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After all, her standards can be almost as high as her seemingly ever-growing lipstick pile, and new brands and trends keep popping up left and right.
That’s why we took special care when scouring the internet to find the biggest, boldest and most exclusive makeup gifts of 2018.
From luxe skin and body care sets to surprise-packed advent calendars (and all the colorful palettes in between), read on for coveted, curated beauty gift sets in a variety of price ranges that will (finally) impress the beauty-obsessed.
When we release our 2018 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
Our top beauty gifts
- 1. Target Big Hair, Don't Care Holiday Beauty Box, $15, Target
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Help her achieve new heights (literally) with this special holiday installment of Target's Beauty Box, showcasing a spectrum of volumizing hairsprays from brands like TIGI, Husk, Big Sexy Hair and Sebastian.
- 2. Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighting Palette, $58, Nordstrom
Charlotte Tilbury is raising the bar once again with this trio of original, rose and bronze gold highlighters for face and body. They’re buildable so you can customize your glow every time.
- 3. Beautyblender Blenders Delight Set, $40, Nordstrom
Something about this colorful box just oozes magic, which is fitting considering how effective the Beautyblenders inside are at making imperfections seemingly disappear. It also contains several mini cleansers, along with a special blender case, for easy maintenance.
- 4. Drybar The Most Wonderful Kit of the Year Collection, $199, Nordstrom
Splurge once on this limited-edition kit from Drybar and save your giftee trips to the salon for the rest of the year. Along with the brand’s signature yellow blow dryer and brush is a sampling of hair cleansers, stylers and accessories for helping to attain (and preserve) blowout perfection.
- 5. Becca x Chrissy Teigen Cravings Glow Kitchen Kit, $44, Ulta
Help her glow with this set from Becca's holiday collaboration with Chrissy Teigen, starring four new face, eye and lip formulas and scents. They’re high-impact so it doesn’t take a lot to secure the spotlight.
- 6. Foreo Luna Fofo, $89, Sephora
Skin care is (or at least should be) personal, which is why we dig this cleansing tool from Foreo. Not only is it travel-friendly, but it links up to the corresponding Foreo app to analyze and keep track of skin health over time, adjusting intensity and duration based on different needs.
Makeup Gift Sets
- 1. Too Faced Under the Christmas Tree Breakaway Makeup Palette and Mascara, $49, Ulta
Talk about tiers of joy. One of the fixtures in Too Faced’s whimsical holiday collection is a tree made up of three triangular eye and face palettes. To top it off is a deluxe tube of the brand’s beloved Better Than Sex Mascara.
- 2. Tarte Sweet Escape Collector’s Set, $49, Ulta
It doesn’t get much sweeter than this sequin-clad collector’s set from Tarte. Unclasp the gold pineapple to reveal a spectrum of 25 blendable eyeshadows, a mini face quad, lipstick, mascara and eyeliner, along with some beautiful words of affirmation.
- 3. Marc Jacobs Beauty On The Dot Mini Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon Trio, $25, Sephora
Don’t let the small size of these crayons fool you — they pack a big punch. Just glide the creamy formula along the outline of your lips, fill in, and you’re set for up to 16 hours. Perfect for the secret gift exchange, we love the new Red-y To Go shade for days when you need a little extra pick-me-up.
- 4. It Cosmetics It’s Time to Celebrate You! Set, $48, Sephora
This confetti-covered box from IT Cosmetics opens to reveal a mix of skin care and cosmetic essentials for creating the perfect eye look. Set the stage with the cleansing balm and eye cream, then apply the brow pencil and mascara to add definition and volume.
- 5. Fresh Sugar Jetsetter Kit, $45, Sephora
Great for the girl on the move, this travel-themed set includes Fresh’s best-selling balm in five different shades — each with SPF 15 for added protection. There’s also a Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy for moments when lips need a little more TLC.
- 6. Sephora Favorites Lashstash Kit, $48, Sephora
Help upgrade her mascara game with this sampling of bestselling picks from Sephora. The festive box includes eight deluxe and two full-size tubes for a mere fraction of what you’d spend if purchasing them separately.
