The Best New Makeup Products to Shop Before the Year Is OverDecember 01, 2023
It’s a brand new month, which means that new products are making their way onto store websites and shelves and into our makeup bags. These are the products Makeup.com’s editors can’t live without this December.
Victoria, Content Director
As a new mom to an infant, I don’t have a ton of time or energy to dedicate to elaborate holiday makeup looks, so a swipe of bold lipstick will be my go-to this season. I love every shade in this trio from NYX Professional Makeup. The pigmented formula leaves behind an impressive color payoff while the topcoat gives your look an enviable light-reflecting shine. It also makes an excellent stocking stuffer.
No matter what type of look I’m creating, my makeup routine isn’t complete without a little brow touch-up. This new-to-me pencil from Victoria Beckham Beauty is one of my new favorites thanks to its delectably creamy, blendable pigment. It glides over my skin with ease (no tugging!) and blends out to create a super natural look.
Alanna, Managing Editor
It’s taken me a while to warm up to lip gloss (I’ve always been a matte-lip girlie), but this formula’s heavily pigmented hues makes the switch easier. The gloss contains ginger oil to instantly plump the lips for a rounder, fuller finish. I love that it comes in over a dozen shades and doesn’t sacrifice pigment for a glossy finish. Apprehensive lip-glossers out there, this one is worth the try!
This stunning perfume has a combination of black pepper, oud, leather and labdanum notes for a warm, cozy finish that I can’t wait to wear all holiday season. It has a smoky yet subtly crisp scent that’s reminiscent of wood, embers and, you guessed it — the night sky.
It doesn’t fully feel like the holidays until I have a festive candle burning on my vanity or in my bathroom during my makeup and skincare routines. This luscious set by Boy Smells comes with three warming scents: Spiritus with notes of ginger, coffee and patchouli, Broken Rosary with notes of cedar, cardamom and cinnamon leaf, and Incesorial with notes of orange peel, incense and nutmeg. These instantly put me in a good mood — plus, they make my holiday beauty ritual feel a little extra special.
This blush is the perfect special treat. The packaging is stunning and the pink color is so pretty — it’s worth it to spoil yourself or someone you love. Brushing it on always elevates my makeup routine and makes me feel a little more special while getting ready for regular workdays and nights out alike.
If you’re as obsessed with fragrance and cute, tiny things as I am, this deluxe box set belongs on your holiday wishlist. Complete with six mini, spray-on versions of the brand’s bestselling scents, it’s the perfect way to experiment with fragrance and try a variety before committing to a full-size bottle. My personal favorites in this collection are Debaser, a fresh, watery fig-forward scent and Pistachio, a creamy and decadent gourmand.
Jordan, Associate Editor
A glossy brown lip has been my go-to makeup look this fall, so I was beyond excited to try the Cocoa Zing shade of this plumping lip gloss from Maybelline New York. Not only is the shimmery cool brown color stunning, but the chili-pepper-infused formula delivers a tingling, heating sensation and an instantly plumped look. It also helps smooth lines for perfectly juicy, shiny lips.
When I’m not wearing a brow lip, I love a deep, dramatic red during the holiday season. The new Cerise Désir shade of Violette_FR’s Petal Bouche Matte liquid lipstick is a beautiful burgundy that brings to mind rich red wine and black cherries. Plus, I can be a bit sensitive to the drying feel of some matte liquid lipsticks, so I love this creamy, comfortable formula.
Kat, Social Media Editor
A holiday makeup look really isn’t complete without gold eyes and a red lip. This holiday set has everything you need to create that look. Armani Beauty dropped this five-piece scent that has two two full-size Eye Tints in Shell and Bronze, Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara, a deluxe size Lip Power Satin lipstick and a special edition Armani pouch. If you’re looking for a gift for the beauty lover on your list, you’re going to want to add this one to your cart!
As a jewelry fan, I was so excited to hear that Kendra Scott was entering the beauty space. The brand recently dropped three new fragrances, and I have to say the Amber Aura is officially my favorite everyday winter scent. This combines notes of Amber, Floral and Musk to make a warm, subtle fragrance that is perfect for the season. If you need a gift for a gourmand-lover, they’re going to love this bundle that includes a 75ml bottle to keep at home and a 10ml when they’re on the go. It’s definitely a scent I’m going to keep in rotation all season long.