Nothing else tops the shopping list of the resident beauty addict when the holidays roll around other than all the makeup exclusives and lustworthy sets ringing in the Christmas cheer at the nearest Sephora. Replete with bells and whistles, the stunning luxe packaging and limited edition shades — be it lip, cheek or eye — will have every junkie gleefully swatching 101 ways to the new year whilst piling on the products in their shopping basket.
Among the many, many must-haves is the festive season's special where your favourite makeup brands curate their best-selling brushes into a limited edition edit that's oh-so-chic and undeniably bang for buck. Perfect for giving away (and self-gifting), check out the five sets to pick up that'll have your beauty routine covered.
Clé de Peau Beauté Colour Makeup Brush Set, $360
If you're going for luxurious, you can't go wrong with Clé de Peau's limited edition brush collection. Packed with five brushes for all your eye and lip makeup needs, each one is made from the most supple and softest of hairs to provide an effortless application. Not to mention the gorgeous pouch designed by artist Ashley Longshore is totally for keeps, and it comes with designated slots to ensure your brushes are stored the right side up.
M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit, $68
The to-go trio for those jetting off on vacay (or constantly doing their makeup in the car), this M.A.C Nutcracker holiday set is the brush basics you need to tackle your face. Including some of M.A.C's best-selling brushes like the 167 Face Blender, 217 Blending eye brush and 266 Small Angle but downsized with shorter handles, they also come in the most charmingly whimsical flip pouch that keeps them safely stowed in your purse.
Marc Jacobs Beauty 'Your Place or Mine?' 5-piece petites brush collection, $210
Stocked with five travel-sized versions that perform on par with their full-sized counterparts, this deluxe edit from Marc Jacobs Beauty consist of a multi-use face brush for powder, blush or bronzer, a foundation brush, two brushes for eyeshadow and an eyeliner brush. Toss in an utterly stunning emerald green case with a silky tassel that can double as an evening bag and this is pretty much the perfect set.
Tarte Tarteist Toolbox Brush Set and Magnetic Palette, $69
Known for their selection of ace brushes, Christmas always sees Tarte dropping a makeup brush set that makes their loyal fans go ga-ga. This year is no exception, what with five densely packed brushes — of which four are double-ended, so technically you get an extra four — bundled in a sturdy case that opens up to a magnetic palette on one side for you to tote along your favourite shadows and powders. Talk about convenient and customisable.
Ghd Ultimate Brush gift set, $115
Well, we never said this list was going to be strictly for makeup brushes. Your 'do is a big part of your look too, and who better to tame your tresses than cult hair label Ghd with the ultimate brush set? With a paddle and ceramic-vented brush, tail comb and sectioning clips, achieve every hair look you've ever dreamed of whether it's bouncy waves, slept-in tousled hair or sleek locks so straight even Cher would be jealous.
Brush sets are available at Sephora stores from 10 November
The Nutcracker Sweet Essentials Brush Kit is available at M.A.C counters and stores from 4 November