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Cosmetics companies go for baroque over the holidays, dishing up happy hues, plenty of sparkle and fabulous sets that are great as gifts and personal treats.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Shadow Palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER pours on color and shine in its Lustrous Shadow Palette.

The $49 set offers nine matte eye shadows in earthy and plum tones plus three metallics: Golden Beige, Copper Red and Pink Chrome. Available in limited quantities at MAKE UP FOR EVER and Sephora.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Artist Rouge Set
 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Brush Set

The brand also offers four other ensembles: a $35 Lustrous Artist Rouge Set of four lipsticks; a $79 Lustrous Brush Set of five must-have tools that would total $173 if purchased individually; a Lustrous Blush Palette of four highlighters, four blushes and four contour shades in various finishes for $150 (a $338 value); and the $25 Lustrous Faves featuring Artist Metallic lip gloss and Star Lit Powder #13 for eyes and cheeks.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Blush Palette

Unsure how to blend all those shades for the desired effect?

Make an appointment for a 90-minute one-on-one makeup lesson at MAKE UP FOR EVER, which is free with a $100 purchase. Learning by doing is optimal, so the artist demonstrates on half your face and guides you in completing the other half.

Be sure to pick up one of the brand’s singular eyeliners. The $24 Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner in 13 liquid colors allows precision application and dries to a smudge-free finish. The $22 Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in 20 colors is also remarkably indelible.

Always prepped for maximum glamour, M•A•C collaborated with social media sensation Patrick Starr for a collection of essential holiday hues.
 

MAC Patrick Starrr Collaboration

The young Floridian has a way with makeup, and his “one-size-fits-all” palette of fresh pinks, reds and earth tones works with a wide range of skin tones.

Check out the creamy Eye Shadow x 4, two quads that each boast rich colors and a frosty finisher for $32. Lipsticks, glosses and lip pencils for $17.50 each and a $34 colorless set powder complete the collection.

MAC Patrick Starrr Collaboration

M•A•C also offers eight gift kits with a Snow Ball theme. The Snow Ball Eye Bag has everything your eyes need for a posh night out: a glimmering eye shadow duo in Smokey Gold or Smokey Pink, Technakohl Liner and In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara bundled in a metallic bag for $39.50 (with a $72.50 value). 

 

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