Possibly the only great thing to come out of nine months of quarantine is the time I’ve been able to allocate to experimenting with makeup, re-creating cute makeup looks, trying new products, and searching for the perfect lipstick shade. And while everyone’s approach to makeup is different, no one can deny the transformative power of lipstick (much less a lipstick gift set).
Maybe I’m out on a limb saying this, but there’s nothing better than gifting and getting lipstick. No matter their age, their shade, or your budget, lipstick sets make for the perfect gift for anyone on your list. They give you the chance to experiment with new colors, look fresher than ever on your Zoom calls, and, dare I say, find one strong enough to withstand daily face masks. But if you’re not convinced yet that this is the best gift for them, keep reading. That’s right: We’ve rounded up the best lipstick gift sets that anyone would want to unwrap (and wear).
Lipstick Gift Sets Under $25
It doesn’t get better for the fashion and lipstick enthusiast than this limited-edition lip set from Moschino.
As a nude-lip enthusiast, I bought this Pat McGrath Mini Lip Trio for myself as a gift, and I wasn’t disappointed—the lucky beauty lover on your list won’t be either.
Every lipstick lover needs a good red lipstick and nude one. Nars’s lipstick gift set has both.
If you’re looking for an affordable gift set that includes the best lipstick and eye makeup, look no further than this set from Stila.
Lipstick lovers know that the key to a perfect lip comes way before finding the perfect shade. (It’s all about keeping your lips hydrated.) Give the gift of hydration with this lip balm set.
Prefer lip gloss to lipstick? You’ll want to scoop up these vegan, cruelty-free lip glosses from Tower 28.
Music and makeup lovers will be elated to unwrap this mini lipstick set from Selena Gomez’s beauty line Rare Beauty.
Achieving Jennifer Lopez’s perfectly nude lip is no easy feat, but you can try to get there with this matte lip set from Revolution Beauty.
Were you the kid who always asked for makeup from Santa? Gift yourself the nostalgic lip sets of your past that made you feel like you were wearing lipstick (even though you weren’t).
Whoever said lipstick and a glass of wine don’t go well together never saw this lipstick gift set.
Lipstick Gift Sets Under $50
Perfect your nude lip with this MAC gift set.
Don’t want to gift lipsticks solely? This E.L.F. set has a little bit of everything, so all your bases will be covered this holiday season.
Shopping small and Black-owned businesses is essential this year; Mented is one brand you’re going to want to support for sure.
The girlfriend on your list who's always ahead of the hype? They’ll respect unwrapping this Glossier set that includes some of the brand's most beloved products.
Finding the perfect foundation for your skin tone is just as hard as finding the perfect nude lip color. Luckily, you can start exploring with Lancôme’s lipstick gift set.
You can’t go wrong with gifting KVD’s best-selling eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick.
We all have days when we can’t be bothered to deal with dry lipsticks or sticky lip glosses. Fresh’s Sugar lip treatment set is the answer to those woes. When you want a little tint without the fuss, this set is your godsend.
As someone who used to consider herself a makeup novice, I know that picking lipsticks can feel daunting. If you’re feeling the same way, I recommend going with this lip and highlighter set from Fenty Beauty—it’s a no-fail gift for beauty experts and newbies alike.
Clinique’s gift set is the perfect present for the friend on your list with a minimal approach to makeup. Of course, it includes essentials like lipstick and mascara, but it has more of an emphasis on skincare, with cleanser, moisturizer, makeup remover, serum, and a gel eye cream.
Lipstick Gift Sets $51 & Up
Can’t think of a makeup brand that they haven’t tried yet? Try gifting the newly established, female-owned lipstick brand Valdé. Founded by Margarita Arriagada, a former chief merchant at Sephora, the brand employs a clean, cruelty-free refillable lipstick concept that’s bound to impress the lipstick enthusiast on your gift list.
You can’t give them the gift of travel this year, but you can provide a lipstick kit that makes them look sun-kissed.
Is there anything chicer than a Gucci perfume and lipstick gift set? Trick question: It doesn’t get better than this.
Yes, this is the second Pat McGrath gift set in this roundup. But for the women who love eye shadow, this lipstick and palette duo is at the top of the wish list.
Estée Lauder’s gift set is the material definition of “the more, the merrier.”
Still not convinced that lipstick gift sets are the thing to shop this season? Remember: The best thing about this gift idea is that you get to scoop up some of the best lipsticks (like these Dior ones) for a steal.
No matter what mood you’re in, Yves Saint Laurent’s lipstick gift set has you covered with all the essential lip colors for your next virtual date.
Grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and girlfriends alike will be stunned to unwrap this travel-size Tom Ford gift set.
Yes, I’d kiss Santa for this Christian Louboutin lipstick set.
Drumroll, please! I now present possibly my favorite lipstick gift set of all: Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk set. Of course, you can’t go wrong with any of the other fabulous shades and sets above, but if you want to know which set an editor herself wants this holiday season, it’s this.