Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but any makeup lover knows that November through Christmas is the season to shop, thanks to holiday releases. Not only do you get gorgeous packaging, but also limited edition treasures typically at a fraction of the price per gram of the regular, full-sized product. We’re in the thick of things, where festive product sets are being pushed out at top speed, so to help you cut the fat, here are 6 holiday beauty sets to zoom towards the second you step into a department store.

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Too Faced Grande Hotel Café Box Set ($76)

Too Faced is a brand best-known for their scented eyeshadow palettes, and the Grande Hotel Café palette trio doesn’t miss the mark on that front. Each pint-sized palette comes with six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmery finishes, perfect a couple of everyday and party looks, with either a blush or bronzer. The set also comes with a sample-sized Better Than Sex mascara. Caution: if you do own a number of Too Faced’s eyeshadow palettes from their permanent collection, this may not be the most worthwhile investment as most of the colours are extremely similar to their regular line.

Available at Sephora.

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Shu Uemura x Takashi Murakami Cosmikawaii Palette ($98)

Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami teamed up with Shu Uemura to create a limited edition holiday beauty collection, comprising eye trios, eye pencils, and two eyes-and-cheek palettes. Our favourite is the Cosmikawaii compilation — a mix of bold, warm eyeshadows and a peach blush. It is the bright pops of colour that makes this a win, a fresh upgrade from the bland brown smokey “it” palettes of the moment.

Available at Shu Umera boutiques.

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Elizabeth Arden Holiday Blockbuster Set ($149)

Straight up, this Elizabeth Arden set is incredible value for money given the amount of products you get for the price — two eye palettes, four lipsticks, a highlight and blush compact, two mini lip glosses, two lipliners, a Grand Entrance mascara, two eyeliners, three brushes and a bottle of makeup remover. This is the perfect holiday beauty set to treat yourself with should you have a vacation coming up, or you’re just a sucker for a good deal.

At any Elizabeth Arden boutiques.

 

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First Aid Beauty FAB Beautique ($85)

Skincare junkies can enjoy this box set with First Aid Beauty’s cult favourites — the hydrating Ultra Repair Cream, an Ultra Hydrating Serum, Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads and Ultra Intensive Lip Balms. This line is allergen-free, works for all skin types and is suitable for those with eczema, making it a great bargain or a gift for someone in your life having trouble navigating through the saturation of aggravating skincare products in the market.

Available at Sephora.

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NARS X Sarah Moon Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($180)

Considering that one NARS Audacious Lipstick costs $44 a pop, this set is pretty worth the price even if you aren’t getting full-sized lipsticks. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, fashion photographer Sarah Moon has edited this lipstick wardrobe with seven Audacious shade favourites, and one new cream-coloured nude, Sarah. Another great point about this kit is how versatile it is, accommodating not only to a breadth of occasions but every skin tone.

Available at NARS boutiques, TANGS and Sephora.

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Tarte Paint Box Set ($97)

This is probably the motherlode of all travel-friendly palettes. You get 24 buttery eyeshadows, two highlighters, a cool-toned bronzer, and a blush, a mini-Tarteist glossy lip paint and mascara, as well as a So Fine eyeliner. If you haven’t tried any of Tarte’s eyeshadows from their much-hyped Tarlette palettes, this is a fantastic investment, seeing as you get far more out of the price you pay when comparing the cost per-shadow. Hold off on this one, however, if you’re itching to get the new Tarteist Pro palette coming our way next season, as the colours bear strong similarities despite differing finishes.

Available at Sephora.

 

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.