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The 7 best holiday palettes to gift (or keep)

Whether you’re self-gifting—because, after the year you’ve endured you definitely deserve it—or you’re trying to get through your list of people to buy gifts for; a palette is a thoughtful, impressive and relatively easy-to-pick gift. Who wouldn’t want to crack open the lid of a brand-new palette, filled with bright colours to twinkle back at them? Check out our edit of the best holiday palettes below.

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette

The only thing sweeter than gifting an actual gingerbread man? This deliciously-scented edit of eight of the most-loved shades from Too Faced's original Gingerbread Spice palette. In it you’ll find creamy mattes and metallics ranging from warm neutrals to a deep party-ready berry. This palette is pocket-sized, so you can add a little spice to your life anytime, anywhere.

NARS Au Soleil Face Set

When it comes to limited-edition palettes, NARS just gets it. The packaging alone of their latest Au Soleil Face Set is a dream—then you open it to find a warm bronzing powder, three creamy metallic-meets-copper eyeshadows and cute mini Climax Mascara to complete the look. Anyone who is a NARS fan would love to see this under their tree—and we don’t blame you if you decide to keep this gilded compact for yourself.

MECCA MAX Mood Lighting Cream Face Palette

If you love a cream cheek, look no further than this MECCA MAX limited-edition quad. It features a complexion-flattering combination of silky, melt-in-your-cheeks cream illuminators, bronzer and blush. Simply apply each shade using the warmth of your fingers or with a brush to blend and buff onto the cheeks, cheekbones and high points of the face.

Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

For dazzling disco eyes may we recommend this 12-pan vegan eyeshadow palette inspired by twinkling gemstones. As with all Urban Decay palettes, this limited-edition compact contains ultra-creamy, effortlessly-blendable velvet shadows in a range of shades to suit anyone’s taste. The mix of both prismatic shimmers and soft mattes means you’ve got transition shades to blend through the crease, plus plenty of glistening hues to choose from.

Morphe 35X0 Natural Flirt Artistry Palette

If a 35-pan eyeshadow palette doesn’t say ‘I wanted to spoil you this holiday season’, we don’t know what will. This mauve-meets-berry selection—with some classic neutrals thrown in the mix—will allow its recipient to create an array of dreamy eye looks. They might be a ‘no-makeup makeup’ kind of person and just opt for a wash of lilac on the eye, or they might love a full glam moment and layer on deep purples with a pop of silky shimmer over the top. This palette caters to everybody, which makes it the ideal gift for when you don’t know what to buy someone.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Disco Dust

Tom Ford just landed at MECCA, and the brand’s Eye Color Quads are already hot property. Highly pigmented and ultra-dimensional, each one features complimentary shades in a variety of finishes (sheer sparkle, satin, matte and shimmer). ‘Disco Dust’ is your secret to party-ready eyes, even if it means applying them in the back of the Uber on the way to said party. Our hot tip? Try applying these as they are or with a wet brush for a bold, foil-like effect.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Sculpture

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 yet another stunning six-pan compact featuring three of their bestselling shades and three exclusive shades of blush, bronzer and highlighter. This palette can be used in multiple ways (the blush and bronzer shades make great eyeshadow colours)—and as with all Hourglass Ambient powders, each shade gives you a luminous, filter-like finish. Need more convincing? We didn’t think so.

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