10 Seriously Good Holiday Sets
One of the most frustrating things about editing a digital beauty magazine is you don’t always see the holiday gift sets. These usually ship directly to store and aren’t promoted by the PR departments since they aren’t new product launches. Making it even more difficult to find, retailers rarely promote all of them so the only way to find them is to spend time in store or scouring the ecomm sites. The good news is I’ve done the work for you. I’ve gone through all the holiday launch programs and searched for the most interesting and fun editions & sets. Each offers good value for price and I think is pretty exciting for beauty and fragrance enthusiasts.
Clinique “The Chubettes” 20-piece set, $65 (value of $116.50)
Here is a new way to enjoy Clinique’s wildly popular Chubby Stick tinted lip balms. You get a mini version of 10 Chubby Sticks in a variety of the most popular shades and 10 Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. They are adorable and come in a collectible Clinique tin case.
Lancome Advent Calendar 24-piece set, $199
Celebrate the entire holiday season with this impressive beauty advent calendar from French beauty house, Lancome. Each travel-sized product is boxed in colourful packaging and housed inside a chic fuchsia pink box that can be used afterwards to store beauty products or accessories.
MAC Snow Ball Lip Kit in “Warm”, $39
This holiday lipstick kit is seriously exciting for a couple of reasons. Not only does it offer good value, but there is a brand new MAC nude shade that is only available in this kit. It’s called ‘Nude du Jour” and it is a seriously flattering shade with just a hint of pink and brown pigment. Each lipstick offers a hydrating matte finish.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Holiday Set, $135
New York fashion designer Marc Jacobs is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Daisy this year. And while that is his signature scent, Daisy Eau So Fresh is equally impressive. It contains notes of grapefruit, raspberry, pear, jasmine, rose, violet, litchi, apply blossom, musk, Virginia cedar & plum. It’s a fresh fruity-floral for her.
Bobbi Brown luxe beauty trunk, $350
This collector beauty trunk is so impressive I showed it on Cityline. It is one of those items that you buy and enjoy for the rest of your life – like investing in a designer bag or shoes. It’s for the true beauty enthusiast. I only see Bobbi offer a few of these during the holidays.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy After Hours Nude Lip Kit, $38
This is the perfect set for anyone who likes to rock a nude lip. These shades were selected to work together seamlessly to give your nude lip the perfect finish with a hint of dimension.
Versace Women 4-Piece Deluxe Mini Fragrance Set, $49
Here is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who likes sexy scents. With the big Versace mini-series debuting in January on FX, this set of travel-friendly scents will get you in the proper Versace mood.
Dior Deluxe Palette, $98
You won’t find this incredibly beautiful Dior eye and lip palette advertised anywhere. The French fashion house makes a limited number of them to reward good customers. They are so expensive for Dior to product, only a handful arrive on counter. If you do see one, snap it up. The packaging is exquisite. And you could use the case as a clutch when you are finished with the makeup.
shu uemura x super mario bros makeup brush set
shu uemura may be known for its false lashes and cleansing oil, but the Japanese artistry brand is equally talented at fashioning high quality makeup brushes. This set contains icons from the super mario bros video game.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss “Gloss on the Go” Set, $30
Here is a great gift idea for a co-worker or teacher. The sleek black case hides four mini lip gloss tubes in Red Door Red, Precious Petal, Passionfruit and Dulce.
Each of these items is available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com
Maria-Christine GeorgoudiDecember 12, 2017 at 3:39 am
I think I’ m in love! Especially with the Super Mario makeup brush set! Too bad most of these don’ t come to Greece 🙁 I think I must find me a good friend in Canada
Michelle CamposDecember 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm
Curvy CANDY!!!! ALL R LOVELY!!!!
knishiDecember 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm
Amazinggg products…clinique is my fav brand …i wish i get these lip balms its like a dream
Melanie EDecember 8, 2017 at 6:30 am
Lovely holiday sets, Dave! Thanks for the info. @MaraMel
Vivian DergousoffDecember 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm
Wow, thank you so much, Dave Lackie, for doing all of the legwork and research to give us a heads up on the best holiday gift sets out there. The 10 you chose are truly ‘seriously good’ and amazing kits – Dior, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, MAC and Clinique being my favourites of these. I had the same question as someone else posted about the Bobbi Brown Luxe Beauty Trunk – Surely those burgundy drawers are filled with product?…. The trunk itself would be great to hold a good collection, but I’m curious what beauty items are included to fit the $350. 00 price tag. Now I know what to look out for when I’m shopping the beauty sections. Thanks again – your tireless efforts, research and sharing of these precious finds are very much appreciated.
