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The 8 best limited-edition makeup sets to gift this holiday season

With so many limited-edition sets on offer this year, it’s never been easier to pick a winner for every beauty lover on your list. See our favourites below.

Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Major Gems Set

This one’s for the person in your life who’s always got a new eye look, whether a glittery embellishment or sultry smoky eye. This ready-to-gift collection features the Stoned Vibes Mini Eyeshadow Palette (perfectly size for glitter eyes on-the-go), an Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion and a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade ‘Zero’. It’s the ultimate trio for dramatic party eyes and a great gift for those who love making their eyes the feature of a beauty look.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Cinnamon Bear

Gift this Too Faced treat to a gloss fan; perhaps it’s the family member who steers clear of a matte lip or your work wife who also happens to be an avid Too Faced fan. Its punchy red shade with a hint of pink sparkle makes it the perfect holiday lippy. Just like the original Lip Injection, it drenches lips in light-reflective colour and gives lips a fuller, smoother-looking appearance. Plus, it’s got a delicious cinnamon scent, so consider popping it on and finding some mistletoe.

Nars Climax Set

We know what you might be thinking: is a mascara the most exciting gift to pick from? If it’s a NARS mascara, then the answer is always yes. You really can’t go past a great volumising, lengthening mascara—plus it’s a universally appealing gift because everyone loves indulging in a lash moment. This duo, featuring one full size Climax Extreme Mascara and one Mini Climax Mascara, will coat every lash for a dramatic, eye-opening effect every time. Keep the mini with you for touch ups on-the-go.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Trio

This is the perfect trio for anyone who tells you ‘my makeup never stays in place!’. Smashbox are on the case with these bestselling vegan primers, all of which create the perfect base for your chosen foundation and assist with the longevity of your look. Each formula has different benefits and all skin types have been considered in this curated edit. From brightening to moisturising, everyone can enjoy a longer-lasting makeup look (which is particularly imperative during the holiday party season).

Westman Atelier The Shanghai Edition Set

Got a fancy friend? You know the one; they’re a little bit extra and aren’t afraid to show off their latest luxe buy. They’ll be impressed with this. Westman Atelier has created a limited-edition makeup wardrobe inspired by the dynamism of Shanghai. In it you’ll find their luxurious Lip Suede, a vegan lip colour palette featuring four vibrant and ultra-flattering matte suede shades that will perk up any makeup look, and Eye Love You Mascara featuring botanical ingredients and a nylon brush to add volume and curl. Housed in a luxe lacquered red box, this gift has some serious ‘wow’ factor. Want to see the Lip Suede in action? Watch this

BareMinerals Gen Lip Gloss Veil Duo

The ultimate ‘I don’t know someone’s makeup style’ gift. it’s easy, neutral and practical. Featuring bareMinerals’ bestselling Gen Nude ButterCream Lip Gloss and the Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, this set incorporates post-consumer recycled materials to make their gift boxes recyclable. Each box has been hand-drawn and designed to look like a wrapped gift—ready to pop into someone’s stocking.

Mecca Swept Away

Regardless of someone’s level of makeup artistry, everyone needs a solid set of brushes to nail a flawless makeup look. The Mecca Cosmetica team knows this, which is why they’ve worked with our very own makeup artists to curate this edit of five face and eye brushes—all wrapped up in a luxe travel bag, perfect to take on-the-go. The lineup includes: a Powder Brush, Tapered Contour Highlight Brush, Eyeshadow Blending Brush, Flat Eyeshadow Brush and Smudge Brush.

Morphe Mist Me, Mist You Continuous Setting Mist Duo

Know someone who’s the last person to leave the dancefloor on a night out? This limited-edition duo from Morphe was made for them. Each mist delivers a continuous, lightweight application that locks down makeup for extended wear (like, till-the-wee-hours wear). Spritz these on to your favourite Morphe brushes for more intense pigment pay-off, especially when applying glitter shades.

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