Gifting your loved one with the perfect single bullet of lipstick is almost certainly setting yourself up for failure. Varying undertones and personal preferences make shade-matching a huge conquest for ourselves, let alone someone else. But that's the beauty of lipstick sets. Each holiday season, we're exponentially more impressed than the season prior by the stunning collections of bullets expertly arranged in a crowd-pleasing assortment of shades and served in glossy, smart packaging.
This year, we've come across plenty of beautiful assortments to gift your lipstick-hoarding friend (or even a lipstick rookie) with, including rich formulas and universally flattering shades. Below, 10 stunning lipstick sets.
Tom Ford, the master of coordinated lipstick sets with cheeky names, did it again with this trio of pink and magenta lippies coined the Girls "Soft" Set. Arranged from nude to bold shades, this friendly range feels appropriate for spring and a glamorous rebellion toward winter, so they're a win no matter which time of year you pull them out.
Three of Bite's iconic, best-selling Amuse Bouche Lipsticks and one surprise limited-edition shade make for a set you'll want to travel everywhere with. They're fortified with resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant to keep lip skin in prime condition and shea butter and beeswax to deeply nourish so you'll enjoy beautiful rose-pink shades and hydration and protection.
Hourglass's slim lipsticks are served by way of a chic metallic pointed refillable applicator, like a 1920s cigarette holder. Inside, you'll find rose and red shades via a narrow bullet, which makes for ultra-precise application.
The best types of nudes to receive. This set includes four pink-beige shades suitable for a wide variety of skin tones. The color payoff is rich and the formula dries down matte to stay in place through whatever your day throws at you.
When I met with Stila a few weeks back, the brand explained that it knows a liquid lipstick frontward, backward, and sideways. A long-wear, vibrant, matte pigment is kind of its thing. For any lip-color lover who'd appreciate the staying power and clarity of Stila's gorgeous shades (surely everyone), this set of six is the dream gift.
An expansive range of flesh-toned shades, this set showcases what it looks like to do nude lipstick right. The bullet glides on smoothly for a creamy, satin finish to outlast eating, drinking, and incessantly talking about how satisfied you are with your new studded lippies.
Clean beauty brand RMS proves that a quality lipstick doesn't need to come by way of harsh synthetic additives. Instead, these bullets are fortified with rich natural oils to repair the skin barrier, lock moisture in, and soothe parched lips while delivering rich color payoff—none of the nasties included.
A sundry collection of lippies, this set of existing Sephora #Lipstories features matte, metallic, and satin finishes in a sweeping assortment of shades. Possibly even better than the bullet itself is the colorful graphic packaging serving as eye candy for your vanity or anywhere you place it.
There's so much to love in this holiday-ready set. Each liquid lipstick is fortified with Volulip, a proprietary blend of avocado oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic filling spheres to plump and moisturize the lips. The formula itself is shockingly creamy and pigmented, grabbing tightly onto the lips while still allowing for movement. To help get you in the spirit of the season, each tube features a delicious scent of either cinnamon bear, pumpkin spice, hot buttered rum, or sugar cookie. Yum!
Trust when we say that your giftee will shriek with joy upon opening Pat McGrath's famous sequin-filled packaging and lust-worthy matte lipsticks. The result of these densely opaque formulas is a smooth, velvety finish enhanced with optical diffusers to blur imperfections. They practically beg the question, "What lipstick are you wearing?"