The best limited edition makeup palettes to add to your Christmas wish list
Catch ‘em all before they’re gone forever
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Content Producer / November 02 2021
If you thought the gifts of the holiday season were limited to carefully wrapped parcels found under your Christmas tree... you’d be wrong.
Because while dear ol’ Saint Nick might incur an otherwise unmatched level of anticipatory glee in the hearts of children, nothing hits quite as hard for a diehard makeup fan as a limited edition Christmas makeup palette (except for perhaps Christmas candles and fragrance gift sets).
So follow our expert advice and don’t bother worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, because let’s be real – even if your loved ones deem you unworthy of a limited edition piece of luxury, your grown ass can always splurge on yourself.
It is 2021 after all and sisters are doing it for themselves – Santa who?
DIOR BACKSTAGE EYE PALETTE in 'Plum Neutrals'
If you’re going to invest in a holiday palette, then why not select something you can use well after the festivities have finished? This versatile selection of wearable golds, shimmer-enhanced greige hues and peppy plums is everything you need to create a stunning light-reflective eye look in a matter of minutes. Dior has really thought of everything and slapped a handy eyeshadow primer and blinding pink pearlescent inner corner highlight in there too (#blessed).
$88 at DIOR
Too Faced Cinnamon Swirl
Trust Too Faced to bring us some delicious food-inspired palettes to celebrate the silly season. This generous selection of eyeshadows boasts a wealth of cinnamon-hued neutrals, while still leaving room for some moreish metallic delights. A feast for the eyes literally, you’re going to be stunting on everyone at Christmas lunch after you swipe on these buttery-soft, cinnamon roll-scented shadows.
$70 at MECCA
DIOR 5 Couleurs Couture The Atelier of Dreams Limited Edition
The folks over at Dior have decided to bless us with a palette to celebrate the holiday season, and boy, have they made it hard to resist. The five shade selection honours the glitz associated with the special time of year, while still honouring makeup lovers' current predilections for all things neutral. Think warm but wearable golds and true browns in satin finishes – divine.
$109 at Myer
MAC Cosmetics Step Up Bright Extra Dimension Skinfinish Palette
Illuminate your complexion with the kind of glow that makes skin look like it’s made from glass utilising this trio of prismatic highlighters. The unique liquid-powder formulation ensures a smooth, luminescent finish that lasts for up to 10 hours after application. Bring on the silly season because we’re fully equipped for long nights out with this in our kits.
$79 at MAC Cosmetics
Charlotte Tilbury Nudegasm Face Palette
No one in the makeup industry loves Christmas quite like Charlotte Tilbury. The makeup artist’s talent for delighting her global fanbase with glitzy makeup palettes each holiday season is unmatched. Case and point? Her latest iteration of the nudegasm face palette. Formulated to add a pearlescent sheen of holiday glam and sparkle to any complexion or skin tone, this is the skin-topping palette pick that’s going to take your average glam look to new heights. A round of applause for this stroke of strobing genius, please.
$120 at Charlotte Tilbury
NATASHA DENONA Christmas Mini Eyeshadow Palette Kit
The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in Denona’s luxurious, buttery-soft eyeshadow formulas. The makeup artist’s limited edition mini palette features two seasonally-appropriate gold and green metallic shades that are supported by some undeniably wearable neutral mattes. Regardless of the time of year, this versatile little palette has something to offer.
$38 at Sephora
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Universe
We don’t know about you, but nothing gets our blood pumping quite like the annual holiday collection from Hourglass. No, seriously, we’ve paid extortionate shipping rates just to get our hands on one of their iconic palettes. Learn from our rookie mistakes and be sure to snag this year's ambient lighting edit before it sells out. Just think of all the haters you can blind with your glowy complexion...
$114 at MECCA
Morphe 9X L'il Extra Artistry Palette
It ain’t Christmas without some red-hued makeup. Traditionally we might have been partial to a classic red lip for a bit of va-va-voom come Christmas day, but this year (considering we’re still going to be masked up), we’re choosing to dabble in ruby eyeshadow shades instead. This palette from Morphe offers up a veritable feast of berry mattes and jewel-toned shimmers, while still making room for some neutral go-tos *chefs kiss*.
$18 at MECCA
NARS Bijoux Eyeshadow Palette
From deep pine green, electric matte red and an abundance of metallic magic, this Christmas-themed offering from NARS hits all the right spots in our opinion. Channel your inner Christmas elf and get industrial with your use of eyeshadow colour and play this holiday season.
$84 at MECCA
Jade Thirlwall X Beauty Bay 42 Colour Palette
Yep, that’s right, one-third of everyone’s favourite girl group *cough* Little Mix *cough* – Jade Thirlwall – has officially released her own makeup palette. Technically Jade’s love for all things spirituality inspired this massive 42-piece eyeshadow palette, but if this colourful makeup offering doesn’t scream Christmas party season, we don’t know what does.
$50 at Beauty Bay
ColourPop Play It Jewel Shadow Palette
Who doesn’t love a jewel-toned metallic moment during the silly season? Delve into the earthly delights that this 30-piece eyeshadow palette has to offer and create the kind of jaw-dropping eye makeup looks that’ll be sure to catch the eyes of your crush at this year’s Christmas party.
$34 at ColourPop Cosmetics
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and Beauty Heaven.