Makeup palettes and beauty sets are perfect for holiday gifting because they are a great value, have so much to offer in terms of colors and products, and usually come housed in the cutest packaging. Choose from eye shadow palettes, contour palettes, shimmer palettes, lip palettes, and palettes that have a little of everything. Tons have crossed my desk this season and I’ve curated some of my faves, which are truly outstanding. You’re guaranteed to impress whomever you’re giving them to; and oh yeah, it’s okay to gift any of these to yourself this holiday season.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette: This is the beauty collaboration you’ve been waiting for! Urban Decay has partnered with Gwen Stefani to create her ultimate eye shadow collection. From her 15 can’t-live-without shades to the super luxe case, the singer designed and developed her perfect palette. But she also had you in mind. The palette is an insane range of neutrals and a few jewel tones to spice things up. With these shades in your arsenal, you’ll have everything you need to recreate Stefani’s signature looks for yourself as well as create your own unique looks.
Too Faced Love Palette: What a gorgeous eye shadow palette this is. Create your own love story with endless, passionately pretty eye looks. Too Faced’s love-worthy eye collection features 15 silky shadows in shimmer, pearl, and matte finishes. Their innovative powder technology boasts velvety, smooth and soft pigments that offer multidimensional and intense color payoff. From flirtatious neutrals to romantic pinks to passionate emeralds, this palette offers limitless options. Prepare to fall in love.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette: This light-infused, multi-dimensional palette from Laura Mercier creates the perfect glow for skin for any time of day. And who doesn’t want to glow? Two all-over-the-face highlighting powders create the look of skin that has been softly illuminated by candlelight and the four eye colors give you a wash of shimmer. It’s easy to use, and it creates a gorgeous natural healthy glow.
Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set & Portable Palettes: How about this divine gift box featuring everything you need to dazzle ’em during the holidaze? It doesn’t get better than all of this glitz! You get a decorative makeup set with a pull-out drawer and a full-size mirror that includes three removable and portable eye and cheek palettes, a mini deluxe Lights-Camera-Lashes, 4-in-1 mascara, and a deluxe LipSurgence lip crème in Flashy, which is the perfect neutral, moisturizing shade for any complexion. This collector’s set includes 24 exclusive shadows, with a mix of liner, lid, crease and highlight shades for creating custom looks to play up your glamour. It’s truly an amazing value only available at Ulta.
Pür Glitz & Glam Set 2 Eye & Cheek Palettes: These all-encompassing palettes include a Day Dream Eye Shadow Palette and Midday Mirage Cheek Palette. Create a daytime dream with these artist palettes for eyes and cheeks from the two volume, limited edition books that contain eight crease free shades to create your own color story. The daytime dream book includes eight velvety eye shadows that will add a little glam to your day. Use any of the six shades in the blush book to create a fantastical finish. I am really impressed with the quality of this brand, mainly due to the range of shades and tones.
Benefit Holiday Poppers: This is a unique and awesome gift set brought to you by Benefit. SURPRISE…it’s the 12 days of gorgeous! Open up this holiday set to play an original “Bene-song” then pop open each door to reveal a glamorous goodie for a full face look. This is a perfect countdown to Christmas gift, if you can be patient and wait to open one each day. Check out everything the set includes here.
Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”