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Beauty buffs are well aware that there’s no better time than Christmas to stock up on your beauty cabinet essentials.
The festive season sees every label under the sun packaging together their hero products in under-the-tree-worthy style – and best of all, usually under the RRP if you were to purchase the items individually.
So not only do these gift sets give you a chance to put the most hyped-about skin, hair, cosmetic and fragrance products on the market to the test, but they do so at a price that will have you grinning all the way to New Year’s.
You may well be inclined to self-gift as much as treat your family and friends because these beauty bumper packs are too good to miss if Father Christmas doesn’t get the hint.
From La Mer to Murad, Origins to Oribe, Too Faced to Tachta, shop the best beauty gift sets below that have been given our editor’s desk seal of approval.
Byredo LA GRANDE SÉLECTION
Cult fragrance house Byredo is known for its innovative scents that are created based on founder Ben Gorham’s heritage and influences from the worlds of art and culture. Each is totally unique and like nothing on the market – but which to choose for your Christmas gifting?
Fear not for the indecisive among you as the brand is offering this discovery set that contains 24 mini vials of the aromas that range from floral to spicy, light to sensual and once they’re chosen their signature scent, they can use the voucher also included to choose one of the 50ml fragrances in the label’s signature minimalistic style with the black magnetic cap – an aesthetically pleasing addition to their dressing table.
Westman Atelier The Petal Edition
It is a challenge to choose just one of the gift sets from the Westman Atelier’s Christmas collection but for its inclusion of two of the newer launches as well as the beloved Blush Stick, The Petal Edition has caught our eye.
The brand was founded by legendary Hollywood makeup artist Gucci Westman and each of the formulas encourage a foolproof, easy application with stick formats as the preferred. The latest launches include the Lit Up Highlight Stick and the Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm. All these come in the flattering Petal hue.
Caudalie The Detox & Glow Trio
After the excess of the Christmas season, give the gift of a glowing detox in skincare form with Caudalie. The luxury French label is combining three of its bestsellers in this winning trio that is worth £52.80 and has the Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask, Vinoperfect Serum and the beauty editor favourite, the Beauty Elixir.
Our hands have been put through the wringer over the last few years so treat them with Aesop, the Australian-born apothecary-style label beloved by celebrities like Kendall Jenner. The brand is packing together its Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash with its scent of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar atlas oils with its Hand Balm from the same range.
Harvey Nichols Full On Fenty Hamper
Is there anything more exciting than unwrapping a hamper jam-packed with Fenty Beauty? If there is, we don’t know what it is. From Harvey Nichols, one of the few stockists of Rihanna’s beloved makeup range comes this Christmas gifting win. The retailer’s signature black wicker hamper opens to reveal cult products like the Fenty Skin Start’r Set, Fenty Glow Gloss Bomb and the ultimate glow-getter, the Liquid Killawatt Highlighter.
EVE LOM Radiant Renewal Ritual Skincare Gift Set
EVE LOM puts its hero cleanser as the star of the show in this Christmas gift set. The gentle formula has a cult following for a reason and each use feels like a pampering experience as the luxurious texture melts away the dirt and grim from the day. It is placed alongside one of the newer offerings, the Radiance Repair Retinol Serum, a glow-giving, anti-ageing powerhouse as well as the Moisture Cream to counteract winter-inducing dryness.
Laura Mercier Flawless Favors
In this bumper pack from Laura Mercier, you get the brand’s lauded Translucent Loose Setting Powder, universally adored as one of the best setting powders on the market. To make sure your makeup stays firmly in place, it comes alongside the Pure Canvas Primer Blurring that not only secures your base products but has a soft-focus effect.
MALIN+GOETZ Make It A Double
New York-born label MALIN+GOETZ takes a minimalistic approach to its exterior packaging but that is not a reflection of the supercharged formula inside. This duo is made up of a hand and body wash that will add a chic detail to any downstairs loo, while the rum body lotion is a treat to your limbs as you coat them in the addictive aroma.
