My Top Winter Makeup Palettes…

affordable christmas makeup palettes

My top winter palettes, on video for your viewing pleasure; perfect picks if you like to treat yourself to a little glitzy makeup number before the party season. Or, y’know, at a push, give people presents, but I do feel that these are too nice to earmark as gifts! All contain wearable shades and gorgeous glowing finishes and the packaging isn’t half bad either…

You’ll get a good look at all of the makeup morsels when you watch the video below. I also demo a few of them, including the – shock horror! – Ombres Lamees de Chanel, which apparently should never be touched by bristle nor flesh. It’s the law. Look at it, bow down to it and its majestic detailing:

chanel ombres lamees palette

I sort of wish that I hadn’t gone in with a brush and completely massacred it (the photo was taken pre-brushing frenzy) because actually, the gold didn’t have a hell of a lot of pay-off and there was quite a bit of murky brown going on by the time I’d dispensed with the overspray. The palette looks incredible, a real thing of beauty, but if you’re actually planning on using it (say what?!) then there are better golden shadows. Including ones from Chanel. Humph.

guerlain meteorites christmas

Check out this little treasure chest, above – the Météorites Perles de Légende from Guerlain. Little radiance-boosting powder pearls that set makeup without flattening the skin and give a bit of a glow without making you look robotic. 

guerlain holiday meteorites review

The actual pearls make me quite murderous because they go all over the place when you bash your makeup brush into the pot, but such is the way. They smell amazing (Parma Violet fan here) and really do give a good, ethereal sort of finish to your face. They’re here at

fortune favours the brave palette review

Also in the video, my two purse-friendly favourites: the Cleopatra’s Kiss highlighting palette from Sleek (£9.99 here) and Fortune Favours the Brave eye palette by British Beauty Blogger from Makeup Revolution (£9.99 here, pictured above). And a bumper highlighter edit from Hourglass, a lovely Shimmering Nudes palette from Givenchy and the amazing Winter Soleil clutch from Tom Ford, sadly sold out.

Watch, take notes, report back on your favourites: silence, please, for the film is about to begin…

Bobbi Brown Brightening Blush in Pink Truffle:

Chanel Ombres Lamees, £79:

Givenchy Shimmering Nudes, £45:

Laura Mercier Essential Art Palette, £49:

Guerlain Meteorites, £38:

Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette, Cleopatra’s Kiss, £9.99:

Fortune Favours the Brave Eyeshadow Palette, £9.99:

Tom Ford Winter Soleil Palette: SOLD OUT (lucky escape, it was about seventy-five billion pounds)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, £69:

Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Flame: SOLD OUT. Ugh.

Dupe: L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold.


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  1. November 21, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Great post! Love these palettes, the Chanel one is so beautiful x

  2. November 21, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I love these picks but the Chanel one looks more like something beautiful to look at rather than use – not very practical! I definitely want to take a look at the Sleek one they so some great affordable stuff!

  3. November 21, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Great picks – that Fortune Favours the Brave palette is gorgeous. I want…

  4. Lowri
    November 21, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Absolutely loved your look of horror during the Chanel palette destruction! Brilliant.

  5. November 21, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I have always wanted some Guerlain Meteorites, but I can never justify the price tag.

  6. November 21, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I love the look of the Makeup Revolution palette, it contains so many pretty colours! x

  7. Amalia
    November 22, 2016 / 8:43 am

    About the Guerlain Meteorites, the pearls go all over the place because they place the bottom of the tin / container in a higher place. I have the suspicion that they did it to show that it has much quantity. Fiendish? please ignore my bad english. Big hugs from Greece, happy Christmas holiday and a fast, enjoyable third trimester!

  8. Rachel Neill
    November 22, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I don’t know what L’Oreal put in their lipsticks but I have tried two from their Gold range and it makes the skin in my lips go tight and then peel. Such a shame as lovely colours :(

    • November 22, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Oh really? I’ve found these quite good, but I do have peeling problems with coral shades in all brands. x

  9. Tatiana
    November 22, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    The Chanel palette is $105 U.S. I almost feel insulted that they priced it so high considering that the colors aren’t in separate pans and will all get smooshed together if you actually use it. I love Chanel, but there have been a lot of products I can’t get excited about lately.
    Love the finish that Guerlain meteorites impart, hate the scent. I bought a container once and left the lid off for an entire year and the scent was still overwhelming for me. I ended up tossing them.
    Now I need to try and find that Givenchy palette.

  10. Tiffani F.
    November 22, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Can you do a post on gold eye shadows for the holidays?! Dying for the Chanel pallet but the price tag is… yikes!

  11. November 26, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I love the sound of all of these! The chanel one looks so pretty! xxx

  12. November 28, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Omg I love these palettes! Very pretty colors and very winter ;)

  13. Phoebe Theodorou
    January 11, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Hi Ruth!

    I love your videos! What nail polish colour are you wearing in this video?
    It looks pale/pink and its gorgeous!

    Thank you!


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