21 best Christmas makeup gift sets for 2021—high-glamour holiday gifting for all budgets

Everyone loves Christmas makeup gift sets and these are the crème de la crème for 2021

Three of the best Christmas makeup gift sets for 2021 on an ombre orange background
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Christmas makeup gift sets are one of those universally well-received presents that always go down a treat and this year's sets are no exception. 

Every holiday season our favourite beauty brands strive to outdo themselves (and each other) with a dazzling array of cosmetic kits. Think glamorous shades to create Christmas makeup looks, limited-edition products and chic makeup pouches, that in the case of designer beauty brands can often double up as a luxury clutch. What's more, these makeup sets often represent tidy savings on the individual prices of the products they contain. High glamour and huge savings—what's not to love? 

So whether you're looking for Christmas gifts for teenagers, Christmas gifts for friends or that tricky old chestnut, the Christmas gift for mother in law, we've got you. 

Best christmas makeup gift sets for 2021

Whether you have a modest budget or want to push the boat out, we've rounded up the most fabulous Christmas makeup gift sets for every budget and taste.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick Makeup Gift Set

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1. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick Makeup Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $62/£49.50
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious+Wearable shades+Designer purse included

This beautiful set from Giorgio armani oozes glamour and class. Not only does it include three velvety-soft yet long lasting Lip Maestro Liquid Lipsticks (one nude-brown, one pink, one classic red) It also packs in a very desirable little designer purse, making the not-insubstantial price tag feel like an absolute bargain. 

Benefit Lash Dream Team Mini Mascara Trio

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2. Benefit Lash Dream Team Mini Mascara Trio

Specifications
RRP: $24/£21.50
Reasons to buy
+Entire mascara wardrobe+Handy miniatures+Fun packagaing

Benefit always bring the fun factor to their holiday offering, and this well-priced and creatively packaged little set would be sure to put a smile on anyone's face. This brand are known for creating some of the best mascaras in the business, and every lash desire is very much covered here, be it mega volume (They're Real) curl and flutter (Roller Lash) or unbelievable length (They're Real Magnet) 

Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit

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3. Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit

Specifications
RRP: $49/£35
Reasons to buy
+100% natural ingredients+Contains 7 products +Great for natural makeup fans

Not every one of the best Christmas makeup gift sets has to be glittery or statement red. This cruelty-free makeup kit from natural brand Nude by Nature is packed with subtle, complexion enhancing products for fans of the natural look. Inside you'll find primer, foundation, concealer, finishing powder and bronzer plus a sleek black case and brush to apply.

Le Mini Macaron Le Maxi Rouge & Moi Gel Manicure Set

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4. Le Mini Macaron Le Maxi Rouge & Moi Gel Manicure Set

Specifications
RRP: $65/£64.99
Reasons to buy
+Complete home gel system+Chic shades and kit+Cruelty-free and vegan

How sweet is this French-made home gel nails kit? Not only is the LED lamp designed like a giant macaron, the shades are all super wearable reds and pinks and they've even thrown in a sparkly nail file and cuticle stick for true salon vibes at home. Anyone who loves a glossy manicure will love this and it's sure to come in handy for perfecting those Christmas nail designs this year. C'est Magnifique! 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Dreams Come True

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5. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Dreams Come True

Specifications
RRP: $375/£300
Reasons to buy
+Dreamy drawer vault +14 Full sized products +Popular Pillow Talk shades

Christmas '21 really would be a dream come true for whoever you gift this to (that's if you could bear to actually give it away). Containing 14 full sized products from Charlotte Tilbury's much-loved Pillow talk collection - including an eye palette, lipsticks, glosses, blush, liners and mascara - this would keep anyone in beautiful, flatting easy makeup looks all year round. 

Clarins Make-Up Heroes Collection

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6. Clarins Make-Up Heroes Collection

Specifications
RRP: $23.42/£25
Reasons to buy
+Excellent value+Four sophisticated products+Chic packaging

Here's proof you don't have to spend hundreds to gift someone a sophisticated makeup set. This very sweet and beautifully packaged box from Clarins contains dinky versions of the brand's signature grown-up cosmetics including the lip Comfort Oil, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, SOS Primer and Natural Lip Perfector. The shades are subtle and the textures beautiful. 

