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The 5 Beauty Gift Sets I Would Want for the Holidays

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Looking for good stocking stuffers for a beauty addict? Want to introduce your clueless sibling to the world of skin care? Looking for a nice, but not too nice gift to give your boyfriend’s sister? You’re going to want to buy a beauty set. You get more bang for your buck (several travel-sized products from one brand instead of one normal-sized product), you can pack them in your carry-on (perfect for, say, visiting your mother-in-law for a weekend in Ohio), and they’re a nice way to introduce someone to something new without forcing them to commit. As a past recipient of beauty-set Christmas gifts, I can testify that they hit the spot: a coworker gave me a Ouai hair-care set last year, which is how I discovered their Wave Spray, which I now love. Thank you, co-worker! Below, a handful of sets that beauty rookies and advanced beauty junkies alike will die over.

Benefit Cosmetics UO Exclusive Brow + Bronzer + Bang Beauty Kit
$28 at Urban Outfitters

This $28 dollar gift set contains three of Benefit’s most beloved, cult-y products: A mini hula bronzer (one of my all-time favorites for achieving a natural, soft sculpt), a mini volumizing mascara (great for post-work cocktails when you want to take your look from day to night), and the Gimme Brow Gel (a small brow gel that reminds me, in a very good way, of Glossier’s Bow Brow). I can’t imagine a person who wouldn’t be happy to receive this combination of essential products.

Pat McGrath Lust Mini MatteTrance™ Lipstick Trio
$24 at Sephora

The beauty world, myself included, is obsessed with Pat McGrath. This trio of mini lipsticks from Pat is the perfect stocking stuffer for a beauty junkie, because the super-pigmented matte lipsticks are some of the most wearable but perfectly mixed shades I’ve ever tried. As a bonus, they come practically already wrapped in stunning sequin packaging.

Tatcha Skincare For Makeup Lovers Obento Box
$99 at eBay

Did Tatcha peek inside my head, find out which of their products are my favorites, and then combine them into a holiday kit? This has three pieces: (1) a Holy Grail of mine, the Tatcha Dew Mist (no face spray has ever made me look so bright and dewy); (2) the Violet-C Radiance Mask (beloved by Rihanna’s makeup artist, Priscilla Ono); and (3), their Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer, which I love, love, love to death. This is the skin care kit of all skin care kits.

Milk Makeup Meet The Fam Milk Bestsellers Set
$39 at Sephora

This gift set is especially suited for your teenage sibling or your no-makeup makeup friend. I’ve raved about quite a few of Milk’s products (their eye pigment, their cooling water, and their matcha toner, to name a few), and I pretty much love every item in this set. It comes with three of Milk’s stick formula skin care products (a brightening serum, a cooling water, and a hydrating oil), and three makeup products (a highlighter, a lip-slash-cheek cream in a natural dusty rose, and the extremely dramatic CBD-infused Kush Mascara).

Soko Glam Best of K-Beauty Mini Set
$32 at Soko Glam

This set will work equally for someone who loves K-beauty and for someone who knows nothing and is ready for an introduction. It’s a set of travel-sized best sellers from Soko Glam, which, in case you don’t know, is an online store that specializes in the best K-beauty products. Its holographic packaging is so cute it makes me squeal, and it includes a variety of must-haves like Time Stops Collagen Serum (an ampoule that stimulates collagen production) and Neogen’s Micro Ferment brightening essence (which I’ve written about before because it gives skin a super lit-from-within glow). This one’s also nice because it’s multi-brand, making it an extra-inclusive introduction for the beauty neophyte in your life.

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The 5 Beauty Gift Sets I Would Want for the Holidays