Clinique A Pink Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette Review and Swatches
Clinique have several palettes in the All About Shadow range, each contain 8-pan shadows and a dual-ended applicator. The palettes are divided into matte, shimmer and satin finishes. I chose A Pink Honey Affair palette which has a shimmer finish. Normally I prefer matte and satin finishes, but this caught my eye because of the pink and purple shades that I love. So, what did I think about this palette once I got it home?
Well, let's start off with the packaging. The palette itself is very small and compact and comes in a pretty cardboard box with a white background and pink and green flowers and leaves over it. The Clinique branding is in silver with the product details in black text. Very nice!
The palette itself is very elegant as it is simply a small rectangular silver box, with just the word Clinique etched onto the top. The underside of the palette has the names of the shades on a sticker. I can imagine over time this silver palette could get pretty messy with fingerprints and the like, but equally it would be pretty easy to wipe it down.
The shadows themselves, of which there are eight are graduated from left to right from very pale shades to darker ones. There is a full size mirror in the lid and a double-ended applicator which has a foam end and a brush end. So onto the shadows themselves.
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The shadows as I mentioned have the names on the base of the palette and Clinique have chosen to list them rather oddly, in my opinion anyway. Three of the shades are from other palettes, but instead of just naming the shade they have chosen to say “shade from XYZ palette” as you will see here.
The following swatches have been done using a brush and swiped twice. The top half of the swatch is over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the bottom half is on bare skin, so that you can get an idea of how they look on both.
Light pink shade of Jammin’ duo: Yes, that’s how they name it! This really is a very pale pink which you can just about make out in the swatches against my pale skin, sorry. This is pretty sheer when applied and has a nice shimmer with warm undertones. It left a little fallout when applied, but not too much. Works better over primer.
Ballet Flats: This is a very shimmery shade of light rose-pink with warm undertones. This shade had a good colour payoff and I didn't notice any fallout. It was soft and blended well. Works best on primed skin, but not too bad on bare.
Fourth shade of Black Honey palette: There they go again with those names! This is more of a pinky-beige with warm undertones and a nice shimmer. It felt very soft and was easy to blend and work with. It had good colour payoff with no fallout and works with primed or unprimed skin.
Nude Rose: This is more of a warm-toned beige that although the entire palette is described as shimmers, this is definitely more of a matte. This felt completely different to the other shades and was quite hard to blend and the colour payoff was less intense.
Portobello: This is another shade that is slightly different to the rest. It is a grey-taupe shade that is not quite a matte, but neither is it shimmer, so I suppose satin fits it better, but leaning more towards matte. Like Nude Rose, it was harder to work with than the others and didn’t blend as well.
Hazy: This is a warm brown shade that had good colour payoff and was soft and blended well. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette.
Dark brown shade of Pink Chocolate quad: This is a dark brown shade with very warm undertones. It was very soft and blendable and had extremely good colour payoff. One of the better shades in the palette to work with. It worked well on both primed and unprimed skin.
French Toast: This is a very nice taupe shade that has a matte finish. It is very soft and blended really well with great colour payoff. It worked well on both primed and unprimed skin.
All of the shades are more towards the brown and taupe shades than the palette name and initial looks make you believe. It is also very much a warm undertone palette, so if you prefer cooler eyeshadows, then this is not the palette for you (or me). Overall, I was not overly impressed with the palette, although individual shades did catch my eye.
All of the shades lasted at least 6.5 hours on me, with Black Honey and Hazy lasting the longest (7.5 hours). I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance on my eyes as I have oily lids, so some shades might not last as long on unprimed eyelids.
I would buy Hazy, Pink Chocolate and French Toast if they were individuals, but this palette just doesn’t grab me. At $45 CND or $36.50 USD the palette is cheaper than most, but I would prefer to put my money towards a better quality palette, or individual eyeshadows. This palette is just a bit bland for me.
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