This lovely little powder compact from Clarins was released in their fall collection and is limited edition. Clarins describes it as a sophisticated color palette that includes light beige to illuminate, dark beige to even out skin tone, coral pink to sculpt and a touch of golden light to leave the complexion looking smooth. I use it mostly as a blush, but also bring it up into my temple area and blend it lightly on my chin and forehead as I might a bronzer. I think it adds just the right amount of warmth and dimension to the face without appearing too obvious.
I swirl all of the colors in the palette together when I apply, and realistically I think the narrow bands of color are too slim to be used one by one. All of the colors together offer some beige and rosy pink-toned depth to cheeks, which is pretty in line with the no-blush trend for fall that’s been appearing on the runways (If you’re interested, Marlena talks about fall trends in this Makeup Geek video).
The shimmer in the gold bands of color are merely an overspray, so it disappears in one or two applications and does not continue to add any sparkle to skin. The pink bands have a little bit of luminosity, but the amount of that color in the palette is only enough to keep the final result from looking overly flat. I don’t see any noticeable shimmer on my cheeks once I’ve applied it.
The compact itself is really pretty and comes in a fancy red pocket within a classy red box.
This powder is generally very flattering on skin, and I don’t have trouble with it fading too noticeably throughout the day. Ever since I purchased this in my recent Clarins order, it’s been one of my most frequently used products in my makeup routine. The reason is pretty simple … it just seems to go with everything. It’s a perfect lazy girl’s go-to powder that is flattering, forgiving, and easily blended for a very natural look. I think it’ll work really well for a variety of skin tones, and the pigmentation can be built up if you desire a richer color.
Above, I have the Graphic Expression Face and Blush Powder dusted on my cheeks. It looks natural and really just gives my face some of the dimension it lost when I covered it in foundation.
I’m also wearing: Guerlain Tenue de Perfection foundation in 02 (review here), L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer in N1-2-3, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10-light blonde (review here), Urban Decay Glinda eye shadow palette and Urban Decay 27/7 eye liner in Rockstar, Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here) and Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me.
You can also see me wearing it here.
The Graphic Expression Face and Blush Powder is available at Clarins for $35. I’m definitely loving it.
What’s your go-to blush this fall?