What can I say. I have a love hate relationship with Clinique. Just when I think they have turned a corner I find myself right back where I started. Here is my main gripe with Clinique. Their color. Clinique color is waaay to subtle for my taste. That does not mean the Clinique color is in any way poor, dysfunctional, bad or terrible. It just means that I, PERSONALLY, do not like the level of pigmentation or color choices available to purchase from the brand. Since the 1980's I have not purchased ONE clinique eye color product that I enjoyed. Their lip products are exceptional and I will wax poetic about the buttershine formula for lips...but this most recent forray into long wear crease resistant eye shadow...well...let's start at the beginning.
I was on a high from purchasing my Le Metier de Beaute Pink Sith Kaleidoscope and I was near the Clinique counter when checking out. The Clinique Product Specialist in Tysons Corner is Alexandra Tuluceanu. Not only is she very nice, she's also not pushy. If you show an interest in a product she will tell you a bit more about it and by the way she tells you about a product, you feel that you have enough good information to consider purchasing or not. Most of the time I just stick to skin care with Clinique. It was Alexandra that pushed me towards the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum and I am forever grateful for that. I love the stuff. But that day I felt daring and decided to purchase one of the new Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour shadows. Yes. they have 2 different taupe colors (Sassy-Fras and Seventh Heather) But the soft silver shimmer from Salt and Pepper called to me.
Of coruse once I said the words out loud THAT song was in my head.
You know what I'm talking about. And now it is in your head! Please. You KNEW I was gonna go there.
Anyway, I swatched the cream shadow in the store. it looked AMAZING!
Alexandra told me how the metal tip of the product was designed to fit the contours of the eye and also to feel cool upon application. It did. That was the truth. If felt good against my eye, did not tug at my delicate skin and did feel cool to the touch. WIN!! I purchased ASAP.
Once I got home it was a different story. I mean the product still looked the same and felt the same, but in reality controlling the amount of product that comes out from the tube isn't as easy as one would think. Also more product comes out than you need and you end up with a mucky layer of ick.
I went back to Alexandra and she said she has had her best results when applying with a concealer brush. Well heck. I have one of those. Concealer brush to the rescue! Alexandra was spot on. The concealer brush did make for an excellent way to apply this cream shadow. It created a flawless smooth look with out any streaks or patchiness. Of course the product sets quickly so one has to work fast on each lid, but the end result is very nice.
However, there is always a However when it comes to Clinique. The concealer brush application was perfect, but that sort of ends the usefulness of the contoured metal tipped applicator. No?
The color was nice in the semi transparent tube and swatched on my arm very well, but because of the application, I could never get it to that almost tarnished silver look on my lids. No matter how much I tried if I added more cream shadow the product started to streak or pill or just get mucky.
Worse yet the product DID crease after only a few hours. I chalked it up to oily lids and applied it the next day with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer. No luck. Still creased on me. Now I will say that I have YET to find ANY cream shadow that does not crease on me (after some amount of time) when I wear it alone (i.e. no powder shadow on top) but this one by Clinique seemed to crease the fastest. The shadow felt absolutely light on my lids. It was like I wasn't wearing any shadow, but well before 8 hours that shadow was a mere ghost of itself and i was left with nothing on my lids. FAIL.
Do you NEED this? I suppose if you have better luck with cream shadow than I do, sure spend the $19.50 USD and get one...but honestly I will NOT be getting any other colors...even to use as a base because it's just not worth it. I have better cream shadows that, while they crease, last a heck of a lot longer on my lids and have an easier application. Not to mention the sheerness of the color...it's just not my thing. I want something with more Umph. That's just me. There is always a time & place for more subtle color and Clinique is wonderful at "Subtle". Sadly I'm about as subtle as a brick through a glass window, so I'm gonna pass.