Clio Professional Art Special Eye Shadow Kit in Special Gray: Review and Swatches

July 20, 2008
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Clio Professional Art Special Eyeshadow Kit in Special Gray #3 ($25.80)
Isn’t the packaging beautiful? The sides and bottom are a pearlized white-so pretty!
It is a little clunky and thick though.

Clio (founded in 1993) is a Korean brand of cosmetics produced in Italy. Since their products are hard to come by in the US (and ridiculously marked up if you should happen to find them), I pounced on these as soon as they showed up (on sale!) on Sasa. I have an amazingly beautiful veined blush to tell you about eventually, but for now you’ll have to settle for a review of their ArtSpecial quad.

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Clockwise from Top Left: baby pink, peachy bronze, silvery gray, charcoal gray

Clio shadows and blushes are baked for 24 hours, which results in a very pigmented product that works great both wet and dry. From what I’ve seen though, the particular palette that I chose is one of the least pigmented of the bunch (at least the top two shades-*cry*), but either way I’m relatively pleased with my purchase!

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Swatches: pink, bronze, silver, charcoal

All of the shades swatched wonderfully, but I have to admit that the bronze shade don’t show up too well on my eyes when applied dry. This may have something to do with the fact that it seems to contain the most glitter out of the bunch, but this is easily remedied by applying it wet.


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Look #1: Shadows used dry (please excuse the messiness!)

  1. Pink all over lid.
  2. Charcoal blended with silver on outer corners.


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Look #2: Shadows used wet.

  1. Silver eyeshadow applied to the inner third of eye and carried underneath.
  2. Pink applied onto the center of the eyelid and blended into the silver (no sharp contrasts!)
  3. Charcoal shade applies to outer V and carried upward and inward along upper contours of eyeball.
  4. Bronze shade (dry) lightly tapped on top of pink shade for extra shimmer.
Have you heard of Clio? Tried any of the other Art Special Eyeshadow Kits? Share!

Related Posts:
Want to hear more about other great baked products? Click here.

For more on Asian cosmetics, read about two Japanese eyeshadow palettes that I recently reviewed (one great, one no so much) here and here.

And read about a Japanese mascara like no other here.

And last but not least, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter my Giveaway for the Month of July!

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