Christmas came a little early this year as we oogle over the latest holiday beauty launches to hit the stores. Here, we list our top six beauty buys that would make great gifts, and heck, a great gift for yourselves!
Nearly every YouTube beauty guru reviewed all of the stuff they snagged at First Access VIB Rouge Appreciation Event–and in our opinion, we’re kinda bored of it already! We heard mixed reviews on most of the items purchased, so we’re forming our own opinions on what beauty launches we are coveting the most this holiday 2016. All of these items are holiday gift-worthy for your besties and family, as well as great additions to your own makeup collection! So let’s dive in and view our top six holiday makeup launches that we REALLY want.
We’re already fans of Charlotte Tilbury’s magical brushes–and when we found out the Magical Mini Brush Set was on the horizon, we fled to the nearest Nordstrom to find out more. We got our hands on a kit, and we are in complete love with these little guys. Here’s what you’ll get:
A gorgeous Art Deco-inspired, faux reptile skin clutch with satin lining. It has this ethereal burgundy sheen to it that has to be seen to believe. Inside of the clutch are the brushes which are nestled inside of their satin lining like a little family. There are four essential brushes: A contouring/blush brush, a blending brush for applying a soft wash of color, or to blend out a crease like a boss, a smudger brush for blending out a smoky eye or applying a deep color to the crease, and a precision brush for adding details to the eyes or lips. We tried this brush to diffuse black eyeliner and it looked so beautiful and professional. This is the perfect travel kit!
We couldn’t get enough of highlighters this year (no really, we own MANY), and we’re still open to collecting more–especially palettes. When we saw the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit hit the scene, we squealed. At this current time it is sold out on the Anastasia website, and we couldn’t find it in the stores in-person, so we’re just holding out hope it will be restocked very, very soon.
Thanks to Bustle.com, we found a handy swatch photo of the six shades that come in the palette. So far, we can’t wait to try out White Sand and Amber Gold on our cheekbones (fleekbones?).
We could hear Dorothy Gale and Toto singing to us from Oz about the glorious Urban Decay Full Spectrum Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette, coming on October 26. We’re already dreaming up new looks to create with this monster, and we’re also having nightmares about it being sold out the minute it hits the web/stores. Definitely clear out a space in your drawers for this one–set it neatly next to all of your Naked palettes and introduce it to the family.
To see swatches and a demo, Refinery29 put the rainbow palette to the test on Facebook Live
If you’re looking for that epic gift your bestie will cry actual tears over, this is it. Cosmetics brand Too Faced is killing it with the collabs this year, and what better way to end 2016 with a marriage of Too Faced and Kat von D! The “Better Together” Too Faced x Kat Von D collab features a two-sided collectible bag that features Too Faced Co-Founder Jerrod Blandino’s doggie Clover, and Kat’s beautiful cat Piaf, and a magnetic heart-shaped eyeshadow palette, so each side of the palette can separate from each other. The collab will include the following products:
– 6 Too Faced eyeshadows
– 6 Kat Von D eyeshadows
– Mini-sized Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder in Rosy Glow
– Mini-sized Too Faced Love Flush Blush in So Happy Together
– Mini-sized Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in XO
– Mini-sized Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Muse
Now, don’t be mad, but this collab will not go on sale until December 26–the day AFTER Christmas–but will be the perfect item to spend your Sephora gift card on.
If you’re as obsessed with liquid lipsticks as we are, you are probably feeling our pain: So many holiday kits have already sold out. But here’s a product that seems to be overlooked–The Stila Naturally Nude Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are gorgeous and totally affordable!
These creamy nude shades are just what we need for our everyday looks, and boy do these LAST. This kit would make an excellent stocking stuffer for your liquid lipstick obsessed sister, or your bestie who likes to try everything (including every nude shade of lipstick in existence).
Full disclosure: We already bought a couple of these at the office and we’re counting down the minutes until it arrives in the mailbox. File this product under “Makeup Lover Must-Have”, because we don’t care who you are, you need this eyeshadow palette. We already fell in love with the ABH Modern Renaissance palette (using daily, thank you), and now we have Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic collaborating with Anastasia for this Master Palette by Mario, available now at Ulta.com. If this palette is the same quality as the Renaissance palette, we can wait to dive into the rose gold goodness of “Muse”, and of course transforming ourselves into golden goddesses with the shade “Kim”. We are for certain that every single one of these wearable shadows will hit pan.
Make your list, and check it twice! Better head out to the stores as soon as you can to grab these limited edition products! Let us know in the comments below what your favorite holiday beauty gifts are this year.
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