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Clinique’s 8 hr-lid smoothie feels amazing. But does it last?

 

Anything that has the word “smoothie” in it makes me ridiculously happy. Y’all know how much I loooove smothies, don’t you? It was my love for smoothies that had me all giddy about Clinique’s new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour. They are certainly cute enough to be all that and more, uh?

I love anything that allows me to look polished without doing too much work. Clinique describes these Lid Smoothies as…

“Creamy, crease-resistant eye colour wears for 8 hours. Instantly cools thanks to a unique applicator. Nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness. Antioxidants help protect eye-area skin.” (source) 

Okay, so I’m not having to battle fine lines (not yet, at least) but I could so using nourishing properties on the lids. Every little bit helps when your skin is drier than the Sahara in the middle of summer. More than the product itself, I absolutely loved the applicator of these Lid Smoothies.

 

 

What looks to be a simple spout that emits smoothie goodness is actually a chrome’d out spout. Is chrome’d out a word? Not exactly but  I’m a fan of creating new words as needed. 8) I absolutely love the metal applicator of these things. They feel fantastic on the lids. I’ve never seen anything like this and I can only hope that other brands pick up this idea and do something similar. I would also love to see these on lip balms. Ohmigoodness, can you imagine using a chrome’d out applicator to apply a gloss on a hot day? Cool, uh? So yes. Clinique gets major cool points from me. This applicator is a total winner. While I was only able to check out 5 Lid Smoothies, there are 12 of ‘em. Most shades seemed to be a bit pastel-y. Shades like Bit O’ Honey and Cashew Later are perfect as primers as their colors will work great for applying darker eyeshadow colors without changing the colors too much. Then you’ve got shades like Impromtu-Blue and Currant Affair  which will be perfect for layering blue and purple shadows on top of. They have the potential to bring out the color intensity and pay-off.

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Currant Affair, Born Freesia, Cute-cumber, Pinkgo Biloba, Bit O’ Honey

 

While I’ve got super oily lids, a good creamy eyeshadow base gives me the opportunity to be lazy enough to throw it on the lid and move on and chic enough look like I spent 20 minutes doing my eyes. They are perfect for busy beauties on the go. But unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get 8-hours of wear-time with these kids.

Which made me SO sad. I tried wearing these two ways; by themselves and with an eye shadow on top of them. Both tests resulted in creasing within a few hours. Boo and double boo. I was hoping for more longevity but nope, I didn’t get it. That said, while pretty and practical, these aren’t the best for ladies looking to wear their eyeshadow and have it not budge all day. I would also like to see more shades with different finishes. These may do 10x better in a matte finish. If you’re in the mood to try something new from Clinique and don’t require long-lasting eyeshadow bases and shadows, then give these a whirl. Otherwise, if you’re like me and have super oily lids, these smoothies may not be up your alley.

That’s the bad news. But the good news is, green smoothies CAN be up your alley. Woo hoo!

You can buy these 8-hr Lid Smoothies from Clinique.com and at Clinique counters for $19.50.

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  • victoria

    I will give Clinique credit though, because the Smoothie’s packaging is an definite improvement on their Quick Eyes cream shadows. Looks like you can easily use all of the product in the Smoothie tube, whereas my QE cream Shadow can’t all be accessed unless I somehow cut open the tube and depot it.

    • Brittany

      I vaguely remember the packaging of the Quick Eyes cream. Did it look like a lipstick tube?

      • victoria

        It’s packaged like a lip gloss, with a doe foot applicator. After I had it and used it for a short while it’s still useable but there’s a lot of product clinging to the sides of the tube that the applicator can’t reach.

        The Smoothie sounds like almost the same product but in improved packaging.

        • Brittany

          I don’t remember the previous product. Do you remember what it was called?

          • victoria

            Quick Eyes Cream Shadow

            I’ve got it in 01, Sparkling Nude

          • Brittany

            How do you like them?

          • Brittany

            Niiiiice!

          • victoria

            I like the subtle consistency, ie. slight sheen and it does help my powder e/s on top stay longer. I think I’m just going to get some kind of toothpick or cuticle stick from the drugstore and scrape the product off the sides of the tube so I can access it with the doe foot applicator.

            The only down side is that it doesn’t seem totally hygienic to keep reapplying product from the tube to your eyelid. I may try some makeup brush cleaner on the doe foot applicator.

            These go on sheer as opposed to the Smoothie which looks more opaque. I do like the QE cream shadow, and I really like using it as a primer

  • http://beautifulwithbrains.com gio

    The colors are so pretty! What a shame they crease, I think I’ll pass.

    • Brittany

      I knowwww. I wish they lasted longer.

  • Cinnie

    If you’re looking for decent wear, try Ulta’s cream eyeshadows. I bought one as an experiment, and it lasts 12+ hours for me– withOUT primer.

    • Brittany

      Thanks for the rec!

  • http://thenotice.net Rae // theNotice

    Ahh, this is crazy! I have a few Lid Smoothies as well, and they’re one of the the ONLY products I’ve tried so far that haven’t creased on my lids – I can get over twelve hours of wear out of them :o

    Maybe it’s just my skin being weird? I can’t wear TFSI *or* UDPP for more than three or four hours without creasing, which isn’t too common!

    • Brittany

      Crazy how some beauty products work so wonderful for some of us and not as good for the rest of us. Ha! I swear by TFSI and UDPP. And no, darling….your skin isn’t being weird at all. Maybe the rest of us have weird skin. :)

  • Amanda

    I have semi oily eye lids and they wear all day for me even at work, both alone and as a base for other colors, Like B said some things work for some of us… try it you might like it!