Palettes are pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to beauty gifts — they’re pretty, have tons of shades and there’s always at least one that’s setting the interwebs alight. They come in all shapes, sizes and tones — ranging from neutral palettes for every skin tone to minis that can fit in a tiny clutch. Not all palettes are created equal, however, so we’ve created this guide for the most giftable palettes this holiday season. Our picks, ahead:
This limited edition palette is one of the prettiest we’ve seen all year, and as Urban Decay’s first metallics-only palette, it’s safe to say it has secured a spot on everyone’s wish list. Featuring 20 pigmented shades that show up and show out when applied, it’s the ideal gift for the beauty junkie in your life who puts quality first.
For your friend who’s up all night watching makeup tutorials (instead of texting you back):
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette has been setting the beauty-verse ablaze since its release. A Reddit favorite and YouTuber go-to, this buzzy palette is the perfect gift for the beauty gal who Insta Lives her GRWM every morning.
Most people know IT Cosmetics for its legendary CC cream. This limited edition palette is the perfect gift for the babe who loves the brand but hasn’t tried all it has to offer. It’s made up of 10 flattering shadows (six mattes and four shimmers) and an ombre pink blush that adds just the right amount of color to the cheek.
If you’re willing to splurge a little, go for the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette — a set of highly pigmented shades created with the Arabian desert in mind. Perfect for the Huda enthusiast and the girl who is obsessed with sultry, warm eye looks, we highly recommend this one for the holiday season.
There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, and that’s what the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette does best. Filled with fan favorites from the Naked Palette series, this is a must-have for any starter beauty stash.
The hot new brand proves it can do more than just foundation and gloss with their latest launch. The star of their holiday release (second to the Stunna Lip Paint taking over the ‘gram), this palette does everything it’s supposed to. It checks all of our palette boxes — the packaging looks like it fell from the heavens, and the punchy, pigmented shades look great when applied.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.