I received the Clinique Surge Eye Shadow Duo as a Christmas gift. It is not necessarily something that I would have purchased for myself, however because it was a gift I decided that I would take full advantage of it. At first the colors when on evenly and smoothly and were pretty strong. The shadow didn't irritate my eyes, which is good because my eyes have been known to be sensitive to some eye make-up. I didn't really like the brush that came with this shadow so I went ahead and used one of my other brushes. This made a lot of difference and I wore the shadow a lot more. I like how it goes on smooth and doesn't start to look powdery at all. This is a great shadow for all day everyday wear or for applying and going out. This shadow applies pretty easily and I can have it on both eyes perfectly in about a minute. This shadow washes off easily too and I don't feel like I am scraping it off my face. Face wash or eye make-up remover does the trick. I would definitely recommend this shadow but be warned that it is kind of expensive compared to other shadows.