Gift Guide #2: MAC, Bobbi Brown, It Cosmetics and more


Hello gorgeous!

Have you got your Christmas presents sorted? Still doing some last minute shopping for your makeup addicts?

Today I will be sharing with you some of my picks from our favorite high-end brands - MAC,  Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, Tarte, Giorgio Armani, It Cosmetics, Clinique and more!

First up is the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection! I'm sure you have been seeing this collection everywhere. It's all over social media and the packaging is super cute and festive. You can't look past this collection!

It's no holiday without some glitz and glamour. The Sweet Gold Pigments and Glitter Kit* (RRP $69) is the perfect set. The gold and red tones remind me so much of the holidays. They also have another kit with more bronzey shades, which is also stunning!

Swatches: Sweet Red Lipstick Kit (first four), Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit (last four)

If you know someone who is a MAC lipstick lover, I'm sure they will be very happy with the Sweet Red Lipstick Kit* (RRP $69) and Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit* (RRP $69). Each kit has 4 mini sized lipsticks, perfect for travelling and trying out some new colours. Like always, the formula is very creamy and pigmented. They also have a kit with all pink shades.

Final picks from the collection are the Sweet Peach Face Compact* (RRP $99) and Sweet Copper Face Compact* (RRP $99). Each compact houses a highlight and a blush and it also comes with a decent sized mirror. The highlight shades are STUNNING and I really enjoy having everything in one.

Moving on to Bobbi Brown, they also released a range of new products in their holiday collection and I have two to share with you.

First is the Bobbi Brown Cool Dusk Eye Palette* (RRP $89). It has 5 cool-toned shades: cream, light brown, taupe, grey and black. This palette can take you from daytime to nighttime with ease. The slim and compact packaging makes it perfect to throw in your work bag and it also comes with a double-ended brush and a mirror.

I also have to mention this warm-toned Bobbi Brown Naked Brightening Brick* (RRP $82), the all gold packaging is so beautiful! It is an ultra-fine powder that is packed with subtle sparkle. Similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, you can use this to highlight your features or dust it all over the face for a luminous glow.

This year, Shu Uemura and Artist Takashi Murakami teamed up to bring us this SUPER CUTE holiday collection. I'm so obsessed with the packaging. The Shu x Murakami Brush Set* (RRP $115) comes with four essential brushes and a round shaped makeup pouch. It is all you need to complete a simple look. 

As part of the collection, they released a selection of lipsticks in different finishes - sheer, sheer shine and central longwear. The Rouge Unlimited Central Longwear - WN255* (RRP $42) is my personal favourite, it's a great everyday plum shade. They also included their iconic Eyelash Curler* (RRP $35) in a limited edition matte black finish.

L-R: Juicy, Honey, Spicy, Mani, Latte, Candy, Perf and Soul

One of the value sets that I immediately jumped at is the Tarte Limitless Lippies Deluxe Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Set (RRP $68.50). I've been a fan of their creamy Lip Paint formula and I wanted to try more. This set comes with 8 shades in total, from your everyday neutrals to your bold and vampy shades. They are divided up into two gift boxes, which you can use as stocking stuffers and share with two of your friends.

Now, let's have a look at the ultimate holiday palette!

The Giorgio Armani Holiday Palette* (RRP $188) is a double decker. I have come to the conclusion that Giorgio Armani can do no wrong, this oversized palette is a beauty!

On the top deck, it has 10 eyeshadows with a mixture of matte and pearly finishes. The shades are mainly warm-toned, you can find your white, beige, gold, brown and jet-black here. The formula is soft to touch and gives a velvety finish. Two sponge applicators are also included for application.

In the bottom deck, it houses a Luminous Silk Compact powder, two Maestro Fusion Makeup cream foundations and two makeup sponges for application. The Luminous Silk Compact is a universal powder that mattifies and perfects the skin for a flawless complexion. The two cream foundations in different shades can be used to concealer, to contour and to touch up throughout the day. 

It Cosmetics has also come out with some amazing holiday sets this year. First, the Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette* (RRP $62) really caught my eye. This face palette comes with everything you need for a full face - blush, bronzer, highlight and their iconic Bye Bye Pores pressed powder. It also comes in this rose pink packaging with a giant mirror, which is great for travelling.

Another set to check out is their Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves!* (RRP $110). I have been dying to get my hands on their brushes after hearing so many good things about them. I believe the 5 brushes are slightly smaller than their regular brushes. With one of the brushes being a double ended brush, it makes 6 brushes in total. The set also comes with a travel-friendly brush roll to store the brushesand other necessities.

If you are a Clinique fan, you can't miss this Clinique Indulge in Colour All About Shadow Palette* (RRP $115). There is a total of 13 shades with different finishes, ranging from light pink to taupe and gold to chocolate brown and dark grey. The pink coloured clutch packaging is also adorable and on the inside it has a massive mirror and four mini brushes.

Here are some swatches of my favourite shades:

If you have not tried Nudestix before, here is the chance.

The Berry Nude Lips Set* (RRP $35) is a great value set to try out all three different lip formulas from Nudestix. In the set, they have included a mini Intense Matte Lip + Cheek in Raven, a mini Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Pulse and a mini Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil in Sin.

Sin is my favourite out of the trio, hence it is significantly shorter than the others.

Now, I have left this to the very last as I know it is not available in Australia. The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes (RRP $58 USD) are just so beautiful, I have to have to give them a mention.

These two palettes work hand in hand together. Some of the shades in the face palette are too dark for me to highlight with, so I use them as eyeshadows. The formula of the face palette is slightly less dense compared to the eye palette. The eyeshadows themselves are so smooth and intensely pigmented. For the price point, it is a great value set - highly recommend, if you can get your hands on it.

Have you spotted any favourites out of the lot?
If you have not seen my previous gift guide, you can check it out here.

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*Products were kindly provided for consideration. All thoughts on everything shared on this blog are entirely my own and are my honest opinion.
*All prices are in AUD, unless stated otherwise.

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