Curator's Corner, 11/24/2012
MM Musings, Vol. 6: Going mobile

Fit for a goddess: A holiday odyssey with Clarins

Clarins really upped their game this season in terms of packaging.  This beautiful highlighting powder, from their Odyssey collection, is presented in a gold case with delicate, engraved details.

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The powder inside features the same design.  I'm amazed at the level of intricacy.

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With flash:

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The collection contains several other pieces with the same motif, including this deluxe makeup palette:

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(image from salonskincare.co.uk)

And this eye shadow quad:

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I did a little digging about the inspiration behind the collection.  As the name and Grecian garb-clad model would suggest, ancient Greece played a part in the development of the design.

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(images from facebook.com)  

Apparently the motif is the "original Odyssey emblem of ancient Greece".  I searched high and low but couldn't find any information on this symbol, or even anything that suggested it actually existed.  I will say, however, that the lavish gold and elaborate pattern is certainly reminiscent of ancient Greek jewelry.  Take a gander at this necklace and earrings, all from about 300 B.C.:

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(images from metmuseum.org)

In that sense, Clarins captured the more extravagant, opulent side of ancient Greek culture.  While I would have liked to see a more concrete explanation for the motif, it's not as vague as some previous Clarins collections.  And the level of detail is on par with more high-end brands, so all in all I'm pleased with this.

Did you/will you be partaking in the Odyssey collection?

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