Clinique’s Nutcracker-Inspired Holiday Collection is on Pointe

Clinique Holiday 2014 collection

Clinique Holiday 2014 collection

While holiday beauty releases are usually predictably pretty — enough with the red and golds! — Clinique gives beauty babes a refreshing and surprisingly apropos collection to snatch before you make the holiday party rounds. The brand’s holiday release is inspired by the Nutcracker. Performed annually by the American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company, the compacts, chubby sticks and special holiday highlighting powder will keep you glowing even if you don’t find yourself under stage lights.

The collection includes two Nutcracker palettes. Act I includes four soft shadows that range from soft pink so smoky black paired with a soft pink blush. The Nutcracker Act II Compact (available exclusively online at Clinique’s website) leans more purple and includes a brighter pink blush to wear with the bold eye look. The holiday collection also includes two coordinating chubby sticks, one in Budding Blossom to wear with the Act I palette and Flowering Freesia for Act II. They’ve got the same super-nourishing mango and shea butter formula that you know and love for keeping lips pampered and protected with just a hint of color. Rounding out the collection is the limited-edition Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams. A special sparkling loose pink powder, it’s perfect for dusting on your décolletage or shoulders to add an ethereal glow. If we had to choose just one thing to grab, it’d be that special powder, but you’ll be hard pressed to pick just one.

The Clinique holiday collection is available at

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.