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  • Clinique All About Shadow Quad
    10.0

    Clinique All About Shadow Quad

    Holy Smokes . . . Or Not!

    I have very fair skin, and it's very easy for eyeshadow to look too dark on my skin. In 2009, Clinique did a Limited Edition run of Fresh Bloom All Over Color in Bamboo Pink. I had used many shades/brand of eyeshadows since I was a teen, usually from drugstores (ie: Covergirl, Revlon, Almay, etc.) or Sephora/online (ie: Benefit, Sephora, etc.), but most of the time, the colors I purchased were "fun" looks -- blues, grays, and other "loud" shades! When it came to natural eye looks, I've only been happy with Clinique's choices. I found other brands' natural tones to appear sallow or harsh against my skin, they felt greasy, the color pigments didn't last all day and needed reapplication, and the shades would creep into my barely-there eyelid lines (even at age 16 . . .!) that I didn't want defined! While growing up (I'm now 32), I've only found well-made, natural shades from Clinique that I thought were really pretty, applied easily, etc. Whether nudes, taupes, or lavendars, they all were wonderful against my skin! When the 2009 Limited Edition Bamboo Pink line arrived, Clinique included a color Surge Eyeshadow Quad in Pink Chocolate -- it included the Bamboo Pink tone, a chocolate brown, a white-ish highlighter shade, and a very light pink. At first glance, the palate seemed like the shades would be on the dark side for my skin tone, but I fortunately took the risk and ordered it. When I tried it on, I realized how versatile these shadows are! They go on very sheer, even the two dark-looking shades, and you can build the color to your liking! Most eyeshadows brand can only look very light or extremely pigmented, so I appreciate being able to buy one product and get multiple looks! The Quad has allowed me to create stunning, barely-there day looks to exciting, highly-pigmented smoky eye looks for going out at night -- and virtually anything in between! There's also tons of room for variations and mix-and -matching: sometimes I just want to use a couple of colors, other times I use all four simultaneously; sometimes I put the dark colors on my lids and the light on the brow, and other times I switch it up and reverse the look! Aside from looking great, the shadows glide on easily (even with the included travel sponge "brush" applicator that beauty consultants beg women to throw out), feel silky, doesn't require primer to stay out of eyelid creases, and stays put all day and night until you take it off! A few times, I fell asleep before taking off my eye makeup, and my color looked amazingly fresh the following morning! Here's the problem: Although Clinique still produces the Color Surge Eyeshadow Quad in other shades, they unfortunately have not brought Bamboo Pink back to life since its one-month run in June of 2009. I find it odd since this collection (it was blush, lipstick/gloss, eyeshadows, etc. in Bamboo Pink) flew off the shelves AND fashion critiques raved that Bamboo Pink was the most amazing shade since it pulled off the rare feat of complimenting all skin tones, from super-fair to extremely-dark! The only way to score this eyeshadow quad (and most of the other items in the collection) these days is by paying jacked-up prices for it through eBay and other sites that sell discontinued makeup lines. It's not likely you'll find them -- my hunts have become exceedingly harder, and as of last week, I couldn't even find the eyeshadows . . . or, rather, I found one seller in China who wanted $85 for the Quad (not including shipping) . . . and I just couldn't bare spending a small fortune for it. :-( Bottom Line: I highly recommend this product! You aren't likely to find the Chocolate Pink shade, but Clinique currently produces several other flattering Quad shadows. No matter your skin tone, they will all work since the color is buildable. There isn't a gigantic variety in quad shades (as compared with Clinique's other shadow lines) - but if you don't see what you want in the Quads, check the Trio, Duo, and Single Color Surge shades -- you can always buy separate compacts to mix and match@ Happy smoking . . . or not . . . and I mean smoking your eyes, not the puffing kind! ;-p

    June 4, 2013

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  • Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour
    10.0

    Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour

    Most Flattering Blush EVER!!

    I have very fair skin, and it's very easy for blush to look too dark on my skin. In 2009, Clinique did a Limited Edition run of Fresh Bloom All Over Color in Bamboo Pink. I had used another shade of Clinuque's blush since my teenage years and liked it, but I was thrilled to have tried this blush palate! What makes Fresh Bloom unique is the various complimentary shades in one compact. This is an incredible idea, after all, cheeks' flushed appearance take on multidimensional hues. Rather than separating the shades into their own sections, they all are in the same pot, appearing as a beautiful floral design! Clinique clearly created this artistic element for a functional reason: the floral design enables me to effortlessly blend the shades together with my brush, resulting in the most natural looking, ever-so-slight hint of rosy cheeks! In cases where other brands have mixed blush shades into one compact, they: 1) separated the shades, making them impossible to blend, 2) included the hues into a single palate, allowing for easy color blending, BUT arranged the colors in a uniform pattern (ie: alternating in rows of teeny, uniform squares) that didn't allow for natural color saturation on the brush, leading to poor application on the cheeks, or 3) Did the same as #1 and #2, but added insult to injury by pairing REALLY horrible shades together that are not natural looking or complementary of each other. Clinique truly put great thought into the hue-pairings and ensuring that their Bloom design would result in flawless looking cheeks! Here's the problem: Although Clinique still makes Fresh Bloom blush in other shades, they unfortunately have not brought Bamboo Pink back to life since its one-month run in June of 2009. I find it odd since this collection (it was blush, lipstick/gloss, eyeshadows, etc. in Bamboo Pink) flew off the shelves AND fashion critiques raved that Bamboo Pink was the most amazing shade since it pulled off the rare feat of complimenting all skin tones, from super-fair to extremely-dark! The only way to score this blush (and most of the other items in the collection) these days is by paying jacked-up prices for it through eBay and other sites that sell discontinued makeup lines. It's not likely you'll find them -- my hunts have become exceedingly harder, and most recently< I couldn't even find the eyeshadows! Bottom Line: I highly recommend this product! You aren't likely to find the Bamboo Pink shade, but Clinique currently produces several other flattering Fresh Bloom blushes. So long as you aren't really light-skinned, you'll probably find a shade that works for you and will result in equally stunning results. If you are light-skinned, I would suggest going to a Clinique counter to have a consultant test the current Fresh Bloom colors on your face to be sure they don't look too dark or off base. It's not that you won't find a great color, but it would be much harder to figure it out if you're shopping online. Trying the colors on your face while factoring in your undertones, hair/eye color, etc. in the mirror will help you nail the best option for you! Happy blushing! I sure am . . . until I run out of Bamboo Pink options, lol! ;-p

    June 4, 2013

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