Clarins Colour Definition 3D Radiance Face Powder

by lyn on November 30, 2011 · 22 comments

in Bronzer & Highlighter, Clarins, Limited Edition, Summer

We have seen quite a number of beautiful Fall makeup releases this year and another stunning product of Autumn/Fall 2011 is definitely the gorgeous Clarins 3D Radiance Face Powder. The first time I saw this embossed, pixelated beauty making its rounds on the internet, I knew I had to have it. There’s just something about it that appeals to my inner geek!

clarins 3d powder
clarins 3d powder

The powder comes in Clarins’ typical red box and is housed within a lovely red velvet pouch. The light gold compact is so beautiful to look at but is very prone to finger prints and smudges. I find myself wiping the compact after using it each time. ^_^

The powder consists of pixel motifs with 4 distinct shades; a pale lilac, a candy pink, a neutral beige and a peachy-pink. The theory behind the powder is that the different shades together will help to colour correct, normalise skin sallowness and brighten one’s overall appearance.

clarins 3d powder
* sorry about the swatches… colours couldn’t really show up on camera *

It is surprising that each individual pixel block is actually quite pigmented on its own and when lightly brushed together, it applies as a sheer veil that looks very natural. I see this powder being compared to Guerlain’s Meteorites in various blogs but I’d like to think it’s different. The Meteorites have a tendency to be sparkly and shiny, whereas the Clarins 3D powder is a lot more subtle, which makes it more suitable for folks with oily skin or larger pores.

clarins 3d powder
clarins 3d powder
* wearing Clarins 3D on my cheeks and close-up photo *

In the photo, I had added a touch of Clarins 3D powder on my cheeks and it does help accentuate and highlight my non-existent cheekbones. The texture is quite soft and buttery and yet solid enough that it doesn’t give off that ‘powder dust’ when you swirl your brush in. Clarins recommends to apply a light layer over the face and neck for a long-lasting, velvety smooth finish.

clarins 3d powder

• Beautiful packaging.
• Very unique embossed pixels.
• Buttery texture.
• Softly illuminating (nothing too obvious here).
• Not overly shimmery.

• Limited edition.
• Shiny compact is prone to smudges and scratches.

clarins 3d powder

Sadly, the 3D Radiance Face Powder is another one of those limited edition items that may be hard to find at the moment. I got my compact a few weeks ago from the Clarins counter in Parkson Subang Parade and it was the last one left. It retails at RM145 and has 9g worth of product, and I foresee myself using this for a long time to come.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess November 30, 2011 at 2:44 AM

This is such a cute powder, isn't it? Whenever I look at it, it reminds me of a child's toy for some reason… ;)


huixin November 30, 2011 at 3:08 AM

so pretty! reminds me of meteorites in the compact style :Dand i wanna pinch your cheeks!


rinnah November 30, 2011 at 3:09 AM

I shall wait for this to (hopefully!) reappear on Strawberrynet in the future. Hahah. :P


Rainy Days & Lattes November 30, 2011 at 5:25 AM

This has to be one of the most luxe Clarins products I have ever seen. It's so beautiful!


milktea November 30, 2011 at 5:32 AM

It's beautifully fascinating! But I have an urge to press on some of those pixels with my finger! :-)


Paris B November 30, 2011 at 5:47 AM

Had been eyeing this one for a long time. I'm not sure why I haven't gotten it -__-


BeatriceWang November 30, 2011 at 5:56 AM

looks gorgeous! I'm a sucker for cute packaging as well… ;) shucks, time to have a look around!


Soo November 30, 2011 at 7:18 AM

this compact looks soooo pretty. I really like the 8-bit feel to it too! it looks really flattering on you~


Jamillacamel November 30, 2011 at 9:24 AM

This is soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


lyn November 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

It does look like a Scrabble board ;-)


lyn November 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Oooh, don't pinch my cheeks, they are fat and swollen enough as it is ;-) In theory, it's similar to Meteorites but I do prefer the Clarins powder because it's not as sparkly to me.


lyn November 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Good luck! You'll just never know since you can find a gem or two from previous collections every once a while :-)


lyn November 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Thanks! I'm so glad I managed to get this and have been lovin' it so far :-)


lyn November 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

You'd think it will be like bubble wrap, wouldn't you? Hehehe…


lyn November 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Maybe too many other goodies distracted you *cough* Meteorites Nuit *cough*? It's bound to happen since there's been so many fab releases this Fall.


lyn November 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Thanks, sweetie! Good luck with the hunt ;-)


lyn November 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Thank you! It really is one of the nicest 'illuminating' powders I have and looks very natural in person.


lyn December 1, 2011 at 4:38 PM

@Jamillacamel : Thanks and you're welcome! I am rather in love with this powder but it's a shame that it's limited edition since Clarins doesn't even have anything similar in their permanent offering.


plue suewin December 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM

it's so pretty ever since i saw it in magazines but i don't think i have ever seen them in the counters. got sold off fast eh?


lyn December 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Ya, I don't think they brought in that many and I didn't really see it at most counters. So they were probably snapped up quite quickly. That's the problem with limited editions, you've gotta be fast!


beautyholicsanonymous December 10, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Damn the palette's beautiful! I don't think I could ever use it, which is why gorgeous makeup like this is wasted on me :P


lyn December 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I've now made it a point to just use stuff! Otherwise, I'll have too many things sitting around unused and they will go to waste.


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