We aren’t sure exactly who Mariah Carey was thinking of when she came up with her 1994 hit single ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, but if the singer was to write the song in the present we are certain a makeup gift set would be at the forefront of her mind.
Makeup sets are a rare breed in the world of Christmas gifts owing to their ability to be luxurious, practical and personal, without the worry of wondering if the recipient will ever use them.
So, instead of opting to leave a scented candle or a photo frame under the tree for a special friend, sister, partner or parent, why not give her the glorious gift of glamour by way of a makeup kit?
Not sure on where to start? Don’t worry—we have you covered with a list of six of our favourite makeup gift sets that will look perfect wrapped up in a bow or slipped into a stocking come Christmas time.
1. Party Essentials Kit
This slick makeup kit features an assortment of long-lasting, highly-pigmented and easy-to-use products designed to create a multitude of looks that don’t take up any room in your designer clutch owing to their compact-size.
Create the perfect steely, cool gaze with the Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Velvet Chrome or turn your eye look up a notch by wetting your shadows with a dash of water before applying them.
A dash of Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara and Precision Liquid Eyeliner will ensure your eyes have the glamorous finish they deserve.
But high-voltage eyes aren’t the only look to come out of this kit. Create a holiday-worthy glow with the Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women and finish off your look with a super-hydrating Matte Velour Lipstick.
This kit is available in a selection of two different Matte Velour Lipstick shades—Lost in Translation and Lima. For the woman who likes to dance to dawn we recommend Lost in Translation, while Lima may be just the shade you are looking for to wear to a daytime lunch.
2. One Palette, 3 Looks - Velvet Chrome
For the woman who is always on-the-go (wait, isn’t that all of us?!), give her the gift of choice this Christmas with this edit of four must-have, long-lasting beauty products that will take her to the board room to the bar with a completely different look.
Whether she wishes to channel the glamorous vibes of Studio 54 with the highly-pigmented and long-lasting Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Chrome and Glazé Lip Lacquer in Pisco, or opt for a more casual-cool look with the Colour Brilliance Lipstick in Wanderlust or the AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm in Chameleon, this is the kit that does it all.
3. Christmas Lipstick Duo
Edited exclusively by the buyers from iconic British department store Fenwick, this kit has been designed to create the perfect pout using just two essential lip products.
The AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm in Chameleon creates an almost custom-made lip look thanks to a formula that combines vitamins A , E and F that turn your lips a unique shade of pink based on their PH levels.
Wear the tinted lip balm off-duty for a relaxed beauty look or wear on top of Glazé Lip Lacquer Minimalist.
The Glazé Lip Lacquer is the ultimate multi-purpose lip product that can be worn as a matte stain or high-voltage gloss.
What more could you ask Santa for?
The Code8 Christmas Lipstick Duo is exclusive to Fenwick and is available at their Bond Street boutique and online www.fenwick.co.uk.
4. Code8 Net a Porter Christmas Lipstick Duo
The tastemakers at Net-a-Porter have turned their attention away from statement sleeves and designer boots to beauty products.
The result? A curated elegant lipstick kit, exclusive to the online retailer, that houses two shades that will make your pout the poshest at every soirée this Christmas.
Rhapsody, a creamy winter nude that offers a hint of mauve and brown, will become a staple in your purse owing to its ability to blend in with any beauty look and outfit.
For those who prefer for their pout to pack a punch, Matte Velour Opera will be the only shade you should swipe on before you get frisky under the mistletoe. A universally flattering red built for durability and housed in a slick black-and-gold pack tube, this alluring shade will be a classic for years to come.
The Code8 Limited Edition Lipstick Duo is exclusive to Net-a-Porter.
5. Code8 One Palette, 3 Looks - Jaipur Marbles
The weather may be cooling down, but the contents of your beauty bag are set to get steamier with the addition of the One Palette, 3 Looks in Jaipur Marbles.
This super chic kit caters to the taste of every woman owing to the versatile, polished and easy-to-use products that are housed in Code8’s signature slick gold-and-black packaging.
The Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Jaipur Marbles features rich, highly-pigmented shades that can be used to create a high-voltage nighttime look or a sophisticated and glowing day aesthetic.
Pair your glittering eyelids with Colour brilliance Sculpting lipstick The Met for a polished look or create the perfect party pout with Glazé Lip Lacquer in Midnight in London. Both lip products can be offset with Code8’s 5secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour in Off Broadway.
6. Alternative Mood Lip Trio
We’d argue that the beauty equivalent of thinking you have nothing to wear is the fear of not having the perfect lip colour to complement your outfit.
Luckily, the Alternative Mood Lip Trio ensures this cosmetics conundrum will never occur, offering three unique and glamorous lip products to suit every mood, scenario and occasion.
For the woman who is in a relaxed and playful mood, the creamy Colour Brilliance Lipstick in La Piscine may be just what she is after. After dark, she may turn to the semi-glossy Glazé Lip Lacquer in shade Midnight in London for a richer lip look or the Matte Velour Lipstick in Lima for the perfect in-between shade.
Every Code8 lip product is easily buildable so you can take your look from day-to-night with ease.