Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches

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Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
For Holiday 2014, Clinique collaborated with the American Ballet Theater to capture the magic of The Nutcracker ballet. The two part collection (just like the play) is inspired by the pink velvet and sparkly tulles from the costume department. Today I have the swatches of couple of the products from the Clinique The Nutcracker Suit Collection, to read more, click......
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams
Clinique The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($24 USD) 
Packaging:
This loose highlighting powder comes in a large plastic jar with a silver cap, there is a sifter that allows the powder to dispense. The powder also includes a nifty travel-sized twist-up powder brush. There is a lot of product in the jar, I can't imagine ever finishing all the powder.
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams Brush
Formulation:
This highlighting shimmer powder has a finely-milled texture. The product looks light pink in the jar but when worn it doesn't have too much pigmentation. It's mostly pinky white sparkles. Although the powder is intended for the face, it can definitely be used on the collarbone or other parts of the body for a little shimmer.
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams
Clinique The Nutcracker Act I Compact ($36):
Packaging:
Inspired by the dance of the snowflakes, this cheek and eye palette is housed in a gorgeous reflective square mirror compact. The palette comes with a mini duo-ended shadow applicator and a blush brush.
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Act I Compact
Formulation & Pigmentation:
The palette comes with four shimmery shadows. They are all fairly sheer but the texture is nice.
There is an icy shimmery white, a pale baby pink shimmer, a mauve-y taupe shimmer, and a satin black with silver sparkles.
The included blush is a flattering baby pink with some subtle shimmers. The formulation is quite pigmented and the texture is creamy and soft.
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Act I Compact
Clinique Holiday 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Collection: Review and Swatches
Clinique The Nutcracker Act I Compact
Overall:
This collection amazingly incorporates the themes of The Nutcracker with its beautiful pinks and dreamy shimmers. The highlight powder is finely-milled and the palette features some gorgeous wintery shades. The collection includes another (Act II) palette so definitely keep an eye out for that when the collection hits stores.

Availability:
Clinique is available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers, and Sears.
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