I think makeup palettes are essential at Christmas, they are perfect to give as gifts, to help you product your Christmas look and the more inexpensive ones are fabulous stocking fillers!

Umberto Giannini Painted Lady
This is palette is nice because it has a variety of colours and includes both eyeshadows and lip glosses. I also think the slightly grungy but still glamours image on the from is stunning!
£10 from Boots

 Strictly Latin Look Book
Surprisingly this is one of my favourite palettes, the colours are very wintry but still extremely wearable and it comes with eyeshadows, blushers and lipglosses. Its a perfect product to carry around in your purse and is great for someone less experienced in makeup as it comes with a step by step guide.
£10 from Boots

 Studio Look Book Mini Smokey Eyes
If you love smokey eyes then you’ll love this palette! It has four baked eyeshadows perfect to create a dramatic eye and includes a glitter eyeliner perfect for any party. Don’t forget an extra coat of mascara for extra drama. Also I have a great tip coming up about glitter eyeliners and party eyes so keep an eye out!
£6.99 from Superdrugs

Urban Decay Naked Palette
If you are looking to give a eyeshadow palette to one of your friends or sister then the Urban Decay Palette is essential as it has 12 basic eyeshadows every girl needs and they are all top quality! If they are slightly more daring try one of the other Urban Decay Palettes such as the Book Of Shadows.
£31.50 from most department stores.

Front Cover Air Kiss
If you are looking for an alternative to eyeshadow palettes this AirKiss palette by Front Cover has all the lipstick you would need as well as a step by step guide on how to apply them. I have written a review including swatches so click here for more information.
£20 from Boots

Cheaper Palettes make fabulous stocking fillers

At just £4 for 12 colours this are a bargain and they are really well pigmented, there are also 6 palettes to chose from. They also now sell Pro Palettes for £8 and they contain 24 shades!
£4 from Superdrugs and online.

I love Sleek Palettes as they are just such great value for money, there is also so many to chose there is sure to be one to suit everyone!
£6.49 from Superdrugs

If you are feeling slightly more creative why not have a go at building your own quad with FashionistA. You can chose whether you want the red or black palette and then fill it with four colours of your choice, you can even mix blushers and eyeshadows in the same palette.
£12 from Superdrug

Have you bought any palettes as gifts?

Sabrina X
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I was invited down to the Frontcover event a couple of weeks back to see all their new gift sets that were out in time for Christmas. I was very impressed with so many but when I got the chance to pick my own i chose the AirKiss one a modestly priced one at £20 and filled with 20 mini lipsticks, a lip brush and a lip liner. There were a few others that looked amazing but lipstick and blush are totally my think so since they don’t have a blush set I had to go for the lipstick set.

The magazine style box comes with an array of colours from lilacs, corals, bright pinks to reds. It has a set of step-by-step guides as well as tips and stunning photos! The lip pencil comes in the colour nude which is great as I feel I can wear it under all of the lipsticks and the lip brush is a retractable one, its okay but not the best one I have tried. Frontcover are also very proud that all the photos on both the front and inside of the box have been produced using only the products inside the box, no cheating! Meaning you can definitely create all the looks with the content of the box.

The packaging of the mini lipsticks is pretty standard clear plastic cases, what you often get as sample lipsticks in drugstores but I know that some brands sell their lipstick in very similar packaging and since you are essentially paying under £1 for each lipstick you can’t really complain. The actually lipsticks are quite good, the top lighter colours don’t work too well on me as they are a little light and slightly sheer but the darker colours are beautiful! I was very surprised about the quality considering the price, they are creamy and moisturising- lovely to wear!

Cats Nose, chintz, Blossom, Violaceous, Hyacinth

Net Curtain, Peach Puff, Miss Brown, Rhubarb, Amaranthine

Roseate Tern, Glow Worm, Roseceaous, Charred, Firework

Pink Papaya, Arson, Liz Red, Santa, Red Cork

I think this set is perfect as both a gift or just something you buy for yourself especially if you like you are looking to experiment with new colours or are looking to try lipsticks for the first time the range of shades is fantastic and there will be a few to suit everyone!

My favourite are Cork, Charred and Amaranthine but I am sure I will be using lots of them! This is available from Boots at just £20 and is even part of the 3 for 2 Christmas offer so take a look at some of the other sets they would make perfect gifts!

Check out the other sets here and view my photos from the event here

What do you think of this set?
Sabrina X
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