Makeup brands come out with the best items during the holidays! It’s one of my favorite times of year to shop for makeup. Not only are the deals great but I especially love all the gift sets and mini sets that come out for a limited time. These sets are a great value because you get to try several different products at a more affordable price rather than buying them individually. Mini sets are where it’s at. You don’t have to commit to the full size product and you get try a variety of things. I’ve scouted Sephora and Ulta to find the BEST holiday mini sets under $30 and want to give you my recommendations!
Side note: don’t forget to check out my Amazon Christmas Gifts under $15 gift guide!
I’m an affordable makeup girl through and through so it’s pretty hard for me to fork over my money for high-end makeup products….especially when I know I can find good drugstore alternatives. However, the holidays are where I make an exception. Sometimes high-end brands have some interesting products I would love to try or maybe there are just certain things that I really can’t find an affordable alternative for. In these cases, I don’t mind splurging on high-end brands and products.
However, I like to stick to mini sizes so 1) I don’t have to commit to a full size product if I’m testing it out and not sure if I will like it, 2) it allows me to try more products or shades so my dollar goes further and 3) it’s hard for me to go through a full size product anyways so I prefer starting small. If I really like it and think it’s worth the money, then I will splurge on repurchasing the full size.
The mini sets I’ve picked out and am recommending are, I think, the best of the best you can buy! These items are cult favorites, best-selling products, top-of-the-line formulas, or a combination of it all. Most of the time any sets like these are going to be limited edition just for the holidays. So needless to say, you will want to snag these fast before they are gone for good. As the holidays get closer, the stores could run sales on these items too making them more affordable and even more popular.
I’ve separated these it’s two editions: Ulta & Sephora….first up Ulta!
Benefit Cable Car Cuties Holiday Value Set – $19.00
Set includes mini POREfessional face primer, mini Rocketeur rose-gold blush, mini Gimme Brow fiber brow gel in shade 3.
NYX Beyond Basic Look Set (Color 18 online only) – $20.00
Set includes 6 shade eyeshadow and pressed pigment palette, matte liquid liner in black, matte liquid lipstick in Dusty Wine. This set in Color 18 is online only. They also have one more set in Color 17 that looks to be sold in stores.
E.l.f Rose Gold Glam Rose Collection – $20.00
Set includes Rose Gold eyeshadow palette, Baked Highlighter & Blush duo in Rose Gold, beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow in Blushing Rose, Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Lip Gloss Mini Collection – $24.99
Set includes 8 shades in Blushing Ambition, Aphrodite Kiss, Shanghai Scarlet, Forbidden Kiss, Rogue Envy, Nude Allude, Statement Nude & Bare Attraction
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set – $25.00
Set includes 3 shades in Dazed (redwood), Bittersweet (swiss chocolate) and Hudson (deep peach)
Smashbox Lipstick & Lip Mattifier Set – $25.00
Set includes 6 mini lipsticks in Famous (pink neutral), Audition (neutral rose), Primrose (mauve pink), Fig (red grape), Witchy (deep burgandy) & Legandary (true red) along with a deluxe Insta-Matte lipstick transformer that will turn any lip product into a matte finish.
Stila Liquid Eyeshadow Set – $25.00
Set includes 3 mini shadows in Diamond Dust (silver and multicolor), Smoky Storm (pewter and silver) & Kitten Karma (champagne, silver and copper).
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor Trio – $28.00
Set includes 3 shades in Hemp (light brown peach), XYZ (cinnammon beige) & Swank (raisin).
Tarte Fresh Faced Faves Best-Sellers Kit – $29.00
Set includes full size Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Shameless (rosy mauve), travel size Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist, travel size Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Seduce (rosy nude) & travel size Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara
MAC Mini Lipstick Kit (cool shades) – $29.50
Set includes 3 shades in Cocktail Kiss (matte dirty rose), Boca (satin soft pink nude) & Kinda Sexy (matte neutral pinky rose). Lipstick kit also comes in 2 other shades: Pink (pink shades) & Warm (red shades).
L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lip Mini Collection – $29.99
Set includes 12 velvet matte shades in Lilac Lust, Violet Twist, Bewitching Bordeaux, Domineering Teal, Navy Spy, Taupeless, Nude Stay, Spicy Blush, Wild Rose, Fearless Fuchsia, DIY Red & Sultry Sangria.
L’Oreal Holiday Makeup Kit – $29.99
Set includes Infallible Paints Metallic Shadows in Brass Knuckles & Rose Chrome, Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black, Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black & Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Devil’s Matte-Vocate Red.
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Set – $12.00
Set includes 4 matte shades in Always Red, Vintage Rosewood, Nude Blush & Blackberry Sorbet.
Clinique Great Skin Sets – $27.00 (but both sets were on sale for $13.50 when I was on the site!)
Oily Skin set includes Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula, Clarifying Lotion 3 & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
Dry Skin set includes Liquid Facial Soap Mild, Clarifying Lotion 2 & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.
Urban Decay All Day All Night Travel Duo – $19.00
Set includes travel size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray & travel size Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Duo – $19.00
Set includes 100% Pure Argan Oil & 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
Becca Glow On The Go Highlighter Set (Champagne Pop) – $20.00
Set includes Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in Champagne Pop & Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight Want in Champagne Pop. This duo also comes in Opal as well.
Marc Jacobs Reinvented Lip Duo – $20.00
Set includes Petite Le Marc Creme in Slow Burn (creamy rose nude) & Petite Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Allow Me (rosy shimmer).
Tarte Mini Eyeshadow Palettes – $23.00 each
Flirt set includes 4 matte shades and 2 shimmer shades. Tartiest Pro To Go palette includes 3 matte shades and 3 shimmer shades & Tease palette includes 4 matte shades and 2 shimmer shades.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set – $25.00
Set includes 4 satin shades in Honeycomb (beige nude), Sugarcane (pale pink), Rhubarb (rich plum rose) & Cayenne (bright red).
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip Mini Set – $28.00
Set includes Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Vino, Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice, Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Wannabe, Too Face Peaches & Cream Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick in Drunk Dial, BareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor in VIP & Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub.
Cover FX Illuminating Prime & Set Kit – $29.00
Set includes Illuminating Primer, Illuminating Setting Spray & Custom Enhancer Drops.
Smashbox Try It Kit – Primer Authority – $29.00
Set includes Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, Photo Finish 24-Hour Shadow Primer & Primer Water.
Sephora Favorite Give Me Some Nude Lip Mini Set #1 – $28.00
Set includes 6 minis in Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen (cool desert sand), Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (champagne-gold shimmer), NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (rose pink), Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Revealed (light mocha), Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (pink nude) & Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Trivial (matte pink nude).
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Mini Set #2 – $28.00
Set includes 6 minis in Bite Beauty Multistick in Brioche (rich terracotta), Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly (sultry mauve), full size Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bitter Sweet (gray mink), Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig (nude fawn), MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge in C211 (rose wood) & Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Rum Punch (nude).
Good luck snagging your favorite sets and let me know what you have your eye on this holiday season! Of course all of these would be great gift items for somebody else. But let me be honest, I totally had myself in mind when I was putting these together 🙂 It’s always fun to shop for yourself too during the holidays!
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