Do you remember that old TV commercial where son calls father collect, and gives his name as “Bob WeHadABabyIt’sABoy” to avoid actually having to pay for the call? That’s kind of how I feel about Clinique’s new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colors: they had to get everything in the name in case you weren’t willing to read any further. Let’s just call them “Lid Smoothies.”
Clinique’s cream eyeshadows have been through several incarnations. You may remember the Touch Tints (squeeze tube with a narrow tip), and the doe’s-foot-applicator Quick Eyes Cream Shadows (which I swatched here). The Lid Smoothies have a cooling, stainless steel, slanted tip applicator (though you may want to apply these to your lids using your fingertips, a synthetic brush, or even a fluffy brush to make sure you don’t put on too much, and to ensure even application).
You can use the Lid Smoothies alone (as cream shadow), or as a base for powder shadows. You can also blend and mix the cream shades. All 12 of these shades are gently shimmery, and a little goes a long way. As you might have surmised from the name, these are supposed to be crease-proof, with 8-hour wear. (If you’ve tried these on your lids, I want to hear what you think!)
Here are the blended swatches (applied with my fingers):
01 Bit O’ Honey is a shimmery moonlight-beige. 02 Cashew Later is a bit pinker. 03 Sassy-fras is a root beer, warm rosy-purple brown. 04 Gingerly is golden peach. There is no number 5. 06 Cute-cumber is a muted, silvered, mossy green. 07 Pinkgo Biloba is cotton candy pink. It bothers me slightly that Seventh Heaven is shade 08. It’s a rosy shell brown. 09 Born Freesia is a silvery pale smoke blue-purple. 10 Imprompt-blue is a worn, silvery purpled blue grey. 11 Currant Affair is a muted red-purple brown. 12 Lick-orice is a shimmery silver grey-black. 13 Salt and Pepper is a warm, light silver taupe.
To give you a better idea of the colors, I swatched them again (painting a more opaque stripe with a disposable lipgloss brush).
Lid Smoothies are $19.50 each.