Just like how the golden star atop every Christmas tree adds the perfect finishing touch of glitz to the holiday spirit, the year-end festivities simply wouldn’t be the same without the blinding flurry of vibrant red-green shades, glittery hues, and over-the-top tinsel decor.
It’s officially time to bust out the glam. And what better way to incorporate the same essence of extra in our looks than with a harmonious palette of dazzling colours? Bearing in mind that the holidays are looking a tad bit different this year, we’re definitely embracing more saturated shades and shimmers above the mask this season.
Whether you’re looking to pull together a quick, no-fuss look or be dressed up to the nines, here’s the lowdown on the sparkliest eye shadow palettes we’ve got in our sights.
1. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pops in Dazzling Diamonds
Light up your eyes with Charlotte Tilbury’s limited edition quad, featuring four eye-gilding shades that glimmer with an unbelievable jewel-inspired sparkle. All thanks to the brilliantly infused pearl pigments that form a mirror-like reflection in these metallics, prime, enhance, smoke, and pop with an elusive champagne-pink, sparkling antiqued gold, warm bronzy gold, and a smokey navy-black.
Retails for S$92 at Sephora.
2. Ange Gardien Paris Vitamins Showtime Eye Palette
If you’ve been a fan of Ange Gardien Paris’ fragrance series, you’re in for a real treat. This fall, the aesthetic French brand is unveiling their range of colour cosmetics that encapsulates the same French joie de vivre in the line’s elegant and timeless shades.
This includes the nine-coloured eye palette comprising light pinks, medium tones, and dark browns that could double up as shimmery bronzers for a glamorous soft-beat look. Infused with sunflower seed oil, this vitamin-rich formula enriches the lids with its antioxidant and moisturising properties as well!
3. THEFACESHOP Glitter Universe Monopop Eyeshadow Palette
Arguably the shiniest palette we have in our round-up, this one’s for the glitter fanatic who can’t get enough of the shine. Inspired by the Milky Way, this palette boasts the trendiest shades of the season, falling somewhere perfectly between fall and winter tones. In the second iteration of this formula, the palette affords a silky-smooth texture that melds well with a soft buttery touch.
Retails for S$33 on Shopee and at THEFACESHOP retail stores islandwide.
In partnership with the Singapore General Hospital, THEFACESHOP launches the #THEFACESHOPGivesBack campaign to give thanks to our frontline heroes who have worked tirelessly throughout the year of 2020. Shoppers may purchase a curated gift set from now till 15 December 2020 and the brand will be matching dollar-for-dollar value in gifts to be hand-packed and delivered to SGH. More details here.
4. innisfree Glam Mood Palette Holiday Edition
This November, innisfree has released an array of whimsical shades in collaboration with LA-based artist and designer, Steven Harrington, to spruce up your holiday get-up. Expect to find eight high-quality hues in a mixture of silky brick brown, cherry brown, and champagne gold arriving in a well-adorned casing. Take your looks from daily to glamorous in a single palette.
Retails for S$40 at innisfree.
5. Kose ESPRIQUE Select Eye Color N Jewelry Box in Rose Diamond
Treat yourself to a hydrating pod of six diamond-like shades infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acid derivatives, and phospholipids that ensure your lids stay moisturised even after long-wear. Make your eyes the focal point of the party in an exquisite display of pinks and browns formulated with diamond powder derived from actual crushed diamonds. Not to forget the pearl powder that adds a dewy translucency and luster that allures endlessly. This collection of brilliant neutrals adds just the right amount of shine without intimidating beginners. Plus, just like its namesake, the palette opens up to a jewel-like find.
Launching at S$48 on 1 December 2020, at Kose counters islandwide.
6. MAC Rocket To Fame Palette
Pop off with MAC Cosmetics’ holiday palette aglow with 12 shadows in matte, frost, and lustre finishes. Arriving in a frosted-silver case that opens up with a silver holographic flare, the collection comprises muted pinks and shimmery purples that are sure to wow the crowd. Psst, get the Lisa holiday look with shades Ride My Slay and Catch My Snowdrift from this palette!
Pro-tip: For an extra-pigmented vibrance, spritz these shadows with a hydrating mist or water to make the colours pop even more.
7. Shu Uemura Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette in Thousand Sunny
Steal hearts this holiday with the notorious shu uemura collab with just about the biggest Japanese manga of all time. This One Piece palette is packed with ten brilliant matte and metallic shades, from a retro-esque mustard yellow to a gorgeous crushed stone pink.
