17 December 2014

Beauty gift sets: three of the best

Best Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Benefit Christmas Gift Sets

At this time of year the shops are awash with gift sets and limited editions, many of which are actually sub-par to a brand’s typical offerings. But you won’t waste your time or your money with any of this little lot, which are this year’s best sets for gifting – for you, or for any makeup lover on your list. 

Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Eye Palette Scotch On The Rocks

ONE From the Scotch on the Rocks collection, this limited edition Warm Glow eye palette, €69, is one of the loveliest festive offerings we’ve seen from Bobbi Brown to date. Inside the gorgeous mock-croc case you’ll find a selection of nine wearable, flattering shadows in shades of gold, bronze and rose gold, thoughtfully curated to suit all skin-tones and in a mixture of textures; there are three mattes, four metallics, a copper shimmer and champagne sparkle. 

Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Eye Palette Scotch On The Rocks

Pigmentation is medium and this is a great one for layering, making it foolproof to create a warm, sparkling, lit-by-the-fireside eye look that’s not just gorgeous for this time of year, but will come in handy all year-round.  Shades include:
  • Flesh Shadow: warm pale cream matte
  • Beige Shadow: warm beige matte
  • Golden Pink Metallic Shadow: warm pink gold.
  • Bonfire Shimmer Wash Shadow: warm copper.
  • Rosé Metallic Shadow: soft rosy pink.
  • Gold Sparkle Shadow:  champagne sparkle.
  • Velvet Bronze Metallic Shadow: rich golden bronze.
  • Golden Bronze Metallic Shadow: golden bronze.
  • Rich Caviar Shadow: rich black brown.
Urban Decay Black Magic Double Ended Glide On Eye Pencil

TWO Urban Decay makes some of the dreamiest, creamiest, and most long-lasting eyeliners on the planet. This Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set, €33, comes with every black pencil liner that the brand makes, paired with a colourful shade on the other side. These are gorgeous – I wanted it for LSD alone, a stunner of a navy shot through with turquoise glitter. There’s not a single pencil here that won’t be worn and loved. 

Urban Decay Black Magic Double Ended Glide On Eye Pencil

Here's what's included (swatched left to right below): 

  • LSD + Perversion : navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle + blackest black matte  
  • Smoke + Black Velvet : grey matte + smoky black matte
  • Tornado + Black Market: dark eggplant pearl + charcoal black satin 
  • Demolition + Zero: deep brown matte + black cream

Urban Decay Black Magic Double Ended Glide On Eye Pencil Swatches

THREE Benefit has played a blinder this year with their gift sets and it’s tricky to pick out a favourite; the Cheeky Sweet Spot is certainly a contender, with six mini (but still good sized) versions of their popular boxed powders: Hoola, Dandelion, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Rockateur and Sugar Bomb, for €43. 

Benefit Sweet Tintations Gift Set

But Sweet Tintations just pips it to the post for my top pick; this comes with two of the brand’s tinted balms (check out  my Benebalms review) with the matching cheek stains at a very reasonable €29.50 (with a value of €87).

Still have a few people to cross off your list? You might also like to check out my luxury makeup gift guide. 

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