Milly for Clinique : Pretty In Prints Compact and Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Milly Pink
Another collaboration effort! Is it just me or are these collections getting more and more popular? Anywho…US beauty giant Clinique has paired with New York based designer, Michelle Smith, for a petite collection that’s bursting with colour. The collaboration features a gorgeous palette for eyes and cheeks plus a colour-matched lipgloss in Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear formulation. “Working with Clinique has been the most natural collaboration for me as I’ve used their products since I was 12. The look of Milly is always clean, youthful, modern and feminine; the same can be said of Clinique. The Milly woman and the Clinique woman are one and the same to me.” says Smith.
At first glance this collection is very representative of the Clinique aesthetic; pretty and colourful, yet safe enough for everyday. In this post I’m going to review the palette and gloss then later today I’ll follow up with a FOTD featuring the Milly for Clinique products, so you can see how they look on the skin. I was provided these items for review.
Milly for Clinique Limited-Edition Pretty In Prints Compact – this palette features a limited-edition Colour Surge Eye Shadow
Quad in Printed Pinks and Blushing Blush in Precious Posy. All shades in this palette are perfectly matches in hues of pink and brown, I can really see this palette being a great choice for those looking for a subtle, yet pretty look.
The eyeshadow quad contains a pearly ivory highlight shade, a gorgeous shimmering brown shade, a frosted pink with a golden sheen and a matte finish plummy-brown. The blush is also lovely, a mid-toned pink with lots of fine gold shimmer as well.
The eye shadow shades are very soft and blendable, meaning they’re perfect for beginners as they’re somewhat fool-proof. The shades are soft and a little on the sheer side, with the exception of the darkest brown. The blush is also pretty sheer and would be difficult to over-apply, even for those with very pale skin like me.
This sheerness and softness means it’s perfect for anyone looking for a more conservative look or for something that’s colourful whilst still being fairly ‘natural’. For those who like their colours to pack a punch, you might be disappointed with this palette. I think the colours that Clinique have chosen really would suit any skin tone, from the very fair to those with deeper skin tones.
Limited Edition Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Milly Pink – This gloss is really gorgeous!! A pretty, flushed pink shade with fine sparkles and a mirror-like shine makes lips look plump and full. The texture of this gloss is a little on the thick side but it’s not too sticky or uncomfortable to wear. I like the fact that it has a SPF15 as well, meaning it’s great for the day time. This gloss goes perfectly with the shades in the palette, but would work with anything in your existing make-up collection. Again, it’s a very suit-all shade.
Perfection! Clinique was once ‘that daggy brand the ugly green packaging’ but over the last 5 years they’ve worked hard to freshen their image and provide a sleek new look. The packaging for the Milly palette is GORGEOUS!! It has a slim, silver case with a pretty monochromatic floral design on the lid, you would not be embarrassed to pull this compact out of your bag. The slim size makes it great for travel and inside you’ll find a generous mirror, blush brush and eye shadow applicators along with your shadows and blush.
The gloss is very sleek with a slim clear tube and a silver ribbed cap, very simple and chic. Below you can see the little card which comes with the eye and cheek palette that shows you how to apply your Milly for Clinique colours to get a lovely ‘I wake up looking this pretty’ look.
The palette also comes in a special Milly pouch which is beyond cute – don’t you think it has a bit of a 60s vibe to it? I love the colours and would definitely use the pouch to keep my makeup in for everyday.
The Palette is $70AUD and the gloss is $35AUD, although $70 might seem expensive you’re getting four eye shadows and a blush so per item it works out to be about $14. The eye shadows are smaller than Clinique’s regular range however they do last quite a long time. Comparatively to other brands I would put $70AUD for a palette like this in the mid-range category.