Pretty Palettes That Make Perfect Pressies

A selection of five incredible makeup palettes to ensure that you give, (or receive) the best of beauty this Christmas. Start dropping hints to your family and friends now!

Bobbi Brown Golden Eye Palette, €39 at Brown Thomas

Create the perfect smokey eye with a glittering finish, with this stunning trio of eyeshadows and a deliciously dark mascara. What more could you want? The shade choices here are super clever. You have your pale highlight, your dark definer (which could also be used to lovely effect along the lash line, in place of liner) and a shimmering gold finishing touch, to add a touch of Christmas sparkle.


bareMinerals Be Beautiful Palette, €47 at Debenhams


With four versatile eyeshadow shades (that red is divine!), two face powders, pinky blushers and a finishing powder, this is a very smart palette. The pink nude/pink shades have a subtle glow to them and will bring a touch of light to the face.  Set in a beautiful, golden mirrored case, it is the embodiment of simple gorgeousness! It’s large in length, but rather slim, given its contents and the full mirror on the inside lid is certainly a welcome feature. There is nothing worse than trying to do a full face in a teeny little compact mirror.


Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette, €56 at Harvey Nichols


This limited edition piece of perfection has so much packed into it’s tiny case. You could almost do a full look from this product and that is a definite point in its favour! There are four brown eyeshadow shades, ideal for creating a sexy, dark eye, with a touch of shimmer through two of the shades, to give it a festive lift. The two blushers can be divided into day and night. Opt for the peach during sunlight hours and dip into the deep pink as night falls. Finish with a touch of this molten lava-like gloss. With it’s lovely packaging and glamorous, but wearable colours, this set is the perfect gift for your mother, or sister this Christmas.


Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Quad Eye Palette, €28.50 at Debenhams


If you’re in need of a little gothic glam, this Kat Von D palette is a must. These fabulous plum shades look amazing together or separate and are definitely a great one for the inevitable Christmas party!

Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macaron Palette, €55 at Debenhams

Now, who wouldn’t be thrilled to pull away some wrapping paper and find this visual delight on their lap? There is serious pressie potential here, as this Too Faced palette is a girly dream. If you’re out searching with desperation for something for your daughter, girlfriend, etc. then look no further. Not only do you get a dazzling selection of shadows, but the iconic Better Than Sex mascara is included. The cherry on the top? The shadows are vanilla scented…


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