THE makeup purchase to make on December 26

We all fall prey to the lure of holiday sales… I myself did all of my holiday shopping online in the days following Thanksgiving, and I’m so glad I did. As a major spending day, December 26 is second only to the day after Thanksgiving, when we hit the Internet (and the mall—if you’re brave) to return the gifts we don’t want, and use the gift cards that are burning a hole in our pocket. I’ve never been one to partake in the post-Christmas retail frenzy, but there’s one thing I’ll be buying for sure: Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys lipstick collection.

Every Tom Ford makeup addict’s dream, this collection of 50 miniature (Ford calls them “clutch-sized”) lipsticks offers all the over-the-top luxury of the line’s $50 lipsticks for a comparatively affordable $32. The collection first bowed on on November 28, but if you didn’t get them that day, Ford is making you wait until December 26, when they reappear in 100 U.S. stores. At least he’s giving us another chance, right?

Why Lips & Boys, you ask? Each shade in the line is named for a man who has been part of Ford’s life, and the selection includes 36 new colors, 10 from the current season and four from previous seasons. The range is also divided into 10 color categories, including nude browns, violets and plums, metallics, reds and light pinks.

I can’t think of a better thing to get in place of yet another scarf or pair of gloves you just don’t need, can you?

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