It’s Time for a Summer Romance with Clinique Brandied Bronze

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Unconventional?! Avant-garde? A breakthrough in color palette technology?


Well, not exactly… Yep, we’ve seen colors like these in palettes like this before, but that hasn’t stopped me from falling for Clinique’s new Brandied Bronze Eyeshadow Palette ($25). When I think “classic summer eyeshadow shades,” this bad boy has six of the colors that regularly come to mind.

Clinique Brandied Bronze

A limited-edition summer collection with products for eyes, lips, cheeks and face. Prices range from $14-25.

Brandied Bronze’s beige, bronze, gold, teal, purple and pink are so spot on that if Ryan Reynolds asked me to go on a three month surf vacation with him, I could foreseeably make it through the entire trip with just this palette, a single cream blush, waterproof mascara and a tube of MAC Nymphette. πŸ™‚

For reference, I’m an NC35

And talk about flexibility, whether dressed up or dressed down. Need a neutral eye for work? Try the bronze, beige or brown shadows on the left. Craving more color instead? Reach for the purple, teal or pink on the right. You get a solid selection of versatile colors that blend easily and last all day.

Interestingly, Clinique’s shadows have an almost watercolor look to them once applied — almost like a MAC shadow with half the pigmentation.


I happen to like the somewhat sheer color payoff because I feel it makes the shadows easier to blend, but experienced, hard-core makeup gals might prefer products with a more powerful pigment punch.

Despite it not being particularly unique, I still think Brandied Bronze is beautiful. If you’re new to color or just want to play with a selection of summery shades, it’s a good place to start. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. ShonoiF says:

    i def see myself creating everyday eye looks with this palette. So good to see some pretty colors after just getting home from the gym.

  2. ooh this is nice. is it just me or is this the first time I’ve seen clinique do shades like this? they usually seem to be more neutral, or maybe I just haven’t seen summery makeup in a looong time. anyways, love this palette especially the teal and purple
    .-= makeup morsels’s last blog post… CVS (mini, I promise) Haul =-.

  3. Aniela says:

    omg i loooove this palette, its absolutely gorgeous for the summer! its weird i haven’t looked at clinique in a while especially in the makeup dept. but this definitely peeks my interest…price isnt bad either πŸ˜€
    .-= Aniela’s last blog post… Hot Summer Trend: Florals =-.

  4. luv2smilexo says:

    wow that palette is beautiful
    .-= luv2smilexo’s last blog post… 20 Days of Tinted Moisturizers: Day 3 =-.

  5. Meghan says:

    very pretty and the price is good. i agree this would be good for traveling but it reminds me too much of my twice baked palette from Urban Decay, except for the pink and purple colors…

    i used to wear clinique all the time when i was in high school and college because thats what my mom always used, but then i had a few bad experiences at the macy’s clinique counter where i was pushed into buying colors that did not look good on me at all so i kinda strayed from the brand….

    this is pretty but i think im gonna pass on it.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Very pretty! The brown looks purple-y, yum!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… My Very Small MAC Lippie Collection =-.

  7. snoopysteph says:

    I heart Clinique eyeshadow palettes and this one is definitely on my list to get!

  8. Britney says:

    Haaay…i do so love these colors. Browns/bronzes look good on pretty much everyone. It is all about finding the one you like though. Gorgeous colors…I may need to go shopping….lol

  9. Amber says:

    Love it. I am so drawn to teal but uncomfortable actually wearing it!
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Going home =-.

  10. Rica says:

    The colours are absolutely gorgeous, I see Urban Decay Get Baked palette in this… if you cover the purple (lol). These colours are perfect for summer. I need to go swatch them myself next time!
    .-= Rica’s last blog post… Ramble + WLC week 3 wrap up & week 4 begins =-.

  11. Solangel says:

    Oh wow, so pretty! And the price isn’t so bad, either. Are those tiny brushes any good, though? I always wonder…

  12. Jess says:

    wow , unexpected colours range by Clinique!

