Every fall, us beauty lovers eagerly look forward to all of the holiday releases being announced and deciding which items to put on our wish lists for the holiday sales and for Christmas. This year, I’ve noticed that there’s more I’m not interested in than ones that I am. Hence, today I’m talking about all of the holiday releases I don’t plan on buying. My list is not extensive – there are a whole lot more holiday products that I will not be buying, but I didn’t want my blog post to be a one-hour read. While I was researching, I realized all of the brands/collections I have listed have at least one eyeshadow palette in the collection, which may be why I don’t want any of these. I feel like I’m drowning in the eyeshadows I already own and don’t want any more!
Please don’t be offended if you want to buy (or already own) any of these products – I feel like these are really popular products right now, and they are popular for a reason!
ALL TOO FACED HOLIDAY SETS
I was super into Too Faced holiday releases a few years ago, but I stopped buying them for several reasons. First of all, the packaging is absolutely ADORABLE, but when you’ve been through 10 Too Faced holiday collections, they all start to look the same. I rarely reached for the holiday products I bought when it wasn’t the holiday season, and actually ended up decluttering them. I didn’t find the quality up to par with their permanent products, either. Last year, I really wanted the Gingerbread Palette, and I feel the same about the Ginger Bread Extra Spicy palette for this year – the warm tones are totally my vibe. However, I remember reading Nicole from Pretty Ruff Life’s review of last year’s palette, and it didn’t get glowing reviews.
Too Faced goes all out on their sets during the holidays, and this year is no exception. The Christmas Cookie House Party set, the Christmas Star Face and Eye Palette, and the Let It Snow, Girl sets have adorable packaging too, but again, I know I’m not going to reach for these – though they’re so cute I kind of which I had a teenage niece or something who was into makeup so I could buy it for her! The brand has also re-released the Melted Matte Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl lipsticks, and while the shades are right up my alley, I’m come to terms with the fact that me and matte lipsticks just don’t mix, so I know better than to buy them anymore.
ALL TARTE HOLIDAY SETS
Tarte has a bunch of cute things for the holidays too, but like Too Faced, I feel that I have started to grow out of them. The Tarte Winter Wonderglam Luxe Eye Palette looks like it has a great variety of shades included, but I’ve been done buying big eyeshadow palettes like this for the last few years, because I never reach for them. Plus, Tarte suffers from the same problem as Too Faced – the quality of their holiday products are not on par with their permanent items. One thing I was interested in them for a second was the Chrome for the Holidays set; as you can tell from my review, I am a huge fan of their Chrome Paint Shadow Pots, but unfortunately, I already own one of the shades and wouldn’t wear the other three.
I also took a look at their Lip Ornaments Lip Gloss Set in stores, but I’m not a fan of the kiddy packaging, and I also think that these are too sheer for my own lip colour. The one thing that caught my eye from Tarte is the 9 Ways to Shine Cheek Wardrobe, but this year, I have other blushes in mind to spend my money on. I’m also worried that the quality won’t be up to par with their usual blushes!
Hourglass always has the most beautiful holiday releases, but this year I’m just not feeling them. They have two of their famous face palettes out for the holidays this year, a Ghost Ambient Lighting Blush quad and the Ghost Ambient Lighting Edit Face palette. I bought the Unlocked Palette last year, and after a year, I am still head over heels in love with it. It was pricey, but so worth it. For some reason, I’m not so into this year’s palettes even though they are both stunning – at the end of the day, shade selection is just a personal preference thing. I find that this year’s packaging also makes it look cheaper. ALSO, they raised the prices from last year, and it was expensive to begin with! My wallet is happy that I’m not a fan of this year’s palettes.
Similar to the Tarte Chrome Paint Pots, I’m a huge fan of the Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow Glitters, so I thought I’d be all over the Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Holiday Trio, but I’m not. This is actually quite a steal in terms of price compared to a single pot of these, and it’s also a great way to try several of the shades, but none of the shades in this trio appeal to me.
HUDA BEAUTY RELEASES
There are so many brands coming out with palettes at such a rapid pace that I’m getting them confused – for a while there, I thought the Mercury Retrograde palette (which is coming out today!) was yet another ABH palette, but it’s Huda’s. While I find the colour story very appealing, I don’t think I’d get a lot of use out of it – plus the shades seem really pastel and more suited for the spring? The three Nude Obsessions palettes look really pretty, but I’m not sure why people are acting like these are groundbreaking when nude palettes have been done 100 times over and people had been calling the UD Naked palettes boring for years.
ALL CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLIDAY RELEASES
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like a few of Charlotte Tilbury’s holiday releases this have just been permanent products with limited-edition packaging. I’m not interested at all!
With that being said, the Starry Eyes to Hypnotize palette is a new holiday product from CT. love myself a neutral palette, but this looks especially vanilla to me. They also released another quad in their Palette of Pops line, called Celestial Eyes. It looks promising in the pan, but I wasn’t that into the shades once I saw them swatched. The packaging of the Magic Star highlighter is unreal, but I know a highlighter that golden would not look flattering on my skin tone.
Initially, I was interested in trying the Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip set because I want to try some of Charlotte Tilbury’s famous lipsticks. However, have you seen the size of these lipsticks? They are absolutely tiny! I’m putting them on my anti-haul because I find they’re just not worth the price.
NATASHA DENONA METROPOLIS PALETTE
When I first saw the Metropolis palette, I wanted it badddd. The colour story is right up my alley – warm-toned, but not too red or pink. But honestly, I just don’t get much use out of huge palettes like this, and ND palettes are ridiculously expensive. It’s best I stay away from this!
MAC HOLIDAY RELEASES
MAC’s Starring You holiday release this year features lipsticks, lipglasses, highlighters, and their spellbinder eyeshadow. I have to say, the packaging of the lipsticks and highlighters are STUNNING, but the lipsticks in particular are not wearable. I feel like they’re more of a collector’s item than actually usable, and I don’t really buy makeup to collect. This would be a great collection for those that do collect makeup, though!
PAT MCGRATH BLITZ ASTRAL EYESHADOW QUADS
Last year’s Pat McGrath holiday sets were so beautiful, but I’m just not feeling any of the three quads from this year’s collection. That blue one above seems particularly summery as well? Also, can someone who owns a PMG palette tell me if they’re really worth the money? I’m asking seriously because we don’t have this brand in stores so I’ve never been able to swatch it! They look super beautiful in the brand’s IG videos, but I know it’s because they use special filter/lighting to make it look particularly shiny.
What products are on your anti-haul as of late? Or are you the opposite and want ALLLL the holiday collections?