Pat Mcgrath Huetopian Dream Kit: Celestial Glow

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7. Pat Mcgrath Huetopian Dream Kit: Celestial Glow

Specifications
RRP: $252/£195
Reasons to buy
+Supremely cool brand+Customisable selection+Six full sized products 

This makeup gift set would be everything to that super-cool person in your life who loves fashion, is obsessed with beauty and knows their stuff when it comes to brands. It contains six full-sized products by brilliant makeup artist Pat McGrath, all in professional grade formulations and on-trend shades. And the best bit is if you think one of the products isn't quite right for your intended giftee, you can swap it out for something else. 

Rouge Dior Couture Colour Refillable Lipstick Collection

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8. Dior Rouge Dior Deluxe Collection

Specifications
RRP: $184/£152
Reasons to buy
+Keepsake velvet case +4 Luxurious lipsticks+Designer appeal

Another pricy one, but you know your loved one will already be blown away as soon as they see that glorious velvet keepsake case. It's lightly embossed in the House of Dior's iconic cannage motif and sure to bring lasting designer appeal to any dressing table. What's inside is pretty special too. Not one but four of the best long lasting lipsticks from the ultra-luxurious Rouge Dior Lipstick range in a mix of subtle and statement shades, plus one refill case to take your chosen shade out and about with you. 

By Terry My Best Of Set

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9. By Terry My Best Of Set

Specifications
RRP: $85/£62
Reasons to buy
+11 travel sized products +Classy rose gold case+Great taste of the brand

By Terry is one of those cult makeup brands that not everyone has heard of, but once tried these products are all you'll ever want to use. This would be an excellent Christmas makeup gift set for anyone looking to expand their cosmetic horizons, with 11 minis of the brand's best loved products including Baume De Rose, Mascara Terrybly and the must-try Ombre Black Star shadow stick. Love the rose gold makeup case too. 

Christian Louboutin Beauty Holiday Lip Coffret

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10. Christian Louboutin Beauty Holiday Lip Coffret

Specifications
RRP: $270/£219
Reasons to buy
+Parisian chic+Ultra high-end lipsticks+Statement jewellery included

Ooh la la, that's a bit of a spicy price for three lippies. But then again, perhaps it's not because what you get is three designer lipsticks from the very top of the highest end of the designer makeup market, which also double up as charms to be threaded onto a gunmental chain and create a spiky statement piece of Louboutin jewellery. It's not for everyone, but someone in your life would love you forever and a day if you bought them this. 

Kevyn Aucoin Lights Up Contour and Blush Mini Duo

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11. Kevyn Aucoin Lights Up Contour and Blush Mini Duo

Specifications
RRP: $25/£20
Reasons to buy
+Multitasking palette +Great value+Versatile shades

Ok this doesn't strictly fit within the christmas makeup gift sets category, in that it's just one palette. But, it is a multitasking little kit that can be used to highlight, bronze, contour and blush up the complexion and comes in a miraculous series of shades that seem to work on every skintone. It's also very cute, a little bit festive in its shimmery finish and excellent value for such a desirable brand. So we think that counts and it certainly makes our list for one of the best Christmas gifts for your wife too.

Emolyne Complete Kit

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12. Emolyne Complete Kit

Specifications
RRP: £45
Reasons to buy
+Classic shade selection+Three full sized products +Coordinated look

There is something deeply satisfying, not to mention intrinsically sophisticated about wearing a perfectly coordinated lip and nail colour combo. So why not gift someone you love the opportunity to feel that grown up and classy with this set from under-the-radar brand Emolyne? It includes a perfectly colour matched semi-matte lipstick, glossy nail lacquer and lip definer in a lovely limited edition box. 

Anastasia Natural Looking and Budge Proof Brow Kit

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13. Anastasia Beverly Hills Natural Looking and Budge Proof Brow Kit

Specifications
RRP: $25/£26
Reasons to buy
+Complete brow system+Three expert-made products+Five shades available

Brows don't get enough of a look-in at Christmas as brands tend to focus on lipstick and sparkles, but this handy kit would be sure to go down well. It contains three of brow guru Anastasia's best-selling products, Brow Wiz, Dipbrow and Clear Brow Gel, which can be used alone for easy grooming or together for maximum impact. 

