Clarins Garden Escape Wet & Dry Eye Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Monday, April 20, 2015

It's Spring!! Yeah!! The weather here hasn't been the hottest (around 5-8 degrees Celsius on most days), but it isn't snowing anymore so I can't complain about not being able to wear shorts yet. What better way to get into the spring mood than by wearing colour on your eyes?

Today I have the Clarins Garden Escape Wet & Dry Eye Palette* ($44 CAD, 5.4 g) to show you. Keep reading to see my thoughts, swatches, and a FOTD...

Clarins products always come exquisitely packaged, and their palettes include a signature red velvet pouch.

The Garden Escape Palette's case is a light gold with a mosaic design, and there is also a card with an eye look on both sides.

Even the back of the palette is elegant!

The inside of the palette features six wet/dry eye shadows in icy white, emerald green, forest green, pink, icy pink, and taupe. Each shade has some shimmer and sparkle, but not enough to be over-the-top or make you look like a disco ball.

The palette comes with a plastic insert to protect the shadows, a large mirror, and a double-ended sponge-tip/brush applicator which isn't the best but will work in a pinch. (I'm always confused why high-end brands continue to include flimsy applicators like these...)

A closer look at the shadows with their beautiful embossing! Now, on to swatches!

Clarins Garden Escape Palette, swatched dry, no primer.

Honestly, the shadows dry are not that great, as they are very sheer. Some are ok and could be used dry if you really wanted to, but it's when they are wet (or used over primer) that they really pack a punch:

Clarins Garden Escape Palette, swatched wet, no primer

See? Wet they are amazing! You can basically get the same effect with primer, as well, if you don't want to wet your shadows (or use them wet over primer for double the intensity!) Every shade is a winner, with the icy white being perhaps the least performing, but it still works well as a highlight.

Here's a look I did using the Garden Escape Palette. I used every shade except the olive green, and I used each shade dry over primer. Pink was used all over lids, taupe in the crease, icy pink and icy white in the inner corners and browbone, and the forest green as liner.

Eyeballs close up!

Other products used:

Pari Beauty Precious Glow Eyeshadow Intensifier & Primer*
Almay Intense I-Color Volumizing Mascara in Sapphire
essence Eyebrow Designer in Blonde (brows)
Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Concealers in Les Beiges
Estée Lauder DoubleWear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup in Ecru
Annabelle Blushon in Rosebud*
Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Breeze*
Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in Berry Light/Medium
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey*

I found these shadows easy to use. They are a little hard in the pan but deposit colour well when used wet or over primer. There's a little bit of fallout but not enough to put me off using this palette. What I really like is that the Garden Escape Palette makes using colour easy and daytime/work-friendly. You could even amp it up to nighttime by creating an emerald smokey eye!

$44 CAD is a fairly reasonable price for a high-end palette. I actually expected it to be around the $50 range -- I think some of Clarins' other 6-shade palettes might have been around that much. I really enjoy this palette and I recommend it to anyone looking to celebrate spring with a mix of versatile, colourful and neutral shades!

You can find it at Clarins.caMurale, and Clarins counters (Murale, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.)

What do you think of the Clarins Garden Escape Palette? How are you celebrating spring?

*Product provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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