- 7. Stila With Flying Colors Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, $39, Nordstrom
One could spend hours scouring the cosmetics section for the perfect lipstick shades, which is why we love this limited-edition curation of nudes, reds and berries designed to compliment a variety of skin tones. Plus, they stay put for hours so you don’t need to worry about interrupting your fun to reapply.
- 8. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Frost Bunny Metallic Eye and Lip Crayon Set, $39, Sephora
Versatility and inclusiveness are at the core of Rihanna’s beauty line, so you can be sure that she considered a range of skin tones and ethnicities when thinking up her beautifully-frosted holiday collection. These smart sticks, available in three shade ranges, can be used as an eye shadow and a lipstick (along with a highlighter in a pinch!).
- 9. Mac Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit, $80, Nordstrom
Mac is known for its next-level holiday collections. The big lip kit in particular tends to sell out quickly every year, and this time it’s shinier and more reflective than ever. Scoop it up for the girl who changes her lipstick as often as her socks.
- 10. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume, $80, Sephora
The powders in this new face palette from Hourglass are formulated with a special technology that aims to help skin look softer and younger with wear. It also contains two new, exclusive shades for achieving that lit-from-within ambiance.
- 11. Bite Beauty Mini Agave Lip Mask Set, $18, Sephora
This cheery tin from Bite Beauty contains three tubes of the eco-friendly brand’s handcrafted agave lip masks in Natural, Maple and limited-edition Candy Cane. We love them because they offer just a hint of glossiness and some color, while nursing lips back to health.
- 13. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vault, $100, Ulta
Urban Decay broke hearts when it announced it would be discontinuing its beloved Naked palette earlier this year. Now, the brand is back in the business of lifting spirits with a new edition of the popular eye shadow franchise, this time featuring a spectrum of cherry-inspired shades. Grab the vault, which also includes three corresponding lipsticks and two eye liners for taking the obsession to the next level.
- 14. Benefit Cosmetics Goodie Goodie Gorgeous Trio, $29, HSN
Satisfy her sweet tooth (at least when it comes to cosmetics) with this cake-shaped concoction from Benefit. It has three bestselling products — including The Porefessional Primer, Hoola Matte Bronzer and They're Real! Mascara — for creating a natural sun-kissed look.
- 15. NYX Professional Makeup Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty, $55, Ulta
Nothing says treat yourself like this advent calendar from NYX Professional Makeup. The numbered tabs open to unveil a range of beloved formulas for the eyes, lips and face in 24 new shades.
Skin and Body Care Gift Sets
- 1. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Collection for a Cause, $50, Nordstrom
Opt for a gift that keeps on giving with this set from Kiehl’s. It features the brand’s soothing calendula line and an Ultra Facial Cream, and every purchase helps support Feeding America’s mission to provide meals to families in need. Did we mention it's essentially already wrapped for you?
- 2. Tatcha Bestsellers Set, $60, Sephora
This selection of Tatcha favorites, including the brand's beloved exfoliating Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, is infused with Japanese superfoods formulated to help turn back the effects of time. Give it to the skincare junkie who embraces the power of self-care.
- 3. First Aid Beauty Skin Summit, $48, Sephora
Perfect for the ski bunny in your life, this slope-inspired set is chock-full of goodies — including First Aid Beauty's hydrating Ultra Repair Cream and brightening Facial Radiance Pads — for nursing dry, dull complexions back to health. According to the brand, the products are also allergy-tested.
- 4. Drunk Elephant The Big Reveal Kit, $88, Sephora
Surprise and delight with this playful bundle from Drunk Elephant, which contains secret compartments filled with some of the brand’s signature skin care products. Among some of our favorites are the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (like a facial in a bottle) and Lippie Balm (your giftee won’t want to leave home this winter without it).
- 5. Philosophy’s Guide to Warm and Cozy, $39, Sephora
This adorable box contains little windows that house a variety of deluxe Philosophy skin care, bath and body treats, including seasonal scents like apple cider and peppermint stick. Give it as is or split it up into smaller groupings for stocking stuffers.
