Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Quick Pick: Clinique Quickliner Intense in Intense Plum and Intense Chocolate

These Clinique Quickliner Intense pencils were an unexpected sample recently, and having used them for a couple of weeks, I'm really impressed.  I've used Quickliners before, and I've always liked their mechanical pencil action (I'm always mislaying my pencil sharpener) and thin "lead" - making it pretty easy to apply them precisely to either lashline.  These Intense versions are limited edition and promise more intense colour alongside the usual long lasting, easy application benefits.

Intense Plum is actually a bit more purple than I'd expect for something labelled plum - it's a reasonably cool blue based purple rather than a red based plum.  Intense Chocolate is, unsurprisingly, a chocolate brown.

Swatched, you can see that not only are they pretty intense (this is a single swipe), they also have a subtle bit of shimmer in them.  Nothing you'd be able to see on the eye, but definitely enough to add a bit of dimension.

My only complaint of these is that they don't remain soft and smudgable for long enough before they set fast.  I'd quite like a softly smudged line sometimes, and if I don't act really fast, it's easy to lose the opportunity to smudge, as the liner sets within about twenty seconds.  Once set, though, they remain set all day, with no flaking, smudging or transfer at all.

Find them at Clinique counters and at the Clinique website, where a 0.3g product will cost you £14 - making them really rather expensive per-gram, compared to say, UD's famously hard wearing 24/7 liners, which are £13 for 1.2g.

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. Oh, these both look lovely, although I see exactly what you mean about the plum not being plum!

  2. Nice! I will look those up. :D

  3. I love the look of the brown one. I'm always on the lookout for eyeliner 'pencils' that don't smudge - even the UD 24/7 ones make me look like panda after about 4 hours!


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