Sunday, February 19, 2012

Clarins Eclat Minute Blush - Instant Light Blush


Eclat Minute Blush ($28) is a new product recently launched by Clarins. It is currently available in three shades, 01 Vitamin Pink, 02 Coral Tonic, and 03 Brown Fizz.  I was intrigued by this after a sales associate demonstrated it to me in Nordstrom, but at first wasn't sold. After viewing a tutorial by Lisa Eldridge in which she used the shade Coral Tonic I decided to give it a try. 

The product has a thick liquid consistency and is packaged in a clear plastic container with a gold twist-off cap, and is about the height of a typical small nail polish bottle. It has a pleasant, non-offensive floral (rose?) scent. The color can be dabbed directly onto the cheeks with the over-sized doe-foot sponge applicator and then blended out with fingertips or with a blending brush, if preferred. Quite a bit of product is loaded onto the applicator so there is enough for both cheeks without dipping back into the container. It can get a little messy around the top due to the creamy liquid texture, but it's not a big issue. I'm accustomed to powder and cream blushes, so for me this texture is kind of different and fun to work with. I do think this product, like most liquid products, is something I'll try to use up right away, unlike my powder blushes, which I feel are safe to use over several years.  

Of the two shades featured here, Vitamin Pink is my absolute favorite. It looks bright in the container, but blends out nicely to a pretty, healthy-looking carnation pink with a bit of a shimmery glow, and lasts well throughout the day. Highly recommended! 

Coral Tonic is a sheer, soft peach shade with subtle pink iridescence and gives a nice dewy look to the skin, but doesn't show up well on my skin tone, even with multiple layers. I don't know if it's because I did not wear foundation underneath when I tried it. I will need to experiment a little more with this one! This shade might work as a highlighting blush on dark skins and also would be suitable for those who like more subdued cheek color. See it in action in makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's video below (at the 4:12 mark). It does show up nicely on her.










The photo below shows Coral Tonic on the left and Vitamin Pink on the right, both blended out and then applied straight from the tube. The photo above was taken at the end, when I blended the two swatches for each shade together into one large heavy swatch of each.








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37 comments:

  1. The pink shade looks luscious! Do you think the level of shimmer is daytime work-appropriate, or is it better for going out?

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  2. Hi Maggie, I think it is definitely day-time appropriate. The shimmer is not over the top - just gives a little extra light to the skin :)

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  3. How are these not on my radar at all? I'm going to have to pay a visit to my local Clarins counter, your swatches are quite tempting!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, I probably would not have noticed these myself had it not been for the sales associate who pointed them out to me. Clarins has some nice items but I don't usually stop by the counter!

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  4. I'm leaning towards the pink... but I loved the way the orange one looked on Lisa :)

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    1. Hi Lucy, Yes, it did look nice on her! On me it kind of blends into my skintone too much, but maybe I just need to apply more product :)

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  5. I am always drawn to peachy hues, but the pink shade looks so yummy! Ever since I first heard of these, I have waiting to see some decent swatches, and yours are fabulous! They don't seem to be overly shimmery either - another plus! How was the lasting/staying power?

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    1. Hi ommorphiabeautybar, Thanks! I like the level of shimmer in these - nothing too crazy, but just a little added glow. The pink lasted throughout a 9-hour workday for me, but I have dry skin so I don't know if that might be a factor in wear time. :)

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  6. These are really gorgeous. I wanted one when I saw them featured somewhere, but after seeing that video a little while ago the coral one became the top pick! Beautiful swatches :) They look like they'd be lovely for both spring and summer!

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    1. Hi Larie, Thanks! You are right - they are perfect for both spring and summer! :)

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  7. Coral Tonic looks right up my alley! Good to know that the shimmer is appropriate for day. I will definitely give it a try. Thank you for your lovely review!

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    1. Hi Reene, Thank you! They are different than the norm and definitely worth a try to see if you like the texture. :)

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    1. Hi Julia, I agree - I'm loving the pink shade! :)

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    1. Hi Marina, It is such a pretty shade, isn't it? And the color is buildable, which is nice :)

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  10. these both look so divine. i have to keep chanting i dont need it (because i dont) but these look too beautiful to resist. plus it looks so fab on lisa. love the swatches, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Kelly, they are nice to have but not "life changing" if you know what I mean! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I was soooo tempted by these but I have enough blush. (Maybe about 40 now... eep!) But these are beautiful and would look so wonderful on you. Isn't that humongous doe-foot a riot? I pulled it out and started LOLing at the store!

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    1. Hi Liz, Ah you are so good, you have willpower! :) I almost passed them up until Lisa Eldridge's video reminded me about them! Yes, when I saw that doe-foot I was like, whoa! this is different lol :)

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  12. These Blushes look sooo pretty! and the packaging is really nice! Thank you for the review ;)

    xx,
    Pam

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    1. Hi Jade in the Palace, Thanks for commenting. They are pretty colors, aren't they? Great for springtime :)

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  13. I must have these!:-) Lovely post, I love you blog!:-)
    Would you like to follow each other? M.

    My blog in english:
    http://illusoireblog.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Mila, Thank you. You have a lovely blog :) Thanks for visiting!

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  15. I don't the concept of one minute blush,but it sounds very interesting and good casual colors to create the nude to casual look.

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  16. Wow how pretty! Nice packaging for a start. The coral looks beautiful. Off to check the video...

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    1. Hi Cafe Bellini, I like the scent of these too... it's funny about the coral -- it shows up well on my arm but kind of disappears on my cheeks, weird. But it is a pretty color! :)

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  17. I don't need any more creme blush but now I want the pink one! *Shakes fist at you*

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    1. Hi Elvira! give in to temptation ;-) or at least try it at the counter to see what you think! :) The pink will look great on you!

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  18. Thanks so much for reviewing - I saw this featured in a current magazine and I was instantly intrigued. I don't give Clarins much play but I may check this out. I'm wondering how this would look on my darker skin. Maybe I'd have to use a heavier hand? I love me a peach cheek.

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    1. Hi Lexi :) I also don't really buy much from Clarins - I think I have just one eye shadow palette from them. The peach is a pretty color but I find it to be very sheer once it is blended out, but maybe I am blending too much! Let me know how you like it if you have a chance to try it in store :)

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  19. this shade of pink is so cute :)
    great post!

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  20. I have a weakness for cream blush and these two look so delectable, I can't decide which I like better, they are my kind of colours.

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  21. Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for commenting! They are both nice. I recommend the pink if you want a bit more color. The peach is nice if you like very subtle color. :)

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    1. Did you see the new summer Guerlain blushers? So nice too, now I'm torn between Clarins and Guerlain :) I get so tempted by all the beauty blogs. Does your makeup buys happen because of beauty blogs?

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    2. I recently saw some great swatches of the Guerlain collection at Naturalnchic blog. They look more pigmented than these by Clarins. I am definitely tempted to get them! Yes, so many of my makeup buys happen after I see a product featured on a blog! I'm trying to become more careful with my purchases though and wait to try a product in person before ordering :)

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