Don’t get me wrong—I love mixing and matching makeup brands as much the next beauty addict. My cosmetics bag is an eclectic amalgamation of luxury, drugstore and Insta-famous products that somehow slot seamlessly together. But there’s something special about a makeup kit, isn’t there? When you use it, you feel safe in the knowledge that a handful of experts have curated each item and shade to complement one another. There’s no wondering whether your peach blush is jarring against your golden highlighter, and you certainly won’t be questioning their eye shadow and lipstick combinations.
Someone else has done the job of colour-matching your cosmetics for you, and all you have to do is apply each product in an orderly fashion to create one in-sync look. Not to mention that makeup sets are perfect for those who are jetting off on holiday. Rather than fretting over packing lists, you can chuck a does-it-all box of essentials in your suitcase and go. If that sounds like your kind of travel prep, keep scrolling because we’ve rounded up the six best makeup kits.
If you tend to do your makeup on the move (like on the train to work), this kit has everything you need to get the job done without elbowing fellow commuters. Use Porefessional to mattify and smooth your complexion, lightly sculpt with a sweep of the Hoola Bronzer, blend Benetint over the lips and cheeks, and then finish your look with the fun-sized Roller Lash mascara.
It doesn’t get dreamier than Charlotte Tilbury’s all-bases-covered beauty boxes. There are 10 to choose from, each one holding everything you need to create a coveted look. The Ingénue is a suits-all wardrobe of dewy eye, lip and cheek essentials inspired by the fresh-faced likes of a ’90s Kate Moss and a Coachella-bound Beyoncé.
If simply flawless, glowing skin is your goal, try BareMinerals’s kit of complexion perfectors. It holds the brand’s famed Mineral Foundation, Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, a mini Beautiful Finish Brush and Prime Time Original Foundation Primer. Those wary of powder foundations shouldn’t be afraid of this cult classic base. It’s surprisingly luminous on even dry skin and feels entirely weightless.
This kit boasts a selection of five By Terry heroes that can be worn polished by day and super sultry by night. In the morning, swirl the Compact-Expert Dual Powder in Sun Desire over the cheekbones, sweep the mini Hyaluronic Hydra Powder over the T-zone and bump up lashes with Terrybly Growth Booster for a no-makeup makeup look. Then prep for the evening by smothering lids in Ombré Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon and gliding on the Lip Powder Essence in Nude Flirt. You’ll feel instantly dressed up.
When I hear “Burberry makeup,” I think of Suki Waterhouse. Think cashmere complexion, red velvet lips and a veil of iridescence on the eyelids. This kit encapsulates that look through four classic, key products: the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, Eye Colour Cream in Mink, Burberry Kisses in Military Red and a glossy red nail polish.
Makeup kits are at their most useful when you’re going on holiday, and Nyx’s travel-ready set is no exception. Packed in a transparent beauty bag are seven key products that create two flawless finishes: a velvety matte complexion and a gorgeously luminous look. Throw in a mascara and you’re good to go.