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In the beauty industry we start talking about Christmas in July... it's madness! But this year I didn't want to wish my year away so quickly so I've held out for long enough and I'm now ready (and excited) to let the Christmas cheer seep in.
One thing the beauty world does so well at Christmas is eyeshadow palettes and the first one to make my beauty addict ears perk up is the Clarins 'The Essentials' mineral eye make-up palette.
Bulky and slightly disappointing packaging aside, this palette has some beautiful shades inside. There are 10 eyeshadows ranging from a smokey Winter grey to a vibrant gold flake. There are mattes, satins and pearls that can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you want them to look.
The middle four shades are my favourite and despite being initially weary of the gold, I absolutely love it! You can use your finger to lightly press it on the lids and it leaves a subtle but pretty twinkle.
At £35 this is a seriously strong competitor to the Naked palette and I think this Christmas, this is going to be the one I reach for most.