Review: Clinique All About Shadow Black Honey

You know that feeling after you read something really awesome from a blog, and you just want it so bad? Especially when everything about that product is something you’d love? Well, this happened, and I blame Tiffany after reading her post. I’m a sucker for warm reddish brown and this one is just right. I found out that this shade is not available in my country, and I was so bummed! Then, I saw this online and grabbed it immediately. I just checked again, and this shade is gone – thank goodness I acted fast!


Clinique Black Honey eye shadow Clinique single eye shadow


I’m not a fan of highly reflective packaging like this because it attracts finger prints like crazy, and it looks ridiculously messy, but for this shade, I’d just dismiss that OCD tendencies in me. There’s a sponge applicator included, and I hardly use it. I prefer using my eye shadow brushes. I did try using it, and it works perfectly fine. I just don’t like to use sponge applicators, period. Look at this glorious warm brown! I know, I’m getting excited on a brown, the most boring colour… but it’s also my favourite colour to use on my eyes! Warm, cool, reddish, greying, greenish, all different shades of brown – come to momma!!


Black Honey eye shadow ingredients


Black Honey is a super shimmer colour. My swatch doesn’t really show the dimensions so be sure to check out Tiffany’s post. Her swatch shows much more depth. My swatch is taken under natural light, away from direct sunlight. Doesn’t do Black Honey justice, to be honest. So, I have prepared a complete look for you. I’ve been using this so much, it’s immediately made it to my Sunday Stash Shopping. LOL! The texture is amazingly buttery without kicking up powder, glides on my eyes with impressive smooth pigments that allow effortless blending. This All About Shadow is long lasting as well. Paired with Clinique’s All About Shadow Eye Primer (review up soon), it lasts the whole day on me with minimal fading and no creasing at all. Consider me impressed!


Black Honey eye shadow swatch


In short, this is an affordable and satisfying purchase that makes me happy. I wish we carried this shade here! Also, we don’t get their Nude palette. Sucks 🙁


xoxo Lily



  • Liz

    Well, we have lots of this and the palette here. *wink wink* lol Tiffany did make a great case for this shade! I’m afraid it will highlight the bloodshot mess that are my eyes and will firmly resist, but I want to see you do a look with this. 😀

    • Lily

      LOL! I’m happy with this one 🙂 I prepared a very simple look – coming up Sunday!

  • liyeun

    What? We dont have this shade here? This is bad! Why are they doing this to us? What are they assuming us? I like reddish browns too! Haih……

    • Lily

      I know right? You might want to stalk Strawberrynet. I got it from there. You never know, they might restock 🙂

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    HA! I was just adding this shade to my shopping cart whilst we were talking about GOATS. AND EWAN. Still haven’t clicked buy yet, but I think I will…:) Although I also want a very pale grey from them too…rather mountain goat-like of a shade actually…this one now reminds me of your brown hairless goats…:P

    • Lily

      Oh you should! It goes really well with pink blush and lips 🙂 I can’t believe those funny photos led to goats and Ewan. Hahahahaha! Oh yeah, you’re right. Some of the smaller goats here ARE reddish brown 😛

  • I am so scared of red-toned shadows but gosh darn, this one looks so BEAUTIFUL!! Tiff looks absolutely gorge wearing it and I bet it looks amazing on you too LILY!! Ahhh.

    • Lily

      Hi Shari, I thought I couldn’t pull off anything reddish either, but how wrong was I!!! You gotta try it. This brown is warm but not red enough to make you look like you have swollen eyes 🙂

  • I’m with Shari: reddish browns really really scare me (Tiffany wears it SO well)! I’m sure there is a way around it, but most of the time I just back off very slowly, like they bite LOL

    It’s a pity you guys don’t get the nude palette! Here in Belgium it was an online exclusive, and it was sold out within a week! Clinique has really been stepping up their game, and I think the consumers see it!

    • Lily

      LOL Sunny. I think the trick is to make sure there’s lots of black liner and mascara? You should try it though. Maybe apply it at the counter to see how it looks?

      • Hey Lily, I guess that would help indeed! I can probably make them work, but they’re not optimal for my skin tone 😉

  • I have naturally irritated eyes so red undertones usually make me look worse. Apart from that, I love the colour in your swatch!

    • Lily

      Hey Sofia. This isn’t as red as you think. But I understand how many can be weary of colours like this 🙂

  • Bella

    Wow, that’s a lovely colour!! For me, “Clinique” and “Black Honey” induce traumatic 90’s flashbacks; I was all about that lipstick LOL. But this shadow looks great :).

    • Lily

      How is it traumatic, Bella? LOL! I bought the Almost Lipstick in Black Honey a couple of years ago. I’m not wearing it enough 🙂

  • I love red-browns too, though I need to steer clear if my eyes are dry or itchy in any sense.. Then its not to pretty. I picked this shade up and lost it 🙁 I have no idea what I did with it. I would love to see this on you. xx

    • Lily

      Hi Taylor, the look is up on Sunday 🙂 You have pixies living with you, dontcha? LOL!

  • This is a gorgeous shade and I want it despite of the fact that most reddish brown makes me look drunk and cray! ;o
    Clinique eyeshadows are gorgeous and their nude palette looks better than those NAKEs to my eyes.

    • Lily

      You’re right, Lena. That Naked3? It’s really too much already. If there’s a Naked4, I’m gonna puke. HAHAHAHA!

  • 38noodles

    Hi!! Looks like a great quality shadow in a beautifully complex colour! Cant want to see you put it in action. I recently got the black honey almost lipstick and I totally why its such a best seller. Now I want to haul all the black honeys!

    • Lily

      Lol I wonder if they put out a black honey blush before!

  • Icaria

    Too bad you don’t get the palette! I was so pleased to see Black Honey in it, I fell totally in love with this color! I just have to be careful and not use after a sleepless night for it ain’t too nice on tired green eyes 🙁 Can’t wait to see the look you’ll come up with!

    • Lily

      Actually, I’d get the palette just for Black Honey. Now that I have that, I’m ok without the palette 🙂

  • Yayayay! I can’t wait to see this on you! I love Black Honey so much. Glad to hear you like it too 🙂 It’s so smooth and pigmented, no? Clinique definitely stepped up their game.

    • Lily

      Clinique stepped up their game for sure!

  • You don’t get the nude palette? That’s such a bummer!!! It was sold out here in less than a day.. Such a hype around it!

    • Lily

      I know right? I wonder why it isn’t brought here >_<

  • I think I need this now. Beautiful!

    • Lily

      LOL yes, go get it!