We’re talking the most limited-edition, exclusive beauty sets and items that’s every collector’s dream. So what if you already have one of these bestselling products — are you truly able to resist how gorgeous the shiny new designs look? We’ll see. Scroll on to challenge yourself.
CHANEL ILLUMINATING BLUSH POWDER
$103, available at Chanel Fragrance & Beauty boutiques and counters
CHANEL’s Holiday 2020 collection takes on the house’s iconic chains, no doubt immortalised by the famous 2.55, particularly with a blush powder that might be just too precious to use — not if it’s a gift though. That familiar chain motif is embossed on the surface of the satiny powder that brilliantly combines gold radiance and rose, for a glowy yet rosy effect on the cheeks.
CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ LUMINIZING FACE ENHANCER, IN MOON SHIMMER
$140, available at Clé de Peau Beauté counters
This year’s resplendent Clé de Peau Beauté series is inspired by the moonlit glow and grace from the Swan Lake ballet, where collector-worthy illustrations by Daria Petrilli are splashed across the luxury beauty brand’s classic makeup items and packaging. You’ll find gilded wings and dreamy shimmery shades across the entire collection, but our pick has to be this highlighter, in 101 Moon Shimmer, that’ll give anyone an illuminating glow.
DIOR ROUGE DIOR COUTURE COLLECTION COFFRET
$250, available at Dior boutiques and counters
Gold, glitter, and rock ‘n’ roll. If that’s your vibe, then rock up to Dior’s Golden Nights holiday collection where these elements mesh together in a cohesive collection that still manages to look utterly dreamy. This lipstick coffret has to be the most enviable item. Delicate snowflakes dance across its gold-and-black leather case, while that detail is also stamped on the 5 bestselling Rouge Dior lipsticks, which your friend can switch out with a Dior lipstick case, depending on their mood.
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY LIP MAESTRO HOLIDAY GIFT SET
$220, available at Giorgio Armani Beauty counters and tangs.com
Your friend might actually love seeing red this time, when presented with this enticing Lip Maestro Holiday Gift Set. The beauty brand’s cult lip product is a liquid lip colour that’s comfortable while giving rich, deep colour — and now, they can play around with 5 beautiful shades, served with an exclusive red pouch.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN LOUBIROUGE GLITTER LIP COLOUR, IN SO ROUGE
$142, available at TANGS at Tang Plaza, and tangs.com
Christian Louboutin’s signature red — yes the one found on those iconic red-soled Louboutin heels — can now be worn on the lips, though with a glittery twist for the festive season. ‘So Rouge’ is a sparkly red that’s lightweight and sensual when worn, encased in an extravagant lip vial with a silver ribbon and golden cap.
Just about the most edgy holiday collection we’ve seen this year, YSL Beauty comes in strong with a whole lot of leopard prints, done luxe of course. We’ll be talking more about the Couture Colour Clutch Palette soon, though we have to say, this set of mini Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks manage to be all cute and sexy at the same time. You’ll be wanting to keep the case now.
IT COSMETICS CELEBRATE YOUR HEAVENLY LUXE BRUSH SET
$85, available at Sephora
Brush up your makeup skills with this 4-piece holiday set from It Cosmetics, which contains their award-winning series of Effortless brushes, made with cruelty-free hairs that won’t shed. Here, you’ll find one for your blush, another to set your makeup with a powder, as well as a precision brush and shadow brush to smudge out that eyeshadow look. A matching silver carrying case also means you’ll be able to take your essentials with you, wherever!
Beauty can’t get more iconic than the SK-II PITERA™ Essence, which, as you know promises crystal clear skin. What might be less known is that SK-II often gives new life to their traditional-looking bottles every holiday season, this time with a very non-traditional-looking set of bottles emblazoned with graffiti-inspired street art designs. Playful and youthful, anyone at any age would want one of these.
SHU UEMURA ULTIME8 SUBLIME BEAUTY CLEANSING OIL, 450ML
$165, available at shu uemura stores and counters
Look closely and you’ll see the cheeky characters of fan-favourite anime series, ONE PIECE, running amok all over the bottle of the shu uemura cleansing oil. Pop culture collabs, especially those steeped in Japanese culture, have been unexpected but wonderful hits for the brand, which they’ve embraced once again this year as Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew feature across lipsticks, powders, and an eyeshadow palette. This one’s a collectible you don’t want to miss.
