Product Review: Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in French Vanilla, CA$19.00
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in 601 French Vanilla, US$15.00/CA$19.00

When it comes to makeup colors, I am more of a Bobbi Brown kind of girl. I don’t like vivid colors – I like to wear neutral, everyday shades. In my staples of eyeshadows there will always be a flesh tone color, a shade close to my skin tone but slightly lighter just to brighten my eyes, neutralize any redness on my lids (from allergies) and so on. My all time favorite shade is actually from Bobbi Brown – Bone – but it’s also a little more than I want to spend! And I came across Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadows, which sounded promising. I like that the shade French Vanilla looks like what I want, and is hypoallergenic. The price is US$15/CAD$19, the cheapest of most of the brands I like, cheaper than Bobbi Brown. Let’s see how it measures up!

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in French Vanilla, CA$19.00
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in French Vanilla, CA$19.00

From Clinique’s website:

Our softest, smoothest, richest matte shadow creates elegant intensity in one stroke. Surprisingly lightweight, long-wearing. Ophthalmologist tested for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

What I like about this: it is safe for my sensitive eyes, and lightweight. However, I don’t find this to be very pigmented; if you want more intensity using the sponge-tipped applicator is better, but I still needed a couple of layers. It’s definitely not as pigmented as Bobbi Brown’s Bone, or Urban Decay’s eyeshadows. It is matte, and is smooth, but I do find that on my non-oily eyelids, this fades away in a few hours. A little disappointing in that aspect.

You get 2.5g of the shadow and it does last quite a while. However, I probably will go back to Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows which are more pigmented and long wearing!

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