Review & Swatches: Clarins Odyssey Collection for Holiday 2012, Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in #09 ‘Odyssey’

As part of the holiday collection from Clarins, you’ll find the Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in a new shade configuration, Odyssey. Once you get past the gorgeous motif on the exterior, you’re met by a stunning quad of shades inside; with warm bronze, beige, taupe, and brown mineral-based shadows that can be worn wet or dry.

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Odyssey   

Sometimes I feel like opening a Clarins product, is like opening a present. There’s the pretty red box, followed by the red velveteen case that protects your golden Clarins compact—as if to say; this is your pretty treasure, now enjoy it! But sometimes (for me), it’s hard because it just seems too pretty! Like the bronze/gold-leaf effect the second shadow on the right delivers. It’s just truly stunning!

clarins odyssey eyeshadow quad

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Odyssey

The quality…

There’s a little bit of a stiffness and pigment transparency in the darkest shade (third on the right in the swatches), but the rest feel smooth, have great pigmentation, and are easy to blend in my opinion. Going back to my issues with the brown shade—it is buildable, and does work out for me in the end, it just takes a little work to get there. And while the bronze shade is remarkable, it does wear longer and better when applied wet in my experience. If you’d like to pass on wearing it with a mixing medium, I recommend a fantastic eyeshadow primer; and then pat it on, to your heart’s content. That way you’ll get the intensity you desire.


swatches are done dry — but shades can also applied wet for intensity

Odyssey Eye Look…

Bottom Line…

A pretty palette, with almost all of the shades performing well. One thing I learned, is that I will never underestimate the power of the Instant Definition Mascara! I know I’ve liked it and used it in the past, but I just felt like it made my lashes go BOOM this time!

Price & Availability…

$40, Bloomingdales, and Clarins counters nationwide

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  • Heather ツ

    I’ve never tried anything by Cairns and I know the quality is probably a lot different but this quad looks very much like the Sonia Kashuk Quad in Bronzed Beauty.

  • Carly M

    Ugh… I see this little quad everywhere. I need this in my life! The colors are gorgeous, the packaging is superb… neeeeed.

  • Amber

    Very good call out, Heather!

  • Amber

    The packaging gets me, every time!

  • jpark0718

    Omg what a gorgeous palette. The colors are so useful for everyday looks too. I want!!! :) Must go swatch this soon! Great Post.

  • Amber

    Thanks, Julie!