Although I tend to feel pulled in like a kid whenever I see bold colours at a makeup counter, in everyday life I much prefer neutral shades to dramatic ones. Over the years, I have had my fair share of experimenting with makeup and I have discovered the beauty of enhancing my natural features instead of trying to look like someone I am not.
If there is one makeup collection I was excited to see this season, it's the Ladylike Collection from Clarins. Once again, their highly anticipated fall makeup launch does not disappoint. With its chic gold packaging, cutting-edge formulation and sophisticated neutral shades, the Ladylike Collection is everything we could hope from the French cosmetic company.
Here are my top three picks from the latest Clarins collection:
1. Rouge Éclat in strawberry sorbet
When we enter a new season, there are two things I like to do: switch handbags and select a new lipstick. This time around, I went for a muted pink with a hint of sparkle close to my natural lip colour. I am glad that Clarins decided to add new shades to this line, which was already a favourite of mine (I wore juicy clementine during the summertime). I just love the creamy and moisturising formula, it just glides on like a dream. Strawberry sorbet is less pigmented than the previous one I tried but the colour builds on nicely if you wish and the best part is that you don't really a mirror, which makes on-the-go application much easier. It's definitely the kind of lipstick I could wear every day.
2. Ombre Matte in taupe
There are six cream-to-powder eyeshadows (5 matte and 1 sparkling) available in the fall collection and the range of colour is just so very chic. I selected the mysterious taupe shade, which can easily be worn with a light hand for a day look or smokier at night. I am quite fond of the smooth and blendable texture that is also remarkably easy to apply with fingers. Since they are made with bamboo powder, these babies have an incredible long-lasting matte finish. Once applied, there won't be any creasing or flaking, you won't believe your eyes! I am so in love with the taupe one, I now have earth and rosewood on my next shopping list.
3. Blush Prodige in tawny pink
This warm pinky brown blush is more intense than the shades I would usually choose for my complexion. Interestingly enough, it doesn't appear too dark, it rather gives a nice healthy flush of colour as if I had just returned from a brisk walk. I wasn't sure about the shimmering particles at first, but because they are so finely milled, they simply add a natural matte glow to the cheeks. This silky blush is very pigmented, only a tiny amount is needed and it will stay put throughout the day thanks again to bamboo powder.