Everyone else is doing shimmer this fall but not Clinique. I like matte formulas because they can add more dimension than a shimmer, are great for all ages, and typically provide more pigment. Plus, matte styles fit in more with my choice of vintage styles. Clinique Modern Matte Autumn 2008 Color Collection launch really isn’t that exciting but it is very wearable. It is perfect for more reserved work environments but still carries a punch. The Clinique website says, “Velvety rich meets fine-powder finishes for a matte like nothing you remember.” Well, if you are over the age of 18 then you’ll remember that it was hard to find a matte sans the cakey, clumpy, hard to blend mess. This collection is different. It is smooth and easy to wear.
EYES: They have relaunched High Impact Mascara in Black. I have used this formula before and really wasn’t wowed. It does a great job of being a basic lengthening, darkening and thickening mascara. I still haven’t found my HG mascara but that is a story for a different day. Sells for $14. Next, the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte. This is a true matte eyeshadow formula that is long-wearing and packs a pretty decent pigment. It retails for $14 and you get a pretty generous amount of shadow. The color range is very neutral which means it provides browns, nudes and a few violets. The colors I like are French Vanilla which is a pale nude and everyone needs one without shimmer. I like Night Plum which is a darker smoky plum that looks awesome in the crease. Slate is a smoky gray that adds depth and dimension when layered over mattes or shimmers. Midnight is a deep smoky black with a tinge of gray that is a must for everyone. You can use this as liner, with smoky eyes or for extra drama. It is a great brow powder too. The other shades are Dark Denim, Stone Violet, Martini, Chocolate Chip, and Sable.
LIPS & CHEEKS: There is the High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 which claims to wear for 8 hours. It wore for a longer than average time but not 8 hours for me. It isn’t as dry as most long-wearing lipsticks. It comes in 20 shades. There is a shade for everyone but of course I like the brighter ones. I like Sassy Spice (which Spice Girl was that?), it is a chili red with a hint of orange. The others that stand out are Peach Pop which is a bright coral, Go Fig which is a nude with a hint of pink perfect for smoky looks, Extreme Pink which is a bright Bubble Yum pink, and In A Nutshell which is a nude with a hint of peach. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a plum that I liked. These sell for $14. These lipsticks are to be paired with the new Defining Liner for Lips which is a creamy long-wearing lip liner pencil with a built in sharpener. I like Pomegranate which is a medium mauve, Nudey which is a pure nude, and Plush Pink which is a light nude pink. The other colors are Soft Plum, Sugared Fig, Red-y Or Not, Berry Nude and Cider. Price on these are $14. There is the new Blushwear Cream Stick which I have already reviewed in my cream blush stick entry. These are a cream-to-powder finish that looks natural and are very blendable. They are oil-free and are a keeper. They come in Glow Blush, Peachy Blush, Rosy Blush, Very Blush, and Shy Blush. These retail for $18.50.
Well, that’s the collection. It is kind of small but they release a ton of product formulas at once. My favorite thing is the Blushwear Cream Stick. (I’ve mentioned this before.) The collection doesn’t have a limited edition item that you should run out and get because it is a “collectible”. This collection offers the stuff to run out and get because you ran out of something like it or you want to update your everyday look wardrobe or you just need the basics. I like it because it is a Color Collection that doesn’t focus on a color but a texture. You’ll find a color that works for you. Not something that looks great on a few people and comes in a lovely package. I also want to add that the model’s look is horrible and I can’t believe it made it through the final cut. She looks too made up and really “dry” which this collection is not. Her skin looks thirsty and flaky. Sorry, I had to bring this up because the ad grosses me out so. This picture looks like it was savaged from a Spring 1992 McCall’s magazine. That isn’t a very “modern matte” image.