Clarins Brown Sugar Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

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Brown Sugar (04)

Clarins Brown Sugar (04) 4-Color Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.1 oz.) includes two more shimmery shades, one satin shade, and one matte shade. They had medium to opaque color coverage, were fairly easy to apply and blend out, and lasted around eight hours. The brand claimed that their eyeshadows would last for 12 hours, though, which I could only achieve with primer underneath.

Ingredients

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Brown Sugar #1

Brown Sugar #1 is a light, golden orange with warm, gold shimmer throughout. The texture was slightly drier with a firmer press, so when I dislodged product, it came away in larger chunks. It applied better with a dampened brush, which helped to smooth the product together for a more even application as dry application resulted in fallout. It had medium coverage that stayed on decently for seven hours.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • ColourPop El Rey (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • Smashbox Lights (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Oracle (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Surface of the Sun (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Anastasia D5 (Norvina Vol. 3) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • theBalm Faithful (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Viseart Prosecco (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” and be “crease-proof” for 12 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while a few shades–often those with more shimmer–tended to be sheerer compared to the more matte shades.

The consistency felt almost cream-to-powder, as the formula felt more emollient and velvety to the touch without being powdery, which made most of the textures firmer compared to a lot of other formulas on the market. For the most part, this translated to application that didn’t have any fallout and was blendable, but it sometimes required using a slightly heavier-handed approach to pick up product evenly or to get fuller coverage (if desired).

They did not last 12 hours on me, though, which is on the upper end of wear time I’ve gotten out of any powder eyeshadow. Most of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours with a few being shorter-wearing than that range.

Browse all of our Clarins Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

TALC. SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE. CI 77499/IRON OXIDES. CI 77491/IRON OXIDES. CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET. CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE. CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE. CI 77492/IRON OXIDES. DIMETHICONE. ZINC STEARATE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. PENTYLENE GLYCOL. BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA STEM EXTRACT. SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE. DIISOSTEARYL MALATE. OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [STM3808A/04]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Brown Sugar #2

Brown Sugar #2 is a soft, light-medium copper with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, denser consistency that felt slightly firmer to the touch, though it wasn’t powdery and had good adhesion on my skin. The eyeshadow blended out with little effort and lasted nicely for eight hours before fading.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • NARS Pulsing (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Devinah Cosmetics Oracle (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Dior Terra #3 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Candlelight (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Becca Champagne Toast (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” and be “crease-proof” for 12 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while a few shades–often those with more shimmer–tended to be sheerer compared to the more matte shades.

The consistency felt almost cream-to-powder, as the formula felt more emollient and velvety to the touch without being powdery, which made most of the textures firmer compared to a lot of other formulas on the market. For the most part, this translated to application that didn’t have any fallout and was blendable, but it sometimes required using a slightly heavier-handed approach to pick up product evenly or to get fuller coverage (if desired).

They did not last 12 hours on me, though, which is on the upper end of wear time I’ve gotten out of any powder eyeshadow. Most of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours with a few being shorter-wearing than that range.

Browse all of our Clarins Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

TALC. SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE. CI 77499/IRON OXIDES. CI 77491/IRON OXIDES. CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET. CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE. CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE. CI 77492/IRON OXIDES. DIMETHICONE. ZINC STEARATE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. PENTYLENE GLYCOL. BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA STEM EXTRACT. SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE. DIISOSTEARYL MALATE. OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [STM3808A/04]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Brown Sugar #3

Brown Sugar #3 is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, soft, and velvety without being too firmly nor too softly-pressed into the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Chocolate Martini (PiP, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty White Suede #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Visionaire #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • NARS Beaumaris (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Dior Shimmer Brown (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Chanel Les Indispensables #7 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Dior Ruby #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Hot Bod (PiP, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Kaja Brown Sugar (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” and be “crease-proof” for 12 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while a few shades–often those with more shimmer–tended to be sheerer compared to the more matte shades.

The consistency felt almost cream-to-powder, as the formula felt more emollient and velvety to the touch without being powdery, which made most of the textures firmer compared to a lot of other formulas on the market. For the most part, this translated to application that didn’t have any fallout and was blendable, but it sometimes required using a slightly heavier-handed approach to pick up product evenly or to get fuller coverage (if desired).

They did not last 12 hours on me, though, which is on the upper end of wear time I’ve gotten out of any powder eyeshadow. Most of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours with a few being shorter-wearing than that range.

Browse all of our Clarins Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

TALC. SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE. CI 77499/IRON OXIDES. CI 77491/IRON OXIDES. CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET. CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE. CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE. CI 77492/IRON OXIDES. DIMETHICONE. ZINC STEARATE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. PENTYLENE GLYCOL. BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA STEM EXTRACT. SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE. DIISOSTEARYL MALATE. OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [STM3808A/04]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Brown Sugar #4

Brown Sugar #4 is a light brown with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan but had good adhesion on my skin. It applied evenly and blended out well along the edges. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • NYX Underneath It All (P, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Bel Air (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Lethal Cosmetics Hollow (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Cream Puff (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Dior Golden Day #4 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Illusion (PiP, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Stay Sharp (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Smashbox Feature (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” and be “crease-proof” for 12 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while a few shades–often those with more shimmer–tended to be sheerer compared to the more matte shades.

The consistency felt almost cream-to-powder, as the formula felt more emollient and velvety to the touch without being powdery, which made most of the textures firmer compared to a lot of other formulas on the market. For the most part, this translated to application that didn’t have any fallout and was blendable, but it sometimes required using a slightly heavier-handed approach to pick up product evenly or to get fuller coverage (if desired).

They did not last 12 hours on me, though, which is on the upper end of wear time I’ve gotten out of any powder eyeshadow. Most of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours with a few being shorter-wearing than that range.

Browse all of our Clarins Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

TALC. SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE. CI 77499/IRON OXIDES. CI 77491/IRON OXIDES. CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET. CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE. CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE. CI 77492/IRON OXIDES. DIMETHICONE. ZINC STEARATE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. PENTYLENE GLYCOL. BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA STEM EXTRACT. SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE. DIISOSTEARYL MALATE. OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [STM3808A/04]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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