Clinique Black Tie Violets Collection: Swatch Me, I’m Falling!

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‘Twas the night before Saturday, when all through the house
Not a beauty addict was stirring, not even a mouse.

Makeup brushes were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Violet soon would be there.

Behold the real fruits of my Friday night labor! I went all swatch crazy with Clinique’s new Black Tie Violets collection, whee!


Here’s a quick look at seven of the 11 pieces from the collection (a limited edition holiday release).

Let me know if anything pops out at ya. 🙂

clinique black tie violets collection all
Clockwise from bottom: Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Bloomberry, High Impact Lip Color in Extreme Pink, Different Lipstick in Different Grape, Shimmering Stripes Powder Blushes in Tuxedo Plums, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Tie Violets, Brush-On Cream Liner in Violet Luxe and Defining Liner for Lips in Pomegranate

Clinique Black Tie Violets colour surge eye shadow quad
Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Tie Violets, $25

Clinique Black Tie Violets shimmering strips tuxedo plums
Shimmering Stripes Powder Blushes in Tuxedo Plums, $30

Clinique Black Tie Violets violet luxe
Brush-On Cream Liner in Violet Luxe, $15

Clinique Black Tie Violets extreme pink
High Impact Lip Color in Extreme Pink, $14

Clinique Black Tie Violets a different grape
Different Lipstick in Different Grape, $14

Clinique Black Tie Violets bloomberry
Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Bloomberry, $18


Clinique Black Tie Violets bloomberry lip gloss lips
Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Bloomberry

Clinique Black Tie Violets different-grape lips
Different Lipstick in Different Grape

Clinique Black Tie Violets extreme-pink lips
High Impact Lip Color in Extreme Pink

Clinique Black Tie Violets lip-swatches
Swatches from left to right: Defining Liner for Lips in Pomegranate, Different Lipstick in Different Grape, High Impact Lip Color in Extreme Pink, Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Bloomberry

Clinique Black Tie Violets swatches-eye
Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad in Black Tie Violets

Clinique Black Tie Violets swatches-shimmer-strips
From left to right: first four swatches, individual Shimmering Stripes Powder Blushes in Tuxedo Plums; fifth swatch, all the stripes from Tuxedo Plums mixed together

Clinique Black Tie Violets swatches-shimmer-strips-liner
From left to right: Tuxedo Plums (stripes mixed together), Brush-On Cream LIner in Violet Luxe

Clinique Black Tie Violets swatches-all

Seriously, I must have walked through a temporal rift today. Time buzzed by in the morning but slowed way down tonight.


I have tons of energy right now, too. It’s weird. It doesn’t feel late at all. I’m thinking about renting a movie on iTunes and watching it on my computer in the dark.

Did you do anything fun and actually out of the house tonight, LOL? Can I live vicariously through you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Tabs got a clean bill of health today when the vet called with his blood test results, but the doctor did say he wanted Tabs not to party so hard. Tabs just rolled his eyes and went back to texting on his iPhone… Rotten cat. 🙂


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  1. Maggie says:

    So much is calling me from this collection!

    1. The BLUSH–looks amazing!!!
    2. The Cream Liner–purple! I don’t have a purple cream liner yet, it looks great. Wonder how the staying power is like?
    3. Both of the lipsticks–they look really good on you!
    4. The lipgloss/plumper–it looks really good in the tube. Fingers crossed it’s pigmented enough for my lips! (Though it looks quite sheer on yours.)

    The eyeshadow palette looks a little blah, the colors look the same as a previous palette I’ve seen from them. (I think)
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Get glowy with The Body Shop’s Eye Trio in Sundown Glow! (A Review) =-.

  2. Patti says:

    I think I like the blush the best. The cream liner and the grape lipstick looks pretty nice too

  3. Sheila says:

    That eyeliner looks really pretty! Wow, this year there seems to be TONS of purples for both fall and winter collections. But I love it =)
    .-= Sheila’s last blog post… Let do Swaps! =-.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I believe this is the first collection I’ve seen in a while where I absolutely love everything! Especially the cream liner – I’ve been looking for one like it for a long time. The quad looks gorgeous too, although that might be because I’m in love with all things purple 😛
    I work every Friday, boo! But I saw the movie 2012 at midnight last night, and despite the fact that it was terrible I still had a lot of fun roaming the streets of Boston with my friends at 3 in the morning 😀
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Smashbox Eye Wish Palette swatches & looks =-.

