All About Shadow Singles
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Clinique's latest eyeshadow, All About Shadow Singles, was announced with much fanfare, but beneath the hype and the pretty ads, these powder shadows aren't very impressive.

Three different textures are available: Soft Matte (which is truly matte), Soft Shimmer, and Super Shimmer. Each finish comes in a wide variety of shades, including some true neutrals and some bold purples, pinks, and blues.

All of the All About Shadow Singles feel smooth in the pan and apply easily, but (with the exception of the very black Stroke of Midnight) the color impact is so light that you have to pack quite a bit of product on to actually tell you're wearing it. Because this shadow must be applied so heavily, you can wind up with an excess of powder that falls onto the tops of your cheekbones, which you then have to dust off.

All About Shadow Singles wears well for several hours, with some fading around the six-hour mark. This isn't a terrible eyeshadow, but you can find much better options at the department store and the drugstore!

  • Powder shadows feel smooth and apply easily.
  • Shadows last for about six hours before some minimal fading occurs.
  • Most shades have a light color impact, so you have to pack on quite a bit of product.
  • Using so much product results in the powder falling onto the tops of the cheekbones.
Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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An OK eye shadow

Overall I love Clinique, but I feel like they took a major step back (or two) with some of their most recent makeup. These eye shadow colors are for the most part from the 80s!! There are a few neutrals, but they either have too much shine or go on too softly. I left a comment about it on Clinique's site, but it was not posted. I hope at least somebody is reading the comments and is looking seriously into changing things. As for eye shadows, I miss the ones Clinique had 10 years ago!!

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I also love these eye shadows. There are a few I've tried that require 'extra' in order to see the color (slate, strike it rich), but all the others are wonderful. Plus my sensitive eyes like them.

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megan r.
I disagree with Paula

I own number of these shadows in singles, duos and a quad and have been very happy with all of them. The Shade range is huge and colours are true to pan. Colour payoff is excellent, I have had no issues with lack of impact. The texture is lovely, very creamy and easily blendable with no powdery fall out at all. The finishes range from true matt over satin to what Clinique call Super Shimmer, but none are frosty or glittery and none give you that disco ball fallout. And cheaper than other brands.

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Esther U
Light impact????

I bought the new (or so they told me) shadow quad in Teddy bear, I was afraid the light impact that you gave only an average rating would be disappointing. But it was fine, seems just the same to me as my old quads. I also got a "gift" that included a small trio, it is also fine. I wonder if its just the singles you are reviewing or all the new shadows?

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