2015 Holiday Sets

Now that we’re nearly in October (tomorrow!), most (if not all) of the 2015 Holiday Sets have been announced.

I’m not impressed, unfortunately.

Actually, that’s not true – the Kat von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette ($59) is so awe-inspiring that it is about beyond words, actually. Pretty sure it’s been out of stock since it hit the shelves and site though. Just look at it, though. It is colorful, but not jarring like UD Electric can be – and it. has. neutrals. to help balance out the brights. Santa?

2015 Holiday Sets - KvD Mi Vida Loca

Otherwise, though – not impressed. No one is killing it this year!

Too Faced always goes cutesy, but Jarrod’s vision this year is just weird. French-inspired cutesy. With sets like Le Grand Palais at Sephora for $59 (that looks oddly familiar)…

2015 Holiday Sets - Le Grand Palais

and La Petite Maison at Ulta ($39; actually has many of the same shades as Everything Nice; pretty sure none of them are unique to this palette)… meh.

2015 Holiday Sets - Too Faced La Petite Maison

I’ve already talked about Vice-however-many, $59. I’ve been over it. No need to go into it more, here.

Here’s the LORAC Mega PRO Palette 2, which is $59 and currently an Ulta exclusive. I don’t know if they use the same formula as the normal PRO palettes (it’s no secret that holiday and LE sets aren’t always made to the same standard as the permanent line). If they do, this is probably the most promising in terms of usability for, oh, any person. But it isn’t particularly exciting.

2015 Holiday Sets - LORAC Mega PRO Palette 2

Tarte’s big $59 holiday set, the Light of the Party set, features sequined (ugh) packaging that is a little too reminiscent of an ugly sweater (double-ugh). The contents, however, are not wild and crazy, and would wear nicely on a variety of skin tones and ages. This is a Sephora exclusive, and of the bunch it’s probably the one I like most after Mi Vida Loca…but it isn’t blowing me away, and I wouldn’t purchase it for myself, but I think it would make a nice enough gift.

2015 Holiday Sets - Tarte Light of the Party

Also why are they all $59? Isn’t that weird?

Benefit isn’t doing an Advent Calendar this year (last year’s was too much of a flop, I guess). Instead, they’re reworking their blush palettes, and offering a $42 Real Cheeky Blush Palette, which comes with liner and mascara. It’s a nice way to try a few of their blushes, I suppose, but I wouldn’t pay that much for this.

2015 Holiday Sets - Benefit Real Cheeky

There are obviously other 2015 Holiday Sets out there, but with the exception of that KvD palette, nothing is especially memorable (to me).

Are you digging any of this year’s limited-edition holiday offerings? What do you like? What will you buy for you and what will you gift to someone?