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I have been a 'Clinique Freak' since my teens when my mum gave me a freebie miniature DDML that she'd received with her purchase. The allergy-tested products are just perfect for my sensitive skin.
I actually received the eye shadow quad as part of a special gift at Bonus Time (when Clinique counters offer a set of freebies along with two purchases). My set therefore didn't come with the brush and applicator, and the box is square rather than rectangular. The set pictured costs £26 on the Clinique website, where the only colourway available to purchase is Plum Seduction, which is the one I have.
At first I didn't think I'd get much use from it, as the colours don't look like ones I'd use (being of the Gothic persuasion I tend to go for blacks and silvers). However, I don't think I've used any other shadow as often as I use this one. Even more oddly for me, it is the metallic brown and beige shades I used most.
I like to apply a paler colour over my lids and right up to the brow first. All of the colours in this set are a little too intense for that. Next I work into the crease and along the lash line with the brownish shade, which actually is a dark brownish grey once applied. Then with a larger blending brush I dab the sparkly beige colour on to the balls of my eyes. For an evening look I'd add in the purple for a more intense look. I've not used the pinky colour much though. I suspect that would work better on someone with blue eyes - mine are dark brown.
On application the powder doesn't end up all over my face and it lasts all day without creasing unless it's a really hot day.
I have been able to achieve both subtle and extreme looks with this quad and I'm very happy with it. I'm not sure I'd part with £26 for a replacement though. I may be scouring Ebay when I start to run low!
*Review also appears on Ciao*
* NOTE: the eyeshadows that I have have a different packaging to the one shown above, but have the same name *
I received the Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad as part of a Clinique set for Christmas. I have never really worn eye shadow and considered giving it away but decided to try it out and save the eye shadows for nights out to achieve a different look.
The casing for the eye shadows is a small square that is roughly 6cm x 6cm and 1cm thick. The packaging is very pretty and cute; white with green and pink flowers and leaves on the top and the pink 'Clinique' logo. It is subtle but really does stand out and looks quite expensive.
To open the case, and reveal the eye shadows, simply put your nail inside the small gap in the casing and lift the lid up. This reveals the four eye shadows, which are in simple little squares surrounded by white casing.
In this eye shadow 'quad' there are four different shades; purple, pink, beige and brown. The back of the case says 'single shade from beach, plum, strawberry, fudge' so maybe these are the names of the shades.
The gift set that I received came with a small eye shadow brush, however, if you were buying this eye shadow on its own you would have to buy a brush to apply it.
The eye shadow is very easy to apply, as most eye shadows are. Simply gather a small amount onto your brush and stroke over your eye lid.
I have only ever used the beige and brown shades out of this set, as the other colours don't seem right for my skin tone. However, the purple has still managed to fall out of the casing (onto my cream carpet and leaving a huge stain!). I'm just glad it was a shade that I don't use that fell out.
I have started wearing eye shadow every day since I opened this and tend to apply it around 6am and it is still there when I come home from work at 10pm, so it really is long lasting!
I'm not sure how much this costs, as it was a gift, but have heard that Clinique products are expensive. To be honest, although it is long lasting, I wouldn't pay a lot for a set where I wouldn't use all of the shades and where the eye shadows that you haven't used are going to fall out of it.
I do think that these eye shadows make a lovely little gift though and would be happy to receive another one or give one as a present.
I absolutely love and adore make-up, in fact I'm rather obsessed with it, so much so that I am a qualified beauty therapist and did the course cos of the pull of playing around with cosmetics all day long!
Clinique though isn't a brand I'm overly familiar with to be perfectly honest with you. I do own a couple of things from the range that took my fancy but as a rule I buy cheaper make up and use it well and think that most of the time it is as good as far more expensive stuff and that its all down to the application in most cases.
However a white ago I was bought this as a birthday present. Being the magpie that I am I was impressed by the lovely, quality silver lid and see though plastic base all in an oblong shape with simply Clinique etched into the top of the case in capital letters giving it a real quality and smart appearance. On the base of the casing we are told the colour (in my case I own teddy bear) and that it is Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and contact details for Clinique are given all in neat, small white lettering. The case open and closes with a gentle push, to the top of it there is a long length real mirror and then on the plastic, bottom section 4 largish squares of colour, all separated by plastic dividers rest and then under that a small silver brush sits in a dip..well I cal it a brush ....well to one side of there is a soft white sponge, small applicator and to the other end a natural coloured hair looking brush which is really small and this is really good quality with no flaking at all and of course to clean it, just do so under a tap and use a mild soap!
