15 Christmas gifts that are so pretty, you’ll want to keep them for yourself

By Zile Chua
21 November, 2022

In the blink of an eye, it’s already the end-of-year holiday season. Cue the hanging up of frosty pine wreaths, warm sprinklings of fairy lights, and reflective red baubles that brighten up the town. But it’s not just our homes and streets that are being transformed this enchanting December, it’s the products from our favourite beauty brands too!

Christmas time beckons with an assortment of limited-edition festive picks, including shimmer-clad lippies, starry eyeshadow palettes, and snow-tinted fragrance bottles – not forgetting, a multitude of beautiful holiday sets stacked like tempting presents on the shelves.

Since we’re playing (not naughty but) nice, there’s no way we’re keeping these holiday-edition buys to ourselves. Instead, we’ve rounded up the 15 most stunning Christmas beauty gifts to get for your loved ones this season. Warning: they’re so pretty you’ll almost want to keep them for yourself!

Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Hypnotising Pop Shot (Holiday Limited Edition)

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When the party lights come on, your eyes will really pop with Charlotte Tilbury’s newest holiday-edition Hypnotising Pop Shots!

We’re absolutely head over heels for the reflective rose gold compact that is studded with iridescent rainbow gemstones to give magical disco vibes.

Snap open the compact, and you’ll be surprised with a high-intensity pearlescent shimmer shade. The sparkle has never looked this electric until this Christmas season.

Charlotte Tilbury Hypnotising Pop Shot retails for S$55 on Sephora.

Cle De Peau Mini Lipstick Set (Limited Edition)

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Cle De Peau has released their limited-edition Lipstick Mini Set from their Radiant Sky Collection, and it has left us absolutely starstruck because of the detailed celestial patterns in gold against the lippies’ sky-blue tubes.

Since the set includes everything from natural nudes and sweet pinks to bold red shades, you can either switch up your looks with the five chromatic colours or layer two creamy hues for a fresh, kissable two-toned style this holiday season!

Cle De Peau Mini Lipstick Set (Limited Edition) retails for S$165 on Sephora.

Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Sheer Dew Lipstick (Holiday Limited Edition)

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For a dewy pout, there’s no way you won’t reach for Dear Dahlia’s Lip Paradise Sheer Dew Tinted Lipstick. The moisture-rich formula has the power to turn puckered lips into a soft, supple pout.

But, best of all, this sheer tinted lippie is now available in sparkling holiday limited-edition: the lipstick tube boasts a Christmas-y glimmer, and when you twist it up, you’ll see pretty glitter flecks dressing the bullet! We’re keeping this one for ourselves this festive season.

Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Sheer Dew Lipstick (Holiday Limited Edition) retails for S$51 exclusively on Sephora.

Sephora Collection Wishing You Blockbuster Makeup Palette (Holiday Limited Edition)

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Let’s not even talk about the cheerful palm-tree-beach-holiday vibes that this palette boasts. Flip open the top and you’ll be absolutely blown away by the impressive range of shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks – that’s 88 colours in total, to be exact.

We’re ready to break into song about it; on the twelfth day of Christmas, our true love gave to us 60 eyeshadows sparkling, 16 lip glosses hydrating, three cream eyeliners lining, three brow powders darkening, two sun powders protecting, two blushes flushin’, and two highlighters in a pear… we mean, palette.

Sephora Collection Wishing You Blockbuster Makeup Palette (Holiday Limited Edition) retails for S$79 on Sephora.

Shu Uemura Sailormoon Moon Crisis Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday Limited Edition)

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Shu Uemura’s limited-edition lunar eyeshadow packaging gives us enough reason to stash this one away on our own dressing tables; it’ll certainly take us extra willpower to wrap this one up as a gift for our bestie this Christmas.

Launched just this October, the newest Shu Uemura Sailormoon Moon Crisis Eyeshadow Palette boasts three brand-exclusive duo chrome shades and six other hues. The shade-shifting pink shade, for instance, turns into a shimmery orange in the twinkling of an eye; it’s the perfect celestial pop of colour to sport at all your end-of-year parties!

