It may be too soon for holiday displays (I'm looking at YOU, World Market!) but it is never too soon to try and plan out your holiday party looks. I myself usually go with a good smoky eye and a nude lip, although sometimes the lure of a red lip is too hard to ignore. But I'm always on the hunt for a good smoky eye palette because let's face it, there's only so many times you can use the same one, even when it's amazing. So far, my holiday winner is Laura Mercier's Smoky Suede Eye Colour Palette. There are five cream-to-power-shades in the palette (Noir, Black Magic, Graphite, Slate, Ivory) that allow you to create anything from a subtler daytime look to a full-on nighttime smoky eye (my choice!) The shades themselves are butter soft and blend easily, plus it's super portable. If I was going on a weekend trip, I'd throw this one in my bag with a black liner (and maybe a brown one too) and my favorite mascara and I'd be good for the whole weekend because it's so multi-purpose. (My favorite shade is Black Magic because it's super dark and sparkly and adds an amazing dimension to a regular smoky eye. I'm kinda obsessed with it). The palette also includes a double-ended cream eye color/smoky eyeliner brush, which works way better than the terrible brushes that are usually included in palettes. I actually use this one! That's a huge bonus, in my opinion, because you can never have too many brushes (and they're SO expensive, right?) Let the holiday party season begin!
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Laura Mercier