When the term "powder compact" is uttered in a sentence, one may as well be copping to démodé, grandma-inspired sartorial inclinations. However, 2014 is resurrecting the cosmetic staples in a decidedly modern fashion. Not only are compacts housing makeup essentials from full face palettes to the finest milled illuminating powders, they also come in an array of opulent forms. Golden, crystal-encrusted cases serve to evoke modernized '50s glamour; geometric silver compacts serve to satisfy avant-garde style; and patterned cases combine the best of both worlds. So when you're on the holiday party circuit this season, snap up one of these embellished compacts; you may even be inspired to leave the statement jewelry at home.
Estee Lauder Limited Edition Sapphire Sparklers Powder Compact
With a bejeweled compact this decadently designed, who needs a necklace?
Estee Lauder Limited Edition Sapphire Sparklers Powder Compact, $250, bergdorfgoodman.com
AERIN Beauty Weekend Palette
Call this palette the ultimate two-in-one deal: AERIN’s Beauty Weekend Palette features a range of soft, universally flattering shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks, and its gorgeous, textured golden compact is worthy of public makeup application.
AERIN Beauty Weekend Palette, $70, bergdorfgoodman.com
Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder
Not since the 1940s has a powder compact looked so alluring. If you’re not enthralled yet, consider the illuminating power of powder, and you may be swayed.
Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder, $22, sephora.com
Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush in Divine
With its preppy packaging and luxe golden detailing, this Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush is simply made to be whipped out of a straw tote in Palm Beach come spring.
Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush in Divine, $48, toryburch.com
Gucci Golden Glow Bronzer
Old Hollywood allure comes to life in Gucci’s Golden Glow Bronzer, its compact designed to make as much a statement as one of the brand’s iconic bags.
Gucci Golden Glow Bronzer, $59, gucci.com
Burberry Splash Eye Palette Water Resistent Beachwear
If a Burberry scarf (or dress, or top) isn’t in your price range, reach for one of the brand’s equally exquisite compacts. Burberry’s signature plaid pattern decorates each, and at under $50 a pop, it’s a luxury you can afford.
Burberry Splash Eye Palette Water Resistent Beachwear, $47, saksfifthavenue.com
Jane Iredale Electric Purepressed Refillable Compact
When you’re flitting between cocktail hours and merry shindigs this holiday season, keep your makeup touch-ups elegant with Jane Iredale’s Electric Purepressed Refillable Compact. Its rich jewel-toned case is more subtle than silver or gold, but provides an equally arresting pop of color to your purse.
Jane Iredale Electric Purepressed Refillable Compact, $20, janeiredale.com
Clé de Peau Beauté 'La Boheme' Luminizing Face Enhancer
If blinding bling is your thing, look no further than Clé de Peau’s Beauté ‘La Boheme’ Luminizing Face Enhancer. The compact itself features a multifaceted gem-like cover, while the powder inside will keep your complexion glowing like the finest Cartier gem.
Clé de Peau Beauté ‘La Boheme’ Luminizing Face Enhancer, $95, shop.nordstrom.com
Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder & Kabuki Brush
Simple, streamlined, and utterly timeless, Dior’s Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder case is aesthetically unparalleled; the luminizing powder inside makes it indispensable.
Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder & Kabuki Brush, $56, shop.nordstrom.com
Rouge G de Guerlain 820 Rouge Parade Jewel Lipstick Compact
Though not the average compact, Rouge G de Guerlain’s 820 Rouge Parade Jewel Lipstick Compact is a glossy, sultry crimson which houses an equally bewitching lipstick.
Rouge G de Guerlain 820 Rouge Parade Jewel Lipstick Compact, $54, shop.nordstrom.com
MAC Keepsakes In Beige Eyes
A cross between a cameo locket and a heavy metal-inspired accent, this MAC Keepsake Palette In Beige Eyes makes a statement in the hand and on the eye.
MAC Keepsakes In Beige Eyes, $39.50, maccosmetics.com
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming
Call it an architectural wonder: Kjaer Weis’s Cream Blush in Blossoming features the most streamlined silver encasement which slides open to reveal complexion-flattering cream blush
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming, $56, net-a-porter.com
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer
This compact not only evokes the appearance of a golden chocolate coin, it has enviable radiance-bestowing capabilities.
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer, $34, sephora.com