Tracking the collection down, however, was actually somewhat challenging. At Nordstrom and Dillards, when I asked, “do you have Clarins’ holiday collection?” they responded, “do you mean the sets?” I finally found Palazzo d’Oro at Macy’s ï¿½ but there are no testers. If you want to try, you must buy. (Perhaps this is not the case in other places; different areas might also find them in different retailers.)
The collection contains an eye palette (four shadows and a cream liner, $66). The top two shades are both shimmery: pale pink and melon-gold. The bottom two are satin warm purple-grey and matte brown with a few tiny gold sparkles. The cream liner is very dark brown and swatched beautifully.
The “face compact” is a highlighter ($57), and should you choose to buy it, your first task will be to scrape off the layer of insane gold overspray (I used a triangle sponge). Once that’s gone, you’ll be left with a delicate, finely milled gold highlight which is actually very pretty.
Both compacts are ridiculously heavy.
There are two more holiday items, each $23.50. There’s a mascara with shimmer (which I did not try), and a Joli Rouge lipstick. The lipstick is really a topcoat ï¿½ you could wear it alone for a subtle, festive, lipgloss-like shine on your bottom lip (but it looks weird on the top lip). It smells like Juicy Fruit gum, and the gold sparkles feel a bit grainy. The effect is pretty, though, and feels worth it for a special occasion. Now to get myself invited to a suitable holiday gala.