2016 Christmas Makeup Releases That I've Been Loving

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

| 2016 Christmas Makeup Releases That I've Been Loving! |

With only 4 shopping days left, I thought I'd put together a quick last minute gift guide of the 2016 makeup releases that I managed to get my hands on in case anyone is stuck for ideas. Last year, I was doing the Leaving Cert so I really didn't have time to enjoy Christmas let alone think about Christmas gifts. I only took Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen's Day off studying so as you can imagine I had a lot of Christmas shopping to do on Christmas Eve. I promised myself that I would never let that happen again so thankfully I have all of my shopping finished but I feel your pain if you still have things to get. If you have your shopping finished then hopefully this post will give you some inspiration of what to pick up in the post-Christmas sales.....

Nars Lip Pencil Collection: 
If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I'm a huge fan of Nars lip pencils so it probably comes as no surprise that I treated myself to their lip pencil gift set. It comes with five mini lip pencils: Two of their velvet matte formulas and three of the satin formula. 

The set cost just over €40 on Feel Unique and I worried if it was good value as I wasn't sure how small the lip pencils were going to be. But I can safely say that you really do get your money's worth! I placed the mini pencil beside my full-size versions and the small pencils are more than half the size of the full-size versions. They cost €26 individually so this is great value for money and you get to try out a wide variety of shades and formulas. 

I had never tried the satin formula before as I wasn't sure if they would be worth the money, but I was pleasantly surprised! Just because they have a satin formula doesn't mean they don't last well. The nude shade doesn't last as long as the matte formula but it lasts considerably longer than any other satin formulas I own. 

Shades from left to right:

- Cruella: A classic red 

- Iberico: A statement orange

- Yu: A bright fuschia 

- Torres Del Paine: A light peachy coral

- Descanso: A peachy nude

Nar lip pencils swatches
Nars lip pencil collection review

Essence The Little Xmas Factory Collection:
Essence released a limited edition collection for Christmas and the products have been a firm favourite in my makeup bag recently. The first product is The Little Xmas Factory Eyeshadow palette* which houses five baked shimmer shadows. As you can see from the swatch photos below the two dark shades are highly pigmented and the other three shades are quite sheer so they act as a pop of shimmer, similarly to the gold shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette. I think the shadows are good quality for the price but I do find that you have to build them up a little when applying them as the pigment doesn't transfer onto the eyes as well as when they're swatched. I don't mind that at all though because I almost always build up eyeshadows to get my desired intensity. Overall, I think this a great festive palette to create some Christmas makeup looks on a budget. 

My favourite looks I've created using the palette consist of the brown shade placed on the inner and outer corners of the eye with the pinky nude shade mixed with the gold on the center of the eyelid to create a halo look {the look I've created in the photo below} as well as the green shade all over the lid with a pop of the gold shade - So festive!

I've also been loving the contouring palette*! This little compact contains a contour shade and a highlighter in one making it handy for on-the-go application. The contour powder has become one of my all-time favourite contour products as it defines the cheekbones in a natural looking way. The powder feels very smooth and it blends seamlessly which helps create a soft natural look. The shade is perfect for contouring and I haven't used anything else since I got this! The highlighter in the compact is a lacking in pigmentation a little so it's not one I personally reach for. But it would be perfect for those who want a natural highlight for everyday wear and it's ideal if you're in school to add subtle radiance to the skin. I would've loved this when I was in school!

I also received the liquid gold eyeliner* which is my second favourite product after the beautiful contour powder! I bought a liquid gold eyeliner last year but it was very opaque so I could only use it over black eyeliner. The essence version is a lot more pigmented and less opaque so it looks great worn on its own or above black liner also. The formula is incredible making it easy to use and it provides a gorgeous metallic finish. I'm so impressed with this eyeliner and it's much better than the Maybelline one I used last year {and half the price too!}. This is definitely one to pick up before Christmas Day - Hurry!

Eyeshadow Palette - €4.95
Liquid Gold Eyeliner - €3.50             Available in Penneys!
Contouring palette - €4.10       

Essence The Little Christmas Factory Review

Benefit Blushin' Babe Gift Set:
Benefit released this handy set which contains a good few of their bestseller products so it's a great way to try some of their products before you buy the full-size versions. The set contains four blushers - Dandelion, Sugarbomb, Coralista & Rockateur - their famous Hoola bronzer, the Watts Up highlighter, They're Real mascara and lastly, the They're Real Push-up Liner. I haven't tried the highlighter, mascara or eyeliner yet as I'm saving them but I've been reaching for the box o' powders a lot. Overall, I think this set is amazing for anyone that wants to start expanding their makeup collection or young girls who might not have much makeup. The set seems to be sold out on the Debenhams website but there's currently 10% off it on the Arnotts website!

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Palette {review}:
If you read my review of this palette then you'll already know how much I love it! It houses five powders - a setting powder, 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter - so you have everything you need for on-the-go application. The light-reflecting powders are very unique to anything else on the market and they provide a stunning lit from within glow which makes me look so healthy. Each of the powders is incredible quality and the shades are perfect for everyday wear. Not to mention how pretty and Instagram-worthy the packaging is *wink wink* This would be the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life if you're struggling to buy something - Their face would most certainly light up if they unwrapped this on Christmas morning. 

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Palette

Which product do you like the look of the most?

And what are you hoping to find under your tree this Christmas?

Cliona xx

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