The return of late spring and summer heat means that it's around this time that pantyhose are discarded in all but the most ultra-conservative of offices. For an alabaster beauty such as myself, this means that I need to do some work on my legs so that they don't scare small children. For me, this routine is two-part: self-tanner and a daily shimmer product to give a soft glow. I was looking for something to replace the now-discontinued Charlotte Ronson A Summer's Kiss that I've been using on my legs. Clarins is a brand that I haven't explored much, but I've been really impressed by the few products I've tried.
I suspect that Clarins Shimmer Oil ($32/3.3oz) will be one of those love/hate products for most. I'm honestly not sure how well this will work on a darker skintone. Temptalia reviewed this rather poorly last summer, reinforcing my suspicions that my ultra-fair complexion is right in the sweet spot for Clarins Shimmer Oil, and my intentions for the product just right.
That said, I have a major problem with the design and material of the bottle. When I see the lovely 3.3oz glass bottle, I can envision the inevitable catastrophe. Likewise, this is a regular glass bottle with considerable heft. To apply the product, one has to tip the bottle into your hand. That would be easier if the product was thicker- but this is water-like.
That aside, let's talk about what I was looking for and why this product works perfectly for me:
- Adds subtle glow- I'm looking for an enhancement to my skin, not something that screams "I put bronzer on my legs!"
- Not overly glittery- this is primarily for an office environment
- Not very dark- Have I mentioned how pale I am, even with self-tanner?
- Appropriate for the legs- there are plenty of highlighters for the face, but not so many for the legs
It's worth noting that this is a real oil and needs to be shaken. Otherwise, this happens:
You've probably noticed that there are a lot of words and not so many photos in this post. This product is extraordinarily difficult to photograph. It gives a subtle improvement to your skin, but no obvious tint or glitter. This truly makes your skin look better. It softens the glare of harsh office lighting and gives a soft glow. It's perfect for a subtle look, but I wouldn't wear it without self-tanner. This is one of those products I'd throw in with favorites like Guerlain's Meteorites- they just made you look better and put together, but it's hard to point at the product itself.
I purchased my Clarins Shimmer Oil at Nordstrom, but it's also available on the brand's website. It's marked as a LE for Summer 2014. I'll be purchasing a second bottle, but probably will be one of the few.