Let's not kid ourselves. When we say pick up these makeup palettes, we mean for yourselves. Sure they make great gifts, but they're also great investment pieces, with wearable colours (and in some cases an eye-popping variety of shades) and price tags that are easy on your pockets. Whether your don't touch them and stare longingly at the pristine shades or use them till the pans are empty, you won't regret buying these beauties.

 1. Dior Holiday Couture Collection Prêt-À-Porter Smoky Palette, $102.
In a sleek CD-embossed case, this zips up like a wallet so there's no spillage or unexpected powder spills in your Lady Dior. Touch up both your eyes and lips with the double-ended brush and wearable shades.

Dior Holiday Couture Collection Smoky

2. Urban Decay Vice 4, $88
We have to say the folks at Urban Decay have outdone themselves with the newest Vice palette. The packaging alone is a work of art — and comes with a neoprene zip pouch that can be re-used. The shades, are perfect for festival makeup, festive brunches and nights on the town.
Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette

3. Sephora Beautiful Crush Palette, $35
Even if you're saving up for other stuff, you can still afford this pretty little palette. Bonus points for the heart-shaped eyeshadows and lip-shaped glosses — they're just the right amount for us.
Sephora Beautiful Crush

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No 20, $145
We're fans of the sleek black case and the 20 eyeshadow shades which bear the designer's special mark of sophistication. 

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 20 

5. Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Palette, US$80
Ultra-luxurious and sinfully lustworthy, create beautiful contouring, strobing or any other kind of 'lighting effect' with the fine-textured powders in this palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette