a fantastic amount of depth to any look created.

See this quad used in a look here! Right here!

Clarins Rouge Eclat eyeshadow palette swatches

Clarins Iris Blossom quad, swatched in indirect sunlight (dry on primed skin)

The shades

To start with the top two shades, this gorgeous wheat-y taupe (which is to say, more yellow and brown than violet and grey) is perfect for creating a neutral lid — it’s very smooth, and delivers the most pigment out of these four shades.

As its shimmery shade (great for highlighting the inner corner or adding interest to the middle of the lid!), Iris Blossom contains an extremely sheer white, packed with shimmer. It’s still complex enough to add some interesting texture, but doesn’t have any shards of glitter — I like it, but I think it could be better.

Clarins mineral quad Iris Blossom swatches

Clarins Iris Blossom quad, swatched in indirect sunlight with flash

Then, for the depth and drama, we have a stunning violet with blue reflects… but warmer undertones. Without flash or foiling, it’s much more subdued (see the top swatch), but the temperature and shimmer difference really makes the shade pop! with movement. It has good pigmentation and texture, but isn’t quite as buttery as the taupe.

Finally, as with the other Clarins quads, we have a dark shade (perfect for use as liner or in creating a smokey eye). In this case, it’s a sheer, matte charcoal, and as always, I love it — Clarins’ darkest shades are always quite hard, making them easy to work with but still leaving room for foiling or layering.

Clarins Iris Blossom Eyeshadow Palette (t)

The verdict?

At $42 USD/$42 CAD (look at that gorgeous lack of a price difference!), I would absolutely recommend Iris Blossom if you’re looking to get into colour, but you’re wary of going too far with it on your first try.

I was asked last week about what would make a great first Clarins quad, and I think it varies by person and need. To answer the question in context, though: while this one doesn’t show off just how awesome those sheer shimmers can be, I still do think it would make a great “first Clarins!” if you have a soft spot for violets and taupes.

(I know I do).

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 eyeshadow palette
Clarins Iris Blossom Quad + box

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette packaging

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27 Responses to “Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Iris Blossom review, swatches, photos | Clarins Rouge Eclat (Spring 2013) collection”

  1. toyarosie, on March 4th, 2013 at 7:59 am said:

    I have yet to own ANY Clarins makeup, if you can believe it Rae – but you always make it sound so appealing, what am I waiting for?! I think partially my hesitance is due to inexperience – I favor buttery textures because in my mind, that makes them apply better, but I can recognize that sometimes a shadow needs to have a stiffer texture to perform better in certain areas. Maybe this will be the year I let go of this preconceive notion and try out something different! :)
    My recent post Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Crush – The Perfect Transitional Blush!

  2. mostlysunnybunny, on March 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am said:

    Really like the looks of this quad! The color combination and the embossed pattern are beautiful!

  3. I love this palette! I love that Clarins left out the "normal" spring pastel colours and took a different direction with this complex taupe and violet colour. I am not a fan of leaving links to own blogs so I won't (and it's in German anyway), but the look is one of my most loved for some months now. – My eye colour is somewhere between blue, grey and turquoise and with this colours it tends to emphasize the turquoise nuances much more! Love that immensly! If you'd like to get an impression take a look at <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EkhH5U9ynqw/UPbEavWSIPI/AAAAAAAABl0/DjHDoxnDrKU/s1991/Claris+Iris+Blossom+-+Tragebilder.jpg">this picture. – I'd love to see them with your eye colour!
    It's my favorite palette and Clarins has a very delicate sense for interesting but wearable combinations.

    My recent post <a href="http://www.der-blasse-schimmer.de/2013/03/bobbi-brown-high-shimmer-lip-gloss/">Ich glaub, es piept… Shimmer beim Schimmer

  4. Tempting, tempting! I rarely wear purples because I'm afraid of them (don't really suit my coloring most of the time), but this morning my feed is flooded with purples (you, Teri, Sunny :P) and I think this palette is the most tempting of the bunch. I don't really own any purples…
    My recent post Experiments of the Week: Feb. 24 – 28

  5. Tempting, tempting! I rarely wear purples because I'm afraid of them (don't really suit my coloring most of the time), but this morning my feed is flooded with purples (you, Teri, Sunny :P) and I think this palette is the most tempting of the bunch. I don't really own any purples…
    My recent post Experiments of the Week: Feb. 24 – 28

