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With the month of December in full swing, the clock is ticking to get that special someone in your life a holiday gift. There are thousands of beauty items to choose from, making it hard to select something for the beauty lover in your life. Lucky for you, the Reviewed team spends all year testing and determining which products are actually worth putting your hard-earned coin towards.
That said, we compiled a list featuring 15 of the best beauty gift sets that are worth giving to your loved one—or yourself; we don't judge! We're certain at least one thing on this list will dazzle your gift recipient.
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1. For the one in need of some makeup essentials: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefect Parcel Mini Pore Primer & Setting Spray Value Set
The key to making any makeup look last is a good primer and setting spray, and The Porefect Parcel Mini Pore Primer & Setting Spray Value Set from Benefit Cosmetics has you covered on both fronts. This two-part set contains mini versions of the pore-filling Porefessional Lite Primer and the Reviewed-approved Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray. Our beauty editor praised this setting spray for dramatically decreasing creasing on her under-eyes.
2. For the one who wants a voluminous pout: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Kit
Getting fuller, voluminous lips is as easy as purchasing the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Kit. It includes four of the brand’s most buzzy lip products in the beloved mauve-pink shade called “Pillow Talk.”
The set includes a travel-sized version of the Matte Revolution Lipstick, Collagen Lip Bath (a gloss-like balm), Lip Cheat Lip Liner and a full-size tube of the Hyaluronic Happikiss Lip Balm. Don’t wait on scooping this up: Last year’s iteration sold out before many makeup gift sets!
3. For the one who wants to give their hair some T.L.C.: Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit
Whether your hair has split ends or feels dry, the four products featured in the Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit aim to ease any hair-related damage on all hair types and textures. The kit consists of four of the brand’s top-rated products: the split end-alleviating No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector, the hair-strengthening No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment and the hydrating No. 4 and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner.
4. For the one who wants glowy skin: Biossance Love, Joy & Bestsellers Set
As the days get colder, your skin may need a change, and the three products included in the Biossance Love, Joy & Bestsellers Set are committed to keeping your skin in check all winter long. Our tester, who’s tried all three of these, says her favorite item from Biossance is the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, a moisturizer that she says keeps her skin hydrated, gives it a “dewy” finish and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
She also loves the Squalane + Vitamin C Oil in this kit, which she thought evened out her skin tone and made her skin feel “firmer.” The brand’s Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum also claims to deliver on giving skin a healthy glow, with our tester finding that she woke up with glowing skin after applying it the night before. Despite anti-aging ingredients like exfoliants, the brand claims its products work for all skin types—normal, dry, combination or oily.
5. For the one looking to improve their body care game: One Ocean Beauty Body Wellness Kit
Do you consider one of your 2023 beauty goals to up the ante on your body care routine? To get started, try out the One Ocean Beauty Body Wellness Kit. This three-piece set features all the products you need to "shape and smooth your body and reduce the appearance of cellulite," according to the brand.
The Bioactive Body Sculpting Marine Cream is designed to be used in the morning while the Ultra Marine Cellulite Night Cream should be slathered all over the body at night. Meanwhile, reach for the body brush at any time of the day and rub it across dry skin in circular motions. You can also dampen the bristles and add some soap to the brush to clean your body in the shower.
6. For the one in need of some eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Mini Palette Vault x3
Whether you're going for soft glam or a dramatic smoky eye, the three-piece Urban Decay Naked Mini Palette Vault x3 has all the colors you need to perfect any eye makeup look. Each palette contains six shades in matte, shimmering and satin finishes.
"Half-Baked" is a lineup of bronze and beige tones, "Sin" is a roundup of rosy hues and "Foxy" is a collection of sage green-based shades. When I tested these palettes for Reviewed, I found each shadow looked just as vibrant at night as they did when I applied them first thing in the morning, and they also blended into the skin beautifully.
7. For the one that wants a whole new skincare routine: Drunk Elephant Trunk 6.0
Every once in a while, us skincare fanatics need a reset on our routines just because, you know… we want to try everything. Drunk Elephant’s Trunk 6.0 skincare gift set should be on your radar if you want to treat your loved one to full-size products from a fan-favorite brand.
The set includes 10 products, such as the popular skin-smoothing T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial and the skin-brightening C-Firma Fresh Day Serum. Bonus: The products come in a 20-quart insulated cooler, which you could use as a skincare fridge or as an actual beverage holder.
