Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Swatches: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

I'm pretty sure Clinique didn't know what they were about to do when they launched Chubby Sticks in April 2011 (where does the time go?).  Since then, they've expanded the original lip lineup to a massive 16 shades, added an Intense line which give more pigmentation, and now they've released the latest installment: Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes.

The packaging is unsurprisingly the same, with the shadow sticks twisting up from the bottom.  Unlike the lip shades, the stick doesn't have a tapered end, which makes it easier to quickly apply colour to the entire lid, but isn't quite as convenient to apply under the eyes. 

The new collection includes twelve shades, running from neutrals to deeper, more smoky colours.  There are no ultra-brights included; Mighty Moss, a shimmering moss green, and Big Blue, a mid-blue, are the strongest colours, and both are more muted than bright.  

Left to right: Pink & Plenty, Lavish Lilac, Lots o'Latte, Portly Plum, Ample Amber, Curvaceous Coal
Many of the colours have a fine shimmer running through them.  Some, like Ample Amber above, are more metallic in their finish.  In general though, they're subtly sparkly, and blend out to provide a soft wash of colour with gentle shimmer.  The texture is creamy and blendable, but sets down within a minute or so, giving plenty of time to blend and then being crease resistant.  My super oily lids mean I'll have to wear these with primer to avoid creasing, but that's not unusual for me.

Overall, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes provides a lovely soft eye look, from subtle neutrals to smudgy smoke, in a portable and very usable stick format.  I can see these becoming just as popular as their lip counterparts.  Find them now at Clinique counters and online at the Clinique website, where each shade costs £16.

Disclosure: PR samples


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