Just like the decorations in your local mall, beauty brands are releasing their limited edition holiday sets earlier and earlier! In the last few days I've gotten a ton of emails showcasing these sets, and I wanted to show you the ones I'm most excited about (before they sell out!) I think some of these are heading my way from PR to review, and I'm planning to buy a few things as well. Watch for reviews as soon as I get things in!
I love big lippie sets. It's a great way to try out new formulas or to get a big wardrobe of lip products for a steal. I also have found that it's the only time you can actually buy mini sizes of many lip products. Why would you want a mini? For travel. For keeping in your pocket. For those of us that need to keep 14 lippie options in our purses and want to save a little space.
1. Tarte Kiss & Belle Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set
This is a big set of Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Tintes and Lip Glosses, in new limited-edition shades. They're in "deluxe" sizes, meaning smaller than normal minis that are easy to slip into a pocket.
• 4 deluxe LipSurgence lip tints: dreamy (cool raspberry), alluring (mauve), innocent (warm nude), dainty (pink)
• 2 deluxe LipSurgence matte lip tints: eternal (pinky nude), fancy (plum berry)
• 2 deluxe LipSurgence lip glosses: kiss (light pink), belle (raspberry)
2. Too Faced Melted Kisses
This is a cute collection of the new Too Faced Melted Lipsticks (see my review), which have been really popular since their release. I found them to be a bit too dry for my lips (or vice versa really, I need more moisture for a lippie to look good), but I do like using this formula as a lip stain, and the intense shades are ah.maz.ing on all women of color especially, check them out on my friend Melody's blog, Cosmetically Challenged. This set has 4 "deluxe" sized minis.
3. Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash Set
Again, mini lippies, but these are roughly 3/4 sized, so "extra" deluxe sized. There are 6 shades included: Ladyflower (bright rose-pink), Crush (hot pink), Illicit (sheer baby pink), Gash (deep red w/tonal shimmer), Liar (pinky-brown nude) and F-Bomb (classic red). I've found that this formula is definitely well pigmented, but my favorite thing is how hydrating the formula is, so it applies smoothly even to my dry lips. There's also a 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone (clear) that you can use to keep the lipstick in place without feathering.
4. Too Faced Under the Mistletoe
I'm a big fan of Too Faced's La Créme Colors, they're hydrating and flattering. This set is one that I'm definitely planning to pick up, it has 3 of their best selling shades, but with shimmer added! Included: Naked Dolly, Marshmallow Bunny and Spice Spice Baby
These are the two new purely eye shadow palettes (there are more multi-use palettes below), and while they aren't for holiday, you'll want to consider getting them!
1. Urban Decay Vice 3
I love UD's shadows, and this palette is full of new ones! 20 of them. Fun pops of color and neutrals. I need this one.
Truth (pale pink-nude matte), Dragon (bright metallic green shimmer), Vanity (smoky metallic eggplant w/multidimensional micro-glitter), Alien (pink-peach w/golden shift), Last Sin (champagne shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Undone (pink-beige matte-satin w/subtle floating tonal pearl), Freeze (metallic medium blue w/multidimensional micro-glitter), Lucky (metallic bronze), Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin), Angel (light taupe w/silver micro-glitter), Downfall (warm light brown matte), Heroine (deep navy blue w/subtle floating tonal pearl), Reign (rich brown satin), Bondage (deep, smoky burgundy shimmer), Defy (smoky taupe satin), DTF (taupe matte w/subtle floating pearl), Brokedown (metallic golden brown shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Bobby Dazzle (metallic white w/pale gold micro-glitter), Sonic (metallic red-copper) and Revolver (soft black satin w/subtle floating iridescent pearl).
2. Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
I already own Naked Basics 2, I need to find time to edit the pictures I took so I can share them with you, but it's really worth getting if you use Urban Decay's Naked2 palette, it works perfectly with it! It's similar to the Naked Basics Palette, but slightly cooler. You don't really need both.
