I have such a weakness for makeup sets. They usually suck me in with cute packaging and then seal the deal by offering a good price.
During a recent visit to Sephora (ahem, purely for educational purposes), I discovered a bunch of fun makeup sets that tickled my fancy. Did I need any of them? No. But did I want them? Of course! And guess what? It’s that perfect time of year for frivolous expenses!
To help you write your letter to Santa (or be a gift-giving Santa yourself!), here are my top three favorite makeup kits this holiday season:
Benefit Cosmetics Her Name was Glowla $36 Benefit delivers yet another cutely packaged set (although let’s face it, not very durable or travel friendly) designed to give you a glowing face. It’s quite comprehensive with a set of very pretty shimmery eyeshadows in neutral shades, the popular Coralista blush, mascara, and a coral lipgloss. It even boosts the “glow” factor with a set of High Beam and Moon Beam highlighters.
This kit is very novice-friendly as it includes a fold out instruction card that shows step by step where you would place each of the products, even describing which applicator should be used! Speaking of which, it should also be noted that this set includes a blush brush and a double ended eye shadow brush. In my experience, these are decent brushes that are definitely usable and not the “throwaway” kind you usually get in other sets.
Who Would Love This Gift: Pretty much any gal! The colors are universal and would make a great daytime look for anyone.
Smashbox Eye Wish Palette $45 My eyes were first drawn to the stunning gold packaging of this eye palette. After a closer look, I fell in love with the mix of shades and finishes. It comes with 12 eyeshadows, and you’ll probably never guess which one is my favorite. Ready? The matte bone shade! — otherwise known as the most boring color in the set. But it is also the shade that I use 99% of the time on my browbone. I’m all for experimenting, but it’s also nice when you can do a complete eye look with one palette and they almost never include that basic matte shade. It’s usually all shimmer city, and I’m not really one to bust out disco ball eyes.
The bottom four shades are cream eyeliners that can also be used as bases. One drawback is that this kind of packaging is not ideal for creams as they’re more likely to dry out. You’ll have to be careful with that. This kit really thought of everything and even includes mascara and the always-essential eyeshadow primer (I have the full-size version at home — works great, but might be a little drying).
The big bonus here? Similar to the Benefit kit, this one also comes with instructions. The difference here is that Smashbox provides a set of instructional eye charts for 10 different looks that are all nicely stored in a little slot under the mirror.
Who Would Love This Gift: The sultry, sexy gal who knows how to rock a smoky eye and loves to experiment with different kinda of colorful looks.
Too Faced Pixie Perfect Collection $42 Once again, I was drawn to the cute packaging of this makeup set by Too Faced. The quilted, decorated case makes a perfect “on the go” makeup bag. They also did a great job with on the products. I really like the bronzer/blush duo — the blush coincidentally looks very similar to the Benefit Coralista blush mentioned above. Also similar to Benefit, they included their own popular mascara as well as a pretty coral lipgloss. And, of course, Too Faced made sure to include a miniature version of their flagship product, Eyeshadow Insurance (a primer which works well and, to the point above, isn’t drying).
I was really intrigued by the eyeshadow quad. You have a matte taupe shade and two shimmery shades of brown that I think could work well for both daytime and nighttime looks. But I was truly fascinated by the fourth shade. It’s hard to tell in the picture here, but it’s basically a cream color with tiny flecks of gold. Now to be honest, I usually stray away from any shadow with any kind of chunky glitter in it (I’m looking at you, Urban Decay!), but this is very fine and delicate, like pixie dust! Would I wear it to work? No way! But to a holiday party? Most definitely!
Who Would Love This Gift: The girly girl who loves to glow *and* sparkle. 😉
Have you tried any of these? If so, please let me know what you think!
I would also love to know if there’s any makeup on your Christmas wish list this year! Do tell.