It being called a quad should be the giveaway! There are four of them and my set is browns shades. I have one very dark chocolate, a lighter sandy brown, then a fawn brown colour and a white light one of course that can be used as a colour or as a highlighter. Unused these looked like suede material in the case, really soft and smooth and although a powder not bitty or flaky or anything at all adverse.
What you get with each of these eyeshadows is really easy to work with colours. They come off onto a brush or whatever applicator you are using smoothly and unmessily and simply glide on with no clumping or dragging at all. The applicator provided in the case is small and fiddly to work with but to be fair good quality though a little tricky to get used to cos it is small but ok in the compact if taking it out in a handbag or whatever though at home, if applying these eyeshadows I do use an applicator I already regularly use.
I find these to blend smoothly, that they are easy to apply and are richly pigmented in colour and once applied sit on the eyes without upsetting them or smudging or going dull over time for hours upon hours. I can build colour and effects up with these easily and they are very slightly and subtly shimmery and in a grown up way opposed to containing glitter or anything like that.
All in all these get a huge thumbs up from me. Quality and great combinations of colours, look great when you whip the compact set out and easy to apply the only thing I do think is a little steep is the price however at £23.00 a compact (www.clinique.co.uk) and from Debenhams and Boots and other good quality outlets you do get a decent amount of product (4.8g) and they last ages on the skin and in the compact!
Available in 6 colour options and I love em!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
The Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad is available in a variety of colours with typically delicious sounding names such as 'Choco Latte', 'Plum Seduction' and 'Pink Chocolate' although the quad I have is 'Spicy' - not quite as luxurious sounding, but it has the selection of browny coloured eye shadows that I tend to wear.
The quads are available for around the £25 mark from major stores like Debenhams, or you can get them directly from the Clinique website for an only marginally cheaper price of £23. It's a lot of money for an eye shadow and an amount that I wouldn't spend myself, but I always treat myself at the duty free shop in the airports, so I don't feel as guilty and it isn't quite as expensive! I have had this quad before as part of a travel makeup palette by Clinique so I knew it would be good and worth the money.
The four colours you get in this set are a very dark brown, a sort of coffee coloured brown, a lighter and warmer orangey brown and then a much lighter one that I would describe as nude. When I went on the Clinique website to try and find out exactly what the colours are, it described them as a 'mid tone golden bronze with a shimmery golden yellow, a deep khaki green and a golden rose'. I'm not sure if that is a mistake, but if it isn't, they have to be the worse descriptions of colour that I have ever read - believe me there is no hint of green or yellow in the quad, or I wouldn't have bought it!
I like all of the colours, but there are some that I use more often than others. For example, I hardly use the nude colour as it is a little too pale for me, although I do sometimes use it under my eyes to brighten them a little. The really dark brown, I use more as an eyeliner as it is so dark. I find it works quite well in giving my eyes that smoky look that seems to look good on models but never quite so good on me! My favourite is definitely the rich orangey brown, which is such a nice colour and is actually quite versatile as it tends to pick out different colours including pink.
The thing I like most about this quad is that it is so versatile. Although the colours are all brown, they are such different shades that you can change them to suit any occasion. You can use them all individually or you can use them together to create different effects such as using the darker one to give your eyes that smoky look that seems to look good on models but never quite so good on me!
The quad comes with two brushes; one with a spongy end and the other a brush. The brush is wonderfully soft and helps you to apply the shadow in the sweeping motion that you should for best effects, the spongy one is excellent for getting the colour on in a more bold style - and I find it is particularly good for getting a nice thick line.
Overall, I would recommend the quad as it is very nice and easy to use and gives even beauty novices like myself the chance to get fairly decent effects. It is pricey, but then you could always give yourself a holiday treat like I did or it would make a lovely gift for somebody else.
I love wearing make-up and have great fun experimenting with colours and different looks. It's nice to have lots of products to play around with but there are always a few items that become must-haves and form the basis of most of my 'faces'. I tend to put the focus on my eyes and go for bold, bright looks with heavy liner. I like to wear make-up every day and I stick to a natural look that is suitable for work. You can buy Clinique make-up and skin care products from high street beauty stores and department stores such as Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser etc. I am a recent convert to Clinique make-up, and although I love it I can't justify the expense of buying it full price. However, you can get some great bargains from people selling on eBay, and I won my limited edition Spring collection quad for just £2.99 including p&p.
