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Clarins Pretty Night Palette - 2016 Autumn collection

April 21, 2016


This is an interesting post to write. Have you ever really liked a product but at the same time would not recommend it to people? Well, that's my thoughts on the Clarins Pretty Night Palette which has been released as part of their current autumn collection.

Let's start with the basics. This is one of two palettes released - the other is the Pretty Day Palette which contains lighter and more day time wearable shades. Both palettes contain 5 shades each and retail for $68 at David Jones. I was sent this palette for review and did not have to pay $68 for this palette.

I would highly recommend checking this palette out in store if you were even considering getting it because $68 is a lot of money and this palette doesn't give much bang for your buck. As a quick comparison you can get the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette which contains 9 shades for $10 less than this palette, one of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes which contains 16 shades for $10 more than this palette, or any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes which contains 12 shades for $15 more than this palette. When you look at what else is in this price range this palette lacks in a few areas.


My biggest issue with this palette is the packaging. When I think of Clarins I think of beautiful and high quality packaging, but not in this instance. This palette comes in a small brown cardboard palette with an elastic closure (yep, you heard correctly - this reminds me of my old diaries/planners that I used to use in school). It also comes with a good sized and quality mirror (tick) and a double sided sponge tip applicator/small brush. For the price of this palette, I was not impressed by the packaging. I was expecting something sleek, maybe with gold details and a nice magnet closure. If the packaging looked and felt luxurious then I would completely recommend this palette.

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The shades are actually very nice. These are really well suited for a night time looks or deeper autumn looks. You get a smooth pigmented deep nude blending/crease shade, a very nicely pigmented bronze gold (which I love), a nicely pigmented bronze olive shade, a firm matte dark eggplant shade that is lacking pigmentation, and a dark matte blackened brown which is also very firm in texture and not pigmented.

Now if you love all of your eyeshadows to be highly pigmented then you will want to skip this palette as well because the two darker shades are very firm and very sheer. If you are like me and you never reach the deepest and darkest shades in your palettes because they are too intimidating then you will like the texture of these two dark shades. They blend nicely so you can apply them evenly, but you can also build them up to intensify the look. I don't think these will ever build up to the colour that you can see in the pan, but they are definitely a lot more wearable and "safe" for people who are worried about trying deeper shades.


Overall I really like this palette and I will be using it throughout autumn and winter to create various deeper eye look. I can easily get a few different looks using this one palette and I am obsessed with the bronze shades blended out with the first shade. This for me is my perfect beginners smokey eye palette BUT I think for the price the quality of the packaging is just not there and I can see the two dark shades really annoying people who love deep pigmented shades. For those reasons I like using this palette, but I can't recommend it to my readers because there are a lot better palettes out there in the same price range.

Have you looked at this palette or tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Note: this was sent to me as a press sample. My review is based 100% on my own opinion

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the honest review. The underwhelming packaging and limited shade options certainly leave much to be desired for $68, but I do like the shades and the eye look you did with them. I definitely would prefer the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette though!


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