Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad

Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad review

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!

new Clinique All About Shadow

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!

Clinique All About Shadow Quad packaging

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!

Clinique All About Shadow Quad layout

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!

Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad closeup

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:

Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad swatch

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.

Clinique Galaxy All About Shadow Quad FOTD

Clinique Galaxy Quad EOTD

Clinique Galaxy EOTD

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

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    Hi Sunny,
    Galaxy doesn’t speak to me but your eye look does. You should wear blues more often, I love it on you.
    So you laid your hands on some Tom Ford? Is it available in Belgium?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Sara! Blue is one of those out-of-my-comfort-zone color, but I might be able to pair it with neutrals to wear in real life!

      Yes I laid my hands on some TF! I got this one from a swap. It’s unfortunately still not available in Belgium! I’ll be at Heathrow in a bit more than a week, and I heard I can find it at the airport though!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I’m with Sara! You should wear blues more often! So pretty on you! But yeah, I don’t think I’d get much use out of this one.
    Tom Ford blush, hey? NOW you’re talking hahaha!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! Yeah that’s the thing. I wish they had thrown in a mid-toned neutral in there. That would make this quad more versatile. But yes, I finally tried a TF blush and I need more!

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    You wear blues VERY well!!! You should definitely wear blues more often.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Isabelle! I should experiment more with it!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    You look GREAT in blues, Sunny! You look so different. Love it.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Melissa! If I want to wear blue in real life I might tone it down by pairing it with neutrals though. That’s my style ;)

  • beauties

    I really like the colours on you :) for me they would be too dark and dramatic.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, that’s actually what I thought when I saw it, but it turned out OK! I do agree it’s not easy to get an everyday office friendly look out of this one though, simply because there are two dark shades out of four!

  • Kate Driveller

    You created a beautiful look from of a mediocre quad, Sunny! I went over to play with the relaunched Clinique shades and think that while they are a big improvement on old Clinique textures, they still lag behind other brands / the market in general.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Kate! The single you see in the picture is a very solid purple though! We only get a VERY limited selection of shades here, and I haven’t swatched everything else so I can’t really comment on the overall quality.

  • Icaria

    While I don’t think these colors would suit me the look you’ve created is positively gorgeous!!! I agree with everyone elst, more blues please!!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Helene! It’s the simplest way for me to use this quad to be honest ;)

  • http://mirror-reality.com/ Phil

    The lip color is off.. it’s like a tad too beige/draining. And then I read you already wrote that :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I knew that. I just can’t really wear the same lipstick with allll my smokey looks (or can I…)!

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    I just have to comment aside from tweeting.. YOU LOOK AMAZING IN BLUE, SUNNY!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks SO much, Shari! I think it’s SOME blues though!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    Ooooh, I really like this! I have to say, blue is your color! Why don’t you wear it more often????

    It is a shame that two of the shades are so similar, because that aqua shade is gorgeous. Now that I’ve gone red, I think I would want the green quad even more, LOL.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! I don’t really know! It’s probably just my prejudice to be honest!

      Oh yeah, you should definitely wear green more often, red hair or otherwise!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    Sounds just like me when I began wearing makeup I went overboard with Chanel eyeshadows :) I love how you’ve put on these colours, so sultry and exotic!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Sofia! It’s a little hard to go overboard with Chanel eyeshadows though, especially the baked version. I’m sure it was fine!

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        Ahaha I meant clinique! Must have been tired sorry :) … NOw am going to look at your Chanel post!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          LOL OK now that makes sense!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com/ TheProcrastinator

    Pretty sure my first eye shadow EVER was a Clinique GWP. Oh, back in the day…

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I know! I think many people had Clinique makeovers when they were teenagers :)

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    This looks so beautiful on you! I’m so afraid of blue eyeshadows, its the one color that freaks me out. You make them looks amazing.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Natalie! To be honest, blue is out of my comfort zone as well. However, there are always so many variations within the same color family that there is something out there for everyone!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    The purple quad was one of my first palettes, too :) These colours look great on you..

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yaaay we’re purple quad friends :) Thanks, Jill! I need to work more with blues :)

  • Krystle Kouture

    Wow 2 dupes in the same palette is just weird. The pigmentation looks great I’ll have to see what other color combos they have!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, they aren’t dupes but they are close enough. I’d say one is more blue and the other more gray, but essentially you don’t need both in the same quad!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Clinique was definitely my first foray into higher end makeup, too! I recently picked up 2 quads and 2 lippies from them and I am very happy with them. The lipstick in Bamboo Pink is THE JAM! I also started wearing makeup in the mid-90′s so glitter gel? CHECK! ZOMG, I would smear some glitter goo on my lids every day and think it looked amaze! Ha ha! I agree – the inclusion of two very similar shades is a let-down in this particular quad, but damn girl, the look you did? BEAUTIFUL! I mean, talk about elevating your beauty!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha sounds like you had a lot of fun! I’m sure if I had started wearing makeup at the age of 16, I would have LOVED some glitter. Unfortunately I started way late, and glitter didn’t seem like something I should get into :p

      Thanks so much, Kristen! I might want more blue eyeshadows now :p

  • Lily

    I agree with everyone else here, Sunny. You rocked this blue! It looked a bit ‘meh’ in the palette, but you made it work. Great job!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Lily! My heart sank a little when I saw all the blues, but I’m glad the look turned out fine!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    These aren’t really my favorite sort of colors (I can’t help but think 80s), but as always, you created a really flattering look that makes them look modern and cool. This line of shadows were among my first high end makeup purchases back when I was 11 or 12, I actually think they’re great quality. Clinique isn’t currently cruelty-free anymore, so I haven’t kept up with their recent releases, but I remember the buttery smooth texture and that they were super pigmented. They always seemed to have only a couple quads available though and when you’d go to repurchase, they’d be discontinued. Anyway though – beautiful creation, Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha oh they aren’t that 80′s really, but I know what you mean!

      From what I can see the new line-up is huge in the US! We only receive a very limited selection here though. I still have to check out the other shades that are available!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    woah-holy the colors of these looks so amazing!!! i have a few blues that are somewhat similar but i just can’t seem to pull off that look (so why did i even buy them lol…they were so pretty is why.)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, you should keep trying different placement and combination! There has got to be a way or two for you to wear virtually any color with ease!

  • TinaBowling

    I actually love the look of this quad but the quality and colors look a lot like the Maybelline Eye Studio palettes that I adore! Those are about 1/3 of the price of Clinique so I will probably pass.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tina, oh yeah those can be pretty good actually! I see your point :)

  • Dominique33

    It’s my first Clinique eyepalette ever, I really love it. Well pigmented and smooth texture.
    Galaxy looks pretty on you !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Dominique! I actually think there is room for improvement in terms of pigment and texture, but overall it’s not a bad quad!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    STUNNING! I took a long look at these and found the shades enticing but the packaging lackluster to be shelling out the slightly higher price. (I don’t know about there but Clinique has been slowly hiking up the prices here.) Argh, this looks amazing on you!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Liz! I think you might be able to find a blue-themed quad with better quality or price to be honest. Galaxy isn’t hard to work with, but it doesn’t knock it out of the park, either!

  • murt

    Wow – this is a gorgeous look!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, girl!