Colour Surge is an eye shadow produced by cosmetics giant Clinique. This is available in singles, duos, trios and quads. After being thoroughly impressed with my Duo set, I decided to purchase a Quad set as well. The costs are quite high but Clinique are a quality brand and I think this is a case of you get what you pay for. A Colour Surge Single costs £14.00, Duo £19.00, Trio £21.00 and Quad £23.00. The Single and Duo both contain 2.5g of product, with the Trio containing 3.1g and the Quad containing 4.8g, so you can see the 2 larger sizes cost more but you are getting more product and this gives you more choice to create and combine colours for different looks. The Colour Surge Quad Eyeshadow is available in six different combinations and each eye shadow contains four colours that complement each other. I have this in a limited edition casing that was included as part of Clinique's Spring Time bonus gift set. My Quad contains Beach Plum, Strawberry Fudge, and the Like Mink duo shades.
Product description: "Four coordinating shades of velvety, shimmery colour to create the looks you want, from natural to dramatic. Creamy, intense shadows build quickly, blend easily for lasting colour. Wear them alone, as duos and trios, or layered together. Ophthalmologist tested."
The limited edition packaging is different than the ordinary product and differs from the image shown here so I will describe it a little. The eye shadow comes in a plastic box with a hinged lid, and on the top there is a pretty floral design. Inside there are 4 square sections containing the eye shadows, and you get an equal amount of each colour. There is no applicator or make-up brush included with this one, unlike the proper product where you will get both a sponge tipped and soft bristle brush.
Directions for use:
+ Apply lighter shade to eyelids, from lash line to brow bone.
+ Use deeper shade in crease, as liner, or all over lids.
+ Blend up and outward to desired intensity level.
+ Clean applicator frequently for smoothest application, coverage.
This eye shadow has an incredibly smooth powder formulation and I've found it feels a lot softer than any other powder eye shadows that I have in my collection. This means that it spreads easily and is incredibly simple to apply and to blend. I use this with my E.L.F. bargain make up brushes and it spreads really well so I only need to apply a tiny amount onto the brush to get a full coverage over my eyelid.
The Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad comes in six different colour choices, and I was pleased to see that along with the three neutral palettes there are also three more colourful palettes. One thing that I thought about the Duo sets was that they were a bit plain and boring, so it's nice to see some bright and vibrant shades mixed in with the practical naturals. My quad includes a mix of four shades that are only available together in this limited edition item, but you can also purchase some of the shades within other sets. Beach Plum is a deep purple shade with a shimmering golden touch. I like this colour but it can be difficult to wear, so I usually partner it with a gold or a medium taupe eye shadow to tone it down a little. Strawberry Fudge is my favourite, and the prettiest one in the set. It is a medium toned pink, again with a shimmering gold touch to it. I like to wear this one on its own to really show off the depth of the shade, or team it with a pale beige for a softer look. Like Mink is a neutral duo, and contains a golden beige partenered with deep golden brown. These two are perfect together and really suit my dark brown eyes. They are also great for mixing with the pink and plum shades to give a colourful but wearable look.
The great thing about this eye palette is that you get four beautiful shades of eye shadow, and you can either wear them alone or combine different shades in a multitude of ways for a variety of different looks. The way I usually like to use this product is to wear either one colours at once, or pair two of them together. When wearing one shade (my favourite is the Strawberry Fudge) I like to apply the colour to the whole eye lid area, and then also sweep out a small 'wing' shape at the outer edge of my eye. I will then use the tip of my make up brush to apply a thin line of colour underneath my lower eye lash line and join this up to meet the extended wing. This gives a lovely bright colourful look, and has that lovely cat's eye shape to it which is very flattering on most women. I also like to use this eye shadow quad for my favourite 'contoured eye' look. To do this, I first apply the paler Like Mink shade over the whole of my eyelid. I then gently line some of the darker Like Mink shade into the crease of the eye socket and blend along that line. This gives a straightforward but polished look that is fresh and simple for day to day wear, and still defines my eyes and draws attention to them. My eyes are my favourite facial feature so I like to make sure they look their best. I normally finish off this look with a bit of black eye liner pencil and a good coating of black mascara.