  6. It's such a beautiful gem! I've been really liking the Clarin palettes lately, they always manage to make the most beautiful looking palettes. The purple of this quad looks amazing!
    My recent post A Purple Spring Look With Guerlain Attrape-Coeur 501

  7. Marisa Anderson, on March 4th, 2013 at 2:30 pm said:

    Love the violet colored shadow, really nice color. Like the really the case, it is really pretty.
    My recent post A Guide To Creating The Perfect Eyebrows

  8. Marisa Anderson, on March 4th, 2013 at 2:30 pm said:

    Love the violet colored shadow, really nice color. Like the really the case, it is really pretty.
    My recent post A Guide To Creating The Perfect Eyebrows

  9. Wow – this is such a beautiful quad! Every time I am considering a quad purchase somehow I gravitate towards violets/purples, and so I am amassing quite the collection, lol! I have not tried Clarins yet and I think I should definitely check into their quads. Beautiful post – I love your photos! <3
    My recent post Urban Decay Disney’s The Great and Powerful Oz Glinda Palette

  10. Wow – this is such a beautiful quad! Every time I am considering a quad purchase somehow I gravitate towards violets/purples, and so I am amassing quite the collection, lol! I have not tried Clarins yet and I think I should definitely check into their quads. Beautiful post – I love your photos! <3
    My recent post Urban Decay Disney’s The Great and Powerful Oz Glinda Palette

  11. No, you absolutely need one of these! The stiff textures are just the thing — it's easy to flub up a really full-on eye, but when shades apply with medium opacity while still blending out with even texture, you practically don't even need brushes to get a sheer-but-gorgeous lid.

    They're just — ugh. They're so chic, Toya. ♥

  12. Using it is killing me! It's nice to know that the gorgeous shades will still be there even after I use up the pattern, though ;)

  13. For future reference, you are totally allowed, shelynx ;) I won't post comments with link spamming, but I trust yours would be on-topic and worth a read!

    (Well, a fumble through Google Translate. But still, totally worth it. :p)

    I think this is the only Rouge Eclat look I'll be doing for the season, but it reads much less mauve on my lids — alas!

  14. Silly snail, purples are for everyone! :D

    I think I'd start you with something on the paler end of the spectrum, if you're worried about undertones — a cool, light lilac would look lovely on you!

  15. Lily @ChloeAsh, on March 4th, 2013 at 6:17 pm said:

    Ah, Clarins makeup. I've been reading so much about them. This palette is definitely beautiful to look at, and the colours are gorgeous too. What a debacle – to use or not to use. Hahaha!
    My recent post The Bright and The Bold Add A Pop Of Colour To Your Life

  16. Alison, on March 5th, 2013 at 3:55 am said:

    Violet. <3

  17. why must clarins make things soooo pretty?! D:< i have clarins highlighter that had the prettiest white cotton flowers that made almost want to not use the actual product but after the first swatch there was just no saving it :P

  18. It really is! Just the right texture — hard, but with a "glow" of translucence rather than a patchy sheerness. And perfect to take from work-safe to evening-eye ;)

  19. Clarins palette packaging is always so chic! (Or, I mean, nowadays :p)

  20. Haha, but it's totally a justified one, right? Your skintone suits purples so well.

    Thank you, darling :)

  21. To use, definitely! As gorgeous as those flowers are, they're even prettier when applied ;)

  22. Yep. <3

  23. Hahaha, I know exactly how you feel! Perhaps the secret of a really great brand isn't just that they can make something so pretty that you never want to use it, but that they can make something so great that you can't not.

    ;o)

  24. Just wanted to tell you that your post convinced me to pick it up today after work. It is so gorgeous. And yesterday I was looking at it and decided that I don't need it. So much about that! :D

    <3
    My recent post Artdeco Tribal Sunset Bronzing Collection Swatches

  25. This absolutely makes my day, Vesna — thank you for letting me know :) I'm so pleased that you picked up Iris Blossom (I love it, and hope you do, too!)

  26. You're welcome! Thank you for beautiful photos and swatches :)
    Will let you know how much I love it (the question isn't if I will love it, it's just – how much :D ). I am looking forward to their fall/winter collection, can't wait to see what Clarins has for us. I don't doubt it will be wonderful! :)
    My recent post Sneak Peek: Clarins Ombre Minérale 4 Colours Quartet Iris Blossom / Rouge Eclat Collection

  27. Aww, I'm so pleased to hear that!

    I'm excited for Clarins Fall, too — they always put out the most gorgeous eye quartets for the cold weather months ♥ (Or, I mean, all of the months.)

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