Aromatherapy Associates Moment of Tranquil Sleep
A solid eight hour slumber need not be a pipe dream with Aromatherapy Associates and its gift set designed specifically with your giftee’s sleep in mind. The contents come from the brand’s Deep Relax range. With the calming aromas of chamomile and vetiver in the Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, Deep Relax Sleep Mist and Deep Relax Candle Votive, they will be lulled into a deep doze. There’s also an eye mask incldued too to ensure that nothing stands in the way.
FARMACY The Vault
The ultimate introduction to the FARMACY collection or a major coup in the Christmas shopping game, The Vault, as it’s being referred as, contains eight full-size products from the farm-to-face label packed with potent formulas. The entire contents would typically cost £318, so this is the time to stock up their beauty cabinet.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Natural Glow Collection
Wild Rose by name, wild rose by nature. It takes a starring role in both the ingredient space with orangic wild rosehip seed oil as well as the aroma, this will make a lovely gift to the lucky person in your lift with kind-to-skin formulas that enhance glow, while nourishing at the same time. Best of all, it gives you more bang for your buck than buying the items individually with the set worth £89.
NARS Kiss The Stars Matte Lip Duo
The Lip Duo gift sets from NARS come with the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Air Matte Lip Color in two of the most sought-after shades in the brand’s arsenal; a dusty rose and siren red. While the lipstick imparts pigmented colour, the lip liner locks it in place, preventing feathering and smudging.
Fresh Cleanse and Hydrate Skincare Set
If you want a failsafe gifting idea, stocking up on the basics will never go amiss. We’re talking cleansers, moisturisers and masks aka the contents of the skincare set from Fresh. The label’s hero Soy Face Cleanser is offered alongside the soothing Rose Face Mask that contains real rose petals. There’s also the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Cream for long-lasting hydration.
Neom The Winter Wellbeing Wonders scented candle gift set
Set the ambiance for cosy festivities with NEOM and its stellar Christmas collection. From the vibrant packaging, to the scents themselves, this is a sure-fire crowd pleased come December 25. The Winter Wellbeing Wonders combines a trio of seasonal aromas that are designed in turn to encourage calm, happiness or energy, depending on the celebrations at hand.
The traditional Christmas Wish has been a stalwart in the offering as well as the fresh Perfect Peace. These are joined by the new and calming Cosy Nights fragrance so whether they’re looking for an energising boost, a deep slumber or a relaxed moment of Zen, this collection of travel-sized candles will be a win.
Kate Somerville Clinic-inspired Mini Icons
With five of the bestselling products from the Kate Somerville collection enclosed within, this set offers a complete overhaul to skincare routines in line with the science-backed clinic-favourites from the eponymous company.
There’s mini sizes of the cult Goat Milk Cleanser 30ml and ExfoliKate Intensive 15ml as well as the hydrating Dermal Quench Liquid Lift 15ml, DeliKate Recovery Cream 15ml and even the ExfoliKate Body for amping up their bodycare too.
Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in Vinca blue and Rosé
Dyson has revealed a new limited-edition colourway of its hair tools just in time for the festive season. The striking Vinca Blue & Rosé hue has a unique porcelain-like texture so that whether you opt for the Supersonic hair dryer, Corrale straightener or Airwrap, you are treating them to a sophisticated addition to their haircare.
The machines also come as part of a gift set with a whole host of additional accessories, including a presentation case. There’s also The Detangling Comb to mininise friction in the brushing process and be kind to delicate wet hair as well as the large Paddle Brush that will smooth hair while styling.
Oribe Gold Lust Collection Set
Whether they’re already of a fan of the luxury haircare label or this will be their official introduction, this set from Oribe is the kind of thing that they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves but will go down a treat.
While it is practical in that it contains the Gold Lust Repair and Restore Shampoo and Conditioner that they will use on a regular basis, it’s also indulgent with the rejuvenating and uplifting properties – not to mention the healing benefits and A-lister shine that it’ll leave behind.