Mariola DaherDecember 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm
Had to buy the Dior palette to fuel my eyeshadow addiction ????
Michele RedwoodDecember 7, 2017 at 8:51 am
I bought the MAC lipstick ‘warm’ on Monday and love the shades so far. Will also be getting a few Versace perfume set for my nieces for Christmas. @emmanuel110972
Ιωάννης ΚαρακασίδηςDecember 7, 2017 at 12:25 am
Melanie ArcherDecember 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm
The Dior Palette is simply amazing and the Shu uemera brush set is to die for xxx
Heather SchellDecember 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm
That Dior Palette though! It’s so beautiful, breathtaking!
Diane K.December 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm
All of these sets are lovely. I particularly love that DIOR Palette. I don’t usually love Dior Holiday Palettes but this one is truly spectacular. As for Bobbi Brown Train Case or Trunk case, does any make up come in it? At $350, something should be hidden inside those burgundy drawers, ya think? I’m also really starting to get interested in advent calendars. It allows you to try a bunch of products from a company that you want to know more about, for me that’s Charlotte Tilbury, without having to pay hefty prices for a full size container. Plus, it’s great that you’re only allowed to open 1 drawer a day for the holidays so you really have something to look forward to daily. How fun is that. I love it! I would love Chanel to come out with an advent calendar. You did a great job Dave on choosing these items.
Jen LDecember 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm
OMG those Chubettes are covet-worthy want want want!
Jil Sonia InteriorsDecember 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm
Oh I’m running out to get the cute Chubettes, they look darling and I love the tin @jilmcdonald
@MeganOCODecember 6, 2017 at 5:53 pm
These sets are the best ever. The Clinique Chubettes absolutely darling. Nude lips are a Must for me! Dear Santa, The Lancome should be under every womans tree!
jennifer corriganDecember 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm
Oh decisions decisions on what hints to give Keith!! haha!! beautiful Dave!! @jenni40
Cynthia ChambersDecember 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm
All are great!
Linda LDecember 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm
All gift sets are perfect for this Christmas season. The shu uemura Mario bros. brushes are divine. I’ve asked Santa for a new set of brushes!! Hopefully Santa remembers! Ho! Ho! Ho! @linlett60
Rozeena KarimDecember 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm
Wow beautiful holidays sets love them all
Cynthia SacksDecember 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Great gifts for self and others. MY favorites: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy After Hours Nude Lip Kit and Dior Deluxe Palette. @cindy_sacks
Danielle PerraultDecember 6, 2017 at 11:58 am
These hollyday sets are all amasing, wath i do like a lot the Bobbi Brown luxe beautytrunk and the Dior Deluxe Palette wath can i say about the shu uemura x super Mario makeup brush set! I dont have any but i find these realy attractive! I won’t say anything about ferfum or fragrance! Thanks to son us nice gift we can do on different range of cost!
chucky1012December 6, 2017 at 11:56 am
Very great ideaal to buy pretty gift ook this ???? @chucky1012
SusanDecember 6, 2017 at 11:45 am
Wonderful article! Thank you! @SSladkus
LindaDecember 6, 2017 at 11:27 am
Are you giving these sets away as prizes? Just an idea. I’ve been very good this year! Linda
Joanne mantonDecember 6, 2017 at 11:15 am
These sets are beautiful I’d put them on my Christmas list but my husband would not have a clue
Merry Christmas dave x
Pratiksha GaonkarDecember 6, 2017 at 8:16 am
I’m in love with all of these 10 holiday sets….All are amazing…i wish i get to try atleast few of them!!