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Clio Professional Art Blusher in #2 Pink: Review and Swatches

July 23, 2008
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Clio Professional Art Blusher in #2-$20.80

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Click here for a little background info on Clio Professional.

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Clio’s Art Blusher was part of my Sasa order from awhile back, and while it’s gorgeous it just hasn’t been receiving the attention it deserves with my crazy schedule lately!

First things first-as always the packaging is beautiful, but like their eyeshadow kit, relatively clunky and thick (not ideal for traveling). Also, the closure isn’t as secure as it would like, since it (at least mine) doesn’t pop into place-it’s more of a weak snap that’s likely to open on its own at any moment.

After my experience with the horrible brushes included with the Bourjois blushes (click here to read more) I was expecting much of the same from Clio’s, but it’s surprisingly soft and usable. I don’t like to apply blush using a half-moon brush because it’s not accurate enough, but if I did I’d definitely use the included brush.

On a side note, Clio’s Art Blushers remind me a lot of MAC’s Mineralize Blushes from Sonic Chic but prettier and more pigmented!

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Like most of Clio’s products, this is baked for 24 hours resulting in a supremely pigmented product that glides on beautifully. The surface of #2 Pink is a strawberry pink marbled/veined all over with touches of white, bronzey gold, and a deep maroon/rose shade. They all swirl together to form a gorgeous pink/rose shade that has an iridescent quality to it. While the result isn’t glittery, it does impart a certain luminous quality that I know some people don’t like (it’s not matte). I personally LOVE it! My only difficulty has been the fact that it’s sooo pigmented-I end up with way too much blush on half the time (using my MAC 187). But when I get it right it’s gorgeous!

Swatches:
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What would you pair this with? Think you would use it? Tell me in the comments!

Related Posts:
Read my review of Clio’s Art Special Eyeshadow Kit in Special Gray here.

Learn about one of my few Korean lipsticks, Laneige’s Ideal Glossy Rouge, by clicking here.

See my Korea Duty Free haul (from way back) here.

For more on baked blushes and their wonderfulness click here.

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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!