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10 of the best beauty gift sets to bring Christmas cheer

Whether you’re buying for someone else or giving yourself a festive treat, here are the most indulgent beauty sets on offer

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By Elle Turner on

There's never a better time to bag beauty's finest offerings than when gift-set season rolls in. A chance to try out new products and pick up a few brilliant deals along the way (free lipstick, anyone?), these beautifully wrapped buys are so good you might just want to keep them for yourself. Here are 10 of the best to pick up before they’re gone.

Yves Saint LaurenT Mascara and Lipstick Gift Set, £25.50

For the gold standard of mascaras, look no further than Yves Saint Laurent's Luxurious Mascara (as delicious as it sounds for full, fluttery lashes). This usually costs £25.50 on its own, but for Christmas the brand is throwing in a classic red mini lipstick and glitter gift box alongside it for free. A great option to treat your friends.

 

Elemis Body Beautiful Frangipani Gift Set, £38

Elemis’ Frangipani range has achieved cult status on account of its heavenly scent – a mix of florals, coconut and macadamia. This set offers a generous, full-size version of the silky shower cream and body oil to make bathtime even more of a treat. Worth £63, you can grab it for £38 complete with festive red pouch.

 

Burberry beauty box, £50

For full-on glamour, Burberry’s Beauty Box contains its Cat Lashes Mascara for jet-black lashes, Eye Colour Silk in Antique Blue for smoky grey-blue eyes and Russet Lip Kisses for festive red lips, which means your Christmas Day face is sorted. Plus, there's a very chic Black Cherry nail polish also thrown in for good measure. It doesn't hurt that it will look absolutely cracking on top of your dresser either...

 

Ren Clean skincare kit, £34

An arsenal of skin-perkers, Ren’s gift set sees full-sized, V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (£34) joined by mini versions of the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (a super-speedy treatment that deep cleans and boosts glow) and Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial (which feels as good as it sounds and gives smooth, healthy-looking skin) in a cheerfully decorated gift box. Perfect to rescue tired skin post-Christmas.

 

Nars Kiss Velvet Matte Pencils Kit, £48

For the holidays, Nars has teamed up with surrealist photographer Man Ray to create a beautifully packaged collection. You can’t go wrong with its Velvet Matte Pencils Kit, featuring four pencils worth £20 each (a bordeaux, a rust and a limited-edition mahogany and pink beige) contained in a gorgeous gold lip-print make-up bag. A dream to apply, just draw on like a crayon. They glide on and stay put.

 

Clarins Festive Treats Face & Lips, £10

Clarins has combined two of its top winter essentials in a suitably festive gift cone. The Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch will aid dry skin, smoothing and hydrating to create a flawless base for make-up, while the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is a godsend for sore, chapped lips. It’s also small enough to fit in your handbag, so you need never leave home without it. 

 

Jo Malone Cologne collection, £75

The perfect explorers kit, Jo Malone’s Cologne Collection is a mixture of its most beloved classics (including Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Nectarine Blossom & Honey and English Pear & Freesia) alongside the most recent launch, English Oak & Redcurrant. A brilliant option for fragrance lovers, these scents will see you through all seasons and occasions. Plus, they give you the option to mix and match, creating your own bespoke perfume.

 

Liz Earle Make Every day Radiant Skincare Collection, £45

The original hot-cloth cleanser and still the best, Liz Earle’s gift sets aren’t complete without Cleanse & Polish. Happily, this bumper set offers up a 100ml version complete with a cloth and pump (very handy), a 50ml Instant Boost Skin Tonic (to calm and tone even the most sensitive skin) and a full-size Superskin Moisturiser (jam-packed with omegas and antioxidants). It's a complete treat for skin.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Icons Gift Set, £50

What do you get when you take all of Charlotte Tilbury's bestsellers and combine them in one perfectly packaged assortment? That would be the Beauty Icons collection, featuring (drum roll...) the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk (a universally flattering nude), the mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara (does what it says on the tin), the mini K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink (works on all skintones and is silky soft), mini Charlotte's Magic Cream Moisturiser (a backstage favourite to cheat healthy-looking skin) and a mini Wonderglow Face Primer (for an unbeatably glowy base). This is catnip for beauty nuts.

 

OUAI ON MY OUAI KIT, £35

You can't beat the gift of a good hair day. Ouai's superkit, On My Ouai, includes three treatment masks to repair and nourish, a Smooth Spray that conditions, detangles, de-frizzes and protects hair from heat, a Texturizing Hair Spray to add oomph and a Dry Shampoo to give you an extra day of fresh-looking hair between washes. And all in travel-friendly sizes. We all need one. 

 

@ElleTurnerUK

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