Clarins “Rosewood” 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches | 2016 vs Eye Quartet Mineral formula

Clarins Rosewood old vs new review swatches

The product: Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette Smoothing & Long-Lasting in 02 Rosewood

When I found out that Clarins’ Eye Quartet Mineral Palettes were being reformulated and relaunched as 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes, I was heartbroken. They’ve been my go-to eyeshadow range for half a decade, and I loved the old quads so much that they even had their own tag here on theNotice – something that I reserve only for my very favourite products.

Rosewood in particular was one of my favourites, so much so that I bequeathed my original to my sister and caved not three months later to re-buy one for myself. So, when I found out that it would be in the new range as well but that the shades themselves wouldn’t be duplicated, I was furious.

Until I tried it.

Clarins Rosewood neutral eyeshadow palette review swatches

The shades: Frustratingly enough, the old 03 Rosewood and the new 02 Rosewood are entirely different palettes. They’re just similar enough to be confusing, but different enough that I would have appreciated Clarins giving the new palette a distinct (and far less confusing) name.

The old 03 Rosewood contained 1) a transparent white shimmer, 2) a light, satiny salmon pink, 3) a warm, taupey brown frost, and 4) a dry, subtly shimmery chocolate brown. It’s a much warmer palette, and it’s an excellent representation of what Clarins quartets used to be: one sparse shimmer, a colourful satin, an easy-to-wear frost, and a sooty liner shade.

Clarins 4 colour eyeshadow palette rosewood swatches review photos labelled

(L) old Clarins 03 Rosewood Ombre Minérale / (R) new Clarins 02 Rosewood Palette 4 Couleurs

The new 02 Rosewood, contains 1) a sheer white satin with a pink duochrome, 2) a much more intense orange frost, 3) a cooler taupe frost, and 4) a dark, matte mauve. The taupes (#3) of the new and old palettes are the most similar; the newer version is just a bit more purple/less orange.

The new 02 Rosewood is cooler and less natural-looking overall, with stronger pigmentation and plummier tones.

Clarins Rosewood swatches old vs new eye quartet palette

Clarins 03 Rosewood Eye Quartet Mineral Palette (Ombre Minérale 4 Couleurs) / Clarins 02 Rosewood 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (Palette 4 Couleurs)

Clarins Rosewood 4 colour eyeshadow palette 2016

The formula: The updated Clarins quartet formula is even better than the original, too. I’ve always loved Clarins palettes for the way that their super-smooth finishes blend seamlessly into the lid, and these new shades do the exact same thing–but better.

They’re less dry and more pigmented, so you can easily buff in each eyeshadow until it looks seamless with your skin OR apply them over a sticky primer for a really intense look. (Like the old palettes, the new ones can also be used wet.)

They also have better wear than the originals; I’ve never had a problem with creasing with these palettes, but the new formula looks a little more intense at the end of the day.

Clarins 4 couleur minerale review vs comparison 4 colour eyeshadow palette - packaging

Packaging update: old on left, new on right

The verdict?

I have mixed feelings about these new Clarins palettes. They lack the magic of the old ones (those transparent shimmers are basically the light of my makeup collection), but at the same time, I think they’re better palettes overall. The updated formula is butterier and more pigmented, and even the shape of each eyeshadow pan is easier to work with.

Regardless of the comparison between the old and new, the Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes are excellent quads to add to your makeup collection. They’re beautifully formulated, pretty stunning, and altogether just very chic!

Availability: $43 USD/$43 CAD at department stores and online.

Clarins eye quartet mineral palettes vs 4 colour eyeshadow palette review

Clarins Palette 4 Couleurs review – Rosewood (R)

Clarins Rosewood palette 2016 review comparison swatches

Clarins Rosewood old vs new – comparison

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  • imakeupwordsblog

    I liked the old one better, because the colors and the packaging are suiting my taste a lot more. Thank God, that the texture and formula is worth trying.

    • I'm gonna miss the look of the old packaging :( I loved that little bevel around the Clarins "c" and the way that the eyeshadow pans were all a little uneven! The new shadows are divine, and I'm glad that the quads don't look EXACTLY the same, but the old ones were just gloriously classy.

  • sophiehorner2015

    Reminds me of PLL have to try it haha!

  • I'm torn, I like the look of both!

    • You'll have to snap up the old one super fast if you want to get your hands on it, Erin! It's slowly disappearing off of shelves :(

  • shireenplatt

    I find the old formula to be a tad dry so I am seriously interested with this new formulating. Your swatch looks really promising!
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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I like the old one better. I haven't tried the formula, so I wouldn't know about that, but color wise, the old palette definitely looks better :-)
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    • Y'know, it's weird; objectively, I prefer the way that the new quad looks on me, but I actually really love the old colour palette, too. It doesn't work as well for my skintone, but man – it was a beaut.

  • Cosmetics Aficionado

    I've never tried them, but this post really makes me want to give them a test run. I don't mind them not being as warm, but I am with you on the warmer tones being more natural.

    • They're still one of my all-time favourites, so I'd totally recommend trying a quad or two! ;) If you wanted a more natural-looking palette, I bet the Nude quad would look amazing on you.

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