Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection (photo heavy)

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 21 - 2014

If you ever had reason to think that beige is boring, think again.  Clinique have recently released a lovely, understated collection of nail polishes that range from the palest skin-suiting shade right up to the darkest.  In addition to these eight new limited-edition nail polishes, there’s also an eye shadow palette featuring another eight complimentary neutrals.

Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection

Focusing first on the eyeshadow palette, the limited edition All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 Palette (£32.00/€39.00) includes an essential wardrobe of work-friendly neutrals, from the softest sparkling white right through to the smokiest dark brown.  The textures are soft and blendable with a creaminess that belies their powder form.

Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2

The first five shades in the palette (from left-to-right) contain a very subtle shimmer that reflects a luminosity rather than a glitter but the final three, darker shades, are the ones that will carry your look from day into night, featuring a (slightly) more prominent sparkle.

Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 Palette

Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 Palette Close

The palette contains a large mirror and applicator with a sponge tip on one end and a blending brush on the other.  As much as I take issue with sponge tips, I won’t deny that the addition of a brush on the other end does ensure that you can get a decent application without carrying your own arsenal of tools around with you.

One thing that I haven’t mentioned yet is the size of the palette.  As much as I love my Urban Decay Naked Palettes, I find them far too big to offer any kind of portability.  This one is small enough to pop in a handbag with ease.  Most interestingly, despite its minute size, each pan contains more product (gram for gram) than the Naked Palette, although the Naked palette offers a total of twelve pans to Clinique’s eight.

Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 Palette Swatches

Now, onto the new, limited edition A Different Nail Enamel (£12.00/€16.00) shades…

I’ve got two of the eight shades to show you, so naturally, I swatched one shade on each hand!  The colours that I received are almost similar enough in shade depth to get away without anyone noticing I’m sporting completely different polishes on each hand!

Clinique Nude Nail Polish Beige

First up is the lighter of the two: Peek A Boo, I See You which is described as a nude peach.  I’m not sure I’d agree with that description… in my experience, peaches tend to be a lot warmer in tone and this one isn’t quite warm enough to qualify in my opinion.  Having said that, for me, this is no bad thing as it complements my pale skin-tone beautifully.  It gives a soft, clean finish that’s effortlessly chic and lengthens my fingers.

Clinique Peek A Boo Nail Polish

Following this is the next tone darker in the collection: Birthday Suit.  It’s a slightly deeper version of the above with just the tiniest hint of a mocha hue.  Both polishes took three coats for a smooth application, but each covered easily without pooling in the cuticles or any other application issues.

Clinique Birthday Suit Nail Polish

What do you think?  Does the collection offer enough interest for you to be tempted or are you of the opinion that beige really is boring?

The Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection is available to buy online from clinique.co.uk now.  Alternatively, the collection will roll out across Clinique counters nationwide from the 7th February.  I imagine the eyeshadow palette might sell out pretty quickly though!

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14 Responses to “Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection (photo heavy)”

  1. Margo says:

    I am definitely interested in this collection, especially the nail polishes!

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  2. Miss Louise says:

    I have so many neutral eyeshadows, but not many neutral polishes! I’ve been searching for the perfect nude polish and Clinique seems to be my best bet! I’ve searched the drugstores and I can’t find any shades quite like the ones in this collection!

    Great post and photos!

    http://www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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  3. lyn says:

    The Peek A Boo polish looks lovely on you! I like that the eyeshadow palette is so compact and portable. I have been looking for a good neutral palette when travelling so this seems pretty ideal.

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  4. I want that palette so much now! Beige is interesting to me!

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  5. E says:

    Never heard of this before. But I am adding this to my wishlist!
    What beautiful polishes.
    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

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  6. Sydney says:

    I have been really dreading the release of this, do we really need another neautrals palette? I’ve got neutrals coming out of my eyeballs.

    However, having seen this review (especially that second to last eye shadow – yum!) I might have to have a little peek at it. I suppose when you live with someone who works for Clinique – and was given one for free – it would be rude not to give it a second look!

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  7. Bambi says:

    Love the Peek A Boo nail polish! I’ve been looking for (and still looking) for the perfect nude polish that doesn’t make hands look like grey ghoulish zombie hands – most nudes just seem to clash with my pale skin tone :(

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  8. Jules says:

    I’ve been hoping you’d swatch this one! It’s so helpful seeing the colours on someone whose skin tone matches mine so well. I just got the Lorac Pro palette, but I’m still tempted by this one (especially if there’s a good Clinique Bonus coming up!).

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  12. Carolyn M says:

    I bought the palette but didn’t like it. I felt it was too on the glittery side for me. It’s such as shame as I liked the colours but every shade just left too much micro-glitter on my lid and on the top of my cheek (the fall out was quite a lot). However, I did like the nail polish. I bought ‘Birthday Suit’ and I really loved the colour. I’ll definitely be buying more polishes from this range.

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  13. Gemma says:

    Like the Birthday Suit nail shade. Makes your nails look very chic.

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