I was really excited when I discovered that Clarins released a limited edition Face Contouring Palette ($42.00), an easy-to-use trio that includes a matte beige highlighter, a matte warm brown bronzer, and a matte rose blush.
The palette has an ultra sleek and chic gold packaging and the shades are enriched with skin-loving plant ingredients. I found the formula to be consistent with all three shades — they’re extremely soft and lightweight, and apply and blend with extreme ease.
The beige highlighter was designed to illuminate specific areas of the face (inner corners of the eyes, nose bridge, and cupid’s bow) to lift, brighten, and improve the overall appearance of the skin. This shade was basically translucent on my skin tone and I wish that it was a shimmer finish instead of a matte. It doesn’t give me the radiance that I look for, but this powder would be great to lightly set makeup with or to diffuse contour for a softer effect.
The warm brown bronzer is highly pigmented and is the perfect shade for contouring and sculpting facial features — it’s doesn’t look orange or gray, and is extremely easy to work with. It glides on smoothly and blends out easily, isn’t patchy or uneven, and can be built for more intensity if needed. This bronzer adds instant warmth and dimension, and I love that it’s very natural looking.
The matte rose blush gives a beautiful, natural flush of color to cheeks and can be applied subtly or layered for more coverage. It’s richly pigmented and feels very light on the skin. I think this shade is very flattering — the rosy hue looks feminine and youthful, which I find absolutely stunning.
This palette contains a beautiful range of colors that give a subtle radiance, perfect for those who want a natural finish that looks blended into the skin. I really love the formulation of these powders — I think they’re incredible and the size of this compact is perfect for traveling, so I will definitely be packing this little beauty in my makeup bag the next time that I take a trip!
(I received this product complimentary of Clarins. The opinions are 100% my own.)