Holding a revamped Clinique All About Shadow Quad brings back so much memory! It must have been about 10 years ago when I got my first one of these (a purple one called Plum Seduction). I was in college and wanted some higher-end makeup, and I picked Clinique because I had a couple of counter makeovers when I was in high school. That was way before I became obsessed with makeup and started buying everything I can never use up. I ended up putting a good dent in each of the shade! Of course, that was also before I discovered eyeshadow primers. I would go way overboard because the shadows would fade on me throughout the night. I have fond memories of what I considered pretty when I was in my late-teens/early twenties, but I am not so sure everyone who had to look at my very purple eyes would say the same.
But where was I? Oh yeah, the new Clinique All About Shadow launch!
Essentially, we are looking at quite some reformulated singles (matte, soft shimmer, and super shimmer), duos, and quads, as well as a couple of new Quickliner For Eyes Intense. Today I have Galaxy (11. RRP in Belgium: 39,30 euros) to show you!
The interesting thing about Clinique is they don’t seem to like to alter their packaging much (think about the iconic Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. The new “+” version looks exactly like the old one). The new generation of All About Shadow Quads look exactly like their previous incarnations! It is kind of nifty though. You end up with two mirrors!
There is a helpful diagram on a sticker on the mirror, as well as numbers on the plastic cover so you can figure out how to work with it from there. Even the sponge applicators come with numbers, so they won’t become too messy!
Galaxy is a teal/blue quad. The first shade is a frosty silvery white. It is smooth and easy to work with, though it takes a little building-up to achieve opacity. The second shade is a shimmery navy blue. The texture is on the drier side, but it is pigmented. The third shade is a light frosty peacock teal. The texture is somewhat powdery, and it takes some work for it to look even and opaque. The fourth shade is a mostly matte grayed-out midnight blue with a sheen. It is also slightly dry, but easy to work with.
Here is how Galaxy swatches:
I personally think it’s a bit of a pity to include two shades that are so similar. On the one hand, I am glad there are enough dark shades in the quad for some drama. On the other, maybe a mid-toned gray would make it more versatile.
For the look, I used the navy blue all over my lid, the silvery white in the inner corners, the teal in the center, and the midnight blue in my outer third as well as lower lash line.
I am glad the quad doesn’t produce much fallout in the process, and not at all during wear time!
For the rest of my face, I have Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color (review coming up soon) and Dior Incognito Addict Extreme on (I still think it’s a tad too beige on me).
Bottom line: While Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad is workable, the quality in general is not the best I have seen. The fact that it contains two very similar-looking dark shades also makes the quad less versatile. If you are looking for a quad that would be good for a blue smokey eye, give Galaxy a swatch. If what you have in mind is not so specific, it might not be the one!
Does Galaxy speak for you? What are some of your earlier makeup memories?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx