I mentioned yesterday that Clinique and Laura Mercier have both chosen a “fresh and innocent” direction for spring. Of Clinique’s spring offering, I was most interested in the limited edition Fresh Bloom Eyeshadows.
These shadows have two different colored powders in a flower pattern (not overspray; the difference appears to go right to the bottom of the pan) — but they’re meant to be used together. There’s no appreciable difference between the two shades, so you can dab your brush wherever it happens to fall. The pigmentation is soft, and very softly luminous. My favorite was Maple Blossom, a grey taupe with definite purple undertones (it reminded me a bit of MAC’s Remotely Grey — anyone with me on that?).
Once I had these four shadows all lined up, I realized how much they reminded me of Guerlain’s spring palette: Exotic Paradise. The shades are softer, certainly, and you can pick individual shades. These shadows are $16.50 each.
Clinique First Blush: Maple Blossom, Tiger Lily, Cherry Blossom, Apple Blossom