You’ll always find me in World Duty Free browsing for the latest beauty and skincare products and the odd
spritz shower bathe myself in the latest Chanel L’Eau perfume. It’s also great place to scout for the perfect travel sized products as I’m always on the go. The main reason for my frequent visits whenever I’m travelling is to look for cult beauty /skincare products, mainly in the premium range that costs much less as its tax free. It’s a great way for me to try new products in small quantities before committing and paying full prices for them. Since we all love a good bargain, I decided to start a new series called – ‘Best of World Duty Free’, where I can share and review products in detail that I picked up in WDF. Hopefully, you might find this helpful and maybe you can pick up some of the items mentioned here on your next travels.
I saw the CLARINS Travel Exclusive Limited Edition Eye Palette when I was buying a new bottle of my all time favourite foundation. I loved the neutral shades and the teensy weensy packaging and knew this would be perfect and belongs into my on-the-go makeup bag. My makeup is never fully done before I leave the house and I don’t like to carry all my single eye shadows pans with me and for this reason, you’ll find my eyelids are bare on most days. I bought this so I can take this with me everywhere and won’t have an excuse for not wearing any eye shadow.
I really like the sleek packaging as this barely takes up any space and leaves no room for any excuses as to why I can’t carry this around with me. There are two different motif designs; I chose the pretty butterfly print but if you’re into birds [ the flying kind lol ] you’ll be swooning over that palette. It also comes with a great mirror for touch ups on the go.
The colours in this palette didn’t scare me when I opened the packaging. I feel safe with neutral colours and this palette offers everything to create a basic or natural look for the day and a full-glam smokey eye look for the evening. The palette consists of 5 matte shades and 3 shimmering shades ranging from a beige, pale pink, champagne, taupe, dark brown and black.
The colour pay off is not all bad. It can appear to be on the powdery side and I noticed this when I used the wrong brush for application. For better colour pay off, use your fingers or a use a flat brush like the MAC 239 or Real Techniques shading brush or even those with the sponged tip will do well. The texture of these shadows are very soft and buttery, making it so easy to blend, even an eyeshadow amateur like me can do a good job with it.
Also, for those with darker skin tones like mine, it can appear a bit ashy looking but a good eye primer or concealer on the eye lids before applying can help bring out the colours. I use shades 1 and 5 as base colours and use shade 1 to sometimes highlight my brow bone. Shades 2 and 6 are highlighters for the inner eye socket or add a little shimmer to the overall look. Shade 7 is usually my transitioning colour for the crease area. I use shade 4 as my eyeliner for a softer look.
What do you think of this mini eye palette? It this something you’d buy?
Verse of The Day:-
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
-Psalms 1: 1-2 ESV [ English Standard Version ]