Newly launched this year, Clinique is following up on their fantastic Black Honey makeup collection with a slew of wearable palettes. The new Wear Everywhere palettes comes in five versatile styles: grey, pinks, nudes, greens and blue. Each palette contains eight shades within that color family and can be mixed and matched for endless looks. Even better, the palettes contain a mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades, adding in even more versatility!
I had a great experience with the A Black Honey Affair palette, so I was eager to try my hand at these new neutrals. As tempted as I was by the warm chocolate tones of the Nude version, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and opt for the Grey palette instead.
The reason why I was reluctant at first to try this product was because to this day, grey eyeshadow has rarely been a friend for me. While I love how it looks and how alongside some strategically placed black shadow, it achieves that perfect smoky eye, I can never seem to get it to work. Instead, grey shadow on me tends to look ashy and unnatural, which is quite sad seeing as how grey is one of my favourite clothing colors.
When I received my Wear Everywhere Grey palette, I was pleasantly surprised to see the wide variance in shades. Contrary to the name, this palette actually veers from plummy taupes to true grey and black tones.
From left to right, the shades are:
- Light shade of seashell pink/fawn satin duo - I don't really get how this is a "duo" shade since I only see one pan here, but this is basically a light matte violet color
- High tea - my fave shade of the bunch, this is a beautiful taupe with a soft matte finish
- Mushroom - a grey-purple shade that also appeared in Act 1 of the Nutcracker collection. This rendition though seems to have a slightly more shimmery finish.
- Grey matters - a smatte (my word for a satiny matte) gunmetal grey
- Sugar cane - a repeat from the A Black Honey Affair palette, this is a pearly white highlight shade with high shimmer
- Silver lining - a very light heather grey with a soft shimmer
- Stormy - a plum purple with a satin finish
- Stroke of midnight - a straight up black matte
|Left to right: Light shade of seashell pink/fawn satin, High tea, Mushroom, Grey matters, Sugar cane, Silver lining, Stormy, Stroke of midnight|
In terms of consistency, they are similar to A Black Honey Affair with the mattes having minimal fallout and the level of fallout increasing as the shades get more shimmery. Sadly though, the pigmentation and texture are quite different. I found these to be much more powdery and way less pigmented than A Black Honey Affair. The shadows are also hard and it's difficult to build up color. To get the swatches seen above, I had to swipe at least 3-4 times and in this respect, they're pretty similar to the Nutcracker shadows. At $40 a palette, I was pretty disappointed in the quality. Wear time of these shadows is solid though as they last all day without fading.
So has his palette convinced me to love grey eyeshadow? Well, kinda. Despite my misgivings about the texture and color payoff, this palette has some decent colors, but I doubt that I will ever wear the truly grey ones with any frequency. In fact, I probably will rarely stray to the right of Grey matters except to use Stroke of midnight, which is a great eyeliner shade.
|Wearing Sugar cane at the brow and inner corner, Stroke of midnight as liner, Light shade of seashell across lid, High tea up to crease, Mushroom and Grey matters in outer corners and crease|
Final Verdict: Ditch - this palette is too pricey for colors that are just meh. Unless Clinique chops this palette in half and only offers the left hand side, I would say pass on this one.
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