RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars
COST: $20 for duo, $24 for trio
THE SKINNY: You know there are some brand you just always go back to. For me, that brand is Clinique. I have been using their products for well over 10 years.
And they rarely fail me.
But Clinique's Color Surge Eyeshadow (I tried violets) was all-new to me. It came in one of the freebie bags I got with another purchase and I love it.
My sample contained three shades and a blush (looks like an exclusive) but the matte colors were delightful. I was able to wear my favorite (PURPLE!) eyeshadow without felling like it was too much color for work. The colors were pale, although layering added to the hues, and stuck all day. It was also nice to find matte colors, so many of them have sparkle and shine right now -- not that I mind sparkle and sine, but sometimes you just want a more subtle look.
The application is not as smooth as some other brands, but I think that had to do more with the foam brush than the actual shadow. (I'll use one of my nicer brushes from here on out.)
KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. And next time I order from Clinique, I will be on the lookout for this freebie.
CHECK IT OUT: Clinique is widely available and you can check out the Color Surge line online.
-- Tested by Carrie