Sunday, 13 December 2009

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo

RRP: £18
# of shades available: 11

--What does the promo say?--
"Creamy, intense colour in one stroke. Surprisingly lightweight. Ophthalmologist tested for even the most sensitive eyes. Blendable duos bring day/dusk/evening drama. The end of the quiet eye."

All very pleasing: the silver case, with embossed Clinique logo, is not too heavy and as well as featuring multiple application options, also comes with a plastic tray for protecting the shadows and mixing colours, in addition to a small mirror.

The Clinique website counsels as follows: "Apply lighter shade to eyelids, from lash line to brow bone. Use deeper shade in crease, as liner, or all over lids. Blend up and outward to desired intensity level. Clean applicator frequently for smoothest application, coverage. Remove with your favourite Clinique Makeup Remover." No problems here: the shadows are certainly blendable and the colours in the duo are well matched (I have the Blackberry Frost version).

--Texture and consistency--
As previously mentioned, there are no problems blending, and in the box at least, the shadows seem fairly durable (do not crumble or break easily, for example).

All is as promised in the brief: the shades are easy to build up in order to create a subtle daytime look or a more intense night-time one. There are also colours in the range to suit about everyone while still looking natural, with peaches, pinks, browns and purples available just for starters, to create a sophisticated look for every need.

This, for me, was the big downside with this product. Despite the lovely looks you are able to create, despite the compliant consistency and despite the convenient box, by lunchtime this creases and needs completely redoing, even with the use of a primer underneath. This may just be due to the oily tendency of my skin, but nevertheless, it was a disappointment in this regard.

--Value for money--
The little time that this lasts on your eyes completely blows the credibility of the £18 price tag, which is a shame, since the rest of the product stands up well and fulfils its brief. My experience of this eyeshadow coincides with my experience of Clinique products so far: while skin and body care products are generally excellent, the makeup products are usually promising but with some fatal flaw. Happily, this hasn't put me off other Clinique products yet, but nevertheless, in this case, for this price, I'd recommend eyeshadows by MAC or Guerlain instead.

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