It’s worthy to note that the warm-toned “Thousand Sunny” colour story was inspired by the yellow and red hues of its namesake sailing amidst crystal-clear waves — definitely a collector’s item for any One Piece fans!
8. Marc Jacobs Eye-conic Multi-finish Eye Palette in Cherrific
Create endless of merry jolly looks with the sensual, cherry-inspired hues of Marc Jacobs’ holiday shadows. Decked out in four luxurious finishes from wearable nudes to the universally-flattering lushness of reds, you can never go wrong with this line of colours — even if you’re a newbie at the eye game!
The cherry on top? The buttery texture of this limited edition palette makes it super easy to blend, meaning an effortless yet juicy look.
Retails for S$76 at Sephora.
9. Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Golden Nights in Black Night
Dip a finger into any of Dior’s Golden Nights shades and you’ll instantly be enchanted by the creamy intensity the collection presents. Housed beneath a poetic snowflake pattern is a high-colour combination of ultra-shiny black, platinum silver, satin black, matte charcoal black, and deep burgundy red — the perfect blend for a festive smokey eye! Achieve a multitude of looks with this sparkly palette that comes in a peachy Golden Snow shade as well.
Retails for S$107 at all Dior Beauty counters islandwide.
10. ETUDE House Glittery Snow Air Mousse Eyes Palette in Frozen
If you prefer to stick to neutrals but don’t want to miss out on the glittery fun, bring that extra twinkle to your eye with ETUDE House’s Glittery Snow Air Mousse Eyes Palette. While we’d admit this isn’t exactly a palette per se, the vivid colour payoff we get to play around with in these pressed shadows are too highly addictive to exclude! Comprising of two cool-toned shades, easily build up intensity without caking up your eyes as the airy mousse texture presents a lightweight coverage. Besides, how pretty is this handy palette?
11. KVD Vegan Beauty Edge of Reality
As we relish in the extravagance the year-end brings about, it’s only appropriate we keep in mind now more than ever to limit our consumer wastage. And KVD Vegan presents an innovative solution without abolishing the fun with the brand’s very first fully recyclable palette — meaning no mirrors, magnets, or metal hinges!
Glitz and glide your night away with this 14 pixel-perfect vegan eye shadows (including six mattes, eight shimmers) that’d make the ultimate treasure trove for creative minds and beauty rookies alike.
Retails for S$69 at Sephora.
12. Tom Ford Extréme Eye Color Quad in Mercuria
Taking holiday celebrations to the extreme, Tom Ford releases a limited edition eye shadow quad in the shades of mauve, nude, bronze, and deep plum that ignite endlessly for a bold lid. Featuring four opulent shades in sheer, shimmer, and matte options, create a versatile, multi-dimensional look topped off with a chrome glitz.
Retails for S$127 at all TOM FORD boutiques islandwide and TANGS online.
13. Milani Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette in Burning Desire
For those on a tight budget this season, fret not. Accomplish an equally flawless look with the Milani Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette — now available in three new shades. Arriving in a sleek, minimalist palette of six, the Burning Desire colour story caught out eye with its warm mattes and shimmers in terracotta browns, fiery reds, and rosy ambers that pop against the typically yellow undertones found in Asian skin. Made up of finely milled shadows, its ultra-creamy texture makes for an easy-to-buff formula, promising a seamless finish that stays put as you slay the night away!
Retails for S$20.40 at Watsons.
14. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam II Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Ace your eye game with this sultry limited edition palette consisting of warm and cool-toned neutrals in an ultra-fun size compact — meaning effortlessly touch-ups on-the-go! Choose from six fan-favourites specially picked from the highly coveted OG Soft Glam Palette, with the addition of cult-classics Dreamer and Incense from the Norvina Eyeshadow Palette. Transit from a subtle office look right to a huge night out moment with this clutch-sized palette that’s travel-friendly without comprising on the variety of shades you get!
Retails at S$58 at Sephora.
15. Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Mega : Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
Legendary Makeup Artist Pat McGrath released her most extravagant palette yet, bringing to the table 18 super blendable, high-impact formulas including six new shades in a star-studded case. Be prepared to embark on infinite eye fantasies as this uber-sublime palette, consisting of vivid purples, glamorous greens, and mesmerising metallics, take you away on a couture-colour journey.
Retails for S$120 at Sephora.