Clinique’s Lid Smoothie: Is This a Great Product or Is It a YMMV Situation?

Clinique came out with this new product called “Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Color”. It launched in August and I was sent a few colors to try and I had a contributor (Lark Lennox) try a couple. However I am trying a couple too.

Here’s Clinique’s product description is:
Creamy, crease-resistant eye colour wears for 8 hours. Instantly cools thanks to a unique applicator. Nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness. Antioxidants help protect eye-area skin.

Here is the photo that I got from their press material

This is just a few of the colors but the entire collection includes
Bit O’Honey,
Cashew Later
Pinko Biloba,
Seventh Heather,
Born Freesia,
Currant Affair,
Salt and Pepper

Here is a commentary/review by Lark Lennox who tried two colors. I tried 3 and my review is after.

Clinique claims that their new product, Lid Smoothie, is a “creamy, crease-resistant eye colour” that lasts 8 hours. And, “thanks to its unique applicator” the product instantly cools the skin and that “nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness.”

I’ve acquired two shades, Born Freesia and Sassy-fras, and I’m ready to pass judgment.

I should begin by saying that Clinique discontinued its Touch Tint for Eyes, a similar product that came in matte and shiny shades. I especially loved Grey Velvet, a truly matte, very creamy shadow that is my daily “go to” shadow and also works brilliantly as a base for powdered shadows. I’ve been hoarding a supply, but eventually it will be gone or dried out, so I was happy to see that Clinique was introducing a seemingly similar product.

On my hand, top to bottom:
Clinique Touch Tint in Grey Velvet,
Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia,
Lid Smoothie in Sassy-frass

Unfortunately, the Lid Smoothie doesn’t come close to my beloved Grey Velvet Touch Tint. The Smoothies have a distinct sheen that accentuates fine lines rather than disguising them. My dear, departed Touch Tint is thoroughly matte, providing a smooth effect that lasts all day and all night. It truly NEVER creases.

The tubes:
Clinique Touch Tint in Grey Velvet,
Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia,
Lid Smoothie in Sassy-fras

The Lip Smoothie’s “unique applicator” that “instantly cools the skin” is nothing more than a metal applicator tip which, I imagine, few people will use. (This product begs to be applied with fingertips.)

Everyone has a story about a beloved product that was discontinued—the Holy Grail blush, shadow, foundation or lipstick that you knew you’d love forever. (Origins, I’m talking about Pulp Fiction blush!) After trying the Lid Smoothies, I’m glad that I’m still hoarding unopened tubes of Touch Tint.

Thank you Lark Lennox for your commentary.
Here’s my take on the colors I tried:
Bit O’Honey,
Pinko Biloba
Cute-cumber (this is pictured in the first photos and it’s definitely not that bright and crisp a color.)

I swatched the colors on my hand. They do indeed shine — though some more than others. The Bit O’Honey is a lovely ivory/white and it blends well as a highlight color and maybe a bit into the inner corner in case you have some darkness there. If you are thinking it’s going to cover all that- think again. It doesn’t but it does lighten a bit. I layered on the Pinko Biloba which isn’t so baby pink but slightly greyed but also more of bit of peach to it.
The Cute-cumber is the green and it’s very light. The pigment payoff isn’t there in this color. I tried 3 layers of it to get it to really show up and it still was not very visible. I did apply a shadow over it and it looks pretty good as the base. I wish I had gotten some of the Cashew or Ginger-ly colors.
This would be great shadows for the teens, 20+ deomographic and it would be ideal for them. I did not see any creasing but I haven’t had it on long enough to tell. So if you are in approaching 40’s set or have tiny eyes or drooping lids, you might want to think about the light colors and not the darker ones. At least the light ones show up. I wanted to like these and I wanted to go BUY some but I am not going to do that with the lack of significant pigment to make them show up, it’s not worth my time. (Sorry Clinique!) . Would be perfect for someone looking for a more no makeup look.

Stevie Wilson,

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