How time flys! We’re already mid-November and its that time of year again where brands start launching their new products including holiday exclusive collections, sets, and palettes. So far, the holiday launches have been a bit restrained with the global pandemic putting a bit of a kibosh on the manufacturing and delaying launches of new products. Usually, by now we would be overwhelmed with the number of collections. However, other than the usual vaults, kits and advent calendars, we did witness announcements for some brand new products that have got me excited.

One of the best presents to get during the holidays is makeup, its super. versatile and you can’t really go wrong when gifting it to your girlfriends. So while it’s still early and we might see even more holiday-themed releases well into December, I’ve listed a few picks that will help you plan ahead for some holiday shopping inspiration or even tempt you in a little self-indulgence. Go ahead, we all deserve to treat ourselves after the kind of insane year its been!

1. Makeup by Mario‘s Glam Vibes Holiday Collection

Back in September celebrity MUA Mario Dedivanovic finally released his own cosmetics line named Makeup By Mario. While the initial launch had an array of some beautiful products in sleek white packaging the new limited holiday collection announcement was an unexpected surprise. While there’s no difference in packaging, the all brand new products and colour stories are very festive appropriate with something for every makeup lover. The collection includes three Glam Quads, three Pro Volume lip glosses and new shades of Master Pro Pigment Pencil.

However, the one item that caught everyone’s attention was the lip palette. More compact than it appears, the Master Mattes Pro Lip Palette includes 16 creamy matte colours with 4 primary hues to help customize and create shades of your choice. Also included is an aluminium mixing plate that pulls out and a dual-ended lip brush. Play around and have fun and by being your own mix-master! Plus it makes for a great gift for an aspiring makeup artist.

2. Kylie Cosmetics X The Grinch Holiday Collection

Kylie Jenner’s here to steal Christmas herself with the announcement of her latest collaboration for the holidays. The Grinch collection inspired by the famous Dr. Suess book features a variety of products in green packaging featuring super cute eye-catching artwork from the books. The collection includes eyeshadow palettes, lipstick sets, eyeshadow sticks, lip kits, liquid liner pens, highlighter, blush, and so on. I never thought I would say Grinch and makeup together in the same sentence let alone see it in a makeup collection.

While the palettes in her collections usually standout we can all agree that green isn’t the go-to for most people. However, the palette has only four lovely green tones that look gorgeous paired with the other pigmented gold and browns included. All in all, it’s a charming yet versatile collection reminiscent of our childhood which also makes it perfect for gifting.

3. Pat Mcgrath’s Celestial Divinity Holiday Collection

It’s all about eyeshadows in this humongous holiday collection. With an 18-pan eyeshadow palette, 3 luxe quads, a handful of lipsticks and a sublime skin highlighter. The dreamy eyeshadow palette can only be described as pure opulence. If you’re literally a makeup junkie with a weakness for high-impact shadows this is the one for you. Overall, the collection definitely geared towards gifting and enticing people to dip their toe into trying out Pat’s formulas

The products come packaged in a beautiful pink-and-gold case! Moroever, the palettes are considerably good value in consideration of her usual price range. So if you ever wanted to pick up something from the brand, nows a good time to treat yourself to this during the holidays.

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty‘s Very Merry Cherry Collection

One of the first brands to release their Christmas collection early, Marc Jacobs surprised us all with the Very Merry Cherry themed holiday collection. The internet went wild obsessing over the cute red cherry motif and mint green packaging. I won’t lie, at first when I heard about it I was utterly confused! But as soon as I saw the entire collection I fell in love with the cute yet chic packaging that refreshingly veers away from more traditional Christmas themes and colours. The collection contains their popular All-Over Foil Luminizer, a multi-finish eye palette, mascara and lipstick. The seven pan palette features a mix of easy-to-wear neutrals and bolder cherry tones, whereas the lipstick is more of a cool-toned red.

Also part of the collection is various packs and mini-sets including their most loved products that make for awesome stocking stuffers. While MJB eyeshadows always pull me in with their colour story, this time it’s the luminizer that’s calling my name. I’ve heard only great things about their O! Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizers and this packaging might just entice me to finally purchase it as a gift to myself.

5. Fenty Beauty‘s Diamond Bomb Highlighters

Just in time for the holidays, Rihanna has graced with two new festive shades of her Diamond Veil highlighter. The shades are; Rosé Rave’ which is a pretty pink tone and Royal Icing, that’s a gorgeous champagne gold. Uh, can I have one of each now, please? If you remember the original diamond bomb had a sheer base but was on the cooer-side with blinding yet subtle glitter. The introduction of the new shades works on multiple skin tones and takes glitter to a whole new extreme. Plus makes it more wearable for those who loved the formula of the original but found it too cool/icy. So dress your face and body in pure sparkle during the holiday season with the diamond veil that will keep you glowing all day and night.

What new product launches are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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