Autumnal Discoveries

I was sent a selection of products from Clinique's Autumn collection a while ago, but I got so carried away with using them I forgot to tell you guys! The common theme for Fall 2010 across the board has been berry colours, but Clinique have gone slightly more delicate and wearable with their hues so you won't have to throw them out with that cape come Spring time. Here are my highlights...

L: Wet      R: Dried & Smudged

The product that I instantly dismissed, but then have been using every other day since, is the Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Rock Violet. I thought this was 'just another eyeshadow' but when I actually tried it on my hand I fell in love with the colour, consistency and the way the shadow actually changes texture. When you first apply it appears slightly opalescent and metallic, but when it dries it becomes matte and fresh and easy to blend. The colour doesn't come out well in photos because it's quite natural, so I urge you to go and have a peepers in store for yourself. You can build up colour, use it to highlight or blend it for a modern look - it's become an essential part of my makeup routine and frequently gets worn on a weekday.

The Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Beach Plum is also a lovely eye palette. The pack itself is cute and qualitative, including a mirror and double sided brush with a traditional eyeshadow applicator and flexible brush bristles so you can use the product in different ways. The two shades include a delicate, almost-invisible-but-in-a-good-way, gold which catches the light and looks fab as a highlighter. The second shade is a purple-plum shade which isn't too dark or scary, but I expected a greater pay-off as it's hard to build up a strong colour - the only negative thing I have to say. The shadows are smooth and easy to apply, don't crease and last the length of a work day.

To complete the eye look they have Quickliner For Eyes Intense (don't you love French translations) in Intense Plum. This has a smudger at the end so you can blend the liner into a smokey look with the shadows, but I like the strength of the line against the delicate shades. The liner is fab - you get a strong, straight and deep line easily. Although the colour is Intense Plum it's so dark it's practically black so this could be worn with absolutely anything and any look - a good investment piece.

Not the right colour,
but it shows the fab packaging

For a finishing touch Clinique have included High Impact Lip Colour (SPF 15) in Peach Pop. I used to use Clinique's lipsticks when I was at Uni (it was my one indulgence, along with Ted Baker bags and French Connection hoodies... ahem) and I loved them. I was happy to see they hadn't changed much and still had the beautiful silver metal packaging which made it feel so luxurious all those years ago. The lipstick applies well, not sticking but gliding along the lip, giving a good colour result and a comfortable feeling. I was wary of peach (my Nan has worn peach lipstick as long as I can remember) but this isn't a bright shade, but a more wearable hue that you could wear either in the day as step up from plain gloss or in the evening to complement a strong eye.

This is what the collection looks like together - purple, gold, peach and plum sounds wrong, but it works.

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