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Clinique Smudgesicles

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Smudge a what? More than just a catchy name.

Feb 28, 2001
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Easy to use, looks nice with most eye shadows, not too flashy, goes on smoothly!

Cons:Wipes off easily, on the pricey side

The Bottom Line: Smudge-a-what? Whatever it is called, this product has become a staple in my daily make-up routine. Buy it! Long live Clinique! ;)


Any faithful reader of my (recently few and far between) Epinions should know that I am a confessed make-up junkie. I have 27-11 hundred shades of brown/tan/neutral/earth tones eye shadow (and yes they are all different thankyouverymuch!), enough lipstick to apply a generous coat to everyone’s puckered lips at the Mardi Gras parades, and eyeliner enough to get me through the next twenty years, easy! Of course, I rarely change my morning routine, so most of the stuff I buy finds its way to my bulging make-up case (yes, case), never to be thought of again. What started out as a harmless hobby has morphed into an odd fetish over the years, but hopefully some of you other junkies can commiserate! Anyone??

About six months ago I was meandering around the mall, doing my best to avoid Macy’s, which is where I usually blow my allotted monthly mall budget in a cool fifteen minutes. I was probably in some stage of procrastination, which is what usually drives me to the mall, but who needs an excuse to shop anyway? In any case, the alluring scent of the fragrance of the day won out (I think it was a Ralph Lauren-good thing I don’t have a perfume fetish or I would really be in the red), and I was soon plastered to the Clinique counter once again.

Now let me say this: I really do own just about every Clinique product known to man. Some of it I love (Translucent powder, Black Honey, Honey Stick lip liner), and some of it I could do without (foundation, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion). It’s kind of hit and miss, but mostly hit, which keeps me coming back for more, more, more! That and that super cute bonus bags they give out-much cuter than the Lancome ones!

What am I writing about again? Oh yes, the new(ish) eye product, called a Smudgesicle, in Nude Shimmy! Here is the low-down:

This is basically a base on a stick. Well, more like in a tube. It resembles lipstick, and you twist the tube to (TA DA-it’s like magic) get the base to appear. I am not a cosmetologist, but I would guess that it is meant to be worn under another color, as a (are you ready for this?) BASE! All of the eight colors Clinique currently offers are fairly neutral, which is nice for people like me. I only wear natural colors, so it doesn’t bother me that the selection is not massive. If you like bases in a wide array of colors, I would try MAC or another brand of make-up.

I purchased this product because I didn’t already own it. I believe I paid $12.00 for it, which is about average for Clinique. I was not looking for a miracle product, as I had been satisfied using a lighter eye shadow as a base up to this point. Did I need a Smudgesicle? You caught me-no. Did it change my life? Ok, not that either. But here is why I am glad I got totally peer pressured by the lady in white to buy one:

It goes on smoothly. I had never tried anything other than powder bases, so I was concerned with potential gloppiness, but this has not been an issue. It is also extremely easy to use and extremely hard to screw up at 7:47 AM when you were supposed to be out the door by no later than 7:45. Since it is a neutral color staying perfectly “in the lines” isn’t much of an issue. The Nude Shimmy also matches just about all of my eye shadows, regardless of the brand. I have noticed that since I started wearing this base my eye shadow stays on considerably longer; it seems to stick to the base. This is nice!

It also…shimmers! But just a little. If I wanted flashy I would go down to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I want a light, barely there shimmer, which is what I have. Another plus: you use so little every day that the tube lasts forever. A thin coat will suffice for most people, and I have been using the same tube for 6+ months now and I still have a long time before I will need more.

I only have a few cons. One is that it wipes off easily, which can also be reversed as a plus. I had a meltdown yesterday (crying, sniffling, runny nose…the whole nine yards. I am such a baby!), and after wiping my eyes a few times inadvertently with my hand, my make up had just about dissipated. But it is so simple to swipe on some more that I don’t mind…it really is not a hassle at all to redo it. Oh yes, the price is on the steep side for those of us who are starving college students. But it lasts and lasts, so I don’t feel too much guilt about using my gas money on ANOTHER eye product.

All in all, this is a must have. I use Nude Shimmy everyday under “Foxy” (also Clinique), and I love it. So buy some! Everyone will think you are cool! You deserve it! (Gee, I should work for Clinique!). :)


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