We took a quick look at the Clinique x Milly Spring 2011 collection palette last week. I focused more on the prints in that post ;) But today its about the palette and its a very pretty neutral palette in my view. So those who like colour and bright shades might find this one rather… dull. However, if you like something a little more natural and wearable to conservative offices, or if you just like a fresh natural look, this palette might do the trick :)
The eye colours are quite a good mix of colours. Pink isn’t a colour I voluntarily put on my eyes, but for some reason, if you mix it in with the brown, its really pretty, and it isn’t very pink at all. At least you don’t end up with the rabbit eye look. The cream shimmer and bronze-brown are a little gritty to the touch, and I find the colours apply better with a brush. The dark brown makes a lovely liner and works very well in the crease area. I mix the two browns for the areas close to the lash line and the crease, and use the pink and cream for lid colour and highlight.
To complete the look is the limited edition Clinique Long Last Glosswear lipgloss in Milly Pink. Milly Pink as we learnt the last round is the signature pink of the Milly fashion collection. This was actually my first time trying the Clinique long last glosswear lipgloss so let’s see how they fare.
First, some swatches of the Pretty in Prints palette:-
The bottom row are the eyeshadows (Printed Pinks) swatched left to right and the swatch at the top is the blush (Precious Posy).You can see that the two dark shades swatch well but the pink and cream take some work to show up. A good or bad thing depending on your preferences :)
I have a comparison swatch of the Precious Posy blush with a few other brands below for a better idea :) I really like the blush which applies a little light and sheer and balances out the eye makeup, if you do something stronger for the eye. If you go light on the eyes, I’d suggest a stronger hand with the cheeks.
The Milly Pink lipgloss however is a little light for my preferences.
On the back of my hand, its such a pretty pink. I mean, just look at it. Its a pink shot through with a little coral and there’s miniscule shimmer. The lipgloss applies a little thick but it is super shiny on the lips and importantly (for me) isn’t sticky despite the goopiness <- real word :P Its a really nice lipgloss…. if it would show up on me :(
I have pigmented lips so this lipgloss sort of disappears into my lips, offering just very lovely high shine without much colour.
I used the palette and the lipgloss in the picture above. I couldn’t get the lighting right so please excuse the rather ghostly tint to it :P What I found a little strange was that the eye colours apply a little cool while the blush is actually on the warm side. The lipgloss as you can see has crazy high shine that’s gorgeous, but the colour shows up just a light touch of pink without that pretty shimmer or coral tint.
Despite my criticism, I actually like this palette. Its not the most interesting, nor the most exciting of makeup palettes. Its by Clinique, and we don’t get many exciting colours from Clinique. But it works on many fronts. You can deepen the eye colours to get a pretty night look and the cheek colour is a very pretty one, even if you can’t quite tell from the above. Its a palette you can easily tote around for touch ups for day and night and its great for travel or business travel when you can’t get too daring with makeup (unless you can in which case, you’d go “Booorrinnggg!” ;) )
Pros: Nice neutral shades for eyes and cheeks, Precious Posy blush should be sold separately :P, Lipgloss has very nice high shine and isn’t sticky
Cons: Cream highlight shade is a little gritty, Lipgloss is very sheer and doesn’t show up on me, Neutral palette may bore some
Oh and here are some comparison swatches for the Precious Posy blush in the Pretty in Prints palette compared to some other popular colours in the same family.
I picked out some blush colours I thought the blush resembled, and swatched them side by side. You can see that first of all, the blush isn’t as shimmery as many of the others I’ve chosen. Secondly, its quite different from the other colors! In the pan, I thought it close to Benefit Coralista blush, but after swatching I can say its nothing like Coralista. At best, its a smidge closer to Bella Bamba and its not a dupe for Nars Orgasm at all (a colour I hardly ever use anymore).
Clinique should consider releasing Precious Posy as a stand alone one. I think it’d be a winner :) Update: I stand corrected. Precious Posy is available as a stand alone blush. Get it if you aren’t swayed by the eye colours! :D
Have you seen this collection? I like the freshness and simplicity even if its not the most exciting Spring 2011 collection out there. However, its probably one of the most wearable for most :)
The Pretty in Prints palette retails at RM180 and the Long Last Glosswear Lipgloss in Milly Pink is RM63. The Clinique Pretty in Prints collection for Spring 2011 is limited edition and available at all Clinique counters.