How much pretty did Clinique squeeze into their new 13-piece holiday palette for eyes, lips and cheeks? Well, judging by the name they gave it, I’d say around “A Season’s Worth.”
The cool tones and neutral shades in the new $37 palette have a distinctly festive feel that reminds me of caroling and getting snuggles from Tabs. They’re the kinds of colors I can see myself wearing with scarves, boots and mittens wrapped around mugs of piping hot cocoa, yet they seem timeless enough to make the transition from winter to spring, and maybe even summer.
More than 20 years ago (egad!) I followed Clinique through a gateway that led to the World of Makeup! There, I found wonders like MAC and NARS, and yet even with such tantalizing temptations teasing my senses, I regularly return to my roots with Clinique.
I’ve never strayed for long from their easy, classic approach to color, even though their makeup, in particular their eyeshadows and blushes, hasn’t always been what I’d call cutting edge.
The reason? Because they make things easy. Sometimes I just think it’s quicker to go with Clinique’s sheer-to-medium pigment than with something richer from someone else. That, and when I wear Clinique, I know that I won’t have to worry about looking overdone.
To fill a Season’s Worth of Pretty, the palette comes with five Butter Shine Lipsticks, four Color Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmers, one Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer and three Blushing Blush Powder Blushes — most of them cool and neutral colors, but I also see a smattering of warm shades. On my NC42 tan, several of the blushes and eyeshadows apply with sheer-to-medium intensity, which usually says to me that they’ll pop even brighter on gals with lighter skin.
With an iPhone for scale…
With a husky tabby for scale…
Swatches of the lip products
Swatches of the blushes
Swatches of the eyeshadows
With 13 pieces in the palette, the price works out to about $2.84 per pan. A pretty good value, especially if you like the way you look in cool/neutral shades and don’t like to wrestle with your makeup.
Might be the perfect gift for a beauty beginner, or a busy college student or mom. A Season’s Worth of Pretty is sure to brighten someone’s day.
AVAILABILITY: Coming this December to Clinique counters and clinique.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Highlights from my first photography gig
I finally got the chance to download the pics from my BFF’s son’s baptism (aka, my first photography gig!) last Saturday.
It was a beautiful ceremony, and the babies — there were several of them getting baptized at the same time — oh, the babies! They were so adorable.
Nicolas was the perfect model…
With the proud parents and godfather
His “Outfit of the Day”
The grandmas and godparents
I see you, Nicolas!
A shot of the ceremony
This kid sure loves the camera!
The happy family
What a lovely day, and I learned so much! I think I prefer to take more in-the-moment pics than staged ones (“Say cheese!”). It just seems more intimate and genuine.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,