7 Must-Have Christmas Palettes To Add To Your Gift List This Year
I’ve picked out a few of my favourites that I think you’re going to love. I’ve attempted to cover off every colour possible so it’s not just a whole load of neutrals (although this girl does love a good taupe), so let me know which of these catches your eye!
Clarins Festive Palette – This isn’t the first year Clarins have released their Festive palette and it probably won’t be the last, but I think this is a really great all-rounder for anyone who loves a good nude. You’ve got a nice mix of shimmers and mattes, a few deeper shades for an evening look and there’s not a single shadow included that wouldn’t get regular usage. My favourite shade of them all is number 4, as I really love a gold shadow! £35
Manny MUA x Makeup Geek – I met Manny at a recent BeautyBay event and I have to be honest, I had a mini fan girl moment. Mostly over his palette, but he was also very lovely to chat too and had some EXCELLENT brows going on. He collaborated with the team over at Makeup Geek (see my review on some of their shadows here) to develop a nine shadow palette that has three of Manny’s favourite MUG shades, plus six that are exclusive to this palette. It’s designed to work with all skin tones and mingles shimmer, matte and foiled shades in warm tones. The duochrome foil in the bottom right (Insomnia) makes this worth the purchase alone – I’ve never found anything quite like it! Full review and swatches coming on this baby very soon. £56, via BeautyBay
Urban Decay Ultimate Basics – The matte formula from Urban Decay is really second to none – they get it right where so many other brands just miss the mark by a smidge. It features 12 new mattes, so if you already own the other two Basics palettes then you’re not repeating and it essentially the palette of dreams for all matte lovers. It reminds me a lot of the original Naked palette minus the shimmer, although I definitely prefer the hard case of this one. Pigmentation-wise the shadows are great, not chalky and with very minimal fall out. It’s £38.50 and can be found at all Urban Decay stockists.
Lime Crime Venus – who knew that Lime Crime are now available at ASOS?! Yup, all the unicorn goodness is now in a much easier place. Their eye shadows don’t get as much coverage as their lip products (or their drama, to be fair) but are well worth a look. Venus is full of warm, rich shades that are perfect for this time of year. The pinks are out of my usual comfort zone, but I know plenty of ladies that would love this one. The outer packaging is also a beaut – a bit different from the norm with its religious iconography and bold colours.
RMK Holiday Palette – this little baby forms part of RMK’s Chrsitmas gift set this year, which at £55 for the palette, nail polish, lip gloss and a makeup bag is seriously good value when you consider the cost of the products on their own. RMK are a Japanese brand, so all about washes of colour and plenty of shimmer (especially at Christmas!). There are four shadows included and a decent sized blusher – the blusher will work best for paler skins but the shadows themselves are pretty universal. I think this would be a really lovely gifting idea - it launches on 4th December at Selfridges.
M&S Autograph Day to Night – this pocket-friendly palette is a bit of a hidden gem from M&S. They’ve packed in ten shades, which although are reasonably small pan sizes, give you plenty of choice for your money. If you’re after a more budget-friendly gift idea (it’s £15) that still feels expensive, then definitely consider this one. The shade choice is excellent, taking you through from soft neutrals to more intense smokey shades and there’s a wealth of different looks that can be created with minimal effort.
Pur Strobe Palette – Highlight hard or go home is my motto. Pur’s highlighter palette definitely offers up a way to do this with three shades of gold, pink champagne and bronze. They’re a creamy formula, so work best when dotted on with your fingers or a really fine stippling brush and give cheekbones a seriously good gleam. They aren’t overly shimmery but give more of a sheen and look incredibly natural on the skin. You could also blend your own custom shade by combining several of them together. The slim compact makes it really travel-friendly, but it feels great quality at the same time. £22
Will any of these be going on your wishlist this year?
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