We’re firm believers that beauty products make the best holiday gifts, especially where our friends are concerned. Because who doesn’t love unwrapping fresh new lipstick tubes or seriously luxe skincare products? But beauty-related gifts can also pose a challenge—how do you know which shades will look good on your BFF? And what (oh, what?) is your gift recipient’s skin type? Enter: beauty gift sets, which take some of the guesswork out of the equation.
Our editors shop Clinique year-round, but we’re especially fond of its beauty sets during the holiday season. After all, the brand has always offered customized regimens for all skin types, so it knows a thing or two about the art of curating thoughtful assortments. From starter skincare sets to makeup boxes and fragrance trios, our picks are sure to satisfy even the most discerning beauty lover on your list (because we all have that friend who’s notoriously tricky to shop for).
Ready to cross your BFF off your holiday shopping list? Look no further—these beautiful gift sets are the way to go.
Perfect for the skincare newbie on your list, Clinique’s classic three-step skincare system ($85) is customized to give her great skin all year long. Packed with both full- and trial-size products to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize, it’ll help her stay on top of her skincare routine when she’s home or on the go.
We like to think of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Set ($65) as “glowing skin in a box.” Seasoned skincare devotees will appreciate this combo of super hydrators, including the hyaluronic acid–infused Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and treatment Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, which provide instant and lasting moisture. All About Eyes refreshes tired eyes, while a tinted lip balm nourishes with mango and shea butters. It’s the next-best thing to a girls’ trip to the spa.
Add a little (or a lot) of colour to her makeup routine with this treasure trove of mini lipsticks ($39). The four saturated shades—ranging from fiery red to bold magenta and deep berry—will give her a different colour for just about every day of the week, and each includes a build-in primer. The gift-ready tin is just the icing on the cake. (Read: no wrapping paper required.)
We all have that friend who’s constantly scraping the bottom of her eyeshadow pans or applying the same nude lipstick from two years ago (no judgment). She’s clearly ready for a makeup refresh, and this full-face set and pretty pink makeup bag ($55) will do the trick. It comes with a super-hydrating moisturizer, a neutral eye shadow palette, mascara, eyeliner, and lip and cheek colours, all in universally flattering shades.
Have a BFF who can never have enough fragrances? Add a few more to her vanity with this trio of scents ($25). The three mini perfume sprays—including the citrusy Clinique Happy, rich floral Clinique Happy Heart, and sparkling Happy in Bloom—are perfect for stealth spritzing on the go.
And while you’re shopping Clinique Canada, why not stock up on a few essentials for your own makeup bag?