Morphe Quad Goals Multi-Palette

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14. Morphe Quad Goals Multi-Palette

Specifications
RRP: $16/£16
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Four cosmetic pots+Highly pigmented

This genius stacking pot makeup set from Gen-Z friendly brand Morphe isn't just for Christmas—there are already six shade varieties on sale that make an excellent Christmas gift for her (or gift for him) at any time of year. However this limited edition Holiday Quad with it's shimmery golden highlighter and Santa red lippie does feel particularly festive and fabulous for any beauty fans in your life.

Too Faced Lip Injection Plump Challenge

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15. Too Faced Lip Injection Plump Challenge

Specifications
RRP: $32/£25
Reasons to buy
+Keepsake tin+Three products+Fun branding

A scary name for a fun Christmas makeup gift set. This needle-free kit contains three tubes of Too Faced best-selling Lip Injection, a clear gloss that temporarily bolsters lip volume using tingly ingredients rather than scary fillers. Each one is a different level of intensity, designed to be built up over time and makes a fun beauty challenge for someone who wants to plump their pout at home. 

SUQQU Powder Blush Compact

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16. SUQQU Powder Blush Compact

Specifications
RRP: $69/£58
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated compact+Six blush and highlight options+Luxurious cult brand

If you're struggling to think of a gift for that makeup aficionado in your life who has everything, here is your answer. Because what they probably don't already have is a beautiful Japanese-made compact of six finely-milled, highly pigmented blush and highlighting powders, offering limitless options to enhance and define their complexion in any way they like - from natural-looking blush to a full-glamour look. You're welcome. 

Ciaté London Christine Quinn Ultimate Collection

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17. Ciaté London Christine Quinn Ultimate Collection

Specifications
RRP: $99/£95
Reasons to buy
+Five full sized products +Limited-edition shades+Box designed by artist 1Penemy

Have we got any Selling Sunset fans in the house? If there's an avid watcher of Netflix' glossy realtor-reality show in your house, they will adore this Christmas makeup gift set, a collaboration with the show's anti-hero Christine Quinn. Star power aside, the product shades are all super wearable, a selection of glamorous neutrals and shimmers plus classic red and toffee-nude lip colours. 

Lookfantastic Bundle Mystery Box

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18. Lookfantastic Bundle Mystery Box

Specifications
RRP: $20/£15
Reasons to buy
+Contains five products+Giftable packaging+Great for secret santa

This mystery beauty box containing at least five beauty products isn't just a fun mystery for your intended giftee, it'll be a surprise to you too! Inside is a mix of makeup, body and skincare, sold sight unseen. They make clever cheap Christmas gifts for those awkward Secret Santa draws where you don't have a clue what Sally in human resources might like. If it's not her taste, it's also not your fault!

Tom Ford Most Wanted Clutch Size Makeup Gift Set

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19. Tom Ford Most Wanted Clutch Size Makeup Gift Set

Specifications
RRP: $80/£59.50
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-luxurious+Glamorous shades+Handbag-friendly lipsticks

Most wanted indeed—who wouldn't want three dinky Tom Ford lipsticks, all with a glamorous lightly iridescent finish plus natural oils and butters to keep lips soft and conditioned? The shades are glam yet wearable, named Scarlet Rouge, Impassioned and Wild Ginger and the chic gold box is so beautiful you needn't even wrap it, so you'd also be doing the environment a favour by buying these. 

Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set

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20. Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set

Specifications
RRP: $19.99/£19.99
Reasons to buy
+Quality vegan, cruelty free brushes  +Four brushes and a sponge+Excellent value

As well as fabulous Christmas makeup gift sets, everyone needs the best makeup brushes in their kit to apply it with. This one contains everything your giftee would need to create a natural makeup look, with eye, blush, face and setting powder tool. They look great and deliver on performance without shedding any of their vegan, cruelty-free synthetic hairs as you apply.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Trio

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21. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Trio

Specifications
RRP: $41/£35
Reasons to buy
+Ultra glamorous+Three lipsticks+Golden clutch case

'Tis the season for makeup with red lipstick and what better way to treat a lippie lover in your life than with this high glamour set from Yves Saint Laurent? As well as classic red, deep berry and satin pink Rouge Pur Couture lippies, YSL have kindly thrown in a beautiful gilded makeup case that could very well double as a designer clutch for festive parties. A gold standard gift. 

With thanks to Aoun Ali for additional research

Fiona McKim

As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)

Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). 


In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a features writer at publications including Junior and Prima Baby, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.

When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park. 


Come to think of it, the hot dinners and beauty products are probably about even.