Lipsticks to satisfy the packaging snobs among us

Worth it for the looks alone, these also deliver on performance

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By Frankie Graddon on

I know make-up shouldn’t really be about packaging, but sometimes it just is. Case in point: the new Marimekko for Clinique Limited Edition Collection – packaging so jolly it will inspire a grin on even the most dire of days. Jazzed-up beyond belief, the collection features prints from Marimekko – the Finnish textiles and fashion house famous for its bright, zany designs. There are 10 different prints to choose from and not only would they look fabulous on the bathroom shelf, they’d also be easy to find when rummaging in your bag.

Of course, it’s not all about looks, so what about the products? The collection comprises two lovely lip products that, true to Clinique form, deliver on performance. First up is the bestselling Pop Lip Colour + Primer: a smooth, highly pigmented lipstick with great lasting power. This comes in 10 pinky/red shades – I’m a sucker for Passion Pop, a bright cherry-red. Then there’s the brand new Pop Splash Lip Gloss + Hydration: a water-like gloss that promises high-shine colour without the stickiness. It’s a world away from those gloopy glosses of the noughties and, if your lips are on the thin side, you might find this more flattering than a matte colour. This comes in 20 shades, ranging from pale pink to espresso brown.

Launched just last week, the collection is on a limited run, with both the Pop Lip and the Pop Splash ringing in at £17. A great midweek treat, if there ever was one.




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