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The Christmas season is the best time of the year, not only because of the magical light-up along Orchard Road, but also because there is bound to be lots of excitement at the beauty desk, considering just how brands are all vying to launch the best holiday collection.

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We had a preview of Lancôme’s holiday collection, which is inspired by the colours of a secret and mysterious Parisian garden, and it gives us even more reason to be delighted; the gorgeous limited edition products and gift sets are so wearable, they’re going to be a favourite at our vanity table even as we bid 2015 goodbye.

One thing you need to snag this year? This makeup palette…

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I am impressed with the L’Absolu Palette (SGD98) particularly, and I think it’s that one makeup trophy you’ll have to get your hands on this year. Housed in a sophisticated and sleek gold-and-black case, this palette features six complementary eyeshadow shades that will go well with one another, and will look fabulous, each by itself too.

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But the beautiful packaging and wearable eyeshadow shades aren’t the only reason why I love this palette. Open up the secret golden cover that says Lancôme on it, and you’ll be greeted by three lip colours – one for highlighting and two shades of red. The brush that comes with the palette is a two-ended one, with an eyeshadow brush at one end, and a lip brush at the other. The intelligent design makes it an ideal palette to bring along to any Christmas party, making on-the-go touch-ups super easy.

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I created a simple look using this palette: at the eyelids, the second shade (glitter champagne) was used at the inner half of my eyes, and the third shade (bronze) was used as a contouring powder at the outer half of my eyes. I used the first shade as a highlighter for my brow bone.

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Along the bottom lash line, I applied the second shade (glittery champagne) again at the inner half of my eyes, and at the outer half of them, I applied the fourth shade (shimmer brown). This simple smoky eye look is both day- and evening-appropriate because of the use of shimmer earth tones. The eyeshadows were also easy to blend, and their colours were harmonious.

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… and a lust-worthy lipstick

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I could have easily completed the look with any of the lip colours in the palette, but I decided to try the L’Absolu Rouge from the Christmas collection instead so I can show you how it looks. Available beautiful shades ranging from red and plum, to pink and coral, this lipstick is creamy, and an absolute pleasure to use. Its elegant packaging also gives even more reason as to why it is a must-have lipstick this Christmas.

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Try it for yourself and get a makeover from an expert

It doesn’t matter if you’re a makeup novice. You can achieve a sizzling new look when you register for a Lancôme makeover for practically free!

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The makeover service will be done by a Lancôme makeup expert and is available at the Lancôme Paragon Atrium at just SGD120, which is fully redeemable for Lancôme products. If you bring a friend along, you’ll be able to enjoy the same makeover at SGD180 for two of you, also fully redeemable for Lancôme products.

Want to receive the star treatment and enjoy a makeover?

Click here to register now.

This exclusive makeover will happen at the Lancôme Christmas showcase at the Paragon Atrium, from 29 October to 4 November, where you can also shop for amazing Christmas gift sets. Sign up before 20 October, 11.59pm, you’ll also receive a four-piece gift set worth SGD103. (EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been extended to 23 October, 11.59pm!)

This is what you can get in the four-piece gift set.

This is what you can get in the four-piece gift set.

Lancome Christmas blockbuster set

While you are there, you have to check out the Lancôme Blockbuster Christmas set, which you can get at just SGD118, when you purchase at least SGD130 worth of Lancôme products. This incredible limited edition set consists of some of the most iconic Lancôme perfume, skincare products and makeup, worth SGD588.