The products: Clarins Summer 2017 “Sunkissed” Collection
I promised a few quick Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2017 reviews in Monday’s post (which you should seriously read if you haven’t yet, because those false lashes give me Feelings™), and today, I’m delivering on that promise. I’ve gotten more wear out of Sunkissed than I have out of any other Clarins summer collection before it, and it’s definitely one of my can’t-miss collections of the summer.
Clarins releases a big, limited edition bronzer every year, and this summer’s Clarins Sunkissed Bronzing & Blush Compact is my favourite so far. But that’s by no fault of Clarins’: rather, it’s my requirements that have changed.
Clarins swatches, L-R in indirect sunlight: Waterproof Eye Pencil in 06 Gold and 07 Copper; Instant Light Lip Perfector in 14 Pink Grapefruit; and Sunkissed Blush, then Bronzer
The Clarins bronzing compacts are always great for light to medium skintones, and before this summer, that range didn’t apply to me. They’re too dark and warm for my usual fair skin, and too sheer and light for medium to dark skintones.
The Sunkissed Bronzing & Blush Compact runs warm, with an orange blush and violet-scented powder.
Clarins Sunkissed 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($43 USD/$45 CAD)
Visually, I really like the clean lines of the updated Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes. But functionally… I really miss the flakey shimmers that they used to include. They were what took these palettes from “okay” to “WOW,” and I’m finding myself having to use a separate flakey shimmer to finish off my eye looks without them.
The Sunkissed eye palette contains a really lovely orange eyeshadow (which I never would have expected to see from Clarins) and a warm, nutty brown, but its two lighter shades are too similar to be functional.
Clarins Sunkissed 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette swatches (indirect sunlight)
Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in 06 Gold and 07 Copper ($26 USD/$20 CAD)
It takes a lot to get me to love a colourful eyeliner, and unfortunately, these two didn’t quite hit the mark for me. They’re really smooth, but the formula rubs off on my monolidded eyes.
That being said, the shades of these two eyeliners are just spot-on. I’d love to see them done in a liquid formula in the future!
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 14 Pink Grapefruit ($26 USD/$20 CAD)
Okay. You guys. You guys.
I have been getting SO much wear out of the new Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector. It’s not technically part of the Clarins Sunkissed collection (it just launched at the same time), but it’s so lovely. This beloved formula is glossy and lightly hydrating, and to my nose, it smells exactly like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 14 Pink Grapefruit, swatched in indirect sunlight
I’m not sure why some Clarins items are priced higher in the US than they are here in Canada, but hey: I’m not going to complain. These are a basic product, but at $20, they’re a pretty good buy.
And they’re not a click-top applicator, either.