Skimp (pale nude satin), Stark (nude-pink matte), Frisk (warm gray matte), Cover (muted red-brown matte), Primal (muted brown matte) and Undone (deep, smoky brown matte).
I always end up with at least one new eyeliner set around the holidays, usually from Urban Decay, but Laura Mercier also makes great sets and I admit I'm hoping that Elizabeth Arden does one with their Smoky Pencils as well. It's a great chance to try out new colors and expand your comfort zone, trying out a dark grey or a purple liner instead of your usual black or brown can really add a lot of pop to your look!
1. Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set
This is perfect for travel or just to have a lot of eyeliners in a smaller space. UD has a lot of different versions of "black" and each of these liners has a "black" on one end and a more colorful shade on the other end.
Zero + Demolition (zealous black cream + deep brown matte), Black Velvet + Smoke (rich, smoky black matte + deepest gray matte), Perversion + LSD (blackest black matte + navy shimmer w/bright turquoise micro-sparkle) and Black Market + Tornado (charcoal black satin + dark eggplant pearl).
2. Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
The only liner shade that you've seen before in this set is Perversion, UD's blackest black. The 9 other shades are exclusive to this set.
Perversion (blackest black matte), Glitter Rock (metallic pink w/pink multidimensional sparkle), Moonspoon (metallic gray w/silver sparkle), Vacancy (bright metallic teal), Faint (warm taupe matte), Gonzo (electric blue matte w/tonal shimmer), Smokeout (rich taupe-black satin), Mugshot (light metallic taupe w/slight pink shift), Stargazer (soft metallic gold w/dimensional sparkle) and Voodoo (bright metallic purple w/dimensional sparkle).
3. Tarte All Eye Need Skinny SmolderEyes Eyeliner Set
I've never tried this Tarte liner, but I've heard it blends easily and lasts all day! The set includes 5 of their best selling shades: onyx (black), bronze agate (bronze), smoky quartz (grey taupe), peridot green (olive green), plum tanzanite (dark plum)
1. Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses
This is a great little palette with three shadows (they're duplicates from the Chocolate Bar Palette), Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer (super pretty shimmer!) and La Crème Lip Gloss in Naked Dolly. This is everything you need to create a great look, so it's perfect for carrying around for touchups for for a quick trip out of town.
2. Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush Set
I love Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes! The colors are always flattering, and while they're great for a subtle glow, they last all day. This set has 4 limited edition shades: amour (candy pink), classic (soft apricot pink), prim (plum nude), daydream (rosy pink).
3. Tarte Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette
Whether you want to try out contouring and need to just easily buy everything you need in one spot, or you already contour and want an easy to grab palette, this is a great option. This one palette has Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess, Amazonian Clay Blush in Posh (pale pink), and Amazonian Clay highlighter in champagne gold.
4. Too Faced La Belle Carousel
This is a set I definitely want! The carousel has 6 separate sections, so you can pull them apart to share or keep for yourself. (ummm.... keep!) I love that there are a 3 shadow trios (the shades are mostly old, but they're remixed with new friends from other palettes), 2 blush/bronzers and one side also has a deluxe tube of my favorite Better Than Sex Mascara.
5. Too Faced Everything Nice Set
I just got this in the mail and it is amazing! I'm going to be recommending it to everyone.
• 20 Eye shadows in Turtle Dove, Dream On, After Hours, Fawned of You, Knockout, Paper Roses, Kindness is Free, Mauvelous, Be You, Secret Lovers, Heaven, Shiny Happy, Honey Pot, Don’t Settle, Girly, Totally Fetch, Live it Up, Too Glam, Head Over Heels, Chocolate Moon
• 2 Bronzers in Chocolate Soleil and Inner Light
• 2 Blushes in Papa Don’t Peach and Sweet Pink
• 3 mini Gold glitter Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear makeup brushes
• Better Than Sex Mascara (deluxe sample)
• Pink glitter zip bag
• Step-by-step, how-to Glamour Guide