This eye shadow palette is surprisingly versatile and I have been wearing this eye shadow quad day in, day out and had nothing but fantastic results. I like that I can gain a variety of looks from just one product, and the compact packaging is practical for reducing storage space in my make up bag, and is also great for a multi purpose product when travelling and needing to pack light. The soft powdery texture glides over the skin very gently and has superb staying power. From applying this first thing in the morning, it will still look perfect by the end of the day when I'm ready to remove my make-up and hop into bed. There are no signs of any fading, smudging, or the dreaded creasing. I have found that the colours have a saturated level of pigment and I get a lovely level of colour with just one sweep of my make-up brush. These shades that I have in my quad seem to be a bit deeper than the shades I have in my duo set, and don't require building up layers of colour in the same way. This eye shadow set lasts for ages as I only need to use a small amount of it with each application, and I know that I will get plenty of wear out of it over the summer months and beyond.
I am really thrilled with my Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad and it was a real bargain find on eBay. I would certainly recommend this product (and any other eye shade in the Colour Surge range), but with the advice to try and shop around to get a good bargain. I'm very happy with my limited edition palette as it's the perfect mix of pretty colours and everyday natural shades. I can't wait to try out some more Clinique products, they really are of a superior quality and the performance speaks for itself.
The Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad (quite a name for an eye shadow palette!) is a four in one set of beautiful coordinating colours from Clinique. I tend to use and buy a lot of Clinique make-up products due to their extensive range of items and the quality that goes into them. This is a compact palette of eye shadow colours measuring approximately 10cm length x 3cm width and 0.5cm depth which fits neatly in your make-up bag.
The collection contains four eye shadows that have been chosen for a harmonized colour scheme. I have the Choco-Latte set which is made up of a pale beige with a deep muted brown, a golden taupe and a midtone shimmering red-brown, more nude shades. The eye shadows are a thick, creamy texture that can be applied with a sponge, brush or simply a finger. The consistency gives the colours really good staying power on the eyelid and because it is a more pasty than powder composition it doesn't leave flakes and marks on the rest of your face and under the eyes that some eye shadows do. It also feels very smooth and velvety on the eyelids, almost moisturising, which is lovely for both day and night wear. I have so far found that the eye shadow stays in one place once applied and doesn't crease like other brands across the centre of the eyelid.
The set is really good for blending and building colour and because you have a choice of four different shades you can create multiple looks and styles to suit your mood. They are also really nice as single blocks of colour on the eye and give off a shimmering effect. The colours chosen are not too bold or daring to wear in the daytime so a lot of use can be gained from this palette (the set I have anyway). The packaging is very durable and contains a mirror under the lid as well as an applicator brush and sponge included.
Other available sets are;
Spicy - A midtone golden bronze with a shimmery golden yellow, a deep khaki green, and a golden rose.
Teddy Bear - Classic ivory with a golden tan beige, a taupey milk chocolate, and a deep brown.
Pink Chocolate - Palest pink with a shimmering rose, a dark chocolate flecked with silver pearl, and a warm midtone raisin.
Polar Bear - Classic bone with a midtone grey shimmer, a soft baby blue, and blue denim.
Plum Seduction - Silvery grey taupe with a midtone lilac, a deep royal purple, and charcoal grey.
Clinique make-up is not the cheapest; this eye shadow palette stands at about £24 from most retailers with a Clinique counter in them (John Lewis, Boots etc.). I would definitely recommend this eye shadow quad to friends and anyone after a nice eye shadow set due to its multiple uses, good quality and the beautiful choice of colours available.
Here's my experience of Clinique's eyeshadow quad... but first, a bit of the 'official stuff' from Clinique to compare it to:
**What Clinique had to say about this product** (on the Clinique website)
"Four coordinating shades of velvety, shimmery colour to create the looks you want, from natural to dramatic. Creamy, intense shadows build quickly, blend easily for lasting colour. Wear them alone, as duos and trios, or layered together. Ophthalmologist tested.
Shade: Spicy/Teddy Bear/Choco-Latte/Pink Chocolate/Polar Blue/Plum Seduction
4.8g £23.00 "
"* Apply lighter shades from lash to brow.
* Use deeper shades in the crease, as a liner, or all over lids.
* Blend upward and outward to desired intensity level.
* Clean applicator frequently for smoothest application and coverage."
