There really must be a “wrong side of the bed” because I think it’s the side I woke up on this morning. I needed more than mere caffeine to make it through the day today, so I stopped by my favorite chai place, the Nordstrom cafe, because it also happens to be located a few feet from the Nordie’s cosmetics department.
When I came to the Clinique counter, I almost dropped my drink!
With just three pieces, the new Milly for Clinique Pretty in Prints Collection might be one of the littlest releases this spring, but I’m such a total sucker for pretty prints.
The label was established in 2000, when founder/designer Michelle Smith returned to New York after working for Paris powerhouses like Hermès and Dior. The collections consistently turn out feminine pieces and classic silhouettes in personally designed fabrics and prints that appeal to socialistas as well as starlets on the preppy side. Milly has perfected the Palm Beach palette with Upper East Side polish.
The chocolate browns and playful pinks just look so darn foolproof and wearable, don’t they? Sure, the colors themselves aren’t particularly edgy, but these look like the kinds of things I could wear when I want to look polished and professional but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it.
Clinique Pretty in Prints Compact $36 (limited edition) — Clinique nailed this powder eye/cheek palette because the colors go together perfectly. It comes with four eyeshadows — one, a pearly, peachy beige (looks a little like MAC Vex without the green pearl); a bronzy gold with a touch of green and pink glitter (GORGEOUS!); a shimmery, medium-toned pink; and a shimmery chocolate brown — and a peachy pink blush, which kinda resembles a less golden version of NARS Orgasm. Also in the mix: a snazzy drawstring printed pouch and how-to card with a step-by-step tutorial. Great for makeup newcomers and seasoned makeup addicts alike (the ones lacking self-control, like yours truly, ha!), particularly ones who wear warm colors well.
Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Milly Pink, $14 (limited edition) — NOM is all I have to say about this shimmery medium pink with silver glitter. All it appears to do is turn up your natural lip color a few notches, but I love the results. Oh, and the fact that it comes in the awesomely long-wearing and moisturizing Clinique Glosswear formula? YES!
High Impact Mascara in Black, $14.50 (repromote) — This black mascara from Clinique’s permanent line adds natural-looking thickness and length. ‘Tis a’ight, but I prefer Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara’s more dramatic lash look and glossy shine.
Milly for Clinique Pretty in Prints Swatches on NC35 Skin
Pretty in Prints Compact
Pretty in Prints Compact eyeshadows
Pretty in Prints blush
Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Milly Pink (left) and High Impact Mascara in Black (right)
The collection doesn’t appear to be available yet on the Clinique website, but it is up for grabs at Nordstrom stores and online.
I’m a sucker for pinks and browns and like how these tidbits implement them in such a girly and wearable way.
What do you think? Are these products your cuppa tea, or are you partial to bolder colors?
A Stila of a Deal!
This isn’t Clinique related, but I wanted to share this heads up that reader Shannon spied on Stila lip glosses:
“I found a 7-pack of .05 Stila lip glazes at Costco for $16.99 (that’s like, $2.50 per gloss…?!). I don’t know if it’s everywhere (it was at my Costco here in Missoula) but in case it is, I wanted to spread the word! The shades included are Majesty, Kitten, Guava, Seashell, Merry Merry, Grapefruit, and Apricot. As far as I could tell, every pack had the same combo.”
What a great deal! Thanks, Shannon. I see a trip to Costco in my near future…
In other news, here’s the song (it’s by Ke$ha) currently stuck in my head.
Hawt and dangerous…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How’s your Tuesday coming along? What’s been the highlight so far?