The Effortless Holiday Beauty of Jane Iredale!

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It’s that time of year again, the holiday beauty collections are in full launch mode. Some in fact, started appearing in stores and online in September, or maybe even August. As a writer in the creative arts business, I always look forward to what new themes and designs brands will be showcasing each year. What I don’t look forward to is the lack of quality that also can come along with some of these holiday collections.

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Beauty junkies or mavens, who have a ton of experience, are better able to spot those palettes or offerings to be skipped. But what about newbies or gift givers who might not be aware of a brand’s usual high quality, and will now have a not so good introduction to a new line of products? Luckily, not all collections fall short on their offerings.

I had the opportunity to try out the Jane Iredale Holiday Collection, which is both perfect for the season and delivers on the brand’s usual high quality. Included in the collection are two items, In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Smoky Eye Kit, $50, and Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, $25. Both the palette and the lip and cheek stain compliment each other very well, and would make a great gift for makeup lovers of any age or skill set.

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In the Blink of a Smoky Eye – .51 oz., $50

This limited edition, vegan, gluten and cruelty-free smoky eye kit was developed to help you create quick and easy looks for every event of the season. It includes eight shades:

  • Bone – matte, creamy nude
  • Pure Gold – shimmery, bright gold
  • Dawn – shimmery rose brown
  • Rose Gold – shimmery rose gold
  • Iris – matte, cool violet
  • Forest – matte, deep green
  • Double Espresso – matte, dark, cool brown
  • Ebony – matte black

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Each and every shadow is creamy and applies beautifully. I had no problem blending the shadows out or building them up for more a more intense look. Ebony, the matte black, did produce a little bit of fallout during application, but I believe this is only because it is such an intense shadow. The fallout was easily brushed away and didn’t return throughout wear.

No matter what look I created, the shadows lasted all day without creasing, even when I didn’t use a primer. To help you create stunning smoky eyes, the kit also comes with a fold-out “how to” guide with five different eye looks. I tried out 4 of the 5 looks and found the instructions to be very easy to follow, and fun to play with. Another feature of this kit I really enjoyed is how the shadows can be used wet or dry. So if you are traveling or don’t have an eyeliner on hand, you can use Ebony or Double Espresso, for instance, as a black or brown liner to help really play up your eyes.

The kit also comes with a double-ended brush/sponge and small, rectangular mirror, which makes creating looks on-the-go accessible. As for the packaging, it is also perfection. It feels festive, without being too holiday one-sided. In other words, it works for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever holiday you or the person you are buying the kit for celebrate. The box is compact enough to take with you, no matter where you might be traveling this holiday season, or even after the holidays. Just looking at the blurred out lights on the cover of the kit makes me want to go out on the town with some killer smoky eyes. It’s a work of art for creating eye looks of art.

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 Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain – $25

 If you’ve tried one of Jane Iredale’s Lip and Cheek Stains before than you already know how creamy and nourishing they feel. If you haven’t tried one out yet, I highly recommend you do. The latest edition to the line is Forever Red, which is a classic red featuring all natural ingredients that are designed to enhance your natural coloring.

This is my second time trying out the gluten and cruelty-free Lip and Cheek Stain, and I adore Forever Red as much as my Forever Pink. The stain is non-drying and long-lasting. The application feels like you are applying a balm, which is probably due to the combination of Olive Butter, Avocado Butter, Wild Rose and Beeswax.

The Forever Red smells yummy too; kind of like a fresh field of strawberries. I love how the color gives my cheeks and lips that nice rosy glow you would get from being out side in the cool fall/winter air. And since it is still a million degrees where I live, Forever Red lets me feel like I experiencing a real fall instead of boiling in the heat. Plus, my lips and cheeks feel hydrated and moisturized all day long, and who doesn’t like a product that does double duty.

Overall: The Jane Iredale Holiday Collection, featuring In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Smoky Eye Kit, $50, and Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, $25, might be a tiny collection, but it is already one of my favorites. Used together or separately, both the kit and the lip and cheek stain make for a great gift(s) to give to yourself or someone else. I highly recommend adding them both to your wish list this holiday season.

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  1. I love the softness of the Forever Red lip stain, it’s so feminine. Jane Iredale is always just a feminine, reliable line!

  2. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    Beautiful!!! That forest green, wow. And Forever Red lip stain, that’s me

  3. That palette is really, really pretty!

  4. Beautiful, I need some new makeup and would really like a more natural line. I have an autoimmune illness and read that even my makeup should be nontoxic. Thanks for sharing, hope you’ll linkup with us at Small Victories Sunday Linkup open all week!

  5. The metallic shades are pretty.

  6. I would love to try the Rose Gold on my skintone. These shades are so pretty!

  7. The eye palette is great. Some of the shades are perfect.

  8. StayWithMeonThis says

    I love holiday collections! That green eye shadow is beautiful!

  9. What a beautiful selection of eyeshadows! The pigmentation is there for all to see. I love every Jane Iredale product I’ve tried so far (mostly lippies).

  10. Laura Londergan says

    wow these are such pretty shades. Very soft & feminine!

  11. That palate looks really great! I love shimmery colors!

  12. FabZilla_Kath says

    The palette is stunning

  13. Not only does the packaging look pretty but it also looks like it is great quality too

  14. Kiersten Millican says

    Last year I purchased quite a few of the holiday palettes or limited edition palettes, this year not so much. This one is exceptionally gorgeous, though!

  15. Ourfamilyworld says

    What a nice palette. I am not a makeup girl, but my daughter would love these shades.

  16. That’s a gorgeous palette… I really love Dawn!

  17. This looks like some great make-up. My sisters would really go nuts over the colors. I’m not much of a make-up person, but they love to try out new products!

  18. I keep hearing about Jane Iredale, but haven’t tried anything yet. That palette is right up my alley – a few neutrals, and lots of pops of color. I love shimmery shades, too!

  19. What a pretty palette of goodies. I love Jane and the quality of her makeup.

  20. I’m loving this eye shadow palette, and perfect colors for the holidays!!

  21. Debra Hawkins says

    What gorgeous colors! I love the whole palette!

  22. Oh this looks really nice and I love the colors! I need to find a good lipstick, too!

  23. Great colors! I recently started wearing a plum colored eyeshadow and love it. I found I can’t wear green but the blues, browns and golds look great on me. Always fun to try new colors though!

  24. Aleya Bamdad says

    I love this palette! It’s nice to have such a range of colors.

  25. ooh I love that gold shade!! Gorgeous palette!

  26. That purple shade is my favorite eye color. I’d love to test that one out.

  27. Jen My Scrap Menagerie says

    Lovely colours! I wish I wore makeup, but I just have too many allergies to wear it.

  28. I need new makeup and I love colors

  29. I’ve never worn a red lipstick because im always afraid that it will look to dramatic on me but I’m really interested in trying it this year. I need to check this out!

  30. These look like really beautiful products. I have a few from this brand and they are great.

  31. I love the combos that come out around the holidays. It seems like there are so many great makeup deals! Of course I don’t buy makeup all the time…so I am not entirely sure that is a true statement. But, what I have seen lately, I have definitely been enjoying!

  32. I love this set! Wearing it today!