Best beauty gifts of 2018

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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$75

Sephora Superstars Kit

We haven‚Äôt seen a gift set this stacked in years. It‚Äôs packed with 11 of Sephora’s best-sellers, including a full-sized Anastasia brow pencil, Becca highlighter, Urban Decay eyeliner, and two¬†makeup primers.

¬†‚ÄĒ Jessica Teich, editor

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$143

Sunday Riley Holiday Trio

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

Reviewed

$189

Harry Josh Pro Tools x Serge Normant Kit

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‚ÄĒbut this might be the most amazing deal we‚Äôve ever seen on the mint green powerhouse.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

Reviewed

$30

Grooming Essentials For Him

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$38-$52

Peter Thomas Roth skincare sets

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

Reviewed

$28

Glow For It set

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$39

Philosophy’s Guide to Warm and Cozy

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$35-$58

Texturizing and smoothing hair products

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$44

Benefit Gimme Some Sugar Set

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

Reviewed

$48

First Aid Beauty FAB Beautique Set

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$48

Lashstash

You know you can’t rely on this friend to pick a restaurant or commit to a hair color‚ÄĒbut 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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$24

Beauty Unmasked

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

Reviewed

$68

Give Me More Lip Set

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.

‚ÄĒ Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$13

Yoseng 10-Piece Makeup Brush Set

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$48-$49

Gift sets from DevaCurl and R+Co

With DevaCurl’s five-piece¬†Curly Care Kit¬†($48), the gang‚Äôs 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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$34-$46

Cult-favorite makeup by bareMinerals

The¬†Nothing Beats the Original Complexion Kit¬†($34) is a four-piece collection of trial-sized bareMinerals complexion essentials.¬†For a higher impact look with bareMinerals’ signature blend, there’s the five-piece¬†Meteor Shower collection.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$64

Skin Wonderland

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$20

Holiday Assorted Bath Truffles

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$59

Beauty Book Makeup Set

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.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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$65

A perfume or cologne sampler

Each come with 15 samples of Sephora‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒat no extra cost.

‚ÄĒJessica Teich, editor

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