The bigger, the better

Yes, size does matter... when it comes to these blockbuster beauty sets, at least. By Carina Koh

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Yes, size does matter... when it comes to these blockbuster beauty sets, at least. By Carina Koh

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The do-it-all palette Laura mercier master class colour essentials collection, $180.

My beef with palettes: only one or two hues get used; the rest are almost always left untouched. Well, that’s not the case with this palette. It houses easy-to-wear colours, all of which we guarantee you’ll use often – 12 eyeshadows in work-friendly beiges and browns, as well as deeper shades such as grey, navy and black; three flattering cheek colours; two eyeliners in black and brown; and a black kohl pencil. Two makeup brushes are also packed neatly in the palette – so convenient.

A big box of eye candy Urban decay urban 24/7 eye pencil vault, $400.

All right, fine. We don’t need 40 eyeliners. Still, we definitely want this. Why? It houses the brand’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in every hue – which means you get an insane range of colours, from turquoise to silver, in any finish you desire. And don’t be fooled by the price tag; you actually save some money here. It works out to a mere $10 per full-sized eye pencil (usually priced at $30) – now that’s a steal.

Your all-new cosmetics wardrobe Lancome the o beauty box set, $118 with $130 purchase of lancome products at the counter.

Need to overhaul your entire makeup arsenal – or know someone who does? Grab this set – you’ll land the brand’s Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette in Harmonie, Blush Subtil in #02 Rose Sable, two mini Lip Lover lipsticks, a set of mini brushes, and more.

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24 treats in one

The body shop 24 happy days advent calendar, $189.90.

If you can’t get enough of Christmas, this advent calendar – filled with all the brand’s popular products, from a travel-size Italian Summer Fig EDT to cream blushers and a travel-size Vitamin E Night Cream – will make sure you wake up to a little present every day in the month of December.

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Your on-the-go vanity case Estee lauder color edit collection set, $99 with $120 purchase of estee lauder products at the counter.

This is perfect for travel junkies. Besides makeup essentials – think an eyeshadow-and-blusher palette, lipsticks and a mascara – you’ll get travel-size skincare treats such as the brand’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II and Resilience Lift Night Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme. And everything comes in a nifty train case that won’t take up much baggage space.