When it’s so cold and frosty outside, Spring can sometimes seem a lifetime away, but look closer and you’ll see the first signs of snowdrops peaking through the frost, buds appearing on branches and clothes in floral pastel pinks and greys hitting the rails in clothes shops…..and another sign that brighter times aren’t far away are these gorgeous new Spring collections from Lancôme and Clarins.
Very aptly for Spring, Clarins collection is called Garden Escape, and the central product of the range is the limited edition Clarins Garden Escape Palette.
Clarins aim with this floral inspired palette was to “reflect a garden in Springtime, blossoming with luscious green, petal pinks, snowdrop white and woody brown”. The soft satin and pearly eye shadows work in harmony to enhance eyes for a sophisticated day-to-night look, and they can be used with a slightly damp applicator for more vivid colour.
Lancôme‘s Spring 2015 collection is the sweetly titled French Innocence, which Lancôme describe as being “inspired by the atmosphere of a Parisian garden in the Spring”.
The anchor product of Lancôme‘s collection is My French Palette, an eye shadow palette which contains a harmony of matte & pearlescent pinks, ideal for fresh and refined smoky looks. Colours blend and adapt to create different looks, from sophisticated to more romantic looks for day. A nifty little extra to this palette is the addition of a compact (with separate closure) of intense pop-coloured greens and a pearly grey.
Along with the eyeshadow palettes, both cosmetic houses have released new colours for lips.
From Clarins we have Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector – a lusciously smooth balm for lips. Rich in active plant ingredients, they contain nourishing mango and shea. Vitamin E to protect against free radicals and a natural peptide to encourage the synthesis of hyaluronic acid to give lips a fuller and softer appearance. Available in 6 shades including My Pink, which contains special pigments that react with the pH level of your lips to produce a bespoke pink colour just for you.
For their Spring Collection, Lancôme have added 3 new colours to their Lip Lover range, which combine the shine of a gloss with the moisturising properties of a balm.
Interestingly too, both Lancôme and Clarins have introduced a green khôl pencil for Spring. From Clarins we have Crayon Khôl Eye Pencil in Intense Green. It’s gentle formula is rich in colour pigments and included on the end is a brush applicator, which allows you to finish the look by blending the long lasting colour around the eye area.
From Lancôme we have a lighter, brighter green, Vert Tuileries – a tangy contemporary green ideal for underlining your eyes with a pop of colour. Lancôme have also added a grey khôl to their collection, Gris Rivoli – an elegant taupe grey ideal to subtly soften eyes.
Two very similar but different collections from Clarins and Lancôme, available now at selected Sam McCauleys.