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April 19 2014

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Finger-Painting With Black Honey

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With everyone jumping on board the nail bandwagon, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Clinique has finally gotten in on the fun. The brand that popularized the white lab coat as uniform did have a few mild-mannered manicure staples when it first launched in the late sixties, but its concentration has been primarily on skincare and skincare-minded makeup of late—a focus that has also informed its new lineup of lacquers as well. The 100 percent allergy-tested and fragrance-free range has gone to great lengths to ensure that its offering minimizes the allergen potential of nail enamel on the skin—and eyes—as nail varnishes are a relatively unknown, albeit prime cause of periorbital dermatitis, a facial rash that develops around the lower and upper eyelids when polished tips rub, itch, and even apply liners and shadows to lids. Dubbed a Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skin, the high-gloss-finish, chip-resistant formula comes in nine seasonal colors—like the punchy melon Juiced Up and the bright yellow 70 and Sunny—as well a twelve permanent colors, including the burnt-cherry Black Honey. That’s right: Everyone’s favorite nineties lipstick mainstay is now available in finger-painting form. Go ahead; take a moment for the news to sink in. We’ll wait.

Photo: Courtesy of Clinique

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