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One for you, one for them: the 7 best holiday palettes

WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST (AND MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED) PALETTES FROM THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY COLLECTION. YOUR WISH LIST JUST GOT LONGER.

The holiday season is about making decisions. Turkey or ham? An outfit with style or comfort? It’s tricky. Those scenarios aside, there’s one very big decision surrounding the ‘should I buy this for myself or for my sister/best friend/mother/neighbour’ topic. Picture it: you start browsing the latest holiday drop (juicy, right?), only to realise you’re ticking off your own wish list and not making any headway on the long list of people still to buy for. So whichever way you’re going to go about it this season, we’ve created an edit of the best holiday palettes and it’s up to you whether you want to gift them or (most likely) keep them—the choice is yours.

THE JEFFREE STAR ARTISTRY PALETTE BY MORPHE

Jeffree Star is a makeup chameleon. So, it’s no surprise that a palette he puts his name on is filled with almost every colour of the rainbow, with a hefty serving of glitter thrown in. This is a palette for diehard Jeffree fans: the ones who watch his tutorials, listen to his brash (and very honest) reviews and love his drama. But even if you’ve never heard of Star, it’s still a desirable palette for the sheer size of shade spectrum. The amount of looks you could create with this one palette is practically infinite; there’s glitters, peachy mattes, neon pinks, lime greens, and neutral browns and champagnes. Given Star is well known for reviewing every product he tries with a very honest angle, you know he’s going to create a palette that would hold up in one of his own review videos. The Jeffree Star Artistry Palette is part of the Morphe x Jeffree Star Collection and will be snapped up faster than you can say ‘Hi, how are ya!’.

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT - GHOST

Is it really the holiday season unless Hourglass release a limited edition, highly covetable, sell-out Ambient Lighting Palette? This year they’ve gifted us a stunning six-pan compact that contains two finishing powders (Diffused Light and Dim Light), a bronzer (Eternal Bronze Light), two blushes (Iridescent Rose and Sublime Flash) and a highlight (Strobe Light) housed in a ghostly translucent compact. This palette can be used in multiple ways (the blush and bronzer shades make great eyeshadow colours), it’s compact enough for your carry-on and has a big mirror for back-of-the-Uber touch ups. And as with all Hourglass Ambient blushes, each shade gives you a luminous flush of natural colour. Need more convincing? We didn’t think so.

CIATE PEACH NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

This is a ticks-all-the-boxes palette. Why? It’s got universal all-ages appeal—from your aunt to your 14-year-old cousin because the colours are so flattering. In the Peach Nudes Eyeshadow Palette you’ll find the perfect edit of everyday neutrals including warm peachy hues in multiple finishes that are easy to work with and aren’t intimidating. Peach-themed palettes are always on trend too, especially coming into the warmer months where sunset-inspired eyes are top of the list when it comes to planning your summer party looks.

TOO FACED EXTRA SPICY GINGERBREAD PALETTE

This palette is already one of the most popular holiday products we’ve launched this year, the Extra Spicy Gingerbread Palette is the younger, spicier sister of the brand’s original Gingerbread Eyeshadow Palette. It’s filled with 18 delicious shades ranging from easy-to-wear neutrals, soft pinks and pastels to rich greens, browns and creamy champagnes. Too Faced creator Jerrod Blandino took inspiration from baking holiday treats as a child with his mother, so as the name suggests, it smells like a gingerbread house with all the trimmings.

SMASHBOX COSMIC CELEBRATIONS PALETTE

An entire holiday collection that’s about creating cosmic-level beauty for the party season and beyond? Sign us up. Plus, we love it when astrology and beauty combine forces. The packaging for this collection is designed by watercolour and illustration artist, Jessica Weymouth, who creates dreamy galactic drawings in her at-home studio. This cosmic collaboration has been written in the stars for two years, and the result is beautiful products wrapped up in starry designs ready to gift. The Cosmic Celebrations Palette contains 15 eye shadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, three versatile blush shades, and a bronzer and highlighter—which means you’ll achieve a full look with it. With shade names like ‘Foxygen’, ‘Mercury Retrograde’, ‘UFO Yeah’ and ‘Solar Sister’ it’s a palette any self-confessed astrology devotee would be over the moon to receive.

NARS FREE LOVER CHEEK PALETTE

Why have one blush when you can have six in one palette? Whether you’re keeping this one under the tree for yourself or maintaining your status as the favourite child and gifting it your mother, it’ll keep cheeks looking vibrant at every holiday party on the calendar. Each buildable shade is richly pigmented in a skin-flattering, multidimensional finish, meaning you’ll never be bored with blush again. As with most NARS blush palettes, this one has some all-time favourite shades (‘Amour’ and ‘Crave’), plus some other popular colours and a brand-new highlight shade. In keeping with NARS’ entire Studio 54-inspired holiday offering, this compact is embellished with hot pink glitter.

MECCA MAX OVER THE MOON EYESHADOW PALETTE

This has ‘ultimate party palette’ written all over it—just look at those colours. This year MECCA MAX are bringing the good beauty vibes with their holiday collection, and nothing says ‘good vibes’ like twenty-five shades of on-trend neutrals, bright mattes and creamy shimmers. What makes this palette even more fun? It comes with a Good Beauty Vibes sticker sheet, so you can customise it and make it your own. As with every MECCA MAX product, this palette is vegan and cruelty-free. And given it’s only $40 you could technically keep one and gift one if you’re feeling generous, but we’ll leave that up to you.

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