INNISFREE GREEN TEA SEED SERUM
$49, available at innisfree stores
K-beauty brand innisfree sources its green tea right at the heart of jeju, and this signature product features all of green tea’s hydrating and antioxidative benefits — now in a jumbo-sized holiday edition that’s twice the size of their bestseller. There’s also the psychedelic pop aesthetics of L.A.-based artist Steven Harrington on both the packaging and bottle, which makes for a quirky take on the skincare staple.
SHISEIDO ULTIMUNE POWER INFUSING CONCENTRATE
$185, available at Shiseido stores and counters
Shiseido’s festive kits are beautifully packaged in art that captures the traditional Japanese roots and modern vision of the brand — and all these come together in the Ultimune bottle, their bestselling serum that strengthens and boosts our skin’s immunity. The art by celebrated artist and shoemaker Noritaka Tatehana is one to behold, and pays homage to clouds and karakusa, a “distinctive pattern that represent longevity and prosperity”.
KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL CREAM
$52, available at Kiehl’s stores and kiehls.com.sg
We always look forward to Kiehl’s and their whimsical holiday designs, and this year, the merry spotlight’s on Lyon-based illustrator Maïté Franchi, whose rich art-deco prints come alive across Kiehl’s series of bestsellers. You can’t go wrong with the for-all-skin-types Ultra Facial Cream, a 24-hour moisturiser formulated with glacial glycoprotein and squalene, which helps keep skin healthy and hydrated at all times.
CLINIQUE CHEEK POP PALETTE, IN WARM UP
$55, available at Clinique counters and Sephora
Clinique’s Cheek Pops can cheer anyone right up, by dispensing just the right bright pop of colour on the cheeks. The natural-looking cheek colours go on smoothly, and stay on too, so when we heard these come in a limited edition trio palette, we can’t help ourselves. In Warm Up, this set features the warm-toned shades of Nude Pop, Ginger Pop, and Cola Pop.
ESTÉE LAUDER ARIEL LARGE METAL COMPACT
$350, available at Estée Lauder ION Orchard
The Disney Princess obsession isn’t about to stop any time soon — adult or not. If you know someone who’d love all the cute thingamabobs in Estée Lauder’s dreamy Disney collection, here’s a very exclusive pressed powder metal compact, adorned with Swarovski crystal-studded designs by luxury jewellery designer Monica Rich Kosann. There’s even a quote engraved on the inside of each mirror of the metal compacts. Shining, shimmering, splendid, indeed.
GUCCI BEAUTY ROUGE À LÈVRES LUNAISON, IN AGATHA ORANGE
$58, available at Gucci Beauty counters at BHG, Takashimaya, TANGS, and Sephora ION
Holiday lips mean sparkly, shiny vibes right? Gucci Beauty brings back the limited edition Rouge À Lèvres Lunaison in three new glitter shades of Agatha Orange, Vantine Fuchsia, and Madge Red Rouge, each with a formula that’s coated with iridescent pearls atop the velvety bullet. Then again, it’d be might hard to resist their Art Deco-inspired lipstick tubes, now in a brilliant purple.
TOM FORD BEAUTY LIP SPARK, IN HYPER
$76, available at all TOM FORD boutiques islandwide and TANGS.com.
Tom Ford’s holiday collection is all about the ‘Extréme Holiday Sparks’, so surprise, surprise, the bold Lip Sparks — here in a burgundy Hyper — are here to impart glitter onto the lips, all so you’ll be able to enjoy a dimensional glow and all the compliments at any upcoming party.
HERA SENSUAL SPICY NUDE GLOSS, IN #89 MERLOT
$43, available at the HERA ION boutique and HERA Online
With a slightly different take on the festive season, the holiday edition of HERA’s Sensual Spicy Nude Gloss comes inspired by red wine and sweet dessert, for a romantic twist on the colour plum since this features subtle hints of pink too. The series of MLBB gloss gives a wash of clear colour that flatters all lip shapes, and put anyone in the right mood.
MAKE UP FOR EVER ROUGE ARTIST SPARKLE LIPSTICK, IN SHINING GARNET
$35, available at Make Up For Ever counters and Sephora
Make Up For Ever’s stunningly high-pigmented lipsticks now come in high-impact glitter shades, each enriched with hydrating oils for a smooth texture that stays that way throughout the day. The lipstick tube here is also unique to their Rouge Artist collection, in an elongated design that can also be used like a lip brush for precise application, just like the pros.
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