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For committed aesthetes, the art of wrapping and arranging gifts is one of the best things about the holidays. But during this busy time of year, there’s much to be said for those presents whose pretty packaging renders all extra adornment unnecessary. This season, an array of beauty offerings contained in opulent shells of black and gold have sparked our interest, particularly when imagined gifted sans wrapping—a truly contemporary (and less wasteful) method of giving. Take, for example, Adorn EDP Fragrance in Onyx, a perfume contained in a clear, rectilinear bottle topped with a matte gold spritzer and housing an unexpected onyx crystal prism within. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty’s Rouge Pur Couture Star Clash Edition Lipstick comes in a gilded tube dipped in light-catching sparkles—and an option for personalized engraving—while Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder lives in a ribbed black encasement edged in gold that needs no additional bells and whistles.

Sonia Kashuk’s graphic Holiday Brush Set would be best presented tied in a gold ribbon, while Limited Edition Orange Bitters Christmas Candle features a diamond-patterned hull too quirky and celebratory to cover up. As for Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer? Its rotund, stand-alone bottle looks to be filled with molten stardust. Here, 11 black and gold beauty gifts that speak for themselves.

Shown: Adorn EDP Fragrance in Onyx, $24

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11 Black and Gold Beauty Gifts Too Pretty to Wrap Up

Vogue

By Calin Van Paris, edited by Jenna Rennert. Photos: Courtesy.

These products beg to be gifted sans wrapping—a truly contemporary (and less wasteful) method of giving.

This story originally appeared on Vogue.

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