COLOURS: I don't think I can describe the colour selections any better in my own words so here's what the Clinique website describes the available shade combinations as:
"Spicy:A midtone golden bronze with a shimmery golden yellow, a deep khaki green, and a golden rose
Colour Group: Tawny/Corals
Tedd Bear: Classic ivory with a golden tan beige, a taupey milk chocolate, and a deep brown
Colour Group: Natural/Browns
Choco-Latte: Pale beige with a deep muted brown, a golden taupe, and a midtone shimmering red brown
Colour Group: Natural/Browns
Pink Chocolate: Palest pink with a shimmering rose, a dark chocolate flecked with silver pearl, and a warm midtone raisin
Colour Group: Pinks
Polar Blue: Classic bone with a midtone grey shimmer, a soft baby blue, and blue denim
Colour Group: Violets
Plum Seduction: Silvery grey taupe with a midtone lilac, a deep royal purple, and charcoal grey
Colour Group: Violets"
**In my experience**
I have the Polar Blue selection, which was bought for me by my hapless partner, who didn't realise that for my colouring, wearing tones of blue would make me look somewhat like Dame Edna. Luckily there were two more neutral colours (one creamy and one grey/brown). By the way, if you're not sure what colours suit you there is a handy part on the clinique website which tells you which of their colour sets will suit you!
As well as coming in the ususal Clinique floral boxing, the eyeshadow also stays true to Clinique's clean look; with a silver/reflective lid and clear bottom, allowing you to see the colours from underneath. Once opened the lid has a mirror inside - great therefore for chucking in your handbag and re-touching on the go! The colours are in small squares lined up next to one another in a row of four. The closed pallette is probably less that 10cm in length and about 2cm deep.
In front of the colours is a small section for storing the applicator/brush which comes with it. Small yet effective the applicator/brush allows great, accurate coverage - the brush being ideal for application of the darker colour in the crease of your eye.
They eye shadow itself has an almost creamy, rather than dusty, consistency. It clings to the applicator or brush like water to a sponge, but deposits on your eyes effortlessly. The applicator/brush is incredibly soft and doesn't fall apart like some cheaper brands (my pet hate is eyeshadow applicators whose sponge-tip falls off the end!) Once applied, the shadow remains in place nicely for hours on end. You can tell this is a premium eye shadow, not one of those cheap ones which you notice around lunchtime has formed a nice line in the crease of your friend/colleague's eye - my old lodger was a particular victim of creasing eyeshadow - and I was always thinking "How can you not see that your eye shadow is forming a skinny shimmery worm in the crease of your eyelid?!!!"
What's more, you have the reassuring fact that, being Clinique, this product is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, and tested by Ophthalmologists (that's eye specialists to the rest of us!) Hurrah - it's good for you too (or at least, not bad for you)!
Although there are a few quad colour selections, they are all fairly ordinary - nothing too radical like the Barry M colours we have seen lately with neon greens or peacock or electric blue - these are a much more subtle, dare I say 'adult' colours - at the very least, what I would term "day wear". They have just enough subtle shimmer to look natural yet glam, and the four colours mean you can darken/lighten your eye-make up for different occasions by using different combinations of colours.
Anyway, I have now used every last bit of the two non-blue colours and will not be using the blues - they will be ditched! This is however in no way a reflection of the quality of the product - I am already set to purchase the next quad (what with Clinique Bonus Time offers just around the corner!) but this time in a more suitable colour selection [Spicy]!
Can't fault this product, except perhaps on the price - at £23 it is a bit steep, although they do say you get what you pay for - and I don't want to be that person with the horrid creased eyeshadow, provoking people's inner-voices to scream "look in the mirror!!!!!" or "CHANGE YOUR EYESHADOW!!!!"
I have tried a few of Clinique's products before in the past, normally just the trial eye shadows and mascaras that come in those gift packs but never use Clinique Colour Surge before and I must say the quality of this makeup is excellent, but then it should be for the rrp of £22.00.
I know that sounds like a lot of money, but it does really show with the quality.
****About the Product****
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad is a powder based eye shadow that comes in various colours, Spicy, Polar Blue, Plum Seduction, Chocó-Latte and Bamboo Pink. You get 4 eye shadows in one compact.
The packaging is wonderful sleek, with eye catching mirrored outside and including a mirror inside so you can do your eye shadow while on the go. You also get the usual applicator brush but also a sweeping style brush but I don't really like using this one as it doesn't seem to work as much.
