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The Best of 2011’s Holiday Makeup Collections

Any self-respecting beautyphile knows that the holidays are hands-down the best time to buy makeup. Everywhere you look there are palettes, limited-edition sets, and special seasonal colors that make the holiday season seem so much more festive. We've examined the offerings from our favorite beauty brands, and found the greatest, most gorgeous, and most must-have products from this year's Christmastime collections. While you're stuffing stockings for your loved ones, why not pick up one of these for yourself?
Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Eye Palette
MAC Glitter and Ice Lipstick
Deborah Lippmann Stairway To Heaven Lacquer
Sonia Kashuk Six-Piece Holiday Brush Set
Smashbox Holiday Flash Long Wear Liquid Liner
Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder
Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler
VMV Hypoallergenics Mistleglow Set
Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Collection
Stila Holiday Lip Glaze Set
NARS The Multiple in G-Spot
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Set

Stila Holiday Lip Glaze Set

Merry Christmas to you! Stila’s packaged four of the best-selling shades of their beloved Lip Glaze—along with four new shimmery holiday colors—into one gorgeous set to ensure you’ll never be without a pretty pout. ($25, Stilacosmetics.com)

MAC Glitter and Ice Lipstick

MAC’s holiday collection—packaged in futuristic, limited-edition white—features six stunning winter lipstick shades, ranging from icy silver to deep shiny berry. Soft Sable, a frosty taupe, has a subtle shimmer that kicks the neutral brown up into festive territory. ($15.50, Maccosmetics.com)

Deborah Lippmann Stairway To Heaven Lacquer

Transform your fingertips into mini icicles with this soft multi-colored iridescent glitter polish. Wear it alone for a sexy take on bare nails, or layer it to transform any lacquer into a shade befitting a winter wonderland. ($18, Lippmanncollection.com)

Sonia Kashuk Six-Piece Holiday Brush Set

Kashuk’s brushes feel soft and luxe, although they’re perfectly priced for any budget. This year’s holiday brush set, available in sparkly gunmetal or silver, comes in a cute case that can double as an evening clutch. ($24.99, Target.com)

Smashbox Holiday Flash Long Wear Liquid Liner

Deck your eyelids with this sleek metallic gold liquid liner, which gives any makeup look an instant upgrade. (liner in 14k, $22, Smashbox.com)

Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder

Ensconced in a totally dresser-worthy box is a delicious powder that gives just the right amount of sparkle to bare skin. Think “radiant,” not “stripper.” Choose Honey for a golden glow or Marshmallow for a silver shimmer. ($20 each, Urbandecay.com)

Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler

Whether you’re in the market for a new fragrance or just want to wear a different perfume for each day of the week, this set of Sephora’s twelve best-selling fragrances is perfect. The set includes faves like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Givenchy Very Irrisistible, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Gucci Guilty, and Prada Infusion d’Iris, and if you fall in love with one particular fragrance, it includes a voucher that you can redeem at Sephora for a full-size version. ($50, Sephora)

VMV Hypoallergenics Mistleglow Set

Lucious red lips, in stick and gloss form. This holiday set from VMV Hypoallergenics contains a Skintelligent Beauty Lipstick in Castigada and a Skintelligent Beauty Lip Gloss in Cabaret. ($35, Vmvhypoallergenics.com)

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Collection

This tiny palette packs a powerful punch of pretty—eight shadows and four glittery glosses to transform you from a Scroogette to a Santa Babe in no time. ($65, Bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

Stila Holiday Lip Glaze Set

Merry Christmas to you! Stila’s packaged four of the best-selling shades of their beloved Lip Glaze—along with four new shimmery holiday colors—into one gorgeous set to ensure you’ll never be without a pretty pout. ($25, Stilacosmetics.com)

NARS The Multiple in G-Spot

NARS has upped the Orgasm ante with a new blush/highlighter that infuses an amazing gold-flecked glow. The Multiple in G-Spot can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks, and is the perfect shade to beat the winter blahs. ($39, Narscosmetics.com)

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Set

Laura Mercier’s famously creamy eye pencils are available this season in a five-pencil set of wearable, versatile colors: grey, violet, copper, gold, and navy. Creating the perfect smoky eye has never been easier. ($45, Lauramercier.com)

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