Holiday Makeup Sets That Are Worth Your Money | Clozette

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As makeup lovers, knowing what products we want to purchase (or receive) for Christmas is hard work. After all, the world of makeup is so vast that -- let's be honest here: a whole lifetime is simply not enough to try and test everything out. Luckily, almost every brand has come out with their own holiday set to celebrate the Christmas season – making things easier and extra special for us beauty junkies looking for a taste of something new.

However, after years of buying festive makeup kits, we learned that not all of them are created equally. Some are worth their price, while others are just worth a return trip to the store for a refund.

If you’re looking to purchase a makeup kit to treat yourself, or your loved one, this Christmas, keep reading below as we list down six beauty sets that are worth every penny.

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Benefit Cosmetics Bigger & Bolder Brows Kit 


Benefit Cosmetics Bigger & Bolder Brows Kit, USD34 (benefitcosmetics.com)

The Benefit Bigger & Bolder Brows Kit contains three must-have products that will instantly give you #BrowsOnFleek. Besides a full sized Ka-BROW! eyebrow gel colour and a High Brow highlighter, it also includes a mini Ready, Set, Brow! gel to make sure your arches stay in perfect condition throughout all your festive parties and gatherings.

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Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection


Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection, USD38 (lauramercier.com)

An eye shadow formula that lives up to the hype, this Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection is every eye makeup lover’s dream gift. With four deluxe sizes of their best-selling and most popular shades – Amethyst, Rose Gold, Aubergine, Tuxedo – this kit delivers endless options for effortlessly beautiful eyes for both day and night.

The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes

The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes, USD58 (sephora.com)

With six shades in each palette, you’ll never run out of edgy makeup looks to create on your eyes and cheeks. The Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes contain colours that will flatter whatever skin tone you may have, and are all easily blendable and buildable so you can customise your skin’s glow and your audacious eye look.


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NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set

NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, USD45 (sephora.com)


If you’ve always wanted to try NARS’s latest lipstick hit but have always been hesitant due to its price tag, then you’re in luck. The NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set contains six of their mini lipstick hybrid shades, which all suit the holiday vibes of the season.


NUDESTIX Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set

NUDESTIX Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set, USD58 (sephora.com)


Another dream kit for the eye shadow lover, the NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Box Set contains six of their famous Magnetic Eye Colors in full sizes. With three coming in a luminous finish and the other matte, you’ll have all the colours you need to prime, line, shade, and highlight your peepers – easily taking your look from work hours to party time.



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Too Faced The Chocolate Shop

Too Faced The Chocolate Shop, USD58 (sephora.com)


It’s all about chocolate for Too Faced this festive season as The Chocolate Shop includes all your favourites in one fabulous pink box. With 21 eye shadows infused with their cocoa powder formula, deluxe sizes of their famous Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, Better Than Sex mascara, Shadow Insurance eye primer, Luminizer highlighter, and Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, this chocolate-scented and themed set is the perfect addition to any makeup lover's collection.


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From skincare and makeup, to hair care and nails, beauty can be a great big world to delve into. That’s why when it comes to selecting the best gifts for a beauty addict, we have to say: it can be pretty daunting.


What if that beauty addict is a skincare-obsessed BFF? Well, great news: this significantly narrows down your gifting choices. While some skincare aficionados are drawn to brightening solutions, some may be devoted to finding the best in anti-aging. Whatever her skin needs, know this: if there’s one beauty brand every woman should own on her vanity desk, it’s SK-II.

So if you’re fretting over the best holiday gifts for the skincare junkie, don’t worry — we’ve broken it down for you. From the newbie to the resident expert, these seven SK-II festive gift sets will make her (or him) glow with crystal clear skin this holiday.


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The Newbie


SK-II Pitera™ Welcome Kit, SGD110

Is she new to the game? The SK-II Pitera™ Welcome Kit is her perfect introduction to the world of beauty. This three-piece set features the coveted Facial Treatment Essence — which is made up of over 90% PITERA™ to diminish spots, minimise wrinkles, refine skin texture, improve firmness, and enhance radiance in just 14 days! — along with the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and R.N.A.Power Radical New Age.

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The Collector


SK-II Crystal Clear Skin Set, SGD259


If your skincare junkie friend loves everything limited edition, you know she’ll appreciate a festive-clad miracle water. This season, the signature Facial Treatment Essence is all dressed up in a Suminagashi art-inspired design that is available in three colours. For the beauty collector, gift her with the SK-II Crystal Clear Skin Set, which contains the Facial Treatment Essence in red and the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.


