With holiday decorations starting to pop up around the city, you can almost smell Christmas, which means the time to shop for gifts is just around the corner. So whether you’re stuffing stockings or wanting to treat yo’self, Benefit Cosmetics’ limited-edition holiday sets have your beauty-loving faces covered. Plus, these gift-wrapped sets do all the work for you and contain a whole bunch of the beauty brand’s bestsellers with a wide variety that pretty much guarantees there'll be something in there that they (or you) will like.
Highlights from the holiday collection include the new Magnificent Brow Show ($585), which contains over a thousand dollars worth of beauty goods. The set contains five full-size products including the Goof Proof brow pencil, Ka-Brow! cream-gel, Gimme Brow+ volumising fibre gel, and more. As the set’s name suggests, the items are all about the brows and allow users to fill, shape, sculpt, highlight, and transform them into any style they wish.
Another highlight is the Shake Your Beauty set ($585), featuring 12 popular items in fun size – perfect as an advent calendar for the countdown to Christmas. Once again, the collective value is worth over a thousand dollars when bought individually, so you can be sure to find tried-and-true beauty products in it, and you might even discover a couple of new favourites too. Expect the bestselling Precisely, My Brow pencil in a mini size (shade three), skin primers from the Porefessional series, and They’re Real! Lengthening mascara, among others.
The ultimate budget beauty buy for the season is Beauty Thrills ($195) which features three mini essentials packaged in a festively decorated tin. Pop the primer, mascara, and eyebrow-volumising gel in your bag, and you’re ready to go. To brush up your look while you’re out, pay your lips some attention. Choose from five shades of moisturising lip ColorBalms in the California Kissin’ Club set ($230) including Cherry 00, Spiced Red 11, and Wine 222 Merlot Mama, to keep lips smooth and hydrated all day.
For those who prefer a good girl gone bad style, Benefit’s Badgal to the Bone ($290) contains all the basics: a full-size BADgal Bang! Bigger, Badder volumising mascara, and the much-loved Hoola matte powder bronzer. For gifts that take care of it all with mascara, brow, primer and bronzer included, opt for Cheers, My Dears! ($470) or go for pinker tones in Talk Beauty to Me ($470). Last but not least, don’t forget skin care with Your B.right to Party set ($420) which will take care of your face this season. When the make-up is off at the end of the day, nourish your skin with full-size moisturising creams and do the prep work with primers – your skin will thank you! Elaine Wong