  5. Scifi says:

    It is Friday the 13th. Maybe Jason Voorhees will want to watch that movie with you. 🙂

    That eyeshadow is calling my name. The blush, not so much.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Ooh, that cream liner looks cool. I want me one of those.

    I didn’t do anything exciting tonight (nor am I planning to). I went out to dinner with my mom and grandmother earlier, but I think I’d have preferred to stay home, as it was chilly out!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      It’s starting to get cold here, too. Now when I go out I need to wear my heavy coat… yup, winter’s just around the corner.

      How’s your weekend going so far?

  7. Ruth says:

    What a gorgeous collection.

  8. Marisol says:

    The olour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and the Different Grape lippie are gorgeous! Oh my! Looks like you had fun swatching these goodies.

    I have been doing laundry, drinking some vino and catching up to some of my light reading i.e. Glamour & InStyle.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Wish they could all be 4 day work weeks =-.

  9. BeckBeck says:

    That is… purpletastic! I think it’s a cool collection but I could not imagine wearing all of it together. Maybe it’s just my love of nudes talking.

    I had a big beauty day. Sephora, MAC and Lancome counters at Macy’s, and (ever notice when you go to Sephora looking for a couple particular things you always forget one?) The MUA at MAC wiped my tentative neutral eye (Femme Fi + Warming Trend + a teeny bit of Espresso) right off and had me rocking Mythology and Sketch eyeshadows… and now I’m seriously doubting my ability to recreate the look. I plan to give it a shot tomorrow!

  10. Kate & Zena says:

    :salivating on keyboard: Must. Have. Eyeliner. GIVE IT TO ME!!! :smacks into computer screen: Ow. Ow. Ow. :scratches at computer screen madly: Gimme, gimme, gimme.

  11. Rae says:

    I don’t say this often, but I think this is actually a collection in which EVERYTHING looks appealing to me! The lippies all look nice and wearable, and violet is my favourite colour 😛 I’ll have to keep an eye out for these — especially that cream liner. Oh my GOD, right?

    I’m glad Tabs is still fit as a fiddle 🙂 Though, it sounds like someone needs to get some restrictions on his iPhone plan *raises brows*
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Cuteness to get excited over =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rae,

      A Different Grape would look really pretty on you. I wore it last night and found out it has really good staying power. Yay for not having to reapply often!

      How’s your weekend going? Doing anything fun?

  12. Citrine says:

    I like the eyeliner and the second shade from the quad.

  13. blovetbeauty says:

    the plum liner looks rich and oh so lovely
    .-= blovetbeauty’s last blog post… Canmake Nudy Glow & Mascaras Scans =-.

  14. amy says:

    I love purples and I can’t get enough of them, but the black tie violets’ purples remind me of my Dior Night Butterfly quint. I might pick up the violet luxe cream liner though. The shimmering stripes Tuxedo Plums blush looks lovely too. The packing looks has an Easter vibe to me.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Neutral Eyes and Matte Pink Lips: MAC Buckwheat Eyeshadow for Eyes and Medusa’s Makeup Mineral Eye Dust Jail Bait on Lips =-.

  15. Ashley says:

    No more shopping or splurging on cosmetics for a YEAR for me! My mom just came home from Hong Kong with all the make-up I’ve been obsessing over for months now… The bill was… let’s not talk about that 🙁
    If I could get ONE thing, just one – it would be the Brush-On Cream Liner in Violet Luxe! Santa?! Do you see this?
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post… A November To Remember =-.

  16. lauren says:

    I saw the promo photos for this collection and thought the model looked crappy and dated, but your photos (especially that first one) really sucked me in! maybe it’s just your photography skills I find delicious because I can’t stop looking at these pictures. forget eye candy this collection is like eye-crack! lol
    .-= lauren’s last blog post… Twins: NYC M(AC)arbleyes =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lauren,

      This collection is actually really gorgeous in person. Clinique’s been putting out some good ones lately. Did you see Bamboo Pink a few months ago? LOVED THAT!

  17. Solé says:

    I’m really digging that eyeshadow palette! I love plums and purples. Can never seem to have enough of them.

    Yay for a clean bill of health for Tabs!

    So is “swatch me I’m falling” a play on words on an obscure freestyle song from the 80s by a little known recording artist named Connie? I’m thinking that it may be. Sometimes I wonder if the rest of the world even knew about freestyle or did that entire genre exist solely for the listening pleasure of Northern Cali?

