Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in "Exclusive Nudes" (Neutral Territory 2): Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
In the midst of the Urban Decay Naked 3 craze and all the rave for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I was completely unaware that Clinique also released its own nude palette called the All About Shadow 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in "Exclusive Nudes" ($40). This is a limited edition palette that features eight super wearable neutrals perfect for everyday. So how does it compare to the plethora of "nude palettes" already on the market? Read more to find out.......

What it is:
-Deluxe sized mirrored compact filled with eight neutral eyeshadow shades
-Crease-resistant and fade resistant formulation
-Includes duo ended brush/sponge applicator
The shadows come in a very compact and sleek mirrored compact. Of all the nude palettes I have seen, this is the most space efficient one. Because the packaging is mirrored, it picks up fingerprints very easily so that's kind of a downside.
The applicator it comes with has a sponge tip on one side and a brush on the other. The brush is good for blending but it's too flimsy for packing on the shadow.
Pigmentation and Formulation:
With no exceptions, all eight shades are richly pigmented and smooth, even the paler ones. I think there is a really good variation on colors and a good ratio of warm to cool tones. However, there is not one matte shade as all the colors are either metallic or shimmery. I personally prefer shimmers/metallics over mattes (and by a long shot, too), but I think a nude palette should include at least one light matte shade to help with blending, so that's definitely a drawback with the color selection.
With that said though, the formulation is really impressive, there was no chalkiness or glittery fallouts.
All colors swatched on bare skin (click image to enlarge).
The wear of these colors are amazing, even with no primer the color lasted all day!

Here is a subtle look I did with a few of the shades.
I have to say this may be my favorite nude palette out of my whole collection and here is why. Firstly the packaging is so thin and sleek, making it perfect for traveling. Secondly although there are only eight shades (versus ten or more), all of them are richly pigmented and there are no duds that are either way too chalky or way too glittery. Lastly the price point is just right, at $40 CAD you are really getting a high quality palette that can be used everyday. I feel like with my Naked palettes, there are only a few colors out of the whole palette that I will actually reach for, making the hefty price tag and the bulkier packaging not worthwhile. But with the Clinique palette, I know I would use all the colors on a regular basis.

This limited edition palette is available online and in stores at Sephora and other department stores where Clinique is sold.

Have you tried this palette before? Are nude palettes part of your everyday makeup? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, thanks for reading!
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