How beautiful is this weather we’ve been experiencing here in the UK lately? It’s definitely made me excited for the Summer, especially as beauty brands are now releasing their Summer beauty collections. The Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection is an absolute beauty of a collection and really does encapsulate Summer.
The Aquatic Treasures Collection is said to capture the textures and shades of the ocean; a harmony of rich gold and bronze to reflect the silky sands, iridescent shades to mirror the glimmering pearls scattering the ocean floor, and a splash of glittering grey echoing the water as it sparkles in the sunlight. I was lucky enough to be gifted a few pieces from the collection, which I’ve been trailing out recently….
First up in the Clarins Aquatic Treasures is the Clarins After Sun Shimmer Oil £32* which is absolutely incredible. Described as a lightweight beauty-enhancing oil with a subtle iridescence that nourishes and illuminates the body with a soft golden shimmer.
The oil is said to contain fine, flecks of golden shimmer to leave a beautiful veil upon the skin to enhance a tan without an oily texture. The packaging alone is stunning, with a weighty clear glass bottle and a gold metal lid. Before using the oil, you have to shake the bottle to thoroughly blend the oil before application. When you move the bottle, the golden flecks which are suspended within the oil almost sparkle with the movement of the oil
Some body oils tend to be rather messy, but the bottle has a dropper on the top so when you tip it upside down it drops out onto the skin rather than just pouring out everywhere which I love. The oil contains hazelnut oil which nourishes and softens the skin whilst protecting against dehydration which is ideal for skin that has been exposed to the skin.
Hazelnut oil is also known for its soothing benefits, and provides comfort after sun exposure whilst Vitamin E protects the skin from external aggressions. The oil also contains a blend of fragrant essential oils; mandarin, grapefruit, ylang ylang and tonka bean for a truly tropical scent.
The Clarins After Sun Shimmer Oil can be used in a number of ways.. it can be applied to the face, arms, legs and decolletage to illuminate the skin and enhance a tan. It can also be applied to dry or damp hair for extra nourishment, and for a subtle fragrance. The oil really is lightweight like it claims to be, and feels like a dry oil which massages into the skin easily with little effort. The oil not only leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, it also leaves a subtle gorgeous golden glow that can be built up for a more intense tint should you want to and not to mention its divine scent; it’s like a holiday in a bottle.
Clarins also released two new shades to their existing range of Ombre Shadows in the Clarins Aquatic Treasures collection, which I’m already a massive fan of. The two new shades are in a new finish Ombre Iridescente whereas the other six shades are matte. The two new shades are; Aquatic Rose and Aquatic Grey*, and I have the Aquatic Grey shade.
The Clarins Ombre Iridescente Shadows are £19 each and have a cream to powder formulation which contains a blend of soft-focus pigments for pure colour, and bamboo powder for longevity. The Ombre Matte shadows all have a gold lid, but I really like that the new Ombre Iridescente Shadows have a lid to match the shade of the shadow inside.
Aquatic Grey looks almost like a dark denim blue within the circular pot, but when applied to the lid, it’s a matte brown base with stunning grey shimmer which makes a truly beautiful combination. I love that Clarins have included a more muted pretty pink gold shade for the day, and then this gorgeous smokey grey for evening looks.
The formulation of these shadows are truly lovely.. they’re ever so creamy and smooth, and I’ve found that they’re best applied with a synthetic brush for maximum colour payoff. Aquatic Grey is even more beautiful when applied with a damp brush, as it creates an amazing foiled effect.
As part of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection, Clarins have introduced two limited edition new shades of their already super popular Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base £26.50* in; 04 Apricot and 05 Golden Bronze. The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases help to eliminate imperfections, giving the skin a flawless finish.
It contains the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex to keep the skin protected whilst maintaining luminosity all day long. It also offers hydrating and soothing skin care benefits due to katafray bark extract, whilst the High-Lumitec Complex brightens the complexion and optically corrects imperfections.
I have the shade Golden Bronze which is a matte, shimmer-free bronze shade which is very similar to the new Benefit Dew The Hoola except it’s perhaps a little more bronze in tone. The swatch above is just one generous pump, and as you can see a little goes a long way. It begins as a very dark bronze shade against my skintone, but once thoroughly blended, it adds a gorgeous bronze glow to my skin.
You can use choose to apply this before your makeup as a base, or you can blend it in without foundation should you need a slightly darker shade of foundation during the summer months which is perfect if you’re going on holiday. Alternatively, you could add a little to your moisturiser and create your own custom tinted moisturiser to suit your skintone if you prefer a lighter base during the Summer months.. it really is a versatile product, and I imagine it’ll be the best-seller from the collection.
My last product of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures collection is the Clarins Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil £17* which is one of their existing lines, but very fitting for their Aquatic Treasures theme with its waterproof formula. This is one of the softest eyeliner pencils I’ve ever tried.. It’s incredibly creamy and smooth, with intense pigmentation with very little pressure needed which is ideal for my sensitive eyes.
The pencil has a blending sponge on the opposite end to the pencil, which can be used for smudging and blending the pencil for a more lived in liner look which is what I tend to prefer during the Summer. What I particularly like about the formula of this liner is that even when smudged out, it remains well pigmented and doesn’t blend into nothing like some liners do and it really is waterproof, smudgeproof, budgeproof and tear-proof and will be my eyeliner of choice throughout the Summer.
What do you think of the beautiful Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection?