Whether you're shopping for yourself, or scooping up that last-minute gift for someone special, never underestimate the power of carefully-curated palettes and value sets.
Not only do they take the guesswork out of putting together the hottest look to impress that special someone, but they often include all of the (typically best-selling) essentials for a fraction of the individual retail price.
Now that is beautiful.
1. Too Faced Be Merry & Bright Set, Now $38
To be merry, or to be bright — why should you have to choose? This spirited set from Too Faced includes all the ingredients for whipping up a variety of cheery holiday weekday (and night) concoctions (and includes mascara and mini face charts for getting the look just right).
2. Urban Decay Shattered Face Case, $44
Don't let the shattered case fool you — this palette is packed with prettifiers (including five eyeshadows, two blushes, highlighter, lip color and eye pencil) to have you looking put together in no time. Tip: If you can't fit the already compact case in your clutch, at last stash the eye liner and lip pencil for quick touch ups.
3. Nars Crime of Passion Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette, $59
Guy Bourdin's glossy editorials come to life in this palette of nice-meets-naughty eye, lip and cheek shades. Tip: The versatile range of colors makes it the perfect day-to-night transition pick.
8. Bare Escentuals City Lights Set, now $39
Give yourself (or someone else) the gift of the spotlight with this luminous set from Bare Escentuals, which boasts shimmery neutrals, the brand's Lash Domination mascara and a rosy cheek and lip duo.
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