Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette


Clarins1 Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Just look at that! Isn’t it beautiful? Quite recently, I went along to a launch event at Clarins HQ to have a look at their autumn and Christmas offerings which was interesting as Clarins is a brand that I’d not really paid any attention to before. I’m so glad to have been introduced to them though, as I now see what I’ve been missing out on!

This is the Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette*, part of the limited edition Odyssey Christmas collection. It comprises a shimmering light beige shade, satin finish taupe and deep cool brown shades, and a sparkling gold leaf. If the inside isn’t gorgeous enough for you, prepare to fall in love with the packaging! Of course, the outer packaging is the signature red box, and the little velvet pouch that the palette is housed in really makes it feel like a piece of luxury. And that’s before you even clap your eyes on the stunning mirrored gold palette itself, emblazoned with a gorgeous pattern.

Clarins2 Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins3 Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

My only teensy little gripe with the packaging is the inclusion of sponge applicators. It’s something I’ve come to expect in more affordable eyeshadow palettes, but surely if you’re serious enough about makeup to pay this much for some eyeshadows then you’d have proper makeup brushes, right? Overall though I don’t think the applicators cheapen the palette too much. They are much nicer quality than your run-of-the-mill everyday ones admittedly, and I guess some people might like to use them. Takes all sorts to make a world I suppose! ;-)

Clarins4 Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

In terms of formula, they’re fantastic. The beige, taupe and brown shades are so soft, almost silky even, and they apply and blend beautifully. They’re not as strong in pigment as something like Inglot or Illamasqua for example, but somehow I feel that wouldn’t really work. To me, Clarins are synonymous with more subtle, classic makeup, so it fits. That’s not to say they’re lacking in pigment though. The gold leaf shadow is different from the others – when you touch it, it feels almost exactly like a cream, but it’s not. It’s so rich and punchy, and serves to really add some interest to an otherwise very standard neutral look when teamed with the other colours. It can be a little flaky on application though, so watch out for fallout and maybe do your eye makeup before your base. The gold doesn’t blend so nicely as the others, either – owing to its formula I’d say it’s much more suited to little accents to your makeup here and there as opposed to an all-over lid shade.

Clarins5 Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

As a serious lover of gold eye makeup, you’d think that the gold leaf would be my favourite – but I’m going to surprise you and say it’s not! I’m actually pretty enamoured with the taupe, it’s quite an unusual shade of taupe and is unique among my collection (and I have HUNDREDS of eyeshadows). I do really love the gold though – out of all the gold eyeshadows I own this one is really unique in its formula and purpose.

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Here’s a quick EOTD. The picture is awful, I’m sorry – it was quite late when I did this so no natural light, and my scabby lash extensions are still hanging on for dear life, but you get the idea. I used the taupe all over the lid, the light beige on the inner corner, the brown in the crease – pretty standard. I used the gold leaf on the lower lashline (not that you can see it since I’m looking down..), and also to add some subtle sparkle to the eyeliner. I used the Clarins kohl pencil in Extreme Black to line the upper lid, then smudged it out a bit and worked a teeny bit of the gold leaf over the top of it..

Overall, I’m really pleased to own this. Whilst it’s not cheap at £30, it’s not exactly extortionate either. I would definitely recommend it as a payday treat for yourself, or even something to put on your Christmas list (it’s not that far away, you know!). It will be available on counter from October, along with the equally beautiful limited edition Odyssey Face Palette which Lily has reviewed.

Will you be picking up the Odyssey eyeshadow palette? Or begging Santa for it?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10639685984279320297 emmabovary

    I love Clarins makeup, and the look you created with this is a stunner! Those shades are ones I would get a lot of wear out of, which I like.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thank you! Exactly – the colours are all so wearable which is what I think makes the palette well worth its price tag. If they were colours I wouldn’t get much wear out of it, I’d hesitate.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01271841040433859807 Mel Giandzi

    that quad palette is AMAZING!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Isn’t it beautiful? Glad you like it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08691831208138752534 Samantha Marriott

    That’s so beautiful. The gold looks insane!

    caperepulchra.blogspot.com xo

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      It IS insane! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02584269839206450460 Cuti-CLUE-les

    It’s has a gorgeous design. Love the colours too. You’d definitely get your money’s worth out of it

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Exactly! Like I said to Emma above, the wearability (that’s not a word is it?) of the colours makes it so worth it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02392562218868434083 Joy

    That palette has such gorgeous shades! I love the EOTD you did, so pretty :) x

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Leticia – Cosmetics Aficionado

    That quad is so lovely! I haven’t tried anything from Clarins yet, and I don’t know why. I guess I forget about that brand a lot.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07962483272949448313 kesa

    ooo this palette is amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00934472835930202294 DaisyBee

    oo wow the colours in this palette are gorgeous and I love the packaging! I’ve never really looked at the clarins palettes before but this looks lovely x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03404003222213871245 jennie

    Oh my gosh, this palette is absolutely stunning! I agree with the sponge tip applicator thing but for something so pretty I can forgive them that! <3 xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01454510471839313009 Helena

    These colours looks perfect! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03922086508877540875 Per aspera et astra

    Perfect! I want this palette!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09916100256685023244 sleepandwater

    Absolutely gorgeous palette – one on my wishlist for sure :) The gold is stunning, and the rest of the shades are beautiful and super wearable.