Saturday, January 4, 2014

Clinique All About Shadow Quad: Review & Swatches

I'm a huge fan of gifts with purchase, as I'm sure you all are, and Clinique is one of the brands that have the most value with their gifts with purchases. This All About Shadow Quad is one of those gifts with purchase, but the shades are part of the permanent collection and available as single shadows.

To continue reading the review and see swatches, click the link below.

I had two color choices for my gift with purchase, but the purple shades in this collection was calling my name. The included shades (and finish) are Angel Eyes (Super Shimmer), Lavender Out Loud (Soft Shimmer), Purple Pumps (Stay Matte), and Graphite (Super Shimmer). It also comes with a duo-ended applicator. A sponge tip on one end and a scratchy brush on the other.

These shadows all feel soft and buttery to the touch, but aren't chalky/powdery. The shimmery shades apply easier than the matte shades, but that's nothing knew. Angel Eyes is a frosty pale lilac, applies very easily. Lavender Out Loud is a lavender pearl with pink-ish purple shimmer that makes it almost a duochrome. This applies easily on the lids as well. Purple Pumps is a little harder to work with since it's matte, but with primer underneath blends well. This is a mid-tone bluish purple. Graphite is a slate grey shimmer with a hint of purple undertone. This doesn't apply as well as the other two shimmer shades, but still works well.


Hand swatches below without primer. In general, the lighter shimmery shades apply better than the darker shades.

Angel Eyes, Lavender Out Loud, Purple Pumps, Graphite

Angel Eyes, Lavender Out Loud, Purple Pumps, Graphite

Eye look using Angel Eyes in the inner corner, Lavender Out Loud on the lid, Purple Pumps on the outer "V", and Graphite as the crease color.

Bottom Line: As a whole I actually really liked this quad. The shades are beautiful and all work together to make my brown eyes pop. I often find many brands have problems making purple shades, but Clinique did a solid job. As singles, I would get Angel Eyes and Lavender Out Loud.

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