Sephora releases holiday makeup gift sets


Karly Ball/Old Gold & Black

Karly Ball

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is typically overlooked, all eyes are set on the holidays.

Department stores are filling with gifts, and crowds are swarming toward the mall. In the makeup realm, several luxury and prestige brands have recently released their gift sets for this year.

Holiday gift sets are a great option for the makeup lover in your life, since they typically include products that individually sell much higher than they do in the value sets.

For those who are Sephora VIB Rouge, VIB or Beauty Insider, this week is the time stock up on makeup gifts during the VIB sale. There are several holiday gift set options depending on your loved one’s taste and interest.

If you’re not quite sure what to pick up, I’ve compiled a list of four value sets at different price points that nearly any beauty enthusiast would be thrilled to receive.

Smashbox Studio to go Lips $10

This set contains a classic red lipstick and a matte lipstick transformer. The shade is fun and universally flattering, plus the matte transformer is a handy tool that most people don’t already own. The contents have a $15 value, so you save a few bucks with the value set. For such a low price point and a well-known brand, this set is the perfect gift for a friend.

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set $25 

This $45 value set contains three universal shades of Stila’s liquid glitter eye shadow. These shadows were released earlier this year and were an instant cyber hit. They’re typically a bit pricey for an item you might not wear often, so the kit gives you an opportunity to try multiple shades at an affordable price. Plus, given the need for small amounts of the product in application, the small tubes will last most people well into the new year.

Sephora Favorites Lashstash $48

The Sephora Favorites kits typically present the best bang for your buck. For the mascara lover, this years whopping $132 value kit is definitely the way to go. The kit contains one full size mascara, one pair of lashes, and eight deluxe size mascaras. All of the products are from loved brands and some of the deluxe sizes are actually generous portions. This kit will allow your loved one to discover the right mascara to meet their needs.

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette $62

In terms of holiday eye shadow palettes, Kat Von D typically releases the most creative, well-formulated and vibrant shows in its price range.

This year is no exception. The Saint and Sinner Palette promises high quality and a shade range that will please the most vibrant personalities or those who tend to stick with neutrals. A lot of holiday shadow palettes sacrifice quality for quantity, but Kat Von D does not cut corners. It’s retailing for $62 and in my opinion, well worth every penny.