- 6. Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, Sephora
Peter Thomas Roth is back at it with a new holiday mask collection, complete with six mini tubs packing major skin benefits. Your starry-eyed recipient will be especially thankful for the heat-generating Hungarian Thermal Water on colder days.
- 7. Dr. Jart+ Superheroes Skin Transformers, $52, Sephora
Feel like a kid again with this superhero-themed set from Dr. Jart, which includes an assortment of moisturizing, color-correcting and anti-aging skin care picks for channeling your youth. We also love that the BB Beauty Balm contains SPF 45 for helping to protect skin against future damage.
- 8. L'Occitane Holiday Hand Cream Trio, $29, Amazon
This trio from L’Occitane is made up of the brand’s luxurious hand creams in scents ranging from wonderful rose to delightful tea. We especially love it for an under-appreciated hostess or teacher.
- 9. The Body Shop 25 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar, $110, The Body Shop
Giving new meaning to the term "treat yourself," this advent calendar from The Body Shop contains a goody to represent each day in December leading up to Christmas. Favorites include the brand’s Coconut Body Milk, Vanilla Delight Bath Bomb, Almond Hand Cream and Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel.
- 10. Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly Radiance-Boosting Super Set, $49, Sephora
This vitamin C-infused offering from Ole Henriksen centers around the brand’s beloved Truth Serum. Last time we checked, the set of lightweight, slightly citrus-scented saviors had already racked up over three thousand likes.
- 11. Bath & Body Works Holiday Mini Cosmetic Bag Gift Set, $23, Bath & Body Works
If there’s one thing we can say with certainty, it’s that Bath & Body Works takes the holidays very seriously (after all, it’s hard to walk by one of their stores and not be lured in by the seemingly endless supply of winter wonderland scents wafting through the air). This budget-friendly set in particular contains four essential minis starring one of the brand’s most popular seasonal scents, all nestled inside a crimson velvet pouch. There’s also a green version with Vanilla Bean Noel.
- 12. Sara Happ Sugar and Shine Set, $38, Sara Happ
Sara Happ has made it her mission to ensure women everywhere have smooth, supple and (ahem) kissable lips. This season, she’s serving up her popular vegan scrubs in Rich Hot Cocoa and Pink Marshmallow, and topping her sweet concoctions off with a One Luxe Whipped Vanilla Lip Gloss. Yum.
- 13. Soap & Glory Glammed Total Set, $25, Ulta
This spa in a box from Soap & Glory includes everything one needs for a proper decompression session, including the brand’s creamy Clean on Me Shower Gel, moisturizing The Righteous Body Butter, Bright & Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask and beyond. There’s even a mini retro carrying case for glamming on the go.
- 14. Josie Maran Body Butter Hydration Set, $35, Josie Maran
The creamy formula in this whipped argan oil set from Josie Maran helps restore dry, cracked skin (and the Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus and Lavender scents smell almost good enough to eat). This is another gift that can be split up if you’re looking to spread the joy.
- 15. Bliss Large Mask Sachet Skincare Set, $10, Target
This disco cube contains an assortment of five single-use masks from Bliss. Perfect for your cube mate (see what we did there?) or that little something extra, it’s hard not to feel special when taking a spin through the spa-powered sheets, which are designed to hydrate, brighten and beyond.
- 16. Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Collection, $50, Neiman Marcus
Can't decide on a scent? You don't have to with this sampler from Molton Brown, which includes 10 different bath & shower gels from the brand's collection, all wrapped up in a red box and bow. If you decide to split them up, we suggest you stash a few for yourself.
- 17. Burt's Bees Everyday Holiday Gift Set, $10, Walmart
This is one of those understated gifts with universal appeal. Snag the set of skin and body care essentials for the green beauty in your life (and anyone else who has a penchant for simple little pleasures).
