Clarins Autumn/Fall 2011: Color Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder

Posted by Lipglossiping On September - 9 - 2011

Clarins have released a radiance powder this Autumn which promises to melt into the skin for a naturally radiant complexion.  For a dry-skinned gal like me, those claims make my heart beat just a little bit faster.

Let’s take a look at their new and limited Color Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder

The theory behind the varying hues in the palette remind me of my Guerlain Meteorites.  My understanding of this colour correction is that the lilac tones should normalize any sallowness while the deeper pink will give a lift/highlight to the complexion.  Those harder working pixels sit on a base combination of beige and peach to create an overall luminous finish.

Isn’t it pretty?  OK, so it’s lacking the WOW! factor that the Guerlain delivers but as a Computer Repair chick in my alternate life, that pixellation speaks to me.

The packaging is as luxe as you would expect from Clarins, the signature pale gold – so shiny that the outside totally works as a mirror.  I should know, I plucked my eyebrows using it because I was both too lazy to find my proper mirror OR actually bother opening the compact to use the ‘proper’ mirror provided.

The Color Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder is firmly textured, I don’t get any product dust when sweeping my brush over the surface.  I’d recommend using a natural hair brush to pick up the powder as you could well be there all day with something that doesn’t grab product so efficiently.

The effect is subtle but noticeable, it seems to soften the effect of my pores but unlike my Guerlain Meteorites, leaves behind no trace of sparkle.  If you’ve always wanted the luminizing, softening effect of the Meteorites but were concerned about the sparkle, this could be the product you’ve been waiting for.  There *is* sparkle in the peach shade (the indented parts of the palette) but this doesn’t seem visible on my skin.

The swatch shows it looking quite pigmented, but it’s not – You’d have great difficulty using this as a blush… which is just as well really, seeing as it, err, isn’t one.

Overall, this is a really strong offering from Clarins and if there is nothing similar in their core product line, it SO shouldn’t be Limited Edition.  I’m flagging this one up as something that should be checked out on counter ASAP – it’s cheaper than the Guerlain, sensitive noses will be pleased to hear that this isn’t highly-scented and will be more forgiving on oilier skins.  It’s a realistic and worthy alternative to the iconic Guerlain Meteorites.

A FOTD showing a sheer/medium coverage foundation with the Clarins face powder dusted ontop (and a bit of a “Tim Nice but Dim” smile).

Clarins Color Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder is regularly priced at £30 and available on counter and online from ClarinsFeelUnique (*cough* £27) and Escentual.com (£24 *chokes*)

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* press sample


18 Responses to “Clarins Autumn/Fall 2011: Color Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder”

  1. Look at you, beautiful lady! Such shades in makeup look amazing on you. Natural and gorgeous!x

  2. Jamilla says:

    Really pretty! Thanks for swatching it – I think it’s too cool for me.

  3. Paris B says:

    You said the magical words – Guerlain Meteorites! And to my horror, we aren’t getting this here, so I guess I’ll have to check out your online recs! 😀

  4. Elsie Barley says:

    It looks really lovely and so do you! I will get down to the beauty counter tomorrow and check this out.

  5. Jo says:

    What a beautiful product.

    What lipstick are you wearing in the pic please? It looks so pretty and natural.

  6. liloo says:

    one of the prettiest blush i’ve ever seen. i want my tetris to look like this 🙂 xx

  7. gio says:

    You look lovely! I’m definitely checking this out!

  8. Geek Faerie says:

    Guess someone at Clarins was playing too much Minesweeper when they created this one. LOL But I have been looking for something that is good for combo/oily skins sans sparkle that is like Guerlaine Meteorites. This might be it.

  9. Cecilia says:

    Aaah so gorgeous! I stare at this product everytime i go to my local beauty counter. Sadly its a bit out of my price range!

  10. NeenaJ says:

    What’s on your eyes? The under eye liner is gorgeous. Spill!

  11. I would honestly consider buying this just to stare at that beautiful pattern.

  12. Helvetica says:

    Hm, do you think this product would work for cool AND warm skin tones? I am a Clarins happy customer and was thinking about buying this, but my skin might be too warm. Cheers!

  13. Janessa says:

    I’ve never seen makeup that looks like pixels before. That is definitely neat.

  14. […] Spring 2012 offering is more warm-toned than their Autumn face palette.  I find it perfectly wearable on my cool-toned skin though, so don’t let that […]

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