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Stuck for gift ideas? You can’t go wrong with these limited-edition palettes

It’s almost impossible to make a gifting blunder when a perfect palette lies beneath the layers of gift wrap. Why, you ask? Palettes are the babushka doll of beauty gifts; revealing treat after treat as you unwrap, unbox, open and swatch – and they’re the type of gift that keeps on giving, delivering look upon look to last you through the year ahead.

Around the holidays, the world’s favourite beauty brands debut some of their best palettes of the year, and 2021’s curation of colour is no exception. Here are our top five of the (limited-edition) bunch.

Too Faced Cinnamon Swirl

This highly anticipated Too Faced palette takes the change to cinnamon-filled treat many of us baked obsessively during lockdown, and transforms it from a kitchen project to a curation of eyeshadow colours for going ‘out-out’. Buttery golds meet shimmery brown sugars and warm cinnamons in this 18-pan spice-scented palette, complete with party pops of pinks and purples

Morphe 35x Big Primpin' Artistry Palette

Meet the pièce de résistance of nude eyeshadow palettes, courtesy of Morphe. With 35 (yes, 35!) shades of warm neutrals – from rich browns and transitional taupes to shimmering champagnes and fleshy pinks – this might just be the most fail-proof palette to gift these holidays.

Urban Decay Naked Cyber Eyeshadow Palette

One of the biggest trends on our radar for 2022 is y2k eyes, and Urban Decay is getting us ahead of the curve with a palette that takes a 2000s lens to futurism. Your typical finishes are all there — satins, mattes, shimmers and glitters — but what takes this palette to the next level (or rather, the next millennium) are a handful of duo-chrome shadows that give this curation of cool-toned nudes a cyber-inspired feel. Expect neutrals, but not as you know them!

MECCA MAX Power Play Full Face Palette

If you’re travelling these holidays – or just bouncing from brunch to beach to boogie – this mega MECCA MAX palette (inclusive of your blush, bronzer and highlight) is a beauty no-brainer. With an oversized mirror and 25 eyeshadows that range from everyday neutrals to pops of pink, green and gold, it’s ‘bang for your buck’ in its chicest form (and will delight every single person that flips it open for the first – and second, and third – time).

NARS High Profile Cheek Palette

For the person in your life that has a decade-spanning archive of every eyeshadow palette there is, opt for something that gives cheek – like this limited-edition number from NARS. Formulated for all skin tones, six generous pans of butter-smooth powders allow you to contour, highlight and enhance with lit-from-within dimension. Plus, with pans this size and such intense pigmentation, it’ll take them years to finish it.

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