This is further enhanced by the travel-sized Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil that also comes as an added bonus (and free at no extra cost if you were to buy the shampoo and conditioner ordinarily).
Ruby Woo’s Party Crew Vault
Did you know a MAC Ruby Woo lipstick sells every eight seconds? The shade is one of the most popular to ever be created and it’s easy to see why. It’s the perfect shade of red and there’s something about that colour that encourages confidence.
In this very exciting Christmas gift option, with six lipsticks from the MAC range that includes Ruby Woo as well as different textures from the Liquid Lipcolour, to matte.
Kiehl’s Head to Toe Gift Set
From your fun uncle, to mercurial teen, this set from Kiehl’s is a universally-appreciated gift. There’s a combination of the apothecary label’s hydrating heroes to kick start the year with their best skin yet. It combines the Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream and Avocado Eye Cream that will nourish from head to toe.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk on the Go Kit
You don’t need to be particularly well-versed in current cosmetics trends to know the name Charlotte Tilbury. The British makeup artist behind the label is beloved around the world for her glowy, no-need-for-Photoshop products that are beloved from A-listers from Kate Moss to Twiggy.
The universally flattering Pillow Talk shade is almost synonymous with the label and has now gone far beyond just the lipstick to include liners and highlighters too. For eyes and lips, the Pillow Talk on the Go Kit will help you nail the gift giving process.
La Mer The Replenishing Moisture Collection
Picture this: it’s Christmas morning. It’s early. They’re in their pyjamas, sleep dust in their eyes and they open this. We can hear the squeals of excitement from here. Worth £214, this attractive tonal blue box plays host to the best-selling treatments from across the La Mer range.
We’re talking The Cleansing Foam to up the ante of the first step in their skincare routine, The Regenerating Serum to boost the skin’s natural production of collagen and The Eye Concentrate for hydration to the delicate periorbital area. Of course, no gift set from the luxury label is complete with the cult healing moisturiser, the Crème de la Mer.
Murad The Derm Report on: Brighter, More Radiant Skin
We all want radiant, glowing skin – fact. So why not make that your resolve this Christmas with another clinical skincare must-have brand? For those unfamiliar with Dr. Howard Murad’s eponymous collection, firstly – where have you been? Secondly, your festive season is about to be taken to the next level. The high-performance, high-quality products are divvied up by purpose; anti-ageing, clarigying etc.
This is the luminous boost containing the Essential-C Cleanser and Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum to minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and leave you with a healthy complexion at the same time.
Tatcha The Japanese Ritual for Glowing Skin
Japanese skin and wellness label made a splash on UK shores this year and if they’re yet to try the brand or can’t get enough of the nutrient-rich and sensorial collection, this collection will make them feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
It contains the The Camellia Cleansing Oil (50ml), The Essence (75ml) for a more hydrating take on toner, The Rice Polish Classic (15g) that is not your average exfoliator and The Silk Cream (10ml) – a lightweight gel that will leave skin feeling – as the name suggests – silky soft.
LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Chest
If you were lucky enough to get your hands on the bestselling LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Chest last year, you’ll know the retailer packs its offering with a jaw-dropping selection of products worth far more than the RRP.
For 2022, the gifting is bigger and better than ever with 16 products from NARS, Kate Somerville and NEOM with 10 full-size products that includes the Elemis Clarifying Clay Wash as well as deluxe minis from Color Wow, Dr Jart and Anastasia Beverly Hills. The total is worth over £360.
Origins Mega Mushroom Magic
There’s been something of a mushroom revolution in the beauty sphere and Origins is ahead of the curve with its collection dedicated to the skin health-boosting ingredient. The selection includes the label’s hero Soothing Treatment Lotion, Advanced Face Serum and Fortifying Emulsion that work in tandem to soothe inflammed skin and are packed with active ingredients.
Bumble and bumble All About Repair
For the person who has everything, gift something they will actually use with this set from New York-born hair experts Bumble and bumble. This collection has been created with bond-building ingredients in order to restore, fortify and protect locks from cortex to cuticle. It includes the hero shampoo and conditioner as well as a trial size of the styling and treatment formulas.