The great thing about Clinique's products are they are hypo-allergenic and if you are a contact lense wearer like myself you may want to give Clinique a try as I have found with cheaper brands that I always got irritated and sore eyes from the eye shadow as the fine dust rests on the contact lenses. Believe me it is really painful when you have makeup in your eye!
I recently purchased Chocó-Latte colour for my wedding day as I wanted to try a luxury brand and was doing my own make up so I thought I would treat myself, and it was basically an excuse to buy it anyway as I have been wanting to try it for ages but could never justify in spending so much money on an eye shadow.
Before I use to just buy cream eye shadows as they were great too for not irritating my eyes but they just give a shimmer more then a matt look.
But if you look at it this way, you get 4 colours in 1! So it's not like you are just getting one colour for £22.
Clinique's eye shadows blend so well and last all day and all night. And they don't go all flaky and break up like cheaper make up brands.
From my experience paying extra for this eye shadow is a definite must for me, it will last ages and keep my eyes from getting irritated.
Would not use anything else now!
The Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad is a good product. I own the 101 teddy bear quad and the colours are really natural and perfect for day time looks. The pallete consists of a very light beige colour, a neutral colour, a light brown colour and a dark brown colour. The colours work really well together and the light beige and beige colour are really good for day time looks, as they are so light. The two darker colours I use for night time, with black eyeliner and black mascara and they work well with my fair skin. The colours seem to blend into the eye socket really well. you can wear the eye shadow for most of the daytime without having to re-apply. The palette comes with a brush and and a sponge and I find that if you put the eye shadow on with the brush it seems to last a lot longer. The palette also comes with a handy mirror to reapply when you are out.
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad
I quite like neutral colours for eye shadow and I like to collect pinks and browns to then mix with beiges. I also like a bit of dazzle so occasionally go for shinier colours or silvers and mix between MAC/Clinique and Urban Decay. I don't often buy eye shadows as I find they tend to last me quite a while too as I a not a heavy eye shadow wearer.
I have many Clinique products including foundation, mascara, eyeliner and lip-gloss. I like Clinique products because they seem to suit my sensitive skin and are allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique is a good quality designer brand that is also relatively inexpensive considering the name. As mentioned in previous reviews when I have been to the USA I tend to stock up on Clinque products as the prices are always a fab deal at nearly half the price when the dollar exchange rate has been good! However in the case of this eye shadow I purchased it from House of Fraser in England when they were doing a deal when you bought two items. As I was already purchasing a mascara I decided to also purchase a eye shadow and fell for this one as it was a 4 in 1 set and I thought that was good value and I also liked the combination shades in the set.
Clinique Colour Surge eye Shadow Quad is a 4 colour eye shadow set and comes in many combinations. The combinations are of 4 similar colours to compliment one another to help achieve a specific look. You ca apply one colour or more to build up a look. You get a rectangular case which is about 6cm long and 2cm in width which has a plastic bas and silver plated lid with Clinique written on in smallish writing. Once you open the quite thick case there is a mirror along the inside of the lid and a tray of 4 colours and 2 applicators. There is a small brush and small applicator with silver handles. In the tray are the 4 colours
I have this in the pink/chocolate version which is number 112 and the colours are a good combination. There is a pink/beige colour which has a smooth feel to it. Next is a pink glitter colour then chocolate brown and a plain brown colour.
To apply there is the applicator bud or brush and the bud gives a deeper coverage and is more dramatic and bettetr for the darker of the colours in the quad. The brush is more smooth and better for blending the beige/pink or glitter pink.
The eye shadows have a smooth feel to them and are a little powdery in texture which is good as they do not feel oily or silky on the eyes. They blend in easily and mix together well. This set is particularly good for day wear and you build up the layers if you want a more dramatic look. The glittery aspect is not overbearing and gives that added shine and appeal to the eyes. These colours work well against my Clinique black high impact mascara and would go equally well with brown.
I am happy with the purchase of these as they have lasted a long time and have not cracked at all or become caked. They are good value as are Clinique and you get 4 for £20 approx. The case has looked after the inside eye shadows well but is a little peeled on the front of the silver edges of the lid.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting daywear sweet colours that can be built up in layers and of a quality as you don't need much to get a decent coverage. There are other combination colour sets by Clinique out there too.
