In the world of beauty, holiday season begins in November — the time when brands dispatch their holiday collections onto shelves to delight shopping early birds. But what makes festive beauty shopping better is the fact that some of these desirables go on sale even when the real festive season has not yet come to an end. But with or without discount, we dote on these beauty limited editions that express each brand’s celebratory spirit. Here are our roundup of the best holiday beauty collections you can still get now.
1. CHANEL: Collection Libre 2018 Maximalisme de Chanel
We know you’re thinking of that scarlet-coloured Chanel No 5 bottle this holiday season, but Chanel’s true festive gem is Lucia Pica’s Collection Libre 2018 — borrowing inspiration from another of Mademoiselle Chanel’s favoured symbol: the lion, as well as the iconic designer’s love for sparkles. Bearing the lion symbol, both the glitter palette and single eyeshadow come with subtle shimmer while the lip palette and nail polish continue to explore Pica’s own fascination with the colour red and burnt brick.
2. CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE: Collection Féeries d’Hiver 2018
Described as a whimsical palette of dizzying possibilities, Clé de Peau Beauté’s holiday release is a luxurious take on sweetness and fantasy. A powder palette, lipstick set, eye colour quad, highlighter stick and cream, each item comes in flamingo-coloured package and Wonderland-themed illustration, making it a treasure to be discovered, and collected.
3. TOM FORD: Jasmin Rouge Set
As always, beauty addicts’ favourite Tom Ford takes on the holiday season with a number of exclusive sets and product pairings offered at a bargain price: fragrant with lipstick or cream, lip boxes or shimmering body oil sets. Our go-to set for both personal indulgence and gift choice is Jasmin Rouge which pairs the sensual, spice-floral scent from the Private Blend collection with a Scarlet Rouge lip colour at the price of THB10,800.
4. FRESH: Holiday Gift Set 2018
No one could outsmart Fresh when it comes to launching the holiday collection. Relying on existing classics than creating a new limited item, Fresh crafts a storyline, and repackages its icons for fans at a bargain price. Revolving around the theme of travel, the holiday 2018 gift sets include your beloved lip balm, coloured lip balm, mask sets and rose collection set, for example. The discount for buying their set ranges from 26% – 33% — enough for the Fresh fanatics to stock their favourites for the entire year!
5. GUERLAIN: Christmas Collection 2018
Our favourite make-up collection for the festive season, Guerlain’s holiday release is inspired by the sparkle of the stars in the galaxy not so far away. From the cult hit Electric Pearl Météorites in new colour to Ladies In All Climates, Universal illuminating powder, Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine, Electric Look Palette, Harmony of eyeshadows and highlighters and finally, Terracotta Electric Light — Copper bronzing powder, all these are so desirable we have no idea how we have lived this long without them!
6. LA MER: Holiday 2018
Three exclusive sets are up for grasp from La Mer, all packaged in exclusive pouch and limited edition box: The Glowing Collection (Crème de la Mer, Cleansing Micellar Water and The Renewal Oil), The Soothing Collection (Crème de la Mer and The Concentrate) and the latest Genaissance de la Mer Collection (Genaissance de la Mer The Serum Essence, The Infused Lotion and The Eye and Expression Cream).
7. AESOP: Atlast of Attraction
A combination of cleverly assorted products and exclusively designed package has made Aesop’s holiday collections one of the fastest-selling in beauty. This year, the Australian brand partners with famed couturier Iris Van Herpen to create gorgeous graphics for the gift kits drawn from Van Harpen’s iconic design to celebrate these seasonal journeys, examining what compels us to connect and the methodology behind our attractions. The four sets available are A Curious Connection, Orbit of Intention, Contours of Discovery and The Familiar Horizon.
8. GIORGIO ARMANI: Holiday 2018
Packaging is the focus for Giorgio Armani Beauty this season for which the brand draws on their signature new scent Sì and iconic makeup items, packaged together in exclusive red and black box decorated with gold Armani graphic. Aside of the Sì perfume, lipstick and the new My Armani To Go cushion sets, the brand also offers a few Aqua di Gio sets for the important gentleman in your life.
9. CLARINS: Holiday 2018
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the festive makeup is all about highlight, so much so that it’s almost a crime not including one in the seasonal collection. But all that glitter is not gold — and not all highlights are created equal — or at least not as equally wonderful as Clarins Illuminating Sculpting Powder Face and Decollete. Part of Clarins’ Holiday 2018 collection, the highlight comes in a gorgeous gold-colored packaging adorned with golden splatter and shiny little stars. It glides smoothly on your skin, and blends to a soft glowing, healthy sun-kissed look you’ve been trying to perfect. In addition to this too-good-to-be-true highlight, the collection also features a few more desirables: Clarins Instant Lip Comfort Oil in two new colours and a Gold Mascara Top Coat to add more sparkle to your lashes.
10. NARS: Spiked with Colour, Studded with Style
True to its rebellious spirit, Nars kicks off its awaited holiday season with a collection that is meant to awaken the punk girl in you. The packaged is full of spikes and studs, as well as images that evoke 1970s punk rock. From Powermatte Lip Lustre in six limited-edition brushed-metal shades to Hot Tryst Cheek Palette and many other makeup coffrets, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and mini blush and lipstick sets, Nars really has no mercy when it comes to sabotaging your savings.
11. THREE: Holiday Celebration Set 2018
Holiday season for Three is all about creating sets of assorted favourites to delight their devoted fans. This year, the list goes as: Balancing Essential Set, Balancing White Clear Set, Line Moisturizing Set, Aiming Essence Set, Angelic Base Makeup Set and finally, the limited edition Art of Parties Makeup Set including Life of the Party, Art of Parties, Keep Calm and Party set.
12. DIOR: Midnight Wish Christmas 2018
With Christian Dior’s lucky star as the main theme of the season, Peter Philips crafts a collection with an aim to grant every woman her wish to transform, and reinvent herself with endless possibility. Gold is the main colour for the package, and stars the central motif on the 5-colour Moonlight and Lucky Star palettes and the titular Rouge Blush. The new golden package for the Diorific matte lipstick makes all the 5 colours a collectible for all die-hard Dior fans.
13. SEPHORA : Once upon a Night in a Magical and Fairy Land
Look no further than Sephora for the best beauty bargains every festive season! The beauty retailer offers an assortment of items from its house brand, repackaged to match the magical atmosphere of the season. And of course, with an addition of offers from its exclusive brands, it’s nearly impossible to walk past the store not being tempted. Highlights include Tarte’s Life Of The Party Amazonian Clay Blush Palette & Glitter Clutch, Beauty Blender’s Blender’s Delight Set, Becca’s Volcano Goddess Eyeshadow Palette and Volcano Goddess Glow Gloss and Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum.