Looking for a stocking stuffer? We've tested a selection of this year's Christmas sets.
Laura Mercier's Luxe Colour Portfolio (HK$880) is an eye shadow, eye liner and blush compact in one. The palette includes six eye shadows, three eye liners, two blushers and three brushes. The rich eye shadows have a slight shimmer, blend well with each other and work nicely with the eyeliners, which come in ground espresso, ebony and burgundy. The palette offers a large range of combinations for a good variety of looks. Available at Laura Mercier counters.
Sesha's Christmas set (HK$2,280) includes Clinical Advanced Eye Restore (15ml), Ace Cream (30ml) and three Biopeptide Revitalizing Dermal Masks. The eye cream has a runny consistency and should be dabbed under and around the eyes. It takes a while to absorb, but is so light it's almost impossible to tell you're wearing it. The Ace Cream is a gentle facial moisturiser that contains vitamins A, C and E. The cream seems a bit thick at first and needs to be well rubbed in, but it feels light and non-greasy once absorbed. The masks are soothing and leave skin feeling refreshed and tight. We recommend storing them in the fridge and applying cold. Sesha is available at Skinic, 33 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay.
Souffle Trio from Origins (HK$390) includes three body creams - Smoothing Souffle Whipped Body Cream (125ml), Gloomaway Body Souffle (125ml) and Ginger Souffle (125ml). The creams are made from 100 per cent organic ingredients, including essential oils. They have a thick texture but absorb quickly and easily. Skin feels well moisturised after use, but not greasy or heavy. The best bit is the smell - each cream has a distinct, refreshing scent. Available at all Origins stores.
Shu Uemura's Dolly Eye Set (HK$340) contains the Ultimate Natural Mascara, Cleansing Beauty Oil (50ml) and an eyelash curler. Use the curler on the upper lash line and hold for about 30 seconds. Next, apply mascara to lashes in one long stroke. It goes on smoothly, leaving clean, thin lashes with no clumps and only a hint of colour. Great for daytime. The oil is made with green tea and gingko leaf extracts and leaves skin soft and replenished. Available at all Shu Uemura stores.