  18. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! This collection looks fantastic, what else can I want beside purples and different shades of pinks (I love them all). My favorites: the eyeshadow quad and the Different lipstick in Grape, yeah can you actually believe that I don’t like only lipglosses?:))
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Preview on the MAC 2010 Spring Collections – New info, prices and launching dates =-.

  19. Marina says:

    I like the Cream Liner.
    Ha-ha about Tabs.So did you watch anything interesting?
    I am packing my things to leave for a week (for work) and when I come back I will plan my vacation. Oh, just can’t wait!!!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Time For Questions & Answers with a Make Up Artist =-.

  20. Joods says:

    What’s that I hear? Could it be the Creme liner in “Violet Luxe” calling my name?! Yah…ohhhhhh yah! 🙂
    My she-devil kitty, Lola, says “hey” to Tabs.
    She thinks he’s fine.
    Have a great day!

  21. Marilyn says:

    I’m not usually into purple/violet, but I’m drooling over almost the entire Black Tie Violets collection! I’m a little disappointed that the Bloomberry gloss didn’t swatch as pigmented as it looks in the tube, but I’m really liking the grape lipstick, the cream eyeliner, and the eyeshadow quad…
    .-= Marilyn’s last blog post… Tomorrow is World Run Day (Nov. 9th 2009) =-.

  22. Kate & Zena says:


    Why, yes, I do. It’s stunning.

  23. Bonnie says:

    Hi Karen,

    My weekend’s going fine so far! I’m just hanging out at home today. My aunt and uncle are renewing their vows tomorrow, though, and they’re having a banquet afterward, which I’m excited about–I loves me some banquet food!

    How’s your weekend?


    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      Me too! I look forward to the carbs and the dessert, LOL!

      My weekend is going okay so far. Today I ran some errands and then went to Home Depot (blah) to look at blinds. I just got back from dinner at my favorite pizza spot; now it’s time for a movie at home.

      Have fun at the ceremony tomorrow… eat an extra slice of cake for me. 🙂

  24. Alexandra says:

    Oh wow i love the eyeshadows,and blush.The cream liner and the pink lipstick

  25. Erin says:

    Love the blushes and the eye quad! I also am probably going to pick up that brush on cream liner! i love their cream liner, it’s so easy to smudge, but stays put for a looong time.

  26. Catherine says:

    This is so pretty! I love the look of that blush!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Sephora F&F Haul =-.

  27. Solé says:

    Karen, you’re right it was Pretty Poison. Wow. What a blast from the past! I had no idea that song was on a movie soundtrack. Do you remember what movie that was? It didn’t look familiar to me. Also, I agree about the New Jersey thing. I think that’s where most of the freestyle recording artists were based. I just meant that when I was growing up I had friends and family in other parts of Cali or other states and none of them were even aware of freestyle music. Of course I didn’t know anyone in New Jersey. Heh. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      I *still* love that song; it’s on my iPod on my workout music list. The movie soundtrack thing is news to me… perhaps somebody in New Jersey knows the answer to this trivia question?!?

      BTW, Stevie B. came up here to Northern Cal earlier this year for this concert called Freestyle Explosion. Yeah, I’m kicking myself for not going.

  28. Solé says:

    Karen, they have freestyle concerts like twice a year in Salinas (where I grew up) and they pack the place every time. I think Stevie B. gets out there quite often. But Salinas is like in a time warp so it makes sense. I think they still have freestyle shows in San Jose too, which is closer to you.

    I assumed it was from a movie since the video seems like it’s cutting to scenes from a movie. And Jon Cryer was in it. Hold on, let me Google it…okay the movie was called Hiding Out. Never heard of it.

  29. Marlo says:

    This collection is absolutely beautiful. I love purples, so this was love at first sight.

    I’m really glad to hear that Tabs has a clean bill of health. 🙂 I was a little worried about him since I know he was a tomcat before, and a lot of those street cats get FIV.

  30. Shivotra says:

    A different grape lipstick is LOVE. I love that shade, I have two tubes of that lipstick. And I am loving the blush and the cream liner. Definitely gonna get the cream liner.

  31. Michele says:

    I think I am getting the whole line!

  32. Veky says:

    Love the blush and cream liner!
    Your swatches are really wonderful. Love your lip swatches 🙂

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