Beauty gift sets are a truly wonderful thing. Of the many reasons I love the holidays, along with cheesy rom-coms, my grandmother’s stuffing and (very loud) drunken family bingo. Gift sets give you the chance to replenish your beauty cabinet at a fraction of the cost or try that skin line everyone’s buzzing about without committing to full-size bottles. Also, I hear they make great presents for other people, too. Presenting the best beauty gift sets of 2020.
The value: $350
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The savings: $100
The set: All the Charlotte Tilbury classics in one gorgeous treasure chest. We’re talking travel-size versions of must-haves like the Magic Cream, Goddess Skin Clay Mask and Wonderglow Primer, along with a full-size Pillow Talk lipstick, full-size highlighter wand and full-size shadow pencil in a limited-edition copper shade.
JB Skin Guru
The value: $420
The savings: $145
The set: The perfect opportunity to try out two star products from Jennifer Brodeur’s line. (She’s Oprah and Michelle Obama’s facialist.) I swear my skin looks noticeably plumper and glowier every time I use her oil (L’Extrait). A bottle will usually set you back $225, so you’re basically getting the moisturizer for $50 instead of the regular price of $195.
The value: $200
The savings: $65
The set: Everything you need for that signature, and oh-so-satisfying Dermalogica cleanse. First the PreCleanse melts away makeup, then the Special Cleansing Gel gently purifies pores and lastly the Daily Microfoliant sloughs off dead cells to reveal a brighter complexion. Just writing that makes me want to go wash my face.
The value: $160
The savings: $94
The set: Your best brows ever in one handy gift set. You’ve got your volumizing Gimme Brow+, your 24-HR Brow Setter gel, two pencils and one cream-gel shadow, all in full-size formats. Choose your colour and your brows will be covered for the next year.
The value: $802
The savings: $227
The set: If you’re new to Drunk Elephant, I’d suggest dipping your toe with a more modestly priced set. But if you swear by the range, this is your opportunity to restock and save big. The trunk is packed with 11 of the brand’s beloved products, including the C-Firma Day Serum, A-Passioni Retinol Cream and Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil.
The value: $430
The savings: $167
The set: In the market for a hairdryer? This set brings the blowout bar home with a professional-grade dryer (it cuts down on drying time, seals the cuticle to ramp up shine and eliminates oils to make your blowout last for days) as well as a paddle brush, hair clips and full-size bottles of Drybar’s heat protectant mist, blowout serum and dry shampoo.
The value: $129
The savings: $74
The set: You want glow? This set will show you glow! Sephora put together an assortment of its bestselling radiance boosters. There’s a full-size tube of Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Liquid Glow highlighter, a full-size Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold and a full-size Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Twinkle Twinkle, on top of fabulous minis like a Nars bronzer/blush palette (Laguna and Orgasm—name a more iconic duo), Milk Makeup highlighter stick and Huda Beauty lip balm.
The value: $283
The savings: $78
The set: I’ve been dreaming of Crème de La Mer ever since I read Jennifer Lopez raving about it in my mother’s InStyle back in the early 2000s. But because a $245 moisturizer isn’t the kind of thing you just impulse buy, I’ve always been nervous to take the plunge. This value set gives me extra incentive, allowing me to try the cream for myself, while also giving the Cleansing Foam, Treatment Lotion and Regenerating Serum a whirl.
The value: $1,900
The savings: $1,425
The set: Look, I love a chocolate advent calendar as much as the next person, but this beauty gift set is something else. Holt Renfrew put together a veritable smorgasbord of luxury minis. A Diptyque Baies candle, a Westman Atelier highlighter, some Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath, Byredo hand soap, Augustinus Bader moisturizer, fragrances from Jo Malone and Hermès and oh my God, my head is spinning!
The value: $85
The savings: $26
The set: I spray Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir every morning to set my makeup and a few more times during the day just because it feels incredible. (If my boyfriend’s nice, I spray him, too.) It costs $59, same as this set, which means you’re getting the Instant Foaming Cleanser and Glycolic Peel Mask for free. If there was ever a time to stock up on the famous mist, it’s now.
The value: $248
The savings: $156
The set: What’s the point of buying good makeup if you’re going to apply it with some puny brush you’ve had for who knows how long? Update your arsenal with this high-quality set. From highlighting to blending and concealing, these 10 cruelty-free brushes will take your skills to the next level.
First Aid Beauty
The value: $167
The savings: $103
The set: Consider these five products (four of which are full-size) your winter survival kit. From a rich repairing cream to facial radiance pads and comforting lip balm, this set will keep you glowing and hydrating no matter how cold it gets.
The value: $104
The savings: $37
The set: If you haven’t tried exfoliating your scalp yet, you’re seriously missing out. There’s nothing like it to remove built-up product and sebum and get that squeaky clean feel. Also, it’s like getting a salon head-massage right in your shower, and who wouldn’t want that? The mask in this set is also pretty amazing. An award-winning strengthening formula clinically proven to reduce hair breakage by 75 per cent in just three uses.
The value: $218
The savings: $94
The set: Twenty-four days of pampering, Provence-style. This advent calendar brims with the L’Occitane’s most celebrated products, like the Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil and Immortelle Divine Cream. A special shout-out goes to the new relaxing pillow spray, a total game-changer.
The value: $166
The savings: $76
The set: A selection of fruit-inspired skin treats guaranteed to brighten your skin and your mornings. There’s a full-size bottle of the Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum and mini versions of the Truth Juice Daily Cleanser, Banana Bright Eye Crème and C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème. The lineup banks on vitamin C, PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) and orange fruit water to leave skin fresh and juicy.