When things heat up and the weather warms, I reach for eye makeup that won’t melt away as the day wears on. Enter Clinique’s new Quick Eyes Cream Shadows ($15), part of their Long-Last Bronze collection for summer 2008. Not only do these shadows pack staying power to last throughout the day, but they’re easy to apply and come in 10 luscious colors. Here’s a quick look at three of them: Sparkling Nude, Sunlit Palm and Rock Violet.
Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadows deliver a water resistant, crease-proof creamy powder formula able to last a full 10 hours, according to Clinique. Each works by itself, in conjunction with the other shadows in the collection, or as a base for powder shades.
Doe foot applicator
Each tube comes with a doe-foot applicator, making the shadows easy for your girl to apply when she’s in a hurry (all the time) and doesn’t have the time to whip out her brushes.
The three shades I’ve mentioned here — Rock Violet, Sunlit Palm and Sparkling Nude — all seem to look good when used in conjunction with each other, but I prefer to use each one by itself.
I played with the following two looks: 1) a sheer wash of color over the entire eye, and 2) to add a pop of color to my lids.
Swatch of Rock Violet
Sparkling Nude and Sunlit Palm Swatches
Look 1: All-over color wash
Before hitting the gym the other day, I did a sheer wash of color with Rock Violet, applying a few dots over my entire eye (brow bone, crease, and lid). I then used my ring finger to blend the color into a single sheer layer. Two coats of mascara later, and I was done. Quick Eyes Cream Shadows stayed put throughout my entire two-hour workout and didn’t crease or smudge, even under sweaty duress.
Look 2: Add a pop of color to your lids
Before going to brunch with friends in San Francisco last Saturday, I used Sunlit Palm to add a pop of color to my lids. I placed several dots on the lid area (close to the lash line), and then used my finger to just barely blend it into the crease. Then, I repeated the process with a second layer to intensify the look. It was unusually hot weather that day, and my friends and I sat outside on the sidewalk to eat and catch up. Sunlit Palm lasted through three hours of gabbing and chatting in near 80-degree heat. Later at home, when I checked my makeup, it looked exactly like it did when I left the house hours earlier!
I chose not to use these with an eye primer because they just didn’t seem to need one. These shadows last plenty long enough on their own, and the formula dries very quickly, so if you plan to blend several different colors together, have your brush ready and within reach.
These will get a lot of use throughout the summer, and if I go on vacation they are so coming with me!
Happy Wednesday, ladies! I woke up a little woozy this morning, but it wasn’t anything a few cups of coffee couldn’t cure.
Hope you’re feeling rested and pretty today.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,