Clinique’s new fall collection is titled “Play in the Darks” and it’s rich with color. This collection includes new and limited Colour Surge eyeshadow trios (which we love) in gorgeous colors, an assortment of mascaras for all your lash needs, cream eyeliner and best of all, new limited edition Almost Lipstick shades. You can see the entire collection here.
The eyeshadows are just beautiful. The trios include Black Truffle (Limited Edition), Crème Brulée (Limited Edition), Totally Neutral, Blushing Nude, Ebb and Flow and Come Heather. The Ebb and Flow and Come Heather trios are part of the violet family but all of these other trios are right up my alley.. gorgeous wearable shades that you can wear to work and mix to create a great evening look. You can find them all here.
I was most excited about the Almost Lipstick part of this collection. It introduced new shades such as Black Raisin, Black Raspberry and Black Plum. I’ve been wearing Black Plum almost non-stop since I got it. Like many people, since this is a iconic beauty product, I love this product in Black Honey and I was very happy to see new shades in this collection. However, they won’t stick around so stock up on this while you can, that’s what I will be doing.
Given my last experience with Clinique’s eyeshadow, I wouldn’t normally be interested in their eyeshadow but I saw the words “Colour Surge” and remembered how much I like this lipstick.
Clinique’s Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quads come in 6 gorgeous palettes. The one pictured here is Spicy, which is the one I picked up. The quad colors range from nude, tawnie to violet based shades and pictures do not do these shades justice. I tend to reach for matte eyeshadow for everyday wear but the quads in the nude and tawnie ranges would be great as well, the shimmer is not overwelming. I was happy to find that the shadow was well pigmented and blended well, all while leaving a soft shimmer on the eyes. The eyeshadow is soft enough to provide a sheer wash of color and rich enough to really pack on the color for a bolder look, which is fun to do from time to time. This eyeshadow quad certainly meets my eyeshadow criteria. Pigmentation? Check. Texture? Check. Long Lasting? Check.
Let me tell you a little story… I made an appointment at Clinique two weeks ago have my makeup done. I did it all for the samples, I was lured in by the promise of two sample lip glosses and makeup remover. The overall experience was awful. I guess I have just been spoiled by every other counter that has ever applied makeup on me, but what I experienced was just odd.
Do you know how they applied makeup on me? With Q-tips, cotton balls and kleenex. I’m not sure why they couldn’t be bothered to use real brushes and maybe do something wild, like clean them between appointments, but the experience really dissapointed me. I expected to walk away ready for a night out but the execution was horrible. I tried to console myself with my lipstick, that was the only good part of that day. I’ll never forget how that woman took a kleenex and ran it over and over the eyeshadow to get enough product to apply it on me… with a Q-tip.
Until I saw this product, I was beginning to understand why Clinique was known for skincare and not color. This lipstick is fantastic though, I’m starting to wish I had more of them. Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick contains shea butter so it’s very moist and keeps your lips soft. It also delivers an amazing shine. When the “makeup artist” gave me the mirror, I was stunned to see how much shine this lipstick gave me… I didn’t even need gloss on my lips. Of course, actually adding a gloss on top of this lipstick will only make your lips look hotter. If you’re looking for a sheer lipstick with a great shine, this lipstick is definitely worth trying. I picked up “Adore U” that day and went back for “De-Lovely” earlier today… now I’m trying to decide what’s next.