Broccoli, carrot, blueberry, spinach.
Clinique whipped up a downright delicious-sounding blend of fruit- and veggie-derived antioxidant extracts to make their new line of 12 cream-to-powder eyeshadows (starts off as a cream and dries to a powder), and it’s enough to make me wonder if the company collaborated with Whole Foods or raided a farmers’ market.
According to Clinique, the special sauce they used for these new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colours ($19.50 each) combines antioxidants with cucumber, aloe vera and caffeine. The recipe is supposed to make tired eyes look revitalized and refreshed.
These are also supposed to be water resistant and, as the name implies, last a whopping eight hours.
If nothing else, I think these do feel refreshing — not thanks to the recipe, per se, but thanks to the applicator itself. It’s metal and shaped like the tip of an angled lipgloss. Because it’s made of something that looks and feels like a silvery metal (aluminum, perhaps?), it feels cool and refreshing against my skin. It may only be a packaging gimmick, but it’s still one that I like.
That said, when it comes to actually applying these on a regular basis, I’d trade the cool tip for a brush. Because of the control a brush affords me, I prefer to apply these shadows to the back of my hand first, then quickly pick them up with an eyeshadow brush and apply to my lids from there (the directions suggest blending with a finger before the formula sets).
Clinique Lid Smoothies from the left to the right: Currant Affair, Born Freesia, Cute-cumber, Bit O-Honey, Pinko Biloba
Clinique designed the Lid Smoothies to be worn alone or layered beneath powder eyeshadows, and I think they did a fantastic job getting the texture just right. They apply evenly, smoothly and layer without caking, making them great for girls in a rush.
Swatches from the left to the right: Pinko Biloba, Bit O’Honey, Cute-cumber, Born Freesia and Currant Affair
Wearing Cute-cumber on lids
Now, I think the “8-Hour” part in the name is a little misleading, so that might be something to keep in mind. I tried them with and without a primer on my combination dry/oily eyelids, and in both cases they began to fade and crease within four hours. Long-wearing and water-resistant, my bum.
So, do I like these little Lid Smoothies? For the most part I do, but with so-so wear time, I probably wouldn’t say I’m in love. I think they’re still worth checking out on your next trip to a counter, though, at least to give the cooling applicator a try.
PRICE: $19.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Clinique counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
You know you probably need more excitement in your life when…
…the most exciting part of your day involves a melon.
Wait! — I almost forgot about the Smashbox Brow Tech Wax I picked up but haven’t tried.
My brows have been acting up lately (like a surly tween boy), and nothing I’ve tried has been able to tame them.
I’m hoping Smashbox Brow Tech Wax can… I’ll keep you posted (wish me luck!).
So how was your Tuesday? Other than being tired all day long from not sleeping enough (blast you, True Blood!), mine wasn’t bad.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,