Eyes to mesmerise: Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Curvaceous Coal 08

Today let's play $25,000 Pyramid -- I'll start. It's short, cylindrical in shape, similar to a pencil, can be used for colouring and it's meant to be worn on the face.

Any guesses?

 Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tiny for Eyes

Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tiny for Eyes

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Clinique recently released Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes and here's what they have to say about them -- "Sheer, creamy confection to jazz up your makeup routine—in 12 super-wearable shades. Layerable, long-wearing and versatile, too." 

Fundamentally, Clinique's version is sound, but in practice it doesn't quite cut it for me. While I do love the ease of applying straight from the tube - it's like drinking from a bottle of soda or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar; I know it's wrong, I feel slightly selfish and I can't help but feel like something's missing.

This is how the three scenarios played out:

A. I need a makeup brush for refinement and blending.

B. The soda is flat, what a waste.

and

C. Graham crackers would've helped to make for an awesome combo.

Curvaceous Coal is a creamy grey with dark blue undertones (think of smoke pluming from a chimney) with the lightest touch of shimmer. The product applies easily, however I have a difficult time with honing in on the outer corners of my eyes due to the tip being too large for my short eyelids. Initially it looks as if I kept both eyes closed while applying Curvaceous Coal; grey blobs do not look cute, trust me. In order to get around this issue, I dabbed the smallest amount of colour on my lids and blended the colour out with MAC's 217.

Ideally, I wish I could've skipped this step, but it's a necessary step for me. My plans for quick and easy makeup pretty much went out the window.

 Swatch of Curvaceous Coal without Flash

Swatch of Curvaceous Coal without Flash

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 Wearing Curvaceous Coal
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The goods...

  • Colour and texture is fantastic.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Doesn't crease.
  • Price point is decent.
  • Perfect for the girl on the go.
  • Sharpener not required as it's a twist-up tube.

The mehs...

  • Tricky to apply.

Looking for a dupe?

Neutrogena's Crease Proof Eye Shadow retails for $8.49 USD and Rimmel London's joined the club too, but their version reminds me of NARS' Soft Touch Shadow Pencil.

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Curvaceous Coal 08:

  • $16.00 USD. Once they hit shelves in Australia, I think they'll sell for $35.00 AUS

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 8 out of 10 bags – Love the colour.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • It's been a while, but I wouldn't mind trying Clinique's blush again :) And their reformulated nail polish looks promising too!

Quick one. Do you remember their eye shadow sticks from the late 90's? I think I owned a frosty pink and a deep plum.