Ooooh, the Christmas make-up collection from Clinique – the beauty company that seems to do Christmas more stylishly than most – is not only extremely pretty to look at, but, with its frosted and candy colours, it looks good enough to eat. And since it was inspired by the definitive Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, it’s impossible not to hear the wonderful sounds of Tchaikovsky’s score when you try out the products and read their names.
“The collection was inspired by the characters, costumes and scenery of the ballet,” says Janet Pardo, SeniorVice President Clinique Global Product Development. “The tulles and velvet fabrics in vivid pinks, glittering whites and vibrant purples inspired us to develop a colour collection that brings to life the whimsical nature of The Nutcracker.”
Clinique’s Nutcracker Suite’s leading lady is a new powder, Clinique Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams (£23), which brings a shimmering elegance – a touch of the Snow Queen – to your party look if dusted across the shoulders, neck and chest. Florrie White, Clinique’s UK Colour Artist, suggests using it to add “pops of soft pink shimmer to your temples, inner corners of your eyes, cupid’s bow and your collar bone to enhance your features, whilst adding a touch of festive sparkle”.
The other big stars of of the suite are the palettes – inspired by the Waltz of the Snowflakes, The Nutcracker Act I colour compact (£35) comprises a Snowflake Suite eye shadow quad in soft pinks and sultry tones, and a delicate Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Plié Pink. Meanwhile, The Nutcracker Act II compact (£35 – and available only from Clinique online) is made up of a Sugar Plum Suite eye shadow quad of plum shades with shimmering white and silver tones, along with a flushed pink Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Tutu Pink.
But you’d better glide gracefully down to your Clinique counter fast while stocks last.