The model for Clinique’s First Blush collection looks so fresh and dreamy, doesn’t she? I can totes see her running through dewy fields barefoot on a spring morning.
So those of us at home can get the eye look (sans dewy field), Clinique gives us four Fresh Bloom Eye Shadow pans ($16.50) with First Blush, each with two shimmery pastel colors: Cherry Blossom (a light and dark pink), Tiger Lily (a light and dark copper), Maple Blossom (a light and dark taupe) and Apple Blossom (a light and dark green).
I’m a sucker for embossed flower patterns… That gets me every time.
I did the eye look using each of the four shadow combinations, placing the lighter color from each on the lid and brow bone, and the darker shade in the crease.
After applying the shadows for each of the four looks, I added two coats of Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara on the top lash line and lined the lower lash line with the darker shade from Maple Blossom.
Cherry Blossom is my favorite of the four because it’s the most pigmented and was the easiest to blend. The pinks really seem to brighten my eyes.
Tiger Lily runs a close second. It should look great on warm skin tones.
I really wanted the remaining shades to work for me, but unfortch my skin tone just wouldn’t cooperate. If you’re lighter than I am and like the way you look in cool toned taupe and greens, they’re definitely worth a try, but both Maple Blossom and Apple Blossom looked really chalky on me, and the colors didn’t pop like Cherry Blossom or Tiger Lily.
I’ll keep them around to use as lower lash liners, for days when I want a soft lined look.
From left to right: Maple Blossom, Tiger Lily, Cherry Blossom, Apple Blossom
The entire First Blush collection feels like one of the more traditional releases so far this spring. It’s packed with the soft pastel colors that I usually associate with the classic spring makeup look. I like it, but what do you think? Do these pastels wet your appetite? Or do you lust after something more?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,