Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the gorgeous Hotel de Bret on High St in Auckland to meet with the Clarins International Make-up Artist, Claude Defrense to find out about the Clarins Neo Pastels Spring Make-up collection.

Clarins Neo Pastels Spring Make-up collection launch

Clarins Neo Pastels Spring Make-up collection launch

First up just a wee aside about Hotel de Bret, if you’re ever in Auckland pop in for a cocktail, because it is gorgeous! But, now onto the really good stuff – the make-up!

Clarins International Make-up artist Claude Defrense demonstrating how to use the new Clarins Neo Pastels makeup range

Clarins International Make-up artist Claude Defrense demonstrating how to use the new Clarins Neo Pastels makeup range

The ridiculously charming and of course hugely knoweledgable about all things Clarins, Claude demonstrated on the model in the pic above the how to get the best from your make-up, using Clarins favourites (including the  gorgeous Clarins Skin Illusion foundation) and the new Neo Pastels make-up range.

The Clarins Neo Pastels Spring make-up collection is a beautiful collection of pale pastel colours highlighted with richer, bolder complimentary colours. The star performer in my eyes is this beautiful palette: The Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour & Liner Palette:

Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour and Liner palette and pouch

Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour and Liner palette and pouch

First up I’ve included a pic of the palette as it’s closed because it really  is just so lovely! A beautifully luxurious slim gold compact in a red velvetty pouch – aaaah so pretty.

Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour and Liner palette

Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour and Liner palette

And this is the palette open – you can see the beautiful eye shadow colours in there and check out the humungous mirror! Perfect!

Clarins Neo Pastels eyeshadow swatches

Clarins Neo Pastels eyeshadow swatches

The first set of eyeshadow swatches are from the top line of the palette – these three colours are all highlight colours, pale pearlescent gold, peach and lavendar.

Clarins Neo Pastels eyeshadow and eye-liner palette swatches

Clarins Neo Pastels eyeshadow and eye-liner palette swatches

The next three eyeshadow colours are more deeply pigmented – a rich warm brown, a warm peach and a dark purple. All of the shadows can be applied dry or with a moistened applicator, which will give deeper colour. The swatches are all dry. The last wee swatch is the gel eyeliner from the palette – a soft creamy black gel liner.

Now I know the Clarins Neo Pastels makeup palette looks in the pics like a very pretty pastel palette (which it is), but one of the Clarins ladies at the launch was wearing an absolutely gorgeous bright purple eye, that she had created using the dark purple shadow in the palette, blending with the the black liner from the palette – absolutely stunning!

The Clarins Neo Pastels Eye colour and liner palette isn’t cheap, it costs $89 in NZ but to be honest with you I actually think it’s worth it – it’s six gorgeous really wearable eyeshadows and a perfect black gel liner all housed in a totally beautiful gold compact.

You can buy the Clarins Neo Pastels palette online now at feelunique.com for £27 (free international shipping, so cheaper than if you buy it in NZ) but it will also be out in New Zealand from the 1st August.

Clarins Neo Pastels Spring makeup collection

Clarins Neo Pastels Spring makeup collection

The The Clarins Neo Pastels Eye Colour & Liner Palette is only one part of this lovely pastel spring collection. I have some of the other bits to show you as well, which I will do asap! In the mean time above is a Clarins promo pic of the Neo Pastels collection to give you a little teaser of what else I have to show you – ooooh gorgeous!

Clarins Makeup table

Clarins Makeup table

Last of all I had to pop up this pic of the portable Clarins make-up table that Claude was using, purely because I want one! How fabulous does that look?!