01 Dec 10 Awesomely Big Makeup Palettes For the Holidays
The 10 best bargain cosmetic gifts for the holidays.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not celebrate it with the most wondrous, humongous beauty palettes of them all? During the holiday season, beauty brands bring out the big guns, presenting some of the most comprehensive cosmetics gift sets around. It’s a beauty lover’s fantasy and a gift giver’s jackpot. So see 10 of this year’s finest offerings now.
From Victoria’s Secret
The palette: Victoria’s Secret VS Makeup Mega Makeup Kit ($50)
Who would love it: Know someone who’s trendy, but not too trendy? This palette will satiate that person’s in-between tastes, then. It has a mix of 64 shadows, eight lipsticks, eight glosses, three blushes, two bronzers, and one illuminating powder, making it easy to create a multitude of looks that are neither too wild nor too boring.
The palette: Sephora’s Makeup Studio Blockbuster ($50)
Who would love it: This one’s for the serious makeup lover — or even one who has thoughts of a career in makeup artistry dancing in his or her head. A portable makeup studio in and of itself, this impressive kit includes 96 shadows, 84 glosses, six cream eyeliners, three blushes, two eyeliner pencils, one bronzer, and mascara. Look out, Hollywood.
The palette: Ulta’s Stages of Beauty ($25)
Who would love it: Don’t judge a book of makeup by its cover. It may seem small and compact from the outside, but there’s a whole slew of makeup here: 12 lip colors, four cheek colors, two lipsticks, two glosses, two dual-ended eyeliners, two concealers, a bronzer, and a pressed powder. That’s why this impressive set would be perfect for someone just starting out: the new graduate, newlywed, or college student heading back for the semester.
From Saks Fifth Avenue
The palette: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Large Palette ($50)
Who would love it: This is the gift you turn to when you have that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Perhaps the most color-packed of the bunch, this oversized compact comes with a whopping 84 shadows, 60 lip glosses, and five blush colors. Read: there are plenty of hues in here for everyone, and at a rather affordable cost.
The palette: Nyx’s Makeup Artist Kit ($30)
Who would love it: Want to go big, but not that big? This kit is the way to go, then. Suitable for just about anyone, ranging from makeup beginners to makeup aficionados, this set is more than just shadows. Sure, there are 35 of them, but the addition of five blushes, five lip colors, two bronzers, a highlighter, and a contour powder makes this palette set a bit more manageable.
The palette: Nordstrom’s Makeup Palette ($29)
Who would love it: It has all the standards, including 64 shadows, 32 lip colors, and eight cheek colors, but what differentiates this from the rest are the punchy hues contained within. So does your giftee have a bold personality? This palette will be sure to please their vibrant ways.
From The Color Institute
The palette: The Color Institute’s Ultimate Color Enthusiast Eyeshadow Set ($40)
Who would love it: You know the person who looks amazing in just about anything they put on? This palette is for them, then. With 150 eye shadow shades contained within, it’s easy to go from wash-of-color demure to full-on sexy-smoky in seconds.
The palette: Shany’s 100-Piece Pro Makeup Set — Premium Collection ($65)
Who would love it: Because this kit has a little bit of everything, it will appeal to most. Besides, the gadget lover will also love its moving parts and compact storage.
From Bobbi Brown
The palette: Bobbi Brown’s Fall 2012 Beauty Trunk ($1,000)
Who would love it: With an abundant amount of skin care, makeup, and brushes, this set pretty much has all the basics and flattering, neutral-toned hues for which the brand is known. It’s definitely a splurge, and it’s not really a palette per se, but if you’re looking for a no-fail gift that’s sure to impress, this one is the mother lode of all things beauty.