My Favorite Limited Edition Things | Sephora Holiday 2019

Sephora’s holiday shopping event kicks off November 1st for Rouges, who have early access to the event.  Rouges can save 20% off all purchases online and in-store with code HOLIDAYSAVE.  Starting on November 7th, VIBs can save 15% off and Insiders can save 10% off with the same code, HOLIDAYSAVE.  The event ends November 11th for all tiers.

Also, for those at 10% off and 15% off, always cross-reference the brands/products you have your eye on to see if they’re likely to go on sale for 15-25% off in the next few weeks.  Many brands participate in Black Friday/Cyber Monday offerings at least better than 10%.

In this gift guide, I’ve focused on highlighting the best of the best holiday releases, whether individual shades or sets, but these are holiday-specific and products available at Sephora.  I’ll be following up with a second guide that focuses on my favorite permanent products and formulas.

I also wanted to take a moment to highlight some of my favorite non-makeup sets that I’ve seen at Sephora, as I don’t want to purchase a set just to photograph it, but these are brands and formulas I have tested over the years and think the sets offer good value.

If you’re curious about all of the limited edition holiday products and sets, in total, check out our Best of Holiday 2019 Palettes & Gifts, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

More product guides: Best Blushes, Best HighlightersBest Eyeshadows, Best Eyeshadow Palettes, Best Lipsticks, Best Lipglosses, Best Eye Brushes, Best Face Brushes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Jet Girl (82)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Jet Girl (82) O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a brighter, medium coral with warm undertones that... Read full review.

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Pat McGrath Subversive

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Pat McGrath Subversive Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a rich, more jewel-toned combination of shades. Two of the shades... Read full review.

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Pat McGrath Sublime

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Pat McGrath Sublime Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, five-pan eyeshadow palette with four metallic shades and one... Read full review.

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Natasha Denona Gold

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Natasha Denona Gold Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, miniature-sized palette that complements the larger, 15-pan Gold palette. ... Read full review.

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Bite Beauty Creamy Color (Holiday 2019)

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Bite Beauty Creamy Color (Holiday 2019) Mini Amuse Bouche Supercharged Lipstick Set ($21.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, limited edition four-piece set of... Read full review.

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Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby 2

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Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby 2 Mini Lip Gloss & Highlighter Set ($24.00 for oz.) is a new, limited edition set that features a miniature-sized gloss and... Read full review.

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Clinique Warm Up

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Clinique Warm Up Cheek Pop Palette ($29.50 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of blushes with warmer undertones. The three shades performed... Read full review.

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Pat McGrath Nocturnal Nirvana

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Pat McGrath Nocturnal Nirvana Blitz Astral Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that features all shimmer shades in... Read full review.

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Hourglass Ghost

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Hourglass Ghost (Holiday 2019) Ambient Lighting Blush Quad ($58.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features two brand-new shades,... Read full review.

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Tarte Chrome for the Holidays

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Tarte Chrome for the Holidays Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Set ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition foursome that features two new, exclusive... Read full review.

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Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse

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Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set ($42.00 for 0.9 oz.) includes five, miniature-sized glosses with four new, exclusive shades and one from... Read full review.

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Hourglass Ghost

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Hourglass Ghost Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Collection ($46.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of copper, bronze, and plum shimmery... Read full review.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty To the Moon (386)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty To the Moon (386) Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light pink base with a fine gold, pink, and blue pearl... Read full review.

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Phew!
I got everything I wanted on my cart and managed to use the code 13 minutes before midnight…
Ritualistic Rose, Sublime Eye Ecstasy, Lasthash Favorites Kit, Soko to Tokyo favorites kit, Dallas Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick, Skinfix AHA renewing cream, Farmacy cleansing balm in special cherry edition and normal jumbo size, other smaller kits for in-laws Christmas gifts, and more… my credit card is still trembling.
Now I have to wait until I receive the shipping confirmation to see if they really had stock of everything.

The Ritualistic Rose quad from Pat McGrath is now already out of stock!!

I had Ritualistic Rose in my shopping cart and within 5 minutes of the sale going live (Pacific Standard Time) that quad went out of stock! I was so disappointed especially being that it happened on the first day of the sale. I wonder if they held back quantities? Who knows. I hope they restock before the sale is over but I won’t hold my breath for too long.

Oh ugh! I feel ya. I have had that happen when my order was placed/confirmed and then they came up short before they shipped and cancelled my entire order 2 days later. This happened to me twice over the years. It’s killing me I missed that Selfridges exclusive PMG rose based palette.

Wednesday, I guess I shouldn’t feel bad that I didn’t get that PMG rose quad (I think I’ll survive, LOL). As much as I wanted to get the Midnight Sun palette, I passed on it for now. I figured it’s permanent and can I get it at another time (maybe Pat will have a Black Friday sale). I ended up getting the Bum Bum shower gel and biggie sized cream which I always have in my gym bag. I love the smell and consider it a reward to myself after my workout. I think I’m going to also get the ABH luminous foundation before the sale ends.

Last years sale at this time the same thing happened to me. I can’t remember which Pat McGrath palette it was at the time but about 5 minutes before the sale went live it read, “out of stock” and then about 2 days after the sale was over it was back in stock. I can’t fault Pat for that because I am sure it was all Sephora. Now, if it is something I really want and will be heartbroken if I don’t get it, I just go ahead and order it. There is no way to know for sure what is happening. I will keep my fingers crossed that it comes back in stock before the sale is over!

I like when you suggest favorite non-makeup items as well. 🙂 The Olaplex set is so nice… too bad Olaplex completely doesn’t work for me at all. 😆
The Drunk Elephant trunk is a great deal in the end… but that’s so expensive. The mini ones are a great way to test the brand. But I got to the conclusion that sets are only valuable for me only if I know I like all items, or if I’m just testing a new brand and the set costs less than the full size I wanted to try first (that’s how I discovered that Peter Thomas Roth skincare doesn’t work for me, through the mini mask set and the Cloud Hydration kit).

Yes, I agree — sets are great IF you like most of the items (if there’s enough “value” in the set, even being so-so on one mini could be fine) or you’re trying a new brand or you’ve tried the brand and loved a lot of products so far… and want to try a few without investing in full-sized ones!

Indeed my two kits follow your conditions, Lashtash includes full sizes of Benefit’s roller lash which I love and IT Cosmetics Superhero which I like, those two are already worth more than the set and I get to try all the rest for free.
And in Soko to Tokyo there’s an SKII facial essence bottle that I’ve always been intrigued by which if I remember correctly is worth more than the set already and I wouldn’t have bought on its own!

This won’t be for everyone but the full size of Rita Hazan Root Concealer is available bundled with 2 ounce sizes of shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair.

The Fresh Sake bath came back in stock last night at 8 PM so at 4 on my way to work I bought it online. In person. picked up HUDA Mecury Retrograde, the Hourglass Ghost Quad, the dual board meeting/hbic lip kit…. no self control.

Clinique Cool Down is every bit as awesome!

I’m so proud of myself for not falling into the trap of spending money to save money. I started my basket a week before the event and gradually knocked it back to less than half the money I was originally going to spend. I didn’t buy any of the items I thought I would be buying; namely

TF Soleil Neige palette
Huda Mercury Retrograde
PMG Mothership Midnight Sun
ABH Luminous foundation

I ditched each and every one of these pricey items and bought a handful of coloured pencils (they always get used), lip balm (I live for lip balm). Now I must contain itchy trigger finger for a week and a half. The psychology behind this event is killer innit?

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