SK-II launches its suminagashi inspired packaging for Christmas

SK-II launches its suminagashi inspired packaging for Christmas

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Inspired by the Japanese art of marbling, known as suminagashi, SK-II's limited edition Christmas packaging is something you'll want to own for yourself

We love Christmas not just because of the carols, decoration and general air of joviality, but because of limited edition packaging on our favourite beauty goodies. Just like a fancy dress we wear for New Year's or to a Christmas brunch, artwork, drawings and prints that adorn these bottles and palettes make these must-haves just that much prettier. A lot of brands from Kiehl's to Clé de Peau Beauté commission artists (from fine art to grafitti artists) and graphic design houses to create beautiful packaging that will be a keepsake for years to come.

SK-II's packaging this year bears a distinctive, floating ink pattern called suminagashi, that is a traditional type of Japanese marbling. This particular art form was especially appealing to the brand, as the concept of suminagashi is that there are no mistakes — every dot of paint or drop of ink creates unique patterns and swirls that give each piece its own kind of distinctive beauty. This year there are three colourways to choose from — blue, green and red decorating each jumbo (230ml) bottle of Facial Treatment Essence. They'll not be sold individually, so you'll have to buy them as parts of  sets. Here are our picks for the best three sets: