For many, the holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the beauty year. Year after year, makeup brands and designers pull out all the stops and put out the most beautiful and luxurious palettes. The number of palettes can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve come to the rescue. Below are our four favorite winter palettes. Our picks aren’t all eyeshadow palettes because while the winter releases are amazing and gorgeous as always, sometimes you need a bit more selection in your palettes. Check out which ones made our list below.
Sephora Collection Color Wonderland* Neutral and Vivid Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is one of our favorites for the woman who wants to experiment with color, but also likes the safety and versatility of a great selection of neutrals. With a total of 78 eyeshadows, this palette offers unlimited eyeshadow combinations and looks. Sephora has three sizes of eyeshadows: a .013oz shadow base and highlighter, 12 .052 eyeshadows and 64 .024oz eyeshadows. The company states that the 12 larger eyeshadows are ones most frequently used, making sure you always have plenty of your most loved colors. The Sephora Collection Color Wonderland* Neutral and Vivid Eyeshadow Palette is valued at $325, but costs $59.00. The palette has two mirrors, 2 eyeliners and also comes with a dual-ended brush.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit
If you are looking for an incredibly extravagant gift (for you or someone else) that is still practical, you may want to consider the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette. The Ambient Lighting powders have a cult following for their ability to give your face a healthy glow that makes your skin look its absolute best. The products use Photoluminescent Technology, which has been infused with optically transparent particles that can alter the appearance of your skin by refracting and manipulating favorable light. The Ambient Lighting Edit contains two shades of blush, one bronzer and three shades of their Ambient Lighting powder, one of which works beautifully as a highlight. It is important to note that the size of each powder is significantly less than a regular priced Ambient Lighting powder, but this is the perfect way to experiment with a large variety of these powders and blushes. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit is valued at $132 and costs $80.
Stila A Whole Lot of Love Palette
The Stila A Whole Lot of Love Palette is as gorgeous as it is practical. This palette offers a highly functional and versatile range of products as it contains 20 eyeshadows, four blushes and a deluxe sample of the Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara. The first two rows of eyeshadow feature more subtle, neutral shades while the bottom two contain some bolder colors like two impressive blues (Lapis and Denim) and purples (Frosted Lavender and Eggplant). There is a blush to suit everyone with the shades Light Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach Shimmer and Berry Shimmer. This collection of Stila classics is valued at $225 and costs $59.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Winter weather can leave your skin looking pale and a bit dull, but you can easily bring your face back to life by adding a bit of warmth and dimension. The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette contains six contouring and highlighting shades that include taupe, soft brown, deep brown for contour and a nude pink, yellow beige and soft peach color for highlighting. One of the reasons this contour palette is so incredible is that the colors can chisel your cheekbones or slenderize your nose while still looking incredible natural and not like you’ve drawn a brown line across your face. The highlight shades in this palette give a soft, lit from within glow that make your face look naturally luminous. Those who haven’t tried contour and highlighting or who don’t feel that they have any skill will be pleased to find that this palette comes with a step-by-step guide as to how to use these shades. The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is available exclusively at Sephora for $46.
Winter makeup palettes are definitely some of the most exciting items of the whole year and they tend to be a great value for the money. Shop with confidence for your loved ones, of as a gift to yourself, when you pick one of our top four winter makeup palettes.