Holiday anti-haul: Ulta edition

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over I think we’ve reached critical mass when it comes to holiday releases. While I did make a few purchases during the sales (mostly gifts for other people, I swear!), there’s a metric fuckton of things I won’t be purchasing because I couldn’t possibly care less.

This is the Ulta version. Yes, there’s so much stuff that I need to break it up by retailer.

Lip kits

Yes, all of them.

I like the idea of these on paper. I like a deal and I like trying new things, so these kits should be right up my alley. I especially like mini products because I’m more likely to actually use them.

The problem is that a) I have SO MANY lip products already and I feel a little (really, a lot) guilty every time I buy a new one, and b) there’s at least one color in all of these kits that I really don’t like and know I won’t wear. Sure, I could give away the color(s) I don’t like, but that makes it less of a good deal.

KKW fragrances

I’m not sure if these are holiday releases or not, and I have no idea what they smell like, but there’s no way in hell I’d buy any of them. I don’t have anything against her using her body as a marketing tool, but I don’t really want to be reminded of how incredible it is every time I look at my vanity. I’m also not into the other packaging. It’s just weird and I can’t imagine a big phallic crystal or a frosted peach looking at home with all of my other beautifully packaged fragrances.

Beauty Gems

When I think about this brand I think of kids’ makeup.

When my sister and I were kids we had those super cheap little kid makeup kits with the really bright colors that were probably made in China from lead and malice, and while my sister created some very memorable looks with these palettes, I was never into it. I’m still not into it. It makes me nervous that they can sell a massive kit with a full face of powder products for $10.

Also, this year’s collection includes A LOT of glitter. Hard pass.

Becca X Chrissy Cravings kits

I don’t have any particular affinity for either Chrissy Teigen or Becca so I might not be the target demographic for this collection, which is good, because I hate it.

There are only two kits here, the lip glosses and the “Glow Kitchen Kit“, whatever that means. Their whole thing with Chrissy is glow, which is something I create for myself. Yay oily skin. Anything touting extra glow is for sure not for me. It’s also really boring: brown eyeshadows and highlighters, and some nude glosses. Woo?

Benefit holiday kits

Oh, Benefit. What can we say here?

Literally, all of these kits are made up of products I already own in some form or have tried in the past and hate. It’s clear that these kits are made for people who don’t have much makeup or have never tried Benefit, which is great for those people. Those of us who love the brand and hope for new products are disappointed. Again.

You keep breaking my heart Benefit.

Lime Crime Venus XS palettes

Setting aside whatever drama is ongoing with this brand (has there been anything recently? I lose track), I’m not opposed to purchasing from them. I’m not even against buying one of their Venus palettes. They’re pretty and I like the packaging. I just don’t know how I feel about turning them into quads, and the colors are kind of boring.

These just feel so unnecessary. No one makes quads anymore because it takes more than four shadows to make a complete look. If I was going somewhere I’d need to bring two normal palettes or all of these, and the last thing I need is an excuse to bring more crap when I travel. It feels like a missed opportunity: make small palettes, but give us something new and not a bunch of basic bitch neutrals. Yawn. How about an all green palette, or an icy blue? Those would be very pretty, I think.

Sweet & Shimmer

Like Beauty Gems above, this brand sells cheap crap. It’s primarily bath and body products, and all of the stuff Ulta is selling is Christmas themed. I might buy a lip balm or hand sanitizer, but I can’t imagine that any of it is worth the money, and eventually, I will get tired of smelling Christmas. Likely before I’d be able to finish any of those products.

That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be really excited to get lipstick socks or a snowflake sponge in my stocking (PSST MOM THIS MEANS YOU).

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Shadow singles

I’m into most of the MAC holiday collection and I even bought one of the highlighters. These shadows are the exception for two reasons: first is glitter. I know that everyone is loving glitter right now, and I love the way it looks on other people, but I just can’t do the pressed glitter. And that’s exactly what these are. There’s hardly any base color and the shadow relies heavily on the glitter. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. Once it gets on you it never goes away, no matter what you try.

The second reason is the price: each shadow is $21. I can’t justify spending that kind of money on any single shadow, especially since I have a whole drawer of singles that I almost never reach for. It’s not that I don’t like singles, but they’re difficult to travel with and when I’m doing my makeup at home I usually just forget they exist.

What do you think about all of these holiday releases? Are you on overload yet?

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