Following the Clarins Smoky Eye Instructions!

Clarins’ autumn-winter eye palette is the “Odyssey” quartet; a palette with three satin shadows and one that can only be described as “high glitterati”! It’s so shimmery! Large flakes of golden glitter pressed into a creamy shadow base. I followed the instructions that came with the palette to create a very festive smoky eye and I shall most definitely be doing this again – the “base” smokiness is really sophisticated and then the glitter adds a whole new dimension. These really are brilliant shadows for layering and blending and then layering again. The tones are very neutral – not too cool, not too dark – and so they suit most colourings.

If you wanted to recreate this kind of look without the palette (and accompanying instructions) then do this:

1) Take a mole-ish brown-grey shadow and apply to the entire lid, up to the crease. Take a medium or chocolate brown (or darker version of the last shadow you’ve used) and shade in the outer third of your lid. Blend the darker shade into the crease of your eye socket – it will naturally wing out a bit towards your eyebrow tip, but you can adjust later with a cotton bud if you don’t like the shape, and then re-blend to soften the edge.

2) Once you have that brilliant smoky eye, take a light, shimmery shade (or glittery, as used here!) and press it into the inner half of the lid and around the inner corner to really open and lift the eyes.

I’ll pop this palette into a video soon, but I’m not sure how long they’ll stay on counter for. At the moment they are on for £30 – it’s quite a useful little “nude” palette even if you didn’t want to use the go-go-glitter!

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  1. missundaztood
    October 20, 2012 / 6:26 am

    Gorgeous palette! Looks very nice on you

  2. October 20, 2012 / 7:36 am

    The gold glitter is lovely on you!

  3. Gaya
    October 20, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    Gorgeous! The brand Une does a similar palette system. It has two neutral colors and a creamy-glittery heaveaness as well. The best thing is that you can get it in different coloring (brown, grey, kaki). XX

  4. Jennifer
    October 20, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    Your eye makeup looks gorgeous! Very nice, Ruth! This is totally my kind of look––neutral earth tones w/some festive shimmer; love it!

  5. kt
    October 20, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    So excited as I was given this palette as a gift & haven’t tried it yet. Ruth your make up looks great so if mine looks anything like it I’ll be really pleased. Looking forward to the video.

  6. October 20, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    so pretty – really nice for blue eyes too (so much fresher than the usual smoky eye) x

  7. October 21, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tips. Love the colors with blue and green eyes. Thanks!

  8. Mia Henault
    October 26, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    It looks nice, I love the shades, they are not too bronzy, more earth toned and if you want to, you can spice it up with the glitter! Which holiday palette is your favourite? So far, I think I like Guerlain Liu and this. I don’t know how I would use the 4 colours in the Chanel palette and I don’t like the texture of their quads. I have the exact same colourings as you, which one would you recommend? I have far too many palettes and I will only allow 2 this Christmas. Thank you! Kisses from Paris

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