The hardest thing about being a beauty junkie is that your wish list is almost always a million miles long — there’s no way you can get to all of it (unless going broke is part of your life strategy, of course). With that said, the holidays are here, and it’s the perfect time to submit your beauty wishes to the universe and hope your benevolent family members and coworkers answer your pleas in the form of Essie, YSL and Urban Decay.
And then there’s the gift sets... Arguably the best part of holiday beauty, the products you’ve been eyeing for weeks are now paired up with other fan faves in pretty, conveniently wrapped packages that help you discover new faves and restock your beauty stash with easy to carry minis. So whether you’re putting together your list or shopping for someone else, we’ve rounded up the best gift sets to buy this holiday season. Our picks, ahead:
Whether you’ve yet to try the apothecary brand’s offerings or you’re replenishing your stash, this is the perfect gift set for you. Not only is the packaging Disney themed, it’s filled with other standouts from the brand — namely the Ultra Facial Cream and Hydrating mask. You can pick this set up for $35 at Sephora — valued at $66, it’s nearly 50% off it’s estimated price. I know, we can’t believe it either.
You Want: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Instead: Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set
We love a good lip kit so we can’t help but drool over this gift set from Huda Beauty. The packaging is ‘gram ready and the reusable lip tin is a gift all on its own. If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the buzzy lippies but just couldn’t take the plunge, try this set. For $25, you get a mini lip contour color, the matching lip liner and a high shine lip strobe you can layer over the lipstick or rock on its own.
So you’ve seen the mind-boggling before and afters, or maybe you have the iconic CC cream tucked away in your makeup bag. Either way, you should add this set to your list. For $48 you get four award winning products from the makeup brand including their Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara and Confidence In A Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream to name a few.
The newest mascara from Urban Decay has been on our wish lists for a while, but now that there’s a duo we think we’ll take that instead. Not only do we love the iridescent blue packaging, you get the mascara and 24/7 Glide-On Pencil (which costs $20 on its own) for only $28.
You Want: Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
You’ve definitely seen this Instagrammable brand on your feed at one time or another — and now is the perfect time to try their fan faves before committing to the full thing. Their products are among our favorites for their effective, natural ingredients and luxe feel. In the set you get mini versions of their body polish, face mist and lip polish — the self-care trifecta.
Come for the Bi Facil and stay for the Energie de Vie cooling eye gels and cleansers. The ever-popular makeup remover has a permanent place on our vanities, but we have room in our hearts for some new potential faves. This set comes with some standouts from the Energie de Vie line including the cleanser, mask and cooling eye gel. For best results, use them all together for glowing, radiant skin.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.