Splurge Vs. Save: The Editors’ Picks For Holiday Makeup

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Set the mood for the most wonderful time of the year with the editors’ holiday saves and splurges. Related: MEGA Holiday 2020 Gift Guide to Beauty


    SAVE:  “Nothing says festive more than red nail polish for the holidays. SALLY HANSEN Complete Salon Nail Polish (P302) in Killer Heels livens up nails while nourishing them at the same time with their keratin complex formula. It has a chip-resistant formula that can survive a week-long celebration.” SPLURGE: “When I was younger, I remember that my mom would favor a vivid red color for her nails. Every time she would get ready for a party or step out for an event, I remember vividly how elegant her hands looked painted in this classic and powerful color. To cop that CHANEL Le Vernis (P1350) in Ultime is now my go-to shade for the times I feel like celebrating.”  


    SAVE: “Sunnies Face The Perfector (P595) is a dual-ended primer and illuminator. One end is a blurring, soft matte primer and the other is a clear balm illuminator that imparts a ‘wet’ look. I love the matte end, but the balm is where it’s at. I use it on the lids and on bare skin for that soft dewy effect that looks healthy, not sweaty, or even on top of color products to give them that seamless, lived-in effect.” SPLURGE: “RMS Beauty is one of the original brands that popularized the dewy, highlighted look. Their Living Luminizer pots look natural but can be layered for more impact. Because they contain coconut oil, they’re also highly hydrating—perfect for mature or dry skin. The Luminizer X Quad (P3300) contains four shades: Luminizer Nude, Champagne Rosé, Champagne Fizz, and Luminizer X.”  


JEB FRONDA, Fashion Editor
    SAVE: “For a fresh full coverage look that still looks like skin, L'OREAL Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation (P550) is the one I like to use. It keeps a matte finish even after a few hours and its thin liquid consistency blends seamlessly for a fresh, healthy-looking complexion all day.” SPLURGE: “I love SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation (P1900 refill + P900 for the case). Its water-based formulation makes it lightweight with buildable coverage for a luminous finish, plus their shades are perfect for my skin tone. The best part is that it also resists humidity and oil, so it doesn’t crease!”  


LYN ALUMNO, Fashion Associate
SAVE: “This beauty vlogger-approved liquid illuminator is the Midas touch of local beauty brands. MOONË BEAUTY Glowgasm Highlighter(P349) gives you that luminous glow that blends seamlessly into the skin.” SPLURGE: “This is honestly one of those purchases where you won’t think twice. FENTY BEAUTY Body Lava (P3,550) is probably one of the only things I can’t leave the house without since I don’t even put much makeup on, not even gloss or foundation. It’s the ultimate body luminizer for gloriously glowing skin.”


MIA CASTRO, Beauty and Features Writer
  SAVE:  “I deeply enjoy using FILIPINTA Kabal Eyeshadow Palette (P580) when I’m getting glammed up or just want an everyday charming eye look. What I love most is that the local beauty brand’s main vision is to celebrate the Filipino culture and even better is that they are cruelty-free and mineral-based, so their products don’t irritate my skin.” SPLURGE: “I’m that type of person who loves using the holidays as an excuse to go full-glam and have fun with makeup. I love whipping out STILA Double Dip Liquid Eyeshadow (P1,450) for an easy but extra shimmer on the eyes. I use the matte end as my overall shade than the liquid glitter on the center of the lids for a dramatic spotlight eye. Both formulas stay on throughout the day without fall-out or dimming their shine.”