Ok, so after reading about Clarins Smoky Plum eyeshadow just about everywhere, and then Sara’s review over at Color Me Loud, I had to swatch it. And it was even better than the reviews. A metallic silvery taupe with just enough purple to bring out the green in my eyes. Silly me forgot to take a photo of it in the morning, when it was bright and lovely, so this one was taken in a hurry using my phone camera.
This is the first Clarins eyeshadow I’ve really liked – no, loved – in all my makeupaddicted years, as I’ve found previous eyshadows too dry, crumbly and sheer, whereas this one packs a satisfactory punch – let’s face it, it’s Clarins – applied dry, and produces a lovely foiled result when applied with a damp brush. I can even use it without primer, and only have the slightest bit of creasing. Sometimes you meet people who’ll ask you if you see the shade they’re wearing on their lids, and you just have to tell them “I’m sorry, but I don’t.”. None of that for me with this one.
I can see this shade following me into spring, and even accompanying a tan for the summer months. It works well applied wet as a liner with a sculpted “natural” eye – I still struggle to get the natural look look natural – softly smudged all over the lids for a daytime appropriate look, or full on smokey with dark liner and lots of mascara. I’m actually pretty impressed, which is becoming a rarity. And did I mention the lovely, sleek, compact and sturdy packaging? This was made for women on the go. Oh, and the pricetag isn’t bad by Norwegian standards – at least not for a high end, quality product.
Like I mentioned earlier I’m having a bit of trouble with the selfies these days, so this was the best I could manage. I’m by the way wearing Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, Clarins Instant Concealer, Opalescence Face And Blush Palette, Be Long Mascara, Smoky Plum Eyeshadow, Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Mushroom, summat on the brows and lips, and a drop of Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base as highlighter on top of my cheekbones. And Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden, mostly out of habit.
By the way, I’ve been considering getting a Twitter account or maybe even Instagram – yeah, I know, late to the party doesn’t cover it – but I’m not entirely sure what I’d use them for except from sharing TMI. And I got a bit of a scare when the local newspaper tracked down a friend of mine at her workplace, knowing quite a bit about her personal life as well. Not that writing a blog is any better. Anyways, pros and cons, anyone?