The Holiday 2021 Beauty Launches You Need to Know About

Photography Courtesy of Lancôme.

Including special edition nail colours from Dior, a candle collaboration with photographer Gray Malin and makeup palettes to up the festive factor on all your party looks this month.

Megan Kirkwood

Date December 6, 2021

The festive season countdown is on and these holiday 2021 beauty launches are chock-full of perfect gifts, glitzy party makeup and even a few items to help you take the edge off between trips to the mall and your latest holiday hang-out.

Lancôme x Emily in Paris eyeshadow palette

Photography Courtesy of Lancôme

Emily Cooper is back for more day-dreamy adventures December 22 and to celebrate the return of the mega-hit Emily in Paris, Lancôme has just released a très charmant collection in honour of spokesperson Lily Collins. Sure to be a must-have of every starry-eyed Francophile on your list (including yourself) is the heart-shaped eyeshadow palette complete with Emily’s Eiffel Tower charm and 12 shades that are totally wearable stateside. A worthy gift replacement for that Paris is Always a Good Idea mug you may have been considering instead.

Nest x Grey Malin Festive Classic Candle

Photography Courtesy of Nest

This luxe candle in collaboration with Insta-famous aerial photog Grey Malin contains just the right notes to whisk you away to a luxe winter wonderland (even if you’re just hanging at home watching Home Alone for the nth time. No judgement!) Crisp blue cyprus, juniper berry and hints of smoked vanilla bean all combine for the ultimate mental escape.

Quo Beauty Pro Artist Brush Set

Photography Courtesy of Quo Beauty

Brush sets can start to seem like a dime a dozen this time of year, but many of them feel like they don’t quite have everything you need to make up your usual face. This one, however, is complete with three easy-to-clean (and cruelty-free) synthetic eye brushes and four face brushes, and is one we’d happily use at home or pack along for any weekend trip knowing we’ve got everything covered. Plus, the classic black, quilted case is a no-brainer to please any makeup aficionado on your list.

Diorific limited edition nail vernis

Photography Courtesy of Dior

Even if you are a diehard nude or naked nail devotee the rest of the year, there’s no denying that nothing quite puts you in the holiday mood like looking down at a glossy bright red or glittery manicure. These limited edition shades of Poppy, an impossibly bright red, and pearlescent Bouton d’Or complete with gold and silver glitter, are the fail-safe option to take your Chrimbo spirit through the roof thanks to their charming vintage-esque bottles which you’ll long to show-off long past your NYE photo-fest.

Lise Watier Irresistible Blush Duo

Photography Courtesy of Lise Watier

A unique combination of two universally flattering blush shades housed in a glittering gold compact, this instant complexion enhancer goes on like velvet and is enriched with vitamin e for skin that feels as soft as it looks. Swirl it on for a luminous, rosy glow — winter ravaged skin be gone.

Calyx CBD Bath Blooms

Photography Courtesy of Calyx

With 100 mg each of hemp-derived CBD these chic baubles are not your mother’s bath bombs. They come in four sophisticated scents that contain essential oils targeted to your desired post-bath outcome, such as lavender-enriched “Lullaby” or “Winter Bliss” with peppermint, bergamot and warming spices. Simply pop a single bomb in your bath for a colourful, fizzy experience that optimizes CBD’s natural anti-oxidant properties to combat free radicals, soothe skin and offer up a new level of relaxation you’ll undoubtedly need at some point between arranging family plans and finishing your seasonal shopping.

Pat McGrath Labs Sublime skin highlighter in Lunar Nude

Photography Courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs

This stunning gel-to-powder highlighter is a one-size-fits-all holiday wow. Crafted like the finest ornament on your tree, it’s complete with UK hallmarks and regal flourishes that will impress even the most jaded makeup lover or holiday Scrooge. The opalescent formula can be used on face and body to give you a sexy, multi-dimensional, buildable sheen that your new silk slip dress never saw coming.

The Body Shop Love & Plums Essentials Gift Set

Photography Courtesy of The Body Shop

Known for their charitable endeavours at holiday time, The Body Shop is partnering with The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society this season and will donate $50,000 to the organization, which works with First Nations youth and their families to support education and other public policy initiatives. This festive vegan gift set is perfect for all the little helpers on your list who will love having a little body butter or hand cream tucked into their pocket for when they need it most. The luxe scent complete with Turkish plum extract makes it all the more joyful.

Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Kit

This chic little recyclable tin is packed with six pocket-perfect minis of Fresh’s Sugar lip balms and treatments, such as the best-selling Sugar Rosé and Sugar Advanced Therapy. Complete with both tinted and SPF formulas (including a bright holiday red anyone can wear), it’s perfect for all of your BFFs or just stocking up for the year yourself.