My Top 5 Holiday Makeup Collections: What are yours?

I usually find Holiday Makeup Collections to be very…anti-climactic. I tend to get very excited about holiday releases, only to be let down when I finally see them in person. Every year it seems that most brands are just doing the same thing, and sure, I understand they have to follow trends and go with what sells, but geez do they have to be so predictable the whole time?

I’ve put together 5 Holiday Collections that I think stand out against the winter backdrop of red, gold, and a hell of a lot of glitter.

5. Shu Uemura – Mon Shu

This collection has some really stellar products, just hop over to Drivel about Frivol to see how good they are (here and here). Shu Uemura Mon Shu

This would be higher up in my list if it weren’t for the packaging – I guess it’s just not my thing. I’m still really interested in the Luxe Burgundy Lipstick.

4. Majolica Majorca – Circus Ecstasy

Majolica Majorca Circus Ecstasy Close up

Majolica Majorca Circus Ecstasy EyelinerI cannot get enough of Majolica Majorca, I think their website is amazing (it’s in Japanese, but you don’t need to know what it’s saying to realise its brilliance), I think their products are good quality, and I like that they tend to just…do their own thing.

The Circus Ecstasy collection is part of a collaboration with lingerie company Amo’s Style, and it features new cheek products, eyeliners, nail polish, hand cream, and the Majoromantica fragrance in a Dream Circus bottle.

I’m particularly interested in the new cheek products, and the rose-coloured eyeliner (which is also for body use).Majolica Majorca Circus Ecstasy Cheek

Here are swatches of the Creams de Cheek (these are from cosme.net, click on the picture to get to the source):

Majolica Majorca Cheek Swatches

From top to bottom: RD310, RD411, PK312, OR313

Majolica Majorca Cheek Swatches Sheered

From Left to Right: OR313, RD310, RD411, PK312

3. Paul & Joe – Winter Wonderland

…I can’t think of a lot to write about this collection, except for ‘EEEEEEEE UNICORNS!’. On a serious note, the Frozen Lilac blush looks really really nice, on a non-serious note:

EEEEEEEE, UNICORNS!

Paul and Joe winter wonderland

Paul and Joe Winter Wonderland Products

2. Guerlain – Liu

Guerlain-Holiday-2012

Guerlain is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, and this year’s Liu collection is drool-worthy. I know I dissed red and gold in my introduction, but I think in Guerlain’s case these shades are executed perfectly. Guerlain Liu

Guerlain TurandotI don’t like to admit that I’m swayed by packaging, but I think the care and detail that Guerlain puts into its makeup packages really elevates the brand from simply ‘good quality’ to ‘luxury’. I think the general consensus with makeup brands is that luxury status is synonymous with expense, but I disagree. I think that feeling of luxury is found in the ‘experience’ of the brand, not the pricing; there are plenty of pricy brands that, in my opinion, don’t have that luxury feel.

Guerlain-Holiday-2012-Liu-Face-Body-Powder

LIU palette calligraphie

1. Addiction – Arabian Nights/Moroccan Rose

Ok so I’m kind of cheating with this one. ‘Arabian Nights’ is the name of Addiction’s Winter 2012 collection, Moroccan Rose is the Addiction coffret being sold for Holiday 2012. I’ve combined them both because…I want to.

Addiction Moroccan Rose

Here’s the Holiday coffret – it’s a beautiful and interesting offering from the brand. You can find details here.

Addiction Arabian Nights

Here is the oh-so-beautiful promo pic for the Arabian Nights collection. Xiao has recreated the look here. With this collection, Addiction released a new lip crayon product, and new shades of its famous cheek stick. You can find lovely swatches of the collection here.

Addiction Lip Crayon Rose


So those are my favourites of this year’s holiday offerings, which collections have caught your eye?

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7 comments on “My Top 5 Holiday Makeup Collections: What are yours?

  1. I completely agree that expensive =/= luxury. You’re so right that it’s about the experience, and for me that encompasses quite a lot – the product itself, the packaging and design, where I bought it from, the customer service, and so on. I tend to want every aspect of buying and wearing make-up to be a pleasure. I think this is partly why I am so unswayed by many brands that position themselves as ‘luxury’ – e.g. Chanel and Dior. There’s something about the brands themselves that just doesn’t sit with me, I don’t *feel* that they’re luxurious. Guerlain, on the other hand, always manages to seduce me :).

    • I totally agree with you, I think when brands begin to charge a lot, I start to expect a lot more than just makeup – I need the whole luxury shebang!

      I think that’s why I like Japan so much: the customer service in department stores is so SO attentive, and also kind of ritualised – placing the money in that dish, the SA taking the product out of the box to show you, etc. – and it definitely elevates the act of simply buying makeup to something that’s, in my opinion, much more excite and more of a pleasure – like you said. Of course, when I first arrived in Japan, that kind of thing was very intimidating, but now I miss it a lot!

  2. I do agree that MM has an amazing website… Their mascara base and Lash Expander are by far the best smudge-proof combo ever. Paul & Joe have always been so girly and dreamy…unicorns – wheeeee! That Guerlain perfume looks so elegant and decadent at the same time. My top holiday collections this year would have to be SUQQU (undrestated as usual; but the eyeshadow quad has coral and champagne which are totally my colours) and Addiction. Addiction always pulls out the stops.

    • I’ve always been intrigued by their mascara, but it’s not tubing so I worry that it’ll smudge on me (most formulas that wear like iron on other people tend to smudge on me, so I stick with tubing). I find P & J hilarious but also very pretty at the same time; the grown-up, cynical side of me is like, ‘really?’, but their products are good and unicorns are super fun, so I just give in to it.

      Suqqu didn’t wow me this holiday, I think I’m too into colours at the moment so neutral palettes don’t seduce me as much as usual. Did you buy the quad? I’d love to see it on! Addiction is just…amazing. I love this brand so much, it’s fresh and very daring without being obnoxious – if that makes sense. I really hope it carries on like this, it’s such a fantastic brand!

  3. Just so you know. The Singapore or Malaysian sites for majolica Majorca has always been in English lol. You can check those out. It usually ends in sg or .my instead of Jp

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