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We’re starting on our wish list early: 9 products to gift (and to ask for)

WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEW HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS, ALL THAT GLITTERS IS DEFINITELY GOLD. HERE ARE THE SETS, PALETTES AND GIFTS WE HAVE OUR EYE ON.

Even at MECCA HQ, where we marvel at the procession of new beauty arrivals on a daily basis, there are two little words that stop us in our tracks: limited edition. The holidays bring with them a blizzard of one-off items destined to sell out long before you’ve even trimmed your tree. So, we’re getting in early this year, and we advise you to do the same. Here is a first-look at some of our favourite curated sets, seasonal palettes and skin edits. Blink and you’ll miss them.

1

Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Eyeshadow Palette

A limited-edition palette always makes for a thoughtful gift, but let’s be honest—sometimes you spot something that’s too good to wrap up and hand over on Christmas morning. The Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Eyeshadow Palette is that. This sweet treat is the next iteration of the original Gingerbread Eyeshadow Palette, filled with 18 festive shades ranging from creamy mattes in easy-to-wear neutrals, soft pinks and pastels to rich metallic shimmers in greens, browns and champagnes. Too Faced creator Jerrod Blandino was inspired by baking holiday treats with his mum as a child, so as the name suggests, this one smells like a delicious gingerbread house.

2

Hourglass Ambient™ Lighting Edit - Ghost Palette

Every year we wait patiently for Hourglass to drop its limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit palette, and this year the brand has delivered not one but two palettes (check out their blush quad here). For this year’s Ambient™ Lighting Edit, they’ve gifted us three new blush and bronze shades along with three bestselling finishing and strobing powders, so we can keep living our best, real-life-skin-filter lives. The beauty of this palette is it ticks all the boxes when it comes to creating a seamless look for eyes, cheeks and face which makes it a must for travel. Housed in silver and translucent packaging, it’s got a bronzer to add warmth, finishing powders for all-over subtle glow, two blushes for flushed cheeks (try these on the eyes, too) and a strobing highlighter that’ll have your cheekbones shimmering through every social event on your holiday calendar.

3

Mario Badescu Facial Spray 4 Pack

Finally, Mario Badescu has acknowledged our obsession with their facial sprays and created a four pack so we can have one in every bag/desk drawer/bathroom cupboard/bedside table. There’s nothing these sprays can’t do: refresh, soothe, calm, hydrate, set makeup—the list goes on. The collection includes the Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater, Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber And Green Tea, Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender and Facial Spray With Aloe, Sage And Orange Blossom. These mini versions make for the perfect travel companion, especially if your skin gets stressed out on long haul flights, or you get a little bit too much sun on your beach holiday. Keep this one for yourself or split them up and gift them as bonbons at festive lunches.

4

MECCA MAX Be Kind Highlight Palette

The holiday season is about all things merry and bright, and whether you’re serving looks at a family dinner or lounging poolside at a Bali beach club, the same rule applies. If anyone knows how to get lit over the party season, it’s MECCA MAX, and this year, they’re serving up a six-pan highlighter palette to prove it. In this glow-getting edit, three luminous powders are paired with three cream highlighters to deliver total control in crafting the perfect glow. Looking for that subtle dew? Dip into a cream shade with warm fingers. Want to turn it up for a high-beam gleam? Layer with a swipe of powder for a show-stopping strobe effect.

5

Frank Body Rose Gold Shimmer Scrub

You know we just can’t resist newness from our fellow Aussies, and this holiday season, scrub sorcerers Frank Body are delivering straight up magic, reimagining their most-wanted shimmer scrub in a new, glistening rose gold formula. Frank’s signature sugar base acts as the foundation for this scrub (so we already know we’ll love it), which is then turned up a notch with antioxidant-rich grapeseed and coffee seed oils, and rose gold mica particles to create an all-over highlight that just beams off smooth, exfoliated skin. Trust us, you’re going to want to stock up on this one before it’s gone.

6

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Golden Face Illuminator Trio

This limited-edition trio of silky, swirly powders, which add party-ready highlights to the face, eyes and even décolletage, went to the top of our wish list. The prismatic pigments deliver lasting illumination that won't fade or shift. And the colour is buildable: go from soft-focus glow to chandelier-level beam depending on your brush and application. The palette has two best-sellers, Indiscretion and Addiction plus a new shade, Sensation. The warm-toned trio is ideal for those with deeper skin tones.

7

Tatcha Poreless Skin Set

Tatcha’s sets are among the season’s most sought-after edits and for good reason. They create brighter, smoother, petal-soft skin in time for all the holiday parties. This one is a rejuvenating ritual for those with normal to oily complexions. Purify with the exfoliating cleanser, hydrate with the watery cream (in full-size), and balance skin with the clay-powered mist. As with all Tatcha products, they are enriched with skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals and geisha-inspired learnings. The brand relies on a trio of anti-ageing superfoods (green tea, rice and algae), so consider this your skin bento box.

8

Drunk Elephant The Midi Committee Kit

A middy is a small measure of beer in this part of the world, but in the intoxicating realm of Drunk Elephant a midi refers to a travel-sized product. The skincare leader curates multiple sets each holiday season that are brimming with petite versions of its bestsellers. This four-piece must-have contains Slaai Cleanser to purify, B-Hydra Serum to illuminate, Lala Retro Cream to hydrate, and A-Passioni to regenerate. The midi sizes are thoughtfully proportioned for travel, but equally appealing for those interested in trying out the brand for the first time. It’s a top drawer edit that happens to come in a drawer. How fitting.

9

Go-To - The Perfect Present

In the search for the perfect present, how can you resist one named exactly that? Learning that it’s filled with crowd-pleasing wonders from Go-To makes it impossible to pass up. This kit features two of the brand’s skin-brightening Transformazing sheet masks, a glow-boosting Face Hero oil, and the pout-enhancing Lips. Think of it as the holy trinity of skin essentials. Sure, you could nab this stellar set for yourself, but wrapping it up for a friend or family member will confirm your status as a gift-giver of rare and discerning taste. Your call.

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