  13. Stacie says:

    I’m sure I have colors like these in my collection already, but this palette is still calling my name! It looks so pretty! May have to stop at Macy’s in the next couple of days…

  14. gio says:

    What a beautiful palette. The colors are versatile and perfect for summer. πŸ™‚
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Does sunscreen in hair care products really work? =-.

  15. Vonvon says:

    This is a gorgeous palette with perfect summer colors!!! I love all the colors! πŸ™‚
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Photos: From The Launch Of MAC Give Me Liberty Of London =-.

  16. mint says:

    I love the shades! I think it’s a perfect palette for many outings.

  17. NINA says:

    That is pretty – and quite a surprise coming from Clinique. Ive never associated them with bright colors … and im actually looking forward to the watercolor effect. It would be nice to rock soft colors for the summer!!! πŸ™‚

  18. Scientific Housewife says:

    Wow, I love every single one of those colors! I want πŸ™‚

  19. Van says:

    Love it Karen! I wanna run to the store after work today and grab it! The colors are perfect for summer and I could def use the first 3 for the office and the last 3 for weekend fun! I used to wear only Clinique make up years ago cos it was hypo-allergenic, then I moved on to other brands. Think I should hit up the Clinique counter again and pick this baby up, thanks!

  20. Val says:

    Hi Karen,
    these are beautiful! I just bought marcelle’s chic plum wet&dry eyeshadow duo! It’s great! I’m wearing it right now. It’s very close to the purple and pink in the clinique palette. Do they have different sets of palettes than this one?

  21. lesley says:

    This kind of reminds me of Stila’s summer palette! So cute! Will definitely have to see it in person =)

  22. Tia says:

    OMG! I totally pass by Clinique to sashay on down to MAC but this will def make me stop in my tracks! This is a def add to my summer makeup collection πŸ™‚ YAY for Clinique… & me

  23. julbra says:

    I think I want this. Really badly.

  24. amy says:

    This is a pretty palette, though not particularly unique with all the turquoises we will be seeing this summer, but it is quite different for Clinique because I don’t expect anything very colourful from them. A nice touch from them to add a bit of colour and punch.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… EOTD MAC Art Supplies Collection Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners in Black Line Swatch on Eyes =-.

  25. I totally agree Karen, I always fall for these colors every summer but, that’s okay I wear them all summer long so I get good use out of a palette like this. Have you seen the cute Vitamin C gloss set with 3 glosses?
    .-= Cindy (Prime Beauty)’s last blog post… Spring Makeup Madness at Sephora! =-.

  26. Martha says:

    I am going to need this one! I love me some Clinique.

  27. Ada says:

    Oooh, thank you so much for swatching the palette! I loved this when I saw the promo photos, but didn’t want to buy it until I saw swatches to find out if there was a decent color payoff. I’ve been looking for swatches for days!!! You are the first person I’ve found who swatched them; hooray!! They are beautiful and I’m definitely going to pick this one up!

  28. Amy says:

    I really wanted to buy this when it came out and when I saw all the pictures online…. it is really pretty!

  29. Melissa says:

    This palette is strking me as similar to my expensive lemming, Dior Crush Glow-with the added attraction of a teal shadow for half the price. Do you think the two compare at all, Karen?

  30. diane says:

    This is good price for Clinique products!

  31. auroragyps says:

    This looks like a great palette to get for the teen girl in your life for Spring, Summer, and right into Fall. I’d get it, but I need another shadow palette like a need a hole in the head. Nail polish, on the other hand, I always have space for. πŸ˜‰

  32. Susan says:

    This is probably the first eyeshadow palette that makes me want to run out and buy! Karen, do you use this palette with any eyeshadow base, particularly the MAC paint pot or cream color base (in pearl)? Or is the palette already so shimmery that you don’t need a base at all?

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