Clinique Jenna’s Essentials Quad

This little quad is the four shades deemed to be essentials by Clinique’s Global Colour Artist Jenna Menard. I recently went along to an event to meet Jenna (who is lovely FYI – a fabulous make-up artist and very down to earth) and whilst we were talking mostly about the Spring launches of the new CC Cream Compact, Lash Feathering Mascara (which is fantastic and I will review as soon as I can use mascara again) and the gorgeous cheek pop blushers – we also chatted about this quad of eyeshadows. This is the Clinique Jenna’s Essentials and it contains four eyeshadow shades that she deems as the essentials for all situations.

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The four shades are a pale shimmering white, a chocolate matte brown, a shimmering light taupe and a dark black with a little bit of emerald sparkle. For me the obvious choice is the light taupe as a favourite… predictable much!? I can definitely see the rationale behind each shade choice with the most surprising one being the black with a very subtle emerald shimmer shade (the shimmer looks less obvious when applied than in the pan and really just gives a bit of depth in the colour) – as I would have probable gone for a charcoal or other shade. But whilst this palette is pretty and can definitely work for a whole host of situations, the main reason it got me thinking was if I was to design a quad of shadows to suit all situations – what colours would I choose and why?

I would almost certainly take a similar route to Jenna and go for a pale shimmering shade first – but I’d lean more towards the golden or champagne type of shade rather than white. Then I’d choose a mid toned bronze or a taupe very similar to the one in the quad here – as that’s my favourite sort of all-rounder shade. For evening sort of situations I’d want either a burnished gold or a deeper bronze – or possibly a rich aubergine type of colour. Something quite warm with some sheen to it. Then for my darker shade – which I’d either use for smokey eyes or as a liner would be a midnight blue – very dark, almost black, but with just that hint of blue to it. Possibly even go down the route of black with a coloured sheen as Jenna has – but with a navy blue sheen rather than emerald.

What shades would you choose for a four-colour quad to take you everywhere?

Clinique Jenna’s Favourites * is available from Boots (£28)



  1. April 26, 2014 / 11:31 am

    When I was looking at the palette on the photo I thought the colors would be matte. Sadly they’re not, I’m looking for a nice palette with neutral matte colors. Great Post! xx 🙂

  2. April 26, 2014 / 11:40 am

    This looks like the perfect quad for working ladies and for super simple and straightforward smoky eyes or basic shading!

  3. Vicki
    April 26, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    I love these quads from Clinique, I have one with plums & browns in and the quality is amazing. This one looks like the perfect Smokey Eye Quad

  4. April 27, 2014 / 9:50 am

    I’m always telling to myself that I need this palette. Those colours are amazing !


  5. April 27, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    This looks just perfect and love the sleek packing!

  6. April 27, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    That second shade <3 I think that is the colour i wish Naked 2 had!! x

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