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23 Best Sephora Gifts That’ll Spoil All of Your Beauty-Loving Friends, Best Sephora Gift Sets 2022

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With the pandemic complicating shipping routes all over the world, people are getting their holiday shopping done earlier than ever. Lucky for you, everyone on your list can be crossed off in one fell swoop with some of the best Sephora gifts that have been released just in time for the holidays. The mega-retailer is already a one-stop shop for all your beauty products and specific skin-care and hair-care needs, and when the holidays roll around it’s basically the North Pole of gifting for beauty lovers. 

Whether you’re shopping for your best friend or your mom, there are plenty of sparkly beauty gift sets to go around, including inexpensive stocking stuffers and the latest and greatest in luxury tools. In fact, there’s so much holiday goodness that it can be a little overwhelming to start from scratch. So we did the hard work for you to find the best beauty gifts at Sephora — and compiled the most affordable options to “extra extra” holiday gifts. 

This list contains soothing skin-care sets that are worth every penny, colorful makeup sets that bring on the holiday glam, and value sets brought to you by Tower 28, Alpyn Beauty, Paula’s Choice, Oribe, and, of course, Sephora Favorites. So, go on and make your list, check it twice, and shop the very best Sephora gift sets the retailer has to offer.

Best Sephora Makeup Gifts

Danessa Myricks Lightwork Vol. IV: Transcendence Palette

Makeup by Mario Mario’s Lip Lift Kit

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Set

Danessa Myricks’s Lightwork Vol. IV: Transcendence Palette is a sight to behold. You know the famed makeup artist never misses but Myricks has really outdone herself this holiday season. Take a peek at the middle row of this 14-pan palette and you’ll find two water-activated aqua chromes that give you unreal, smudge-proof, and super-vivid colors as well as two glass-metallic, ultra-reflective shades that are activated by the heat/touch of your fingers. Of course, that’s on top of eight of her classic velvet-chrome powders and two of her most beloved pressed-chrome-flake beauts. Gift this palette of endless possibilities and you’ll definitely be the fave gift-giver of the year.

Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic’s lip lift trick (a.k.a. only overlining the center parts of your top and bottom lips) is the real deal — just take a look at former contributing editor Marci Robin’s before and after photos. While you can use Makeup by Mario’s fan-favorite Ultra Suede Sculpting Lip Pencils on their own for a seamless look, Mario’s Lip Lift Kit pairs a mini pencil with a travel-friendly Ultra Suede Lipstick for a fuller, richer look perfect to wear to your holiday parties. You can choose between Power Red, Mauve Nude, and Pink Nude (shown above) kits.

We all know and love Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic pinky-nude Pillow Talk lip shade that’s inspired countless iterations in the form of powder and liquid highlighters, eye shadow sticks, and even mascaras. If your best friend or sister is into all of the lippies, the Pillow Talk Beautifying Lip Set will be right up their alley. The four-piece gift set is stacked with a full-size Hyaluronic Happikiss tinted lip balm and a travel-size trio of the Matte Revolution Lipstick, Lip Cheat liner, and Collagen Lip Bath — so they can choose whatever formula they’re in the mood for.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Natasha Denona My Dream Eyeshadow Palette

Kulfi Limited Edition Kajal Eyeliner

It’s no secret that Rare Beauty is one of our favorite celebrity brands. (Go, Selena.) If any of your friends are skeptics of celebrity beauty brands, we get it, but once they try the Best of Beauty-winning Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, they’ll understand that it’s not all just hype. This versatile range of 11 shades across radiant and matte finishes leaves the perfect rosy finish — but be warned: it is super pigmented, so one or two dots should suffice. If anything, they can always add more and dial their flush up.

Natasha Denona is one of the eye shadow queens so it’s no surprise that the My Dream Eyeshadow Palette has landed on this list. While this 15-pan treat has two existing shades (two of Natasha’s favorites), there’s plenty of newness to drool over. Look closely and you’ll see that, within the 13 new shades, there’s a gorgeous multi-chrome color that leaves a stunning foiled finish, as well as two duochromes that are easily layerable and give an instant spark to any matte shade. 

We don’t need to tell you twice that Kulfi’s smooth-gliding Kajal Eyeliners are the real deal — but speaking of twice, they’re a two-time Best of Beauty Award winner, so maybe we did have to remind you after all. You can’t go wrong gifting any of the gorgeous (permanent) shades but the South Asian-inspired brand one-uped itself for the holiday season and launched equally obsession-worthy two pastel shades: Daydream (baby blue) & Jungle Gems (emerald green).

Best Sephora Skin-Care Gifts

BTS x Amorepacific Lip Sleeping Mask Lip & Pop Edition Set

Herbivore Radical RetinAlts Wrinkle Smoothing Set

DamDam Bestseller Set Bento Box

By now, you’re probably no stranger to Laneige‘s iconic Lip Sleeping Masks, which wrap your lips in a blanket of intense moisture so you wake up with plushness. Well, the K-beauty brand partnered with global K-pop superstars once again to bring you the Lip & Pop Edition Set. Not only does it come with the Peach Iced Tea and Sweet Candy flavors, but you’ll find a brand-new variety called Butter, which is named after the septet’s hit single. If your friends are obsessed with the buttery smell of movie theatre popcorn, they’ll love this petite treat.

Has your friend wanted to try retinol but seems concerned about how the active might affect their sensitive skin? That’s precisely where Herbivore’s oh-so-pampering Radical RetinAlts Wrinkle Smoothing Set comes in. This trio of Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol + Peptides Retinol Alternative Serum, Moon Dew 1% Bakuchiol + Peptides Retinol Alternative Eye Cream, and Phoenix Face Oil is chock-full of bakuchiol, a popular plant-derived retinol alternative that has been shown to boost cell turnover thereby, stimulate collagen production, diminish signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Never heard of DamDam? Newