Finding the right skincare, beauty and haircare products for yourself can be difficult. But choosing these things for someone else is downright daunting. But the holiday season is actually the best time to snag makeup and beauty products, thanks to stacked gift sets loaded with products at a fraction of their normal selling price. The experts at Reviewed are here to help you make the right choice. We’ve sifted through the seasonal offerings to find the best beauty gifts of 2018.
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Sephora Superstars Kit
We haven’t seen a gift set this stacked in years. It’s packed with 11 of Sephora’s best-sellers, including a full-sized Anastasia brow pencil, Becca highlighter, Urban Decay eyeliner, and two makeup primers.
Sunday Riley is a favorite among fresh-faced beauty bloggers and beauty veterans. This set comes with full sizes of Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil, and Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser.
If she’s a regular at the salon, it’s probably time to gift her a quality hair dryer. Harry Josh makes the best hair dryer you can buy—but this might be the most amazing deal we’ve ever seen on the mint green powerhouse.
It features a variety of cleansers, shaving creams, and moisturizers by favorite brands including Jack Black, Clinique, Mario Badescu, and David Beckham. For the sensitive-skinned man, a set of gentle skincare by Kiehl’s ($49) is also great.
The Power Players 5-piece kit ($38) covers every step of a good skincare regimen. Get Drenched ($52), includes a moisturizing cleanser, serum, and moisturizer that attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Gift your glows-from-within pal a highlighter sampler set from Sephora that’s great for experimenting with the best highlighters on the market right now. It comes with five liquid, powder, and stick formulas from favorite brands.
Will we ever really outgrow our childlike wonder for the holidays? This has all the surprise and excitement of a traditional advent calendar, packed with the brand’s most-loved items for a complete, holiday-themed regimen.
Sephora’s Party Hair ($35) is a set of six hair products that add volume and texture from great brands. If her mane is more sleek and shiny than messy and wavy, Color Wow Dream Smooth Kit ($58) is great for silky, glossy hair.
Don’t let the punny names and packaging fool you: They make some of the best makeup on the market. Benefit has a lot of great gift sets out this year, but IMO, this is the best one, since it includes full-sized, iconic products.
First Aid Beauty makes products that calm my angry skin. They’re infused with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and colloidal oatmeal. The brand has tons of gift sets out this year, but this kit is the most comprehensive.
You know you can’t rely on this friend to pick a restaurant or commit to a hair color—but you can bet she’ll love the plentiful options in this gift set. It has 10 mascaras with new and best-selling formulas that stretch, volumize, and curl lashes.
Subtly let her know you’ve received all those #SelfCareSunday selfies with a set of face masks. Beauty Unmasked ($24) features six mask formulas, from Boscia’s infamous black peel-off mask to a nourishing sheet mask by Sephora.
We all have the friend who can’t stop buying lipstick she doesn’t necessarily need (if you don’t have this friend, sorry: it’s you). For your beloved lipstick addict, Give Me More Lip is perfect. The gift set has 14 lipsticks from great brands.
Good makeup brushes are wonderful, but can be a waste of money. Lucky for you(r wallet), Yoseng makes a set of 10 brushes at a reasonable price, with the same large, flat surface that allows for easy makeup distribution and even coverage.
With DevaCurl’s five-piece Curly Care Kit ($48), the gang’s all here: a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, styling cream, and moisturizing spray. The three-piece Deep End Set ($49) packs a ton of moisture to hydrate those frizzy locks.
The sampler kit features the store’s top-selling luxuries for glowing skin, at a super-reasonable price point for what it offers. Expect an influx of serums, lotions, sunscreen, and moisturizers from cult favorite brands.
Baths are great any time. This gift set is ideal with nine bath “truffles,” each infused with an eight-oil blend for a moisturizing bath in indulgent and calming scents like lavender, coconut cream, and buttercream.
If your giftee was the Caboodles type as a kid, give her the grownup version of the decked-out makeup kit: A giant, all-in-one palette with 76(!!!) intense eyeshadows, two face powders, and a dual-ended lip liner, eyeliner, and eyeshadow brushes.
Each come with 15 samples of Sephora’s most sought-after fragrances. After your giftee chooses his or her favorite scent, they can then take the included scent certificate to any Sephora store to redeem for a full-size fragrance—at no extra cost.