31 October 2013

Clinique Jenna's Essentials All About Shadow Quad: Review, Pics, Swatches

One of 8 new All About Shadow quads, Jenna's Essentials palette by Clinique is a very special little set of shadows selected by Jenna Menard, the brand's Global Colour Artist. 

Clinique Jenna's Essentials Eyeshadow Quad

Housed in a slim, silver topped compact, the quad is a lovely and elegant piece of kit which comes with a decent sized mirror and two foam topped applicators (which I chucked straight into the bin, in favour of my own brushes). 
Clinique eyeshadow palette Jenna's Essentials
The shades themselves are fantastic: this is a really good edit of colours that will take you through from day to night with ease. There's a matte white, shimmery sand, matte mid brown and a showstopper of a blackened green, shot through with emerald sparkle. 

This palette gives you plenty of options. By day I layer the sandy shade over the brown, which I also use in my brows. If I'm wearing a bright lip, the white shadow alone, with a few coats of mascara, is enough. By night, adding the green to the crease/outer c, and the white to the inner corner, kicks things up a notch or two - though the green also looks great on its own, with a lot of smudgy black kohl. 

Swatches Clinique Jenna's Essentials Eyeshadow Quad

Here I'm wearing all but the white, layered up, and teamed with Rimmel Notting Hill Nude lippie over Rimmel Spice lipliner for a very 90s inspired look (I've been obsessed since that MAC masterclass!). 

The quality of the shadows is stellar: they're buttery soft, blend brilliantly and offer great colour payoff with virtually no fallout. I have lots of love for Jenna's Essentials and can see myself turning to it more and more over the winter months.  Plus, at €34, it represents better value than many of the luxury palettes on the market (for example, while also lovely, the YSL City Drive quads are €49.50).

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