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I fancied a splurge in Boots back at Christmas, and went for this Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow in Velvet (black). I wanted to try the 'smoky eye' look, and, as I have sensitive skin, went for the Clinique brand which is well known for it's hypoallergenic qualities. It was a little more expensive than I'd normally pay for an eye shadow at £14, but as I've said..I fancied treating myself :)
The shadow comes with a sponge tipped applicator but I have to admit, I always prefer to apply eye shadow using a soft bristle brush as I can pick up less, and work it better than with the sponge (but the sponge is a good space saver if you're travelling). The block of eye shadow is powdery yet smooth and easy to pick up on the brush. It's highly pigmented, which I like, as some cheaper shadows can look really rich in the tray, but go on thin and diluted. Not Clinique - the colour is bold and it goes on - well, like velvet.
In terms of durability the colour certainly lasts but I find that this particular eye shadow like no other manages to gather in my eye socket crease and create a dark black line of collected shadow. It tends to happen in more humid environments like pubs and clubs and to be honest this is where I'm really needing the most help from my make up! And with it being such a dark colour I never would really use it in any other circumstance, preferring lighter make up in the day. So it's got a bit of a flaw, there, for me. Because whilst it looks great, doesn't make my eyes itch, and feels fab when I'm applying it, it doesn't have the longevity other eye shadows do (for example, Max Factor) and for that reason, I'm very unlikely to buy it again. It's not the case that you need to simply re apply the shadow, you actually need to use a wipe / cleansing lotion to remove the build up, not really something you can do at an event.
So as much as I do like it, I find in practice, it isn't quite a fit for me which is a shame. Others might have different experiences with it but what I would recommend is going to a Clinique stand in Debenhams, Boots or any departmental store that has one, having a makeover with your desired eyeshadow and seeing if it performs as you'd want it to (especially as it's £14). Then you can buy it after road testing it!
Overall, then, I'm happy with the product as long as I only plan to wear it for a short amount of time. I wouldn't personally trust it for a wedding, etc, but do wear a little for lunches or short meetings. I will go back to my usual brand, glad I tried this Clinique product but it's not one of the winners for me.
For my eye shadow I like to change the colour as my mood changes and although I very rarely use dark colours for my eye but when I spotted this colour I fell in love with it. This eye shadow is around £14 to purchase and I brought mine from the Clinique counter in Debenhams Glasgow. There are a range of different colours available also in different finishes so you will be sure to find a shade that suits you.
The eye shadow come in a little compact case and on the bottom half is a rectangle shape containing the shadow itself and just below that is a 1 headed applicator which is a small compact size one and so I d not find it very useful to apply the eye shadow as it is too small but it is fine if you are using the product while you are out and about. There is also a small mirror on the upper lid of the compact and again this is perfect for when you're using the eye shadow while outside the home but it is much easier to use a normal mirror. I have carried this eye shadow around in my handbag on a few occasions and as the compact case is very durable it has lasted well with no damage to the eye shadow itself inside.
When using either the eye shadow brush or the definer brush on this eye shadow it does not crumble but lightly coats the brushes but enough for me to be able to blend it nicely on to my skin. It creates a lovely smoky effect and can create lovely blends on my eyes by mixing with other colours. I do find the colour is surprisingly weak for a Clinique product and I do have to add a few coats if I really want the colour to shine through. I find I need to add more than one coat for day to day use which does not look over the top but if I want to create a more dramatic look that stands out I can either slightly wet the brush before I apply the eye shadow or add a few layers of the colour to my eyes.
When I apply this with my eye shadow brush I can put it on first thing in the morning and it feels very light on my eyes not too heavy so I can just forget it is there. Then when it comes to evening the eye shadow is still noticeable it does fade a little but not so much so that you cannot notice the product at all. When it comes to removing the eye shadow this is very easy to do with one rub of my face wipes the colour comes away easily and without any hassle.
I have the crushed plum shade and it is a matte finish which I prefer in an eye shadow so that is not a problem but I do think it is a shame that this is not a very pigmented colour as it makes the effort of applying it over and over again to create a decent finish very annoying. There are cheaper eye shadows available that last longer and show the colour well where as this seems to be a little flat and lacking life.
I would not recommend this eye shadow as I find it really is pricey for the product you receive and it is a real let down from Clinique I usually do not mind paying a higher price for their products as they last well and are easy to use. This eye shadow really is not very special and I have had better experiences with their pallets of eye shadow rather than the singles so I will not be buying this again.
The Clinique range continues to be my favourite brand of makeup and I don't mind paying extra for Clinique products as I have always found them to be very professional products and they even look good, too.
When I started my first job in 2009 after leaving school in the summer I went a little wild with my first wage buying myself all the things I had lusted after which included makeup and hair products and the Clinique colour surge eye shadow velvet was one of the items I bought in my haul of items.
The eye shadow comes in a compact box-type plastic container that opens on a hinge, this is around 2cm long and 4cm wide so it is very compact and I tend to take it out with me on nights out. In the lid of the container there is a mirror which, again, is perfect for nights out or even on the bus!
The eye shadow comes with a small applicator brush, I leave the brush with the eye shadow set but I tend to use a Rimmel professional applicator brush as I find the Clinique applicator too flimsy, I like harder brushes as its easier to control how much product you apply to the brush.
The colour is a very deep grey which is absolutely ideal for the smoky eye effect; I find it looks the best with lighter shades of grey and a glitter over the top. The colour is very deep so it's not for those who shy away from dark colours it's a real statement eye shadow.
I think the feel of this eye shadow really does feel like velvet making it so easy to apply. With other eye shadows I have found that is tends to gather in the corners by the end of the night making it look like you've slept in your makeup or something but this eye shadow has great staying power and lasts for 7-8 hours which is great.
I paid £12 for this eye shadow from Amazon a few years ago and looking back now it was a lot to pay for the eye shadow, it didn't seem to last very long either but that's probably because I used it so much, there was an adequate amount of product.
Overall, I would recommend this eye shadow if you want to treat yourself but otherwise I'd opt for a cheaper alternative.
I had this eye shadow brought for me for my birthday last year so do not know the price as it was a gift.
This eye shadow goes on nicely with the aplicator brush provided, its very easy to use with no mess as i have found with other powder eye shadows and looks realy nice. it gives a realy smooth finish.
I had the lighter grey one quite a few years ago and was over the moon with it but am not so pleased this time round.
The eye shadow it self has not changed but my eyes have, over the years the crease lines around my eyes have increased and i now find that after a few hours the only part of the eye shadow still remaining are the parts that are sitting in the crease at the top of your eye where the skin folds between the eye and eye brow when you open your eyes.
This eye shadow is great for younger people but i would steer clear of it as you get older.