8. For the one that wants glistening skin: Tula Skincare Balmy & Bright AM/PM Eye Balm Duo
Regardless of how much sleep you get, it’s quite possible to get bright under eyes thanks to the light-reflecting sheen created by the products found in the Tula Skincare Balmy & Bright AM/PM Eye Balm Duo. Each under-eye stick is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and peptides to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Better yet, thanks to their radiant sheen, they also double as highlighters. Swipe the sticks under your eyes, onto the high points of your face and anywhere else you want a beautiful glow.
9. For the one who loves body care and fragrance: Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Duo Set
If you ask us, Sol de Janeiro makes some of the best body care products. The Beija Flor Duo Set features two of the brand’s top-notch products: the Beija Flor Elasti-Cream and the Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor Hair & Body Fragrance Mist.
When trying both products for Reviewed, I noticed their alluring aroma isn’t your typical powdery floral—it’s more like, to quote myself, “a mix of freshly-picked flowers with a whiff of that cologne the guy you like is always wearing.” To my delight, the scent lasts all day long. The moisturizing cream not only delivers on its hydrating claims, but wraps the body in a strong, floral scent.
10. For the one who wants a simplified makeup routine: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
For many, having several makeup products can feel like too much, so why not have a palette that can doll up the whole face? The powder-based Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette is made up of six color swatches that can be used as finishing powder, blush and highlighter.
The makeup gift comes in three different colorways to suit different skin tones and features illustrations of butterflies, tigers and an elephant on the limited-edition packaging. “Butterfly” is ideal for light complexions, “Elephant” fares best with medium skin tones and “Tiger” works well on deep complexions.
11. For the one who's trying to get rid of their acne: Peace Out Skincare Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots Mega Pack
The temptation to pick at that pesky pimple is always there, but it doesn't have to be if you have the Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots Mega Pack in tow. This set features 60 of the brand's beloved pimple patches, each of which claim to "diminish the look of breakouts." These patches contain salicylic acid, retinol and aloe vera to clean the pores, encourage cell turnover and calm redness, respectively. Place the dots on the desired area after cleansing and leave them on the skin for a minimum of six hours.
12. For the one who loves roses: Jurlique Rose Hand and Body Ritual gift set
If they love roses, they'll love this Jurlique Rose Hand and Body Ritual gift set. This set of rose-infused hand cream, body lotion and shower gel will leave the skin feeling silky smooth, not to mention smelling like roses. The ingredients are derived from nature, like Jurlique rose, Calendula and Chamomile and free from parabens.
13. For the one who needs the right tools: Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Makeup Brush Set
Walk into any place you buy makeup and you'll find just as many makeup brushes to choose from as makeup products. The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Makeup Brush Set streamlines the process of finding brushes for the eyes and face thanks to the four brushes and makeup sponge included in this set.
This Reviewed-approved makeup brush bundle earned a stamp of approval from our tester for a few reasons. When it came to the dome-shaped Expert Face Brush, our tester noticed that her “liquid foundation looked smooth and streak-free” post-application while the fluffy-bristled 402 Setting Brush deposited an even amount of setting powder, blush and bronzer across her face. Last but not least, she found the small dome-shaped brush “deposited exactly the quantity of eyeshadow” she wanted.
14. For the one who wants an at-home blowout: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer + 1'' Flat Iron Set
Want a sleek blowout without breaking the bank? The BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer featured in the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer + 1'' Flat Iron Set is Reviewed’s best hair dryer pick because it “gives a sleek blowout and is comfortable to use with its variety of heat and speed settings and lightweight build,” according to our tester.
Time is precious, especially when getting ready in the morning, and our beauty editor confirmed that this dryer gives a bouncy blowout within a matter of 20 minutes. You can also touch up your strands with the 1” Flat Iron, which promises to reduce frizz and endow locks with a shiny sheen.
15. For the one who loves trying new beauty products: Boxycharm Subscription Box
With so many beauty products out there these days, it can be hard to narrow down which ones to put your money towards. The Boxycharm Box, however, can do the picking for you—thanks to a very detailed survey—on a monthly basis.
After receiving two boxes to test for Reviewed, our beauty editor was impressed with the subscription box’s inclusion of five full-size products in both, given that “one product alone cost more than the box itself, making this box an amazing value,” she wrote. But if you’re not satisfied with what you’re getting, you can always cancel your subscription on Boxycharm’s website in a matter of minutes.
16. For the one who loves a good bubble bath: LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs
Does your (or yours truly’s) idea of relaxation involve lounging in the bathtub? If you’re looking to take your soak experience up a notch, look no further than the LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs. Our bath bomb tester adored this 12-piece bath bomb set for a few reasons, emphasizing how the blue-tinted sphere called “Angel” diffused well throughout the bath (not to mention that it didn’t stain the tub), gave off a mild, pleasant fragrance and made her skin feel soft post-bath.
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