Tried and tested

Chanel Lumière Sculptée Highlighting Powder, €55

Inspired by a belt buckle worn by Coco Chanel in the 1930s, this sheer, golden flecked powder can be used lightly over liquid base to set makeup or just dusted across cheeks, temples and down the bridge of the nose to subtly catch the light.

Yves Saint Laurent Palette Blanc Terriblement, €53

The anti-bronzer, this is perfect pick for pale gals who want to give a little life to the high points of the face. Luxe gold metal packaging and three shades of iridescent sparkles in pale green, blue and pink combine for an other-worldly gleam.

Clarins Passion Collector Face Palette, €55

Another beauty, this is a real collectors’ item thanks to the heft of the gold and red enameled compact which comes complete with mirror in the lid. A lovely piece of handbag real estate, you’ll be the envy of the office party when you whip this out for a touch-up.

Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick, €44.50

Telling us all we need to know about the party season with its helpful cocktail motifs, this clever little gleamer is designed to be used by both cool and warm skin tones. Used sparingly, it delivers a gorgeously pearlised finish to make-up, but go lightly — the C3PO look isn’t in for Christmas.

Barry M Red Glitter, €3.50

Dorothy’s red shoes have nothing on this sparkle-packed polish from one of beauty’s best budget gems. Two coats provide great coverage but this does dry to quite a dull finish so layer on a glossy topcoat for smooth, blinging shine.

Opi Rainbow Connection, €12.50

Part of the current Muppets Collection, this one is selling out all over and it’s not hard to see why: oodles of gorgeously multi-coloured glitter add up to super-sparkly talons that catch the light and attention. This is a real festive treat.

Models Own Disco Mix, €8.50

Metallic blue, red and sliver glitter might not sound like they’d work together, but trust me, you won’t be able to stop staring at your talons. This is fabulous on nails and wears well too. If it’s too much all over, try it on one finger per hand as an accent.

Essence Colour and Go Polish in Blue Addicted, €1.29

Clever budget fave Essence has duped the far pricier Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe polish with this beautiful multi-faceted offering that absolutely belies the weeny price point. Layer a few coats for great effect or wear over a deep blue base for maximum impact.

Mac Lipstick in Such Flare, €18.50

Part of the Christmas collection, Glitter and Ice, Such Flair is a lot brighter on the lips than it is in the bullet and tends slightly towards the pink end of the red spectrum, so is a good pick for cooler skin tones. The limited edition white packaging is a nice touch too.

Lancôme L’Absolou Rouge 132, €25

Part of the brand’s Christmas collection, €100,000 will be donated to ambassadress’s Kate Winslett’s autism charity, and this is a great pick for fans of true reds. A satin finish, comfortable wear and good longevity add up to a decent buy.

Estée Lauder Signature Lipstick, €23

Gorgeous old-school gold metal packaging that closes with an audible click, these lippies exude glamour. Creamy and pigment-packed, they’re comfortable in wear and have good longevity. A range of reds to suit all skin types is available too.

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in My Red Card, €4.99

Available in a whole range of shades, you’ll be able to afford a few considering the price. This is a classic red and great on a blonde or a fair-skinned brunette. Scared of such a dramatic shade? Pat a little on with a finger instead for a stain effect.


Barry M at Boots; Bobbi Brown at Brown Thomas; Catrice at the Moderne, Dunnes and Penneys; Chanel and Clarins at pharmacies and department stores; Essence at the Moderne, Dunnes and Penneys; Estée Lauder and Lancôme at pharmacies and department stores; Mac at Brown Thomas and BT2; Models Own at Boots,; Opi at Sam McCauley pharmacies; Yves Saint Laurent at department stores.

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