What's missing from this year's holiday releases?

PEARLY RED LIPSTICKS. I just feel like red is a classic, holiday kind of color, and then duh, add shimmer. I remember years ago, I’d always look forward to a great, MAC holiday shimmery, red lipstick. There actually aren’t THAT many (relative to how many reds and brands exist) exist in permanent ranges compared to matte reds.

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

For me, it would be a really exciting eye palette – maybe eyeshadows and a liner or two. But even so, it would have to be really, REALLY exciting and a good value because, as I’ve said so often before, I think I’ve reached “critical mass” with my makeup collection.

Christine, what is the lipstick in the photo for this thread? Do you recall what it is? It’s very gorgeous.

Mariella Avatar

….yikes! I just checked and those beauties are all $53 here in Canada (plus taxes – that brings the price up to the $60 vicinity which is really steep for a lipstick). Sure is lovely, though.

Jenna Avatar

Products i’m interested in! (Just joking…but not really). My birthday is in October so i like to treat myself to some of the holiday releases but there is honestly nothing that i’m interestes in. My usual go-to’s hourglass, kevyn aucoin, nars, mac aren’t interesting to me this year. Im missing face palettes where i feel like i would use all of the shades and lip kits for the nars velvet lip glide which has been my fav formula of late. May pick up something from the chantecaille holiday launch when that is released but nothing else is drawing me in

Kelli Avatar

Silvers! I want to see more silvery eyeshadow palettes to reflect the iciness of the season, lol. Don’t get me wrong, warm-toned palettes are totally on point for this time of year, but I’m still feeling a little bit of burnout with reds and golds. Maybe a silver and gold palette for the best of both worlds?

Nancy T Avatar

You’re definitely correct about shimmery red lipstick! And always a deeper, richer red cream or matte from MAC, too!

This year it does feel like something is “off”. Cannot quite put my finger on it, but I do sense something(s) are missing. Usually, MAC at least picks up any slack left in the wake by the other brands holiday offerings. Not sensing that they will this year just based off of sneak peeks I’ve been seeing floating around on IG. I hope there’s more that we just haven’t seen yet.

Deborah S. Avatar

I agree, Nancy. It just doesn’t seem as exciting this year. I am with you in that I can’t put my finger on what it is but I am usually so much more pumped for holiday releases and very little has even gotten a second look from me. I am looking towards more Indie brands for more unusual things. Rachel is my Indie brand guru so I stalk her hauls, LOL!

Linda Avatar

I am finding all of the holiday releases to be underwhelming…hoping that’s not it for this year! The only thing I’m remotely attracted to is the Tarte Winter Wonderglam palette, and only after swatching the glitter shades in Sephora. I’d like to find a smaller (cheaper) palette with just those glitters!
I’ve been a little bored with my makeup collection lately but also trying to stick to a budget, so I don’t want to splurge unless it’s something I really want and really feel like I’ll use to it’s full potential.

talnyc Avatar

Wouldn’t you think Pat McGrath’s BlitzTrance reds qualify for the shimmery lipsticks? I also liked the Chatecaille Polar Ice sparkle lipsticks, but those were released in the Spring and are sold out now, which I am wondering if they will bring back for the Fall/Holiday season.

Denise S. Avatar

Nars and Dior have shimmery red lip sticks in their holiday collections. There’s a lot of great holiday collections coming out. But I haven’t seen any fragrance holiday stuff yet. I’d like to see some perfume sets that include lotions or mini purse size additions. Wish Tom Ford did body creams for the holidays!

Jackie Avatar

I’m not seeing anything this year that I really like. Maybe the Hourglass blush quad, but I’d have to swatch it first. I usually look for good skincare sets, but I haven’t seen many of those yet. Hopefully, more collections will come out. If not…money saved!

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