A few weeks back, I covered my faves from Sephora’s holiday beauty collections. While Sephora and ULTA carry many of the same brands, the holiday collections have some interesting differences. Each store will have some exclusive sets that aren’t sold anywhere else, and each store carries some unique brands that are hard to get anywhere else, especially if you want to buy them in store. I found some great gifts at ULTA with pretty packaging and intriguing products that are definitely worth checking out.
This 5 piece set is an ULTA exclusive. It contains a double ended brush and a mix of berry-toned makeup. The lipstick is creamy and hydrating and the shadow duo has Laura’s signature baked formula in two highly pigmented colors that you can wear separately or swirl together. The gold luminizer is super intense and very shimmery. I think it would work better as an eye shadow but it really is beautiful. The baked blush is a nice mix of warm and cool berry tones.
Smashbox packs 28 of its signature Photo Op eye shadows into this palette with jazzy black and crystal packaging. The photo op eye shadow formula is buttery, creamy and pigmented and is genuinely one of my favorites. This palette is exclusive to ULTA.
From the packaging to the products and pricing, this may well be one of the best beauty buys of the season. You get four different sets with a blush and four eye shadows in the Amazonian clay formula, each of which can be popped into a pretty, pearl-studded Tiffany blue travel palette. Once you put in the the three deluxe sized glosses and the deluxe mascara, you’re getting quite a deal. It’s only available at ULTA.
This is a great set for all the Bare Minerals fans. You get two shadows and a matte blush in their original loose powder formula plus a gloss and a mascara. The highlight of the set might be the Stroke of Light liquid highlighter and the Illuminating Mineral Veil which will both give your skin a subtle, luminous glow. You also get a mini mascara in Lash Domination, which is one of my favorite mascara formulas. It’s only at ULTA.
This cute little palette has a chic branded magnetic closure on the front and contains a dozen of what some consider to be the best shadows on the market.
If you like Lorac, you’ll love this quartet of eye shadow palettes. It’s packaged for gifting as-is, but you can very cleverly break it up into four separate gifts.