Holiday collections are like vintage collectibles. They come once a year or less, are never replicated again, and make sure our makeup bags and our hearts are filled with good cheer. Though India has lesser offerings as compared to the West, we have SAKS, Nordstrom, Cult Beauty and Neiman Marcus delivering to us in a week or so with very little custom / import problems. So we decided to take a look at the best holiday collections that are around – from gilded beauties to fun Christmas goodies, all packed in one tight pretty box.

Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection

Luxe on Luxe Mini Lip Collection with case

Inspired by the twinkling lights of New York City during the holidays, this collection is all set to make your skin glow, lips shine and lids sparkle. From stunning sets to mind-blowing palettes, there’s something for everyone. We are in love with the  Highlight & Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, the Luxe on Luxe Mini Luxe Lip Color Collection, and the Take it to Glow Highlighting & Bronzing Powder Palette. And the gorgeous Travel Brush Set with its limited edition packaging in gilded tones will totally have your heart.

Kiehl’s Holiday Collection
The body butter from the range
The body butter from the range
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Our favourite cult products have got interesting Christmas makeovers, like the pairing of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Ultra Facial Cream, which have gotten reintroduced with some real fun packaging. The best one though is the limited edition Ultra Facial Cream that comes with a surprise, super-cute packaging, which you can recycle as jars later.

Forest Essentials Holiday Kit

Forest Essentials holiday kit

The label has its own little combinations to get you excited. There’s the Classic Nargis gift box, featuring a parfum and velvet silk body cream, which captures the royal heritage of the Tanjore art form, and the Soundarya collection, which encompasses the power of pure 24-carat gold, and includes best-sellers like the Radiance Cream and Advance Serum.

L’Occitane Advent Calendar

L’Occitane advent calendar

This one’s big. The L’Occitane calendar comes with the best of the best – the designs of Castelbajac Paris with a selection of captivating travel-sized products from the label. The classic advent calendar is the one everyone waits for and there are 24 amazing mini products nestled inside. Such a cool gift!

Innisfree Christmas Collection

Innisfree My Lip Balm Set

The special Christmas collection at Innisfree is all about style – their Green Christmas is a limited edition of products with specially curated yuletide-themed packaging. What we love about the brand is the attention to detail – there are Christmas DIY kits in the form of Christmas stockings, pretty scented candles with a candle glove, and a set of lip-balms in a neat set of 5 cool hues.

Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Gift Set

Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Gift Set

There’s only one OG Tom Ford collection to get your hands on this year – the Fucking Fabulous Gift Set, which comes with his iconic perfume of the same name and a matching red lipstick that’s every bit the best in the makeup world.

Givenchy Prestige 10-Piece Lip & Nail Set

Givenchy Prestige 10-Piece Lip & Nail Set

This one’s all you need to get things right on the makeup front this season. The Givenchy luxe set comes with five perfect lipsticks and easy-to-wear nail polishes housed in a sleek black Givenchy case.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Collection

Charlotte's Beauty Universe Collection

This one’s a killer collection that comes in a deluxe kit, whose one drawer after another opens up to reveal a favourite Charlotte Tilbury product.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.