No one thought we would be celebrating Christmas in the midst of a pandemic, yet here we are. This year, things are a little different: We’re pulling our lens back to examine our year and shine the spotlight on little things over the next 12 days – both material and immaterial that one can either gift or savour now or in the next year. On day 8, we compile some of the most festive limited edition makeup kits that’ll please even the most discerning beauty aficionado.
If you’re shopping for loved ones (or even yourself) this holiday season, chances are there’s at least one beauty lover on your list.
Sure, you can pamper them at home with these deluxe skincare sets, but when the parties start and the bubbly starts to flow, there’s nothing more useful for glamming up than a makeup gift set. Besides, gifting beauty products can be quite the gamble, and these have been carefully curated with the brand’s holy grails so you can’t go wrong.
Whether it’s a top-to-toe glow or a high-octane glamorous look she’s after, here are the best makeup gift sets to pick up for those on your ‘nice’ list.
Inspired by a one-night circus full of a girl’s most coveted things, the Jill Stuart Dazzling Wonderland Collection is a limited edition gift set that includes the six-colour Eternal Couture Eyes eyeshadow palette, the Bloom Mix Blush Compact cheek palette, Tone-up Face Powder and the pearlescent Rouge Crystal Carat. The handy kit — neatly packaged within a pastel pink pouch promises a fresh-faced, doe-eyed look for any festive party.
You don’t have to limit the sparkle to only your eyes. Fenty Beauty makes it possible to literally shine from head to toe with this limited edition set, which not only includes the bestselling Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, but also the first ever Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush and Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Fenty Glow, the brand’s universal rose nude shade. Perfect for that friend who appreciates high-octane glamour and isn’t afraid of incorporating lots of shimmer in her life.
Tarte isn’t stranger to beautiful blush palettes or sets as part of their holiday collection. Instead of only a couple of shades to play around with this year, the brand has selected nine of their most popular powder blush shades in three different compacts, creating a stackable palette that’ll take on any occasion.
Both matte and satin-finish blushes are included, with some — depending on your skin tone — doubling up as bronzers and highlighters too. Whichever you choose, each shade is made of Amazonian clay for longer wear and is infused with mineral pigments and Vitamin E to nourish the skin.
Despite its cheeky name, this kitschy holiday set wants to take away the stress of cherry-picking by offering the brand’s most coveted products for the eyes, lips, and face. The kit includes a full-size Re(cover) Hydrating Coconut Lip Oil, travel-sized versions of the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan, and the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, and even comes with a glossy cherry clutch to complete the look.
We all know someone who applies makeup with only their fingers; it’s not entirely wrong, but a good set of brushes could really make a difference. For that girlfriend, MAC Cosmetics’ limited edition holiday kit features five essential mini makeup brushes — from foundation to eye-lining — to get her started on proper makeup techniques, alongside a handy carrying case that’s equally pink and sparkly.
Christmas might’ve taken a darker turn at HERA, but it’s no less festive. Invitation from Stranger is a dreamy, mystical take on the jolly holiday with enchanting shades inspired by red wine and sweet dessert. The HERA Shadow Duo in Galette, for example, features toned-down mauve shades in pearly and matte finishes, while the Spicy Nude Gloss takes on hues reminiscent of ginger syrup and merlot for the lips.
Specially curated by the celebrity makeup artist and Instagram maven herself, this set is everything you need to achieve that glowy, natural look Pony has come to be known for. These multi-use NUDESTIX essentials includes four universally flattering products, such as the Nudies Bloom in Cherry Blossom Babe for the cheeks, Nudies Glow in Illumi-Naughty to highlight, and Lip Glace in Nude for a glossy pout.
NARS spreads the holiday cheer with its exclusive lipstick coffret, featuring four travel-sized versions of well-loved shades that range from Rosecliff (a delicate soft rosy hue) to Inappropriate Red (a bold poppy red). The set comes packaged in a gold limited edition box, so you can skip the gift wrapping with this one too.
Burberry translates its British sensibilities into a collection of covetable limited edition must-haves for the holidays by taking inspiration from contrasting finishes. Playing on the spectrum from matte to iridescent, buildable products like the Essential Glow Palette does the all-in-one job of sculpting, colouring, and highlighting for a natural glow. The two exclusive Liquid Lip Velvet shades — Festive Red No. 40 and Russet No. 93 — is also perfect for both sequinned dresses and LBDs, and are bottled in exclusive golden packaging for that extra cheer.