The Best Holiday Palettes for Holiday 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be BrightKat Von D SpellbindingtheBalm Balm VoyageUrban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow PaletteSugarpill Cold ChemistryLORAC Pro PaletteToo Faced Pretty RebelHourglass Ambient Lighting PowderSleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

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Hmm. I’m not quite sure what to say, because I’m just not a palette woman.
However, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting one looks kind of tempting, since I’d been wanting to try those powders anyhow.
I wonder how they’d work on very oily skin, though.

Christine, do you have any suggestions for holiday palettes that aren’t made in China (other than Vice 2, which I am getting this week)? I keep looking at things in the store and I keep running into made in China palettes, be it Tarte’s Ulta set or the Too Faced palette listed here. I don’t mind brushes made in China, and I’m not saying anything is wrong per se with makeup made there, but I prefer to be extra cautious and not get makeup made there due to skin sensitivities. Thank you ahead of time for the help!

Thank you Christine, those are great suggestions! I would be really curious though to get you opinion on the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes 2013. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Lorac Rockin’ Red Hot PRO Set, which includes the PRO palette, one Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, and one mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, is $39 at ulta and ulta.com. Such a steal!!!

I bought this set using a 20% off coupon that Ulta sent me for any purchase. Such a great palette and the set was perfectly timed! I was about to buy the palette alone anyway, so the bonus primer and liner was awesome! So far, I’m totally smitten with the Garnet eyeshadow shade.

The Hourglass palette is near the top of my wishlist for Christmas! It’s right behind Chanel’s Bagatelle lipgloss (I’ve never tried the formula before, but I just love the color).

I got Vice 2 Palette and I’m sรณ in love. Too Faced “A few of my favorite things palette” is so cute, that I’m tempted to give myself another gift. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m from Brazil, and none of those gorgeous palettes came to Sephora in here yet. It’s sรณ annoying! I have to buy in websites that delivers worldwilde. The customs here are so crazy and expensive. One Naked Pallete from Urban Decay that cost U$ 50, here costs the equivalent of U$ 125, on Sephora Brazil. ๐Ÿ™
Sorry for the terrible english, I’m still learning. Love your space. You deserve all the sucess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hey Ludmila!

I wish more of the palettes made their way to Brazil ๐Ÿ™ Is it more expensive to have it shipped to Brazil from U.S. or to buy directly from Sephora Brazil?

Thank you!

I would absolutely recommend Urban Decay’s Vice 2 to anyone and everyone! I LOVE it – I am obsessed with the color Betrayal! I am very pleased that I can create a work appropriate look from this palette too.

I generally like LORAC because she does not use acne causing ingredients in her makeup – she is an acne sufferer. However, the Pro Palette just doesn’t do it for me because there is so much fallout from the darker shadows, even when I use them with a damp brush. There are plenty of other dark shadows without the fallout. Just sayin’

Sorry to hear you had so many issues with it! I didn’t experience the same type of fall out as you described when I used it!

Nice picks! I own the Lorac Pro palette and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette, both are great . I had’t noticed the Two faced Pretty Rebel palette before, will check it out during my next Sephora trip.

Christine, not sure if it has been mentioned already but a good number of the Sleek palettes are now fulfilled by Amazon. So they qualify for prime and ship from the US. I got mine in 2 days!

I love the Lorac pro palette! I’m considering hauling Vice 2 since I missed out on the first one. Maybe the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette too. It just seems like it would be great for my kit. Great list!

Another great holiday palette is the Buxom Serial Kisser palette. It consists of 5 mini Buxom lipsticks. They swatched so pretty, I’m wearing them now.

I wish you’d make the links click through to your reviews, not ecommerce sites. For those of us outside the US, the shopping links are useless anyway. I know the affiliate thing makes you money, but it’d be more useful to us to see a more in-depth look at the palette than to go straight through to BUY BUY BUY.

Hey Holly!

Almost all the reviews for these are split into two parts, and they’re linked right with these, actually! For example, the first palette has this, “You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.” Because of the two-part nature of a lot of palette reviews, I wanted it very clear that there were multiple parts and have them clearly linked. All of them follow this format ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your feedback!

I have the Pretty Rebel and the BalmVoyage, I agree with your reviews on both of them, the Pretty Rebel is a diamond in my palettes drawer.. a beautiful palette with gorgeous shades

Ooooohh, I am tempted by many of these! I just ordered the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes for myself (not a holiday palette, but I kind of desperately wanted it, lol). I think I need to invest in Lorac PRO- I’ve heard like a million good things about it, and tbh, I really don’t have one solid, basic, no-nonsense nudes palette. Not even a budget one. Isn’t that crazy? I have lots of nude shades mixed into random palettes, sure, but I don’t actually have anything like UD Naked or Lorac PRO. Boudoir Eyes has some nice nudes, but it’s not quite the same deal. I’m not sure what’s taken me so long, lol!

Recently picked up the Hourglass Ambient Light palette and it is absolutely gorgeous. I would almost say I’m afraid to take it anywhere for fear of scratching/dropping/hurting it! And the product is lovely. I’ve got the Lorac Unzipped and I think their eyeshadow formula is one of the best out there. Can’t wait to pick up the PRO Palette soon (just got the Naked 3, so I’ll probably wait a bit, but I can’t wait!)

Hi Christine! Stumbled onto this list when reading your Too Faced Pretty Rebel review. My dream palette would be bright jewel tones all with glittery and pearl finishes; which palettes would you recommend?

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