Shu Uemura Sailormoon Moon Crisis Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday Limited Edition) retails for S$135 on Sephora.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Buttery Palette (Holiday Limited Edition)

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The butterfly emoji has taken up a permanent spot in the “recently used” tab on our keyboards, which is why Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Buttery Palette is making our hearts flutter with glee.

Available as part of the brand’s limited-edition Holiday 2022 collection, the Butterfly Palette is decorated with exotic orange and yellow spotted butterflies with wings spread wide – the artwork by world-renowned illustrator, Katie Scott.

Inside, the palette features six roseate hues that are just what you need to create a wintery makeup look, also called TikTok’s “I’m cold” makeup, this December.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Buttery Palette (Holiday Limited Edition) retails for S$145 on Sephora.

Makeup Revolution Ultimate Glamour 12 Day Advent Calendar

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It’s not just pretty, it’s also pretty darn shiny. That’s right, we’re talking about Makeup Revolution’s Ultimate Glamour 12 Day Advent Calendar as the picture-perfect countdown gift pre-Christmas.

The advent calendar boasts sparkly drawers labelled one to twelve – not in order, mind you – so that you can enjoy a makeup surprise each new day leading up to Christmas.

We’re just going to tease you with the Blush & Highlight Palette and Shimmer Shadow Stick Duo… you’ll have to find out what else is waiting for you when you open the drawers yourself!

Makeup Revolution Ultimate Glamour 12 Day Advent Calendar retails for S$81.50 on Lookfantastic.

Check out other advent calendars that make the perfect holiday gift this season, here!

YSL Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition

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All that glitters is gold when it comes to YSL’s Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette, which is designed right in time to set the mood for the end-of-year festivities.

The couture chevron case has intricate patterns embossed into its reflective golden surface: little dotted diamonds and speckled stars. Housed within the palette are ten Dessert Nude shades in shiny, metallic, and matte finishes, which, swept onto the lids, create wearable single-shade looks to a seriously sultry smokey eye. This one’s a collector’s item both inside and out!

YSL Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition retails for S$159 on YSL.

Fragrances

Jo Malone White Moss & Snowdrop Cologne (Holiday Limited Edition)

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There’s no need to dream of a white Christmas with Jo Malone’s limited-edition White Moss & Snowdrop Cologne. Just admire the elegant spherical design of the cologne bottle that recalls white snow, snow globes, and the simplicity of the season!

But its fragrance is what really bumps this into the must-have category on a Christmas wishlist. Ringing fresh with a top note of spicy cardamom, a heart note of floral snowdrop, and a base note of earthy white moss, the fragrance will transport you to a white winter wonderland with just one whiff.

As the brand describes perfectly, you’ll experience “snowdrop petals peeking through powdery snow” – it’s nothing short of ice-cold magic.

Jo Malone White Moss & Snowdrop Cologne (Holiday Limited Edition) retails at S$240 on Jo Malone.

Paco Rabanne Fame Eau De Parfum Set (Holiday Limited Edition)

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Pack Paco Rabanne’s newest Fame Eau De Parfum into an elegant chrome box and tie it up with a ribbon; it’ll be the perfect gift almost too pretty to gift, even to the one you love.

If she’s into a tropical fruity fragrance, then she’ll adore Fame, a feminine scent that aims to capture the Parisian woman’s spirit. The fragrance starts with citrusy top notes of juicy mango and bergamot, centre notes of bright jasmine, and a luxuriously creamy base of vanilla and sandalwood.

The perfume bottle, of course, is one-of-a-kind; the weighty figurine decorated with bold gem-clad sequins makes for a magnificent display on a modern woman’s vanity.

This holiday, Paco Rabanne’s Fame Eau De Parfum comes in a limited-edition festive set that includes a sophisticated gift box and body lotion.

