Don’t get us wrong—we love mixing and matching makeup brands as much the next beauty addict, but there’s something special about a makeup kit, isn’t there? There’s no wondering whether your peach blush is jarring against your golden highlighter, and you certainly won’t be questioning the eyeshadow and lipstick combinations. Someone else has done the job of color-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, makeup sets are perfect for jet setters—rather than scrambling over packing lists, you can chuck a do-it-all set of essentials in your suitcase and be on your way. If that sounds like your kind of travel prep, keep scrolling for the best makeup kits that contain everything you need to stay at the top of your beauty game.
Best for a Fresh Face: Charlotte Tilbury The Ingénue Makeup Look Gift Set
It doesn’t get much dreamier than Charlotte Tilbury’s all-bases-covered beauty sets. 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.
Best Complexion Kit: BareMinerals Original Foundation Get Started Kit
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 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.
Best for Jet-Setters: Sigma Beauty Untamed Complete Collection
Makeup kits are at their most useful when you’re a jet-setter, and Sigma Beauty’s travel-ready set is no exception. Packed in a beauty bag are seven six products that create a number of beauty looks—brushes included. Throw in a mascara and you’re good to go.
Best for a 5-Minute Face: Inner Beauty Cosmetics Clean Beauty Essentials
If you're the five-minute-makeup type, look to this five-piece set from Inner Beauty Cosmetics, which is packed with everything you need to achieve a natural, full-face look: a skin tint foundation, a super blendable concealer, a smudge-resistant mascara, a hydrating lip balm, and a lip oil. The set gets bonus points for featuring clean, non-irritating formulas.
Best for Multi-Use Products: Jones Road Start-Up Kit
If there's one thing we love about makeup, it's that you can use certain products for more than one thing, just as this set from Jones Road proves. Use the rich brown eyeshdaow to fill in your brows, add definition to your crease, or conceal grays at your roots. The clear gloss can be used for just about anything, from adding shine to your lips and cheeks to setting your brows in place. As for the eyeliner and eye tint, they're universal must-haves for any makeup kit.
Best for Defining the Eyes: E.l.f. Me, My E.l.f., & Eye Kit
When it comes to creating a fierce eye look, all you need are eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a good brow. E.l.f.'s eye kit comes with it all—the curated rose gold palette will suit a variety of eye colors and skin tones while a foolproof retractable eyeliner stays put through even the gloomiest of days. Groom brows into place with the clear brow mascara, layer on a few coats of your favorite mascara, and you're ready to snap a selfie.
Best for a Full Face: Nudestix Smokey Nude Glow Kit
If you're looking for a no-fuss makeup kit for every step of your makeup routine, turn to this seven-piece set from Nudestix. It features an assortment of cult-favorites including a nude lip paint suitable for everyday wear, a glowing gold highlighter for cheeks that radiate, creamy eyeshadow sticks, plus matte and balmy lip and cheek pencils.
Best for Defining the Brows: Benefit Cosmetics Great Brow Basics Pencil & Gel Set
Whether you're a brow newbie or a pro, one thing is for sure: Benefit Cosmetics' basic brow kit creates brows that are anything but basic. Use the Goof Proof Brow Pencil to shape the brow and the Precisely, My Brow Pencil to create feathery strokes. Finally, finish off with the Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, which is slightly tinted and can be worn on its own for natural makeup days or layered on top of the others for a bold brow style.
Best for an Ethereal Look: Lime Crime Super Computer Nebula Bundle
If out-of-this-world, ethereal makeup is the name, this bundle from Lime Crime is the game. After you swipe on the lavender-hued mascara, dab on some of the sparkling liquid eyeshadow with your fingers for galactic eyes. Finally, make your cheekbones stand out from the universe with the three-pan highlighting palette, (which can double up for usage on the eyes, too).
Best for Touch-Ups: Honest Beauty All Day Perfection Touch Up Kit
Whether you frequent happy hour after work or you're prone to an oily T-Zone come noon, one thing is for sure: touch-ups should be easy. That's why we love this set from Honest Beauty that has you covered with everything you need to keep your makeup looking just as flawless as it did when you first applied it—a dual-ended lash primer and mascara (to keep lashes full and lustrous all day), a powder brush (because let's face it, blush is the first thing to fade), a blurring loose powder (to keep pores behaved), and a tinted lip balm (for days you can't decide between a lipstick or a balm).
Best Starter Makeup Set: The Lip Bar Fast Face Kit
If you're just dipping your toes into makeup, are overwhelmed with your slew of options, and don't know how to shade-match your foundation, try this makeup set from The Lip Bar, which is curated based on complexion. Once they know your foundation shade, they'll include a complementary face palette, mascara, brow gel, eyeliner, and lipstick—basically, everything you need to create a flawless look from start to finish. The result is a cohesive, tailor-made makeup look that takes the guesswork out of sourcing products for each step.
Best for At-Home Beauty: Undone Beauty Work From Home Bundle
You know what they say: if you want to feel the part, you have to look the part—even when it comes to conference calls. Spruce up your work-from-home get-up with this three-piece kit from Undone Beauty, which comes with an ultra-hydrating lip balm and a cream bronzer that melts into the skin flawlessly. But what really takes center stage here is the brand's signature lip to cheek palette, which is a curated three-pan compact that features a sheer-, medium-, and opaque-coverage lip and cheek color for endless styles.
Best for No-Makeup Makeup Days: Glossier The Makeup Set 2
Though there are a few staple products needed for a no-makeup makeup look, everyone's looks different, which is why Glossier did the dirty work for you by putting together a set of four core products that are each completely customizable. The cult-favorites in the set include the Boy Brow and Cloud Paint, along with a lip salve and stick highlighter to round it all out. All you have to do is choose which shades will become your new go-to, and you're ready to nail your no-makeup makeup look, Glossier style.
Best Budget Buy: Shany The Masterpiece 7 Layers All In One Makeup Set
When it comes to finding a versatile makeup set that won't break the bank, this one from Shany delivers. It comes with seven layers of palettes including purple-, green-, warm-, and cool-toned eyeshadows. Lips and cheeks get their own palettes while a complexion palette is also included for all of your contour, concealer, and foundation needs. We're partial to the brand's creamy, blendable formulas and wallet-friendly price tag.
Best for Professionals: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Blockbuster Collection
Hone in on your artistry skills with this full-color makeup kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills. After you apply the eyeshadow primer, turn to the 25-pan eyeshadow palette, which boasts everything from a matte warm-toned brown to an electric shimmery blue. If the evening calls for glitter, adorn your eyes with one of the five loose glitters (and included glitter adhesive). Finally, wing it out with the brand's ultra-black matte liquid eyeliner.