Holiday 2020 – Shimmer or Bummer

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

This year has been an odd one. The pandemic, the social unrest, the political landscapes around the world, have all contributed to a general feeling of.. well.. meh. Because of this, I was looking forward to Holiday releases. In the past, I used to be excited about holiday releases but as I’ve purchased and used makeup, I’ve realized that I now know what I really want, I really really want. So instead of acting like a kid in a candy shop, I’m sorting through the releases and making my Wishlist. And as I was doing that, I thought I’ll share my Wishlist with you.

Hourglass Holiday Collection

This one is a maybe. I love the hourglass powders; the hype is real. It makes my dry skin glow. Till this year, I had resisted purchasing Hourglass products for the simple reason that it was very expensive and I didn’t see what the fuss was all about. And then, I slowly warmed up to the idea of purchasing Hourglass powders because I was in serious need of glow. After a lot of research, I realized that buying a holiday set made more sense than each of the powders individually. Even buying just 2 powders was (kinda) more expensive than buying the holiday set of six powders.

I’m on the fence with this one because I don’t use their bronzers or blush regularly. I like my cloud paints and quo blushes. So if I purchase any of the sets, I’ll be wasting the bronzer and blush. Besides, I haven’t used up the Ghost palette that I purchased earlier this year.

On the other hand, the pans aren’t deep. I can easily finish it in a year if I used it every day (which isn’t common now because of the WFH).

Luckily, it hasn’t launched in Canada yet, so I have time to think about it.

Fenty Lip Sets

Not this year. I bought the Gloss Bomb duo last year and I do not regret the purchase. But because I have pigmented lips, a gloss doesn’t look good on me and I generally seem to gravitate more towards lipsticks. I still use the gloss when I’m stepping out for groceries or hiking, but not on a regular basis. The Gloss Bomb stays on much longer than other lip glosses I’ve used in the past, but I think it works best if you have uniformly pigmented lips or if you really don’t give a damn about what others think about how your lips look (more power to you!).

I am intrigued by the Lip Stunnas but I’m trying to stop buying more make up before I finish what I have.

Sephora Favorites

Maybe. Over the years I’ve realized that some Sephora Favorites sets are worth the money. But those are far and few. Sets I’d consider buying are perfumes samplers and sets for a specific category of makeup I want to try. This year I might be tempted by a clean beauty or a foundation set.

Liberty London Advent Calendar

I want, but can’t afford. It has now become a Christmas tradition for me to eye this Calendar and not buy it. It’s a beautiful calendar and obviously it’s a once in a lifetime product; as a packaging hoarder, I would keep the calendar and refill it with my own products for the next year. Not fun when you’re single and you know what you’re filling it with, nonetheless, would love to own this.

Image: Reallyree

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2020

Nice to have but I probably won’t buy. If there’s anything I would purchase from this collection, it would be the brush set and the Luxe Eyeshadow palette. I’ve heard that their brushes are of very good quality and I’ve enjoyed the Luxe Eyeshadow in individuals. A fair warning – the Luxe eyeshadows are glittery, but they look great on the eyes. I’ll probably skip on both because I have all the brushes I need and I have a bunch of Luxe eyeshadows already. But if you’re just starting with your make up collection, they’re worth looking into.

(P.s: A decent dupe for the Luxe eyeshadows are the Essence Melted Chromes)

These are the collections I’ve come across so far. I’ll update this post as and when more collections being released, and when something catches my eye.

Do you like my wishlist?

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