Clinique All About Shadow swatches, review, photos: Jenna’s Essentials

Clinique Jenna's Essentials All About Shadow review

The product: Clinique All About Shadow quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

I had some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. I loved some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. But, no matter how good the Colour Surge line was, it was nothing like this.

The new-ish (as of September 2013) All About Shadow formula promises intense colour and long wear — and dude, from what I’ve seen, their pigmentation and texture are so good.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials review

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

The shades: Jenna’s Essentials contains four neutral shades handpicked by Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist — and dude, they’re divine. Medium-opaque and easy to both blend out evenly and layer for intensity, they’re kind of a neutral palette’s dream.

To start off on the left, shade 1 is a frosty, shimmering white that’s perfect for adding light to an eye look. It’s followed by a light, satin-matte brown that both sheers out well and layers easily — it’s a yellow-brown, so it reads pretty neutral.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials swatches

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (indirect sunlight)

Next, shade 3 is a shimmering beige with gold sparkle (again, quite neutral, with a hint of pink to give it life), and finally, la pièce de résistance: a gorgeous charcoal-black with a matte base and sparse green-blue microshimmer, like magical stars in the sky.

But, like, who puts bright teal sparkles in a black(ish) shade? Clinique does, apparently — and I kid you not, they transform a boring, standard shade into the most enchanting black eyeshadow you’ll ever own.

Clinique All About Shadow swatches Jenna's Essentials

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (direct sunlight)

The packaging: As a minimalist who believes wholeheartedly in function, I appreciate Clinique’s packaging so hard. It’s super-slick, with no weird lumps or bumps (MAC) making it hard to store, and the bottom is–get this–clear. Yeah. You can tell exactly what shades are in this quad from the bottom.

I freakin’ love this packaging, you guys. Let’s let the logical-chic packaging (what are you talking about; that’s totally a thing) movement begin.

Clinique All About Shadow quad packagingClinique All About Shadow packaging — makes so much sense!

The verdict?

If you were to tell me right now that all of my eyeshadows had just been magically converted into Clinique — I would be pretty okay with it. I might not even flinch. Because, you guys, this quad is so good: the textures are beautiful, the pigmentation is great, and the All About Shadow shade range looks to be both gorgeous and gorgeously vast. (I count 57 products and a whopping 100 unique shades in total!)

The singles are a little pricy ($19 CAD), but the duos and quads are pretty reasonable — $25 CAD and $35 CAD respectively. If the rest of the range is even a little bit as sneakily complex and well-formulated as these four, I’m willing to list them as a tentative new favourite.

Availability: $28 USD/$35 CAD at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Clinique counters everywhere. See also: Clinique’s All About Shadow singles ($15 USD/$19 CAD) and duos ($20 USD/$25 CAD).

Clinique Jenna's Essentials eyeshadow review

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Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

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  • I really like that beige. I have my eye out for the shade I'm imagining in my head and this is close (lol, #beautybloggerproblem). It's nice to see duos and quads at such a great value. It always amazes me how much companies can charge for singles!
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    • LOL, I have that problem too! And then you go looking for your imaginary shade and nothing quite measures up >.<

      They're a much more reasonably-priced in the US imo ($15 isn't bad), but still. :<

  • Oooh, that is very pretty! And I think this quad could be all you needed on a trip, since there is a nice light shade and a nice dark one…in neutral shades!
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    • Yes!! It's the PERFECT quad to travel with or throw in your bag.

  • I have their green palette and the colors are just amaaazing! This was the other palette I was eyeing… Really pleasantly surprised by the quality…I really need to try out more clinique products

    • I'm glad to hear that other shades of this palette are just as good! And definitely pick this one up, Miss Louise — it's fantastic ;)

  • beautyreflections2013

    I have a couple of the new singles and love them too! This quad looks like pretty perfect actually and great for travelling!
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    • I hadn't really thought of that (not-travelling will do that to you), but YES!! Man!

  • beautyorsomethingcg

    This is such a simple, very pretty palette! Definitely going on my wishlist!
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    • Hope you love it! It's the prettiest neutral palette I own, at the moment :D

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    Seriously, neutrals get me every time. I actually held back and instead of getting this one, I bought a single in Black Honey instead. An awesome colour!

    • Strength!! I wasn't a fan of the original Black Honey, but I keep hearing the most amazing things about the new Black Honey shades — like, I loved the gloss, and the blush, AND the quad, but people keep telling me that I *need* the nail polish, too.

      Is it the same with the eyeshadow? Is it a must? :p

  • kalyn

    Aww, geez! I always equate Clinique with poor performing shadows, in terms of their pigmentation. This is totally a turnaround moment for me — look at that black!
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    • Noooo. They've been doing really, really good things with their eyeshadows recently — even my older palettes (within the past 5 years, still) are pretty good! But this new formula is freakin' amazing. You need it in your life, Kalyn!!

  • You know, clinique shadows ARE really good! I don't know why I always had the impression that they suck but I tried the nude palette and man they are GOOD
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    • Yes!!! I think it's the brand's "plain" image that always throws us makeup addicts. They're doing a great job of updating their image though, imo!

  • Jaa

    This would make a nice travel companion for any neutral eye lover! I'm very intrigued about the teal sparkles in the black shade, will have to take a look in person the next time I'm near the Clinique counter. ^_^

    • I think it would be PERFECT for you, Jaa. Hope you end up picking up this quad! :)

  • I've also been loving Clinique shadows lately – wearing them today! :D
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    • Awesome, Laura! I'm glad I'm not the only one loving these shadows — they're SO good.

  • Liz

    Why must you be so convincing, Rae Whale? WHY. *ogles swatches*
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  • Kate & Zena

    I LOVE CLINIQUE! Clinique can do no wrong…except in foundation. Beautiful formulas, they don't come in vampire shades. (Seriously, every time I have tried a Clinique foundation it is too dark AND too pink! I use Urban Decay!) These shades are so pretty!!!!

    But, you know I'd rather have a new Chubby over a new eyeshadow if I have to buy something from the Clinique counter. Those things are so addictive!

    • RIGHT?? I don't think I've ever even touched a Clinique foundation that wasn't super orange or pink on me.

      This palette is gorgeous, though, Katie! But on the other hand: Chubby Cheek Sticks are apparently a thing now. *.*

  • Kate & Zena

    Chubby Cheek Sticks? Okay, now I think they're going a little far with the chubby thing now. Although……<.< >.> *runs to Clinique*

    • Amy

      The Chubby Cheek Sticks are AADDORRABLE. They work really well too, but the packaging is what wins it for me!
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  • I have this palette as well, and I am seriously in love with it. The new Clinique texture is truly amazing! I'll be honest when I say that the colours/textures of Clinique cosmetics have always been pretty meh for me, but they have really been stepping up their game. I never clued in to the fact that since the bottom is clear it's better for storage to find colours…smart!!

    Great post, I am glad I found your blog :)

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    • Thanks, Amy! I'm really glad you enjoyed the post — and these new palettes! ;)

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  • Stephanie

    I've always loved this packaging from Clinique. I have a few quads by them and love how minimalistic it is!
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    • Yes!! I hated their old green swirly plastic, but the whole silver lid/clear base thing they have going right now is really working for them!

  • Carly

    Thankyou for the Clinique posts! I feel like many bloggers maybe write the brand off? I LOVED your Black honey series you did a few years back, i wonder if they'll bring it back(?) P.S Super jelly of your amazing cheekbones ;)
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    • I'm so glad you've been enjoying the posts, Carly! Have you tried the new Clinique Black Honey nail polish yet? I hear it's great! ;)