Paco Rabanne Fame Eau De Parfum Set retails for S$205 on Sephora.

Dior J’Adore Eau De Parfum (Holiday Limited Edition)

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It’s not just the sensual pear-shaped, gold-twined perfume bottle that leaves us starstruck, it’s everything from the luxurious case, embellished with artist Pietro Ruffo’s golden illustrations of twinkling constellations and blooming flowers, right down to the personalised message you can leave in a gift card.

Dior’s J​​’adore Eau De Parfum has luminous accords of mandarin orange and bergamot, but also soft, floral notes of ylang-ylang, Damascus rose, Grasse jasmine, and jasmine sambac.

Have the bottle engraved with your giftee’s initials for an intimate touch – or, if you can’t resist, your own so that you’ll be the one who indulges in this luxurious scent all December.

Dior J’Adore Eau De Parfum (Holiday Limited Edition) retails for S$192 on Sephora (without the engravings or gift card). You can also visit Dior Boutiques in Singapore to enjoy a full gifting experience.

Lancôme Miracle Eau De Parfum 30ml Fragrance Set

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Made for the holiday season, the limited-edition Lancôme Miracle Eau De Parfum 30ml Fragrance Set includes a pretty-in-pink trio, all of which energise with their delicate floral and slightly spicy fragrance!

The three items in this set are the Miracle Eau de Parfum, Miracle Body Lotion, and Miracle Shower Gel; the fragrance beckons with a light fruity litchi top note, tickles with its spiced floral heart notes of magnolia and pepper, and finally embraces with a powdery musk and amber base.

Lancôme Miracle Eau De Parfum 30ml Fragrance Set retails at S$90 on Lancôme.

Skincare & Bodycare

Augustinus Bader The Hydration Heros With The Rich Cream Set (Christmas Limited Edition)

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If you haven’t already heard, there’s a celebrity-approved brand that’s here in town, and just in time for when Christmas rolls around too.

Augustinus Bader is a luxury science-backed skincare brand that only just recently appeared on Sephora shelves in September this year and it’s as notorious for its hefty price tags as it is for its voted-miracle results!

The Hydration Heros With The Rich Cream Set is the brand’s limited-edition Christmas set that comes in a box decorated in the brand’s iconic chromatic blue and elegant gold design – the prettiest gift to receive this holiday, especially if your giftee’s a skincare junkie.

Snug inside is fan-favourite The Rich Cream and The Body Cream, which firm, hydrate, and smooth the complexion, essentially turning back the clock on tired skin.

Augustinus Bader The Hydration Heros With The Rich Cream Set (Christmas Limited Edition) retails at S$495 on Sephora.

Drunk Elephant Trunk 6.0 Skincare Set

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Not everyone will deem this limited-edition skincare set pretty, but we sure think that the bright orange trunk hits the nail on the head for a 2022-type cute and cheerful style.

Drunk Elephant’s Trunk 6.0 Skincare Set features full-sized skin-lovin’ favourites like the moisturising Virgin Marula Oil and hydrating B-Hydra serum. It’s also chockful of skincare samples, so your skin will enjoy a deeply satisfying refresh in time for the new year!

Drunk Elephant Trunk 6.0 Skincare Set retails at S$650 on Sephora.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath and Shower Oil Collection

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How better to unwind at the end of the day – best yet, the end of a hectic year – than with aromatherapy whilst in the shower?

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath and Shower Oil Collection packs ten tantalising bath and shower oil blends in a luxurious two-tier gift box, so they can discover the scents that soothe them most.

All they have to do is pour one capful of oil into their hands, and apply it to their shoulders, torso, and lower back. Then, they should cup their hands in front of their nose and breathe in deep to sink into a state of calm.

This one’s a truly indulgent gift that’ll encourage the one you love to indulge in some serious TLC this holiday.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath and Shower Oil Collection retails at S$106 on Lookfantastic.

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