Fit for a goddess: A holiday odyssey with Clarins
November 27, 2012
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.
The powder inside features the same design. I'm amazed at the level of intricacy.
The collection contains several other pieces with the same motif, including this deluxe makeup palette:
(image from salonskincare.co.uk)
And this eye shadow quad:
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.
(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.:
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?