December makeup drops to splurge on

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  • 02.12.2021
  • By Emily Heng

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You might track the latest makeup releases like it’s your job (technically it’s ours), but even the most thorough devotees are prone to slip-ups. Whether it’s missing out on a limited-edition mascara drop or purchasing a primer that is more dud than stud, we get it — and are here to help. In the interest of saving you time, money, and disappointment, we’ve gathered the most hyped new releases of the month for your viewing (and buying) pleasure. Stay tuned for regular updates — and ready the plastic.

M·A·C x L
Hey, who can say they didn’t see this coming. The brand’s global ambassador has expanded upon her list of duties to create her own collection with M·A·C, of which comprises six variations of the iconic Powder Kiss Liquid LipColour; the Brushstroke 24-Hour Liner in black and brown; an Extra Dimension SkinFinish; a single Powder Blush; as well as a 12-pan eyeshadow palette in a bevy of finishes including glitter and satin. And in case you were wondering about the extent of Lisa’s involvement, the songbird has stated in a press release that “every shade, product, name, and even the packaging design” represents something special to her. Word.

Available 3 December.

Sephora Collection Holiday Vibes Blockbuster Makeup Palette
We promise that you’ll never be stuck in a makeup rut with this whopper of a palette. Packed with 88 hues that can be used on the lids, lips, and cheeks, there’s no doubt that you’ll never be left hanging when it comes to creating the most innovative looks. What’s more, it even comes equipped with two separate brushes to suit your needs. How thoughtful.

Available now.

Dolce & Gabbana Royal Gloss Shine Lip Plumper
This crown-topped gloss does the most to make your pout feel like royalty with its volumising and shine-granting properties. Pick between two shades: Precious Red as well as Divine Nude, both of which can be used on its own or as a topper to add a final lustrous touch to any lip look. The cherry on top? Its effects are designed to last up to hours on end. Translation: The perfect accompaniment to those holiday parties and feasts.

Available now.

Burberry Beauty Limited Edition Signature Eye & Face Palette
The label’s holiday range has been dubbed the Festive Monogram Collection; a gold-plated delight with a 6-pan face palette serving as its main focus. It contains four signature eyeshadow shades; a versatile blush; as well as a luminous highlighter designed to complement a wide variety of contours. We see no cons to this.

Available now.


Limited Edition Miss Dior Rouge Blush
The revamped rendition of Dior’s signature blush pays homage to the latest Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. This is showcased through a delicate “millefiori” floral motif stamped upon the blush — of which comes in a new powder-pink hue that epitomises the new fragrance. Its light, satin finish grants users versatility to build it up for intense coverage or sheer it out for a more natural look. In short: A do-it-all product to add to your stash, ASAP.

Available now.

Nars Air Matte Lip Colour
While it’s not so much a new release, it is an expansion of its current line-up. Enter: 12 new hues ranging from taupe nude to berry red. The cult-favourite offering’s new repertoire now includes Surrender, Thrust, Morocco, Lose Control, Chaser, Shag, and more; a decision that highlights Creative Director François Nars’s belief that “virtually every colour can work on everyone.” Word.

Available now.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette
Makeup buffs will be pleased to hear about this versatile new palette designed to grant peepers both dimension and depth. Think a 12-pan dream comprising buttery, satin-smooth shades in a variety of textures and colours — we’re talking metallic pink, matte copper, and intensely saturated berry. The best part: It can be applied effectively with your digits, too. Talk about convenience at its finest.

Available now.

Clé de Peau Beauté Garden of Splendor Collection
Feast your eyes on an otherworldly realm inspired largely by elements in nature; an alluring garden that adorns eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, and blushes from the Clé de Peau Beauté’s holiday range. New additions include two Eye Colour Duos; two Lipstick Shines; two Cream Blushes; as well as a Luminizing Face Enhancer.

Available 1 November.


Hermès Les Mains Hermès
The latest entrant in the Hermès Beauty family promises to pamper your talons like no other. That is: 24 nail enamel hues that are unrivaled in nuance, intensity, and radiance; a formula that harbours a light-as-air gel texture alongside a high-shine finish. Conscious-beauty advocates would be pleased to know that the Les Main Hermès blend comprises 69% natural ingredients, where it unifies and protects nails while still delivering upon a brilliant wash of colour. Win-win, indeed.

Available 15 October.

Gucci Beauty Cushion De Beauté
The Internet’s obsession with appearing damp and glistening continues. For those still struggling to acquire a dolphin-like complexion, we suggest looking to Gucci Beauty’s new cushion for assistance. Beyond a hydrated, luminous finish, this bad boy also comes equipped with SPF, anti-pollution, as well as anti-blue light properties. Its delectable design adorned atop a pastel pink compact is simply the cherry on top. Speaking of cushion foundations, however…

Available now.

Dolce & Gabanna Healthy Glow Cushion Foundation
There is also D&G’s rendition for your consideration. Its weightless, airy texture is sure to be a winner thanks to the ongoing mask mandate, while its one-of-a-kind elixir comprising organic Italian olive oil, Mediterranean fig extract, and hyaluronic acid ensures no flaking or dryness despite long-hours of wear. In short: A winner in every sense of the word.

Available now.

Dior Atelier of Dreams Collection
Yes, 2021 will be drawing to a close in a mere few months, if you can believe it. To commemorate the occasion, the prolific fashion house is releasing a holiday range that pays homage to Maison Dior at 30 Avenue Montaigne; an iconic boutique located within the heart of Paris. This translates to two new eyeshadow palettes; eyeliners; a rouge blush; three nail hues; a lip glow; four Diorific lipstick hues; and four spankin’ new Dior Rouge additions.

Available 15 October.

Milani Ungilded Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette
Versatility is the name of the game with Milani’s Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette. As its name suggests, this 12-pan wonder is packed with creamy, ultra-blendable shades that work for just about every occasion. We’re talking dusty pinks, sheer mauves, and deep cocoas that can be mixed-and-matched seamlessly.

Available 1 October.