ESPA Harmonising Hydration Collection
The lead up to Christmas can be far from a pampering experience. From the parties to the over indulgence, any gift that will encourage you to take a beat and a moment of self-care will be sure to be appreciated by all – and that’s ESPA’s bread and butter.
The label takes it cues from holisitic philosophy and the products are caring to both the skin and mind with their beautiful textures and addictive, calming aromas.
This hard-working set is all about hydration – something that tends to suffer in the depths of winter. For parched complexions, it covers the bases of day to night routines and is infused with soothing chamomile and balancing jasmine. It contains the Hydrating Cleansing Milk 200ml, Hydrating Floral Spa-Fresh Mist 100ml, 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser 55ml, Overnight Hydration Therapy 15ml, and even a cotton cleansing cloth for good measure.
A shoutout for the Soothing Collection (£45) which includes the candle of the same name, bath and body oil and more.
PERCY & REED Volume All the Way
A treat to the tresses, this bumper pack compiles the cutting-edge haircare that the label is famed for in one handy holiday ready collection. With the label’s shampoo and conditioner in travel-friendly 50ml, the nourishment begins on hair wash day.
Once you step out of the shower, maximise the benefits of the legendary Wonder Balm as a primer to fortify each individual strand and protect against humidity for a long-lasting style – no frizz in sight. The volume-boosting line-up also includes a mousse that will encourage body and bounce without that telltale crunchy feel. The formulas contains the light but nourishing combination of avocado oil, green tea extract and lemon balm.
Too Faced Plumping Mobile Lip Injection set
While we can imagine the packaging appealing to a younger audience in particular, this stocking filler essential from Too Faced has appeal for all ages due to the Lip Injection product. This is one of the best products in the cruelty-free label’s expansive offering and gives your pout an immediate plumped effect that is enhanced over time.
It’s also hydrating and nourishing with the inclusion of avocado and jojoba oils within the formula. There is not one but three of the shades in travel-sizes that includes the exclusive golden pink Angel Kisses hue.
Pai Skincare Brighter Glow Trio
Pai Skincare was founded to prove that you need not sacrifice on efficacious skincare when you have sensitive skin or want to be kind to the planet. The London-born label teamed up with eco-fashion Parisian label Rivedroite for this Christmas offering where you can get three of its radiance-boosting hero products; the Vitamin C and Rosehip-enriched – Light Work, C-2 Believe and Rosehip Bioregenerate to cleanse, hydrate and nourish housed in a durable, keepsake accessory.
Kenzo Kokeshi Doll Flower By Kenzo
Flower by Kenzo is one of the fashion and fragrance house’s signature scents and has sensuous aroma that is somehow both light and striking at the same time, where the opening notes of pink pepper essence and blackcurrent open out to rose essence and violet at its heart. This is then anchored with a base of warm white musk and vanilla.
This Christmas, you will find the fragrance set alongside a Japanese Kokeshi doll which is adorned in a floral print kimono and is used as a symbol of friendship when gifted to show love and affection.
Moroccanoil Hydration Christmas Gift Set
From the cost-friendly price tag to the hard-working products within, this gift set from Moroccanoil is sure to tick off a few different people from your ‘to-buy’ list. The products place nourishing argan oil at the centre and this forms the basis of the hero treatment as well as the shampoo, condition and a sachet of the body lotion that are also included. A moisture-hit for all hair types.
Dove Truly Pampered Bath & Home Collection Gift Set
You can count on Dove to provide a low-cost gifting option that has practicality in spades. This shea butter-enriched collection is all about nourishment with the bath soap and soap included as well as the decadent candle. There’s even a dish for the soap made with FSC bamboo.
Bramley Sleep Easy Gift Set
You can’t put a price on a restful slumber and this is the restorative gift set that will help them achieve that desired deep, long sleep that seems oh-so elusive. Alongide the beloved Bramley Sleep Spray is an eye mask from a collaboration between Molly Mahon and the natural beauty label.