6 Beauty Gift Sets Actually Worth Buying
Nars, Tom Ford, L'Occitane, oh my! This beauty junkie's Christmas wishlist is just a click away.
We're getting down to the wire on holiday gift shopping, and we'll admit it: All we want this season is makeup, nail polish, lipstick and powder (really, what woman can ever have enough of these things? We doubt even Cameron Diaz feels differently).
You can buy someone the wrong size sweater or itchy pajamas or candles they won't use (and will probably re-gift) or something as anonymous as bottles of wine or champagne — but lipstick, nail polish and body lotions are girly, festive and will always get used and appreciated. What's a better gift than the gift of confidence, after all?
Not only that, awards season is just around the corner in Hollywood, and even if you can't borrow next season's designer couture clothes like the actresses, a new lipstick color can provide the "hit" you need to feel good about your HBO party entrance — even in your staple black chiffon cocktail dress.
That said, there are way oo many beauty gift sets to choose from in this world. So here are six we have our eyes on (who knows, we might break down and buy one or two for ourselves).
Some are low priced, some high — very high — but you can be sure they will not be forgotten or ever go unused. And some are nice just to fantasize about! Isn't that what the holiday season is all about anyway?
L'Occitane Voyage en Provence Set; $39.00, Sephora.com (seen above)
We always love L'Occitane's little travel-sized hand creams (almond!), foot creams, shower gels, body lotions (verbena!). This set packs them in, and includes shea butter soaps and other travel necessities. What with fashion weeks coming, film festivals and holiday travel, this is the perfect mix of must-haves and glitz. Every body product you ever wanted is right here in a mini travel bottle you can refill. $39.00, Sephora.com
NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret Set; $39.00, Nars.com.
What girl doesn't love a lipgloss, particularly a NARS mini? And when can you ever find four luxury brand lipglosses for this price? These come in red, rose, bronze and coral. Great stocking stuffer that even the teens heart this glossy gift. A pretty pout is a terrible thing to waste. $39.00, Nars.com.
Tom Ford Two Piece and Nails Gift Box; $164, NeimanMarcus.com.
This set comes with two amazing Tom Ford lipsticks — Bruised Plum and Nude Vanille, both great neutral basics. And if you don't know by now that TF makes the world's most perfect lipstick — no texture crisis ever — you've been under a makeup-less rock. The nail polishes are Mink Brulee and Smoke Red, both holiday classics that work as well in winter as they do in summer. $164, NeimanMarcus.com.
The NARS Vault; $500, Nars.com.
Pricey? Yes. Flawless? Yes. If a man bought this for us, well, it's not many notches below a diamond. It's that flawless. It comes with 10 of NARS' best colors of its new Audacious lipstick collection, out this fall, with the perfect matte-textured lipstick that simply doesn't come off and never ruffles or feathers or puckers — unless you want it to. The 10 nail polishes range from full on white to black, with all the reds and pinks and greens in between. Colors for all seasons. Forever. $500, Nars.com.
Tom Ford Lip Color Set; $200, Nordstrom.com.
The perfect set of four TF beauties: Spanish Pink, Blush Nude, Bruised Plum and Casablanca — ideal for understated beauties who always want the perfect pout, from day to evening, summer to winter. $200, Nordstrom.com.
Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette; $76.50 (was $85), Nordstrom.com.
A limited edition of blushes, bronzer, six eyeshadows and two lipglosses, in a cool black travel case. We all know how great Dior eyeshadows are, and if you don't — you should.$76.50 (was $85), Nordstrom.com.