Ah, the blinding lights of department stores. They make everything look so much brighter, sparklier… better. They convince us we look amazing in this lipstick or that eyeshadow shade, so we happily fork out the money for it.
But when we get home, reality hits us. That gorgeous, flattering shade is too light/dark/cool-toned/warm-toned/ashy/whatever for our skintone. The blinding lights deceived us!
That’s what happened to my friend Annette with Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Lavish Lilac. It’s also why this beauty is now in my possession (thanks hun!). One girl’s garbage can be another’s treasure. 🙂
Ok, maybe treasure is too strong a word for this Chubby Stick. But it is very, very lovely. And very, very deceiving. When swatched on my hand, it looks like a rich pale lilac with a brownish-grey base and a metallic sheen.
But when blended out on my lids, it looks a bit greyish. Either way, it suits my pale, cool-toned skin. But I can easily see it look way too ashy on darker complexions. This is definitely a shade you want to test out under natural lighting before taking it home with you.
And you should take it home with you if you’re the kind of girl who doesn’t like to spend more than a couple of minutes doing her eye makeup. And is into simple, subtle looks.
Lavish Lilac is on the sheer side. Like really sheer. And you won’t be able to build it up much. It only provides a soft wash of colour on the lids that adds some dimension and allows me to play up my lips.
Gone are the days when I had a whole hour just to do my makeup. Now, I’m lucky if I get 20 minutes. But I’m still a sucker for bold and bright shades. So, now, I often play up my lips, rather than my eyes.
Lavish Lilac is perfect for this. It complements both vampy reds and fun fuchsias very well. Because it doesn’t compete with them for attention, you don’t run the risk of looking like a clown. But of course, you can wear it with a nude lippie if you prefer more understated looks. Your choice.
What you can’t pair Lavish Lilac with is dark eyeshadow shades. It may look good with them, but blending them together would be a nightmare!
That’s because Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes has a crayon-like texture. It’s quite dry and doesn’t go on that smoothly on the lids. It’s still creamy enough to feel comfortable and not tug (phew!), but it’s definitely not as creamy as Chanel or Laura Mercier shadow sticks are (but then this costs less too).
That means you need to be really quickly to blend it out (and we all now that when we use dark shades, quick blending often results in awful disasters!).
You only have a few seconds before it sets and then, for the next six hours, it just won’t budge. Not even on oily lids. If that lasting power is not impressive enough for you, use a primer. It’ll make it last even longer.
I also have mixed feelings about the packaging. It’s quite pretty, isn’t it? And easy to take everywhere with you. I also love that the body of the pencil and the shade inside are colour-coordinated, so you never need to lift the cap to find the colour you’re looking for (if you have more than one, that is).
But you could still confuse it with a chubby lip pencils It looks eerily like one, doesn’t it? So far, I have never accidentally applied it on my lips (it helps I don’t have any Clinique lip pencils atm), but I’m pretty sure one day I might, if I do my makeup too early in the morning when I’m still half-asleep or rushed for time.
And this is just the kind of pencil I use when I’m rushed for time. It looks really nice and a bit shiny on its own, so I don’t bother with crease and highlighting shades. I just put it on, blend it for a few seconds, and I’m good to go. Just what a lazy or super busy girl needs.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Provides a nice and slightly shiny wash of colour and dimension to the lid; Very flattering on pale, cool-toned skintones; Longlasting; Sets quickly; Easy to travel with.
Cons: Texture feels a bit dry; Can look ashy on darker skintones; You need to blend it really quickly before it sets or it won’t budge anymore.
Summary: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Lavish Lilac provides a sheer wash of colour and a hint of shine that add dimension to your eyes. Quite longlasting, it has a somewhat dry texture that sets in really quickly.