- 18. QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar 24-Piece Collection, $50, QVC
Perfect for everyone from the beauty rookie to the makeup queen, this collection from QVC boasts 24 cosmetic, skin and body care favorites. Some of our top picks include Lavanila's The Healthy Fragrance, Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate and Erno Laszlo's Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar.
Beauty Tools Gift Sets
- 1. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Opal Twist Brush Set, $35, Target
Good, affordable makeup brushes can be tricky to find, which is why we’re thankful for this limited-edition (not to mention chic) set of essentials from Sonia Kashuk.
- 2. HiMirror Mini, $119, Amazon
This new (compact and touch-screen) version of the HiMirror is meant to be a one-stop-shop for all of your morning primping needs. Use it for everything from applying makeup (there's LED lighting) to assessing how well your products are working to catching up on your social and news feeds. The hard part will be detaching yourself to leave for work in the morning.
- 1. Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $60, Ulta
This super tool from Revlon has gotten rave reviews for its ability to cut drying time in half, while delivering the body and shine typically only achieved by a professional. It also features ionic technology to help reduce hair damage. Keep an eye out for a special blue shade coming this holiday.
- 2. Redken All Soft Mega Kit, $36, Ulta
The holidays are great for stocking up on your favorite hair product bundles. This one features Redken's beloved All Soft shampoo and conditioner, along with a leave-in treatment cream and cap, for maintaining smooth, shiny strands all winter long.
- 3. GHD Platinum+ Professional Styler, $219, Ulta
This new styler from GHD features smart technology that monitors things like the thickness of your hair and speed at which you're styling and adjusts heat accordingly for a customized experience every time. It also has an automatic sleep mode so the device will turn off after 30 minutes of use for added peace of mind.
Nail Polish Gift Sets
- 1. Red Carpet Manicure 2018 Holiday Dip Kit, $36, Ulta
Great for the creative beauty lover, this kit from Red Carpet Manicure has everything they needs to create a professional-looking dipped manicure. Just apply the base coat, dip, tap, and use the corresponding top coats to seal in your desired style.
- 2. Ciate London Mini Mani Month Nail Set, $59, Sephora
This collection from Ciate London, with 20 mini polishes and one full-size, along with various treatments, is a manicure enthusiast’s dream. Shooting Star, Antique Brooch and Supernova are especially fun for holiday.
- 1. Ten Days of Tocca Gift Set, $50, Sephora
Give the perfume lover in your life something to get excited about with this house of scents from Tocca. Each of the charming doors opens to reveal a different rollerball, parfum spray, hair fragrance or hand cream.
- 2. Jo Malone Miniature Candle Collection, $100, Nordstrom
Inside this festive, ornament-strung box is a collection of five miniature candles from Jo Malone, including Refreshing Grapefruit, Warm Sweet Almond and Macaroon, Evocative Green Tomato Leaf, Festive Frosted Cherry and Clove and Flirtatious Peony and Blush Suede. We suggest using the warmer scents for cooler months, and saving the refreshing nodes for spring and summer.
- 3. Tiffany Eau de Parfum Holiday Limited Edition Bottle, $120, Bloomingdale’s
Tiffany & Co.’s Tiffany Eau de Parfum is getting dressed up for the holidays with a limited-edition silver bottle. Available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s, it contains notes of patchouli, musk and noble iris rounded out with vert de mandarine for an intoxicating sensual-meets-sweet scent.
- 4. Diptyque Surprise Pocket Do Son & Tuberose, $45, Nordstrom
Give her a taste of luxury (without breaking the bank) thanks to this charming little pyramid from Diptyque. It contains miniature versions of the brand's Do Son Eau De Toilette, Do Son Shower Oil and Tubereuse Candle for channeling Paris whenever the moment strikes.
- 5. Nest Holiday Liquidless Diffuser, $60, Amazon
It doesn't get much easier (or chicer) than this liquidless diffuser from Nest. Just position the scent sticks in the gold holder and enjoy aromas of pomegranate, orange, cloves, pine, cinnamon, vanilla and amber for up to 30 days at a time.