Makeup and the holidays go together like red and green, cocoa and marshmallows, and glitter and presents. When it comes to being festive and jolly, no industry turns up for Christmas like the cosmetic industry. Brands begin releasing new, never-before-seen and limited edition palettes in a frenzy. How does one choose? Here are some of my favorite 2015 holiday palettes and collections.
Holiday edition makeup collections and palettes are great for so many reasons. First, you are likely getting limited edition products that may never come back again. If you see something you love when shopping this year, I suggest you snag it while you have the chance. Plus, holiday makeup palettes are an excellent steal compared to regular retail value. You're getting more for less, and by "more," I mean a ton of product.
As we all experienced with the Urban Decay Naked Vault II release, brands go big or go home when it comes to their holiday collections. They really showboat, turn up, and turn out for their loyal fans in the winter —'tis the season, after all! If you're in the market for more eyeshadows or blush, now is the time to shop. Some kits even come with multiple products, so you could gift them. (Or gift some and keep some — I won't judge.)
1. Clinique's A Case of the Pretties Gift Set
Clinique A Case of the Pretties Gift Set, $29.50, neimanmarcus.com
Definitely a warm-toned palette with lots of mauves and pinks. Yum!
2. Too Faced La Grand Palais
Too Faced La Grand Palais, $58.00, sephora.com
Let's stop and take a moment to acknowledge that this kit had a nearly $400 retail value and is selling for only $58. It's madness, people!
3. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette, $42.00, itcosmetics.com
These soft, subtle shades will get you prepped for spring 2016.
4. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette, $34.00, sephora.com
Jaclyn Hill's brainchild, Champagne Pop, is included in this palette. Mix the "Pearl" shade with "Champagne Pop" for a luminous look.
5. Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix
Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix, $59.00, sephora.com
Everyone in the beauty world is raving about this hyper pigmented, electric palette. It's definitely not for your everyday kind of look.
6. Tarte Light of the Party Collection
Tarte Light of the Party Collection, $59.00, sephora.com
This kit comes with a ton of shadows — 24 to be exact — so you could literally be set for an entire year with this palette. Gift the other items as stocking stuffers!
7. Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Eyeshadow Palette, $34.00, sephora.com
I love this concept, which is really funky and encourages you to get creative. Plus, it has a great orange color — perfect for making the eyes pop.
8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, $80.00, sephora.com
This is perfect for your friend who is obsessed with "highlight on fleek" or your sister who might believe she's the shining star of your family. Hourglass is the pinnacle of highlighting products.
9. Marc Jacobs The Sky Liner
Marc Jacobs The Sky Liner, $48.00, marcjacobsbeauty.com
This kit holds seven of the best-selling Marc Jacobs highliner eye pencils. They're metallic and pigmented, and perfect if you're always rocking liner.
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