The Glow-Getter


SK-II Glowing Aura Set, SGD458

For that friend who’s always a ball of positive energy wherever she goes (coupled with radiant skin that glows), it’s a no-brainer that the SK-II Glowing Aura Set is the best festive set for her. On top of the Facial Treatment Essence in blue, the set also includes the Cellumination Deep Surge Ex, Whitening Source Derm Revival Masks, and — another one of the brand’s whitening bestseller — the GenOptics Aura Essence.


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The Age-Defyer


SK-II Ageless Beauty Set, SGD408

She’s made it her lifelong mission to defy the test of time and pursue eternal youth. Indulge her with the one-and-only beauty weapon of choice: the SK-II Ageless Beauty Set. The power-packed coffret is equipped with the Facial Treatment Essence in red, R.N.A.Power Radical New Age, R.N.A.Power Eye Cream Radical New Age, and Skin Signature 3D Redefining Masks.


The Superwoman


SK-II Refreshing Skin Set, SGD359

She’s the classic 21st century modern woman — always on the go and forever juggling between different roles. Add on all the holiday parties and end-year festivities, and you’ll get skin that’s in need of an emergency reboot. Help her stay fresh and skin perfect while zipping from one place to another with the SK-II Refreshing Skin Set. It comes with the Facial Treatment Essence in green, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, and the Mid-Day Miracle Essence to perk her skin up in between appointments.


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The Gentleman


SK-II The Gentleman Set, SGD259

He is thoughtful, respectful, and a living proof that chivalry is not dead. He goes the extra mile and treats you like a lady, so pamper the man in your life with the SK-II The Gentleman Set. Featuring the Facial Treatment Essence for men and SK-II Men Moisturizing Cleanser, this set is what his skin needs for effortless grooming.


The Resident Expert


SK-II Pitera Essence Set, SGD99

With her extensive beauty collection, this woman is always at the forefront of the latest beauty trends and offerings. That’s why gifting her with this set will do no wrong. The SK-II Pitera Essence Set, which includes the Facial Treatment Essence, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and Facial Treatment Mask, is the perfect holiday gift for even the most discerning beauty junkie.


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It can be quite a mystery as to how us makeup lovers manage to add more products to our beauty stash even if we already have a huge and diverse collection. But in times when we need to trim down our beauty kits, whether it be for travelling or just decluttering, a holy grail product definitely comes into our mind. And they are our ultimate go-tos for good reason. 

But if you're still confused as to whether or not a product needs to fit certain requirements to be considered 'the one', do take note that HG products do not necessarily have to blow a hole on your budget. And if you do need to spend some extra moolah, then might as well be worth it.

So with the year about to end, we decided to help you stock up for your new year beauty stash early. Here's a definitive list of our holy grail products, ranging from drugstore to high-end, that you should totally add to the top of your makeup must-have list. 

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

If someone says that drugstore can't be your holy grail product, then clearly they haven't come across this foundation. A lot of beauty gurus swear by this product because of how flawlessly it applies, whether you use a brush or a sponge. Plus, it gives light to medium coverage and has a buildable formula, minus the caking. And with the price, it's definitely a product straight from your dreams!
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion


Eyeshadow has become one of the biggest things in makeup this year. But a great eyeshadow look can only be achieved if you use an amazing primer. Our top pick? The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Makeup lovers everywhere are raving over this product and for good reason. It simply works wonders as an eyeshadow base and you'll definitely notice the difference in your eye look with this primer around.


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Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Another holy grail product to add to your list that does not blow a hole in your budget, this beautiful rose gold blush from Milani gives your skin a nice flushed glow with its peachy tone and soft sparkles. It's also very creamy and pigmented, so a little goes a long way. 


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Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Face Palette


Every makeup lover knows that popping on that glow is everything. It gives an elegant and refreshing touch to any makeup look and the Becca X Jaclyn Hill highlighting palette gives you the right balance between a subtle sheen and a bold pop of colour with its selection. Even if this comes with quite a price tag, a simple sweep works its magic perfectly so you'll be sure to get the bang for your buck. 


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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


Not a huge fan of falsies but absolutely love lush lashes? This Too Faced mascara should be your go-to! Talk about the magic of one coat with its signature hourglass wand tip, giving you full and defined lashes. If you're feeling a bolder, two coats are enough for a dramatic finish that's perfect if you're going for a sultry and sexy look.


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Maybelline Creamy Matte Brown Nudes


Every woman needs a nude lipstick that's ready to swipe for everyday wear. And if you're a fan of creamy, long-wearing, and high-density pigmented lippies that won't break the bank even if you buy the entire collection, these brown nudes from Maybelline should make it to your HG list. With its variety of colours to suit any skin tone and mood, these babies can sure match up to high-end nude lipsticks in quality and aesthetic.

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Have you tried any of our HG picks? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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