The above picture shows the exact palette I own - it was a gift for Christmas, and my first designer makeup. Having dark hair this colour palette is very versatile for me, but there is a wide selection of quad palettes providing choice for every skintone, style, and eyecolour.
I discovered this eyeshadow prior to discovering eyeshadow primer, and the colour lasted very well on bare skin despite my oily skin and busy days. The powder is loaded with colour and gorgeously silky to apply, easy to create subtle and dramatic smokey looks. This proved a very worthwhile item in my staple makeup collection, and can be worn day and night due to the range of complimenting shades within the quad.
I would urge anyone to visit a local clinique counter and try these eyeshadows out, as they are very high quality and timeless makeup products which are well worth the money.
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad was the first 'expensive' type of make up that I'd bought. I'd borrowed a few of my mum's eye shadows and decided that the quality of them was a great deal better than what I had been buying and it lasted a lot longer.
I set about in my search to buy an eye shadow set that had a combination of pinks and browns. I found myself buying Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in pink chocolate after several discussions with the lady behind the Clinique counter I decided to try this product.
*About the Product*
The Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad contains 4 silky, deep colours in a compact, sleek case. You can apply just one, two, three or all four for a variety of combinations creating a range of different looks. In the compact, there are four smooth, velvety eye shadows that when blended can be intense and enduring.
When applying the eye shadows, you should use the lightest colour that you intend to apply first from your lashes down to your brow. The darker, more intense colours should be used in the crease of your eyelid for a more subtle effect of all over the lid for a stronger look. You can also use the darker colour as a liner if you are fairly good at applying it. The eye shadows should also be blended upwards and out.
It is important that you clean the brush/sponge regularly in order to get the smoothest possible application and make the most of the product.
*Availability and Price*
You can buy this product from any Clinique counters at department stores (for example Debenhams or John Lewis). You can also purchase it online from www.clinique.co.uk. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad currently retails at £21.53. This initially sounds quite expensive but it lasts significantly longer than the cheaper brands and the quality is so much better.
Packaging: I'm a big fan of the packaging. It is simple and similar to most Clinique products. The bottom of the case is transparent, making it easy for you to see the colours when you are riffling through your make up bag. The top is a silver colour with the brand name Clinique. In the compact are the four eye shadow colours and a slot with two applicators. I also like the fact that it has a mirror along the top as it makes the set perfect for travelling.
Brushes: In the palette you get to applicators: a brush and a sponge. I must say these are two of the best that I have used. It's amazing what a difference a good applicator makes to applying your make-up.
Eye shadows: The four eye shadows are easy to blend and crease resistant. This is of extremely high importance for me when looking for a good eye shadow as I find the cheaper brands crease very quickly.
The eye shadows are very easy to apply due to their smooth texture. From my personal experience, I have found them to be very long-lasting and look fantastic from the start of the day to the end. Quite frequently with eye shadows that are enduring, you find they are difficult to remove. This is not the case with Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quads. It is effortlessly removed with any good eye make up remover.
There are choices of six different colour combination cases. These are:
- Teddy Bear
- Polar Blue
- Plum Seduction
- Choco Latte
- Pink Chocolate
Pink Chocolate Quad Specifically:
In this case, two of the shades in this set have a slight shimmer to them and the other two are matte colours. The colours that come in this set are a very pale pink (matte), a deep pink (shimmer), a medium brown (matte) and a dark brown (shimmer). With these four colours, you can create numerous looks using the different combinations. I often vary whether I wear them collectively or just on their own.
The colours in the Pink Chocolate set are extremely well co-ordinated. For those who find it difficult to know what colours go well together, the work is done for you. All work very well when combined. It really is a no-brainer.
What I particularly liked about these eye shadows is that although they are brilliant for creating a natural look, you can also make your eyes look dramatic with the darker colour in the palette. Day or night, there is a combination in the case that will work. There is so much that you can do with just one quad set. I love it!
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I would without a doubt recommend this product. I personally think that it is a fantastic product that is very long-lasting. The only thing I would possibly change is having a slightly bigger/more of the lightest colour. I find that this colour disappears well before any of the others because I use it the most. I will most definitely be purchasing this again.
All in all, I love this product. If you can afford to splash out on this quality set then I would definitely suggest that you do so. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad is by far my favourite eye shadow of the moment. The quad is extremely flexible; it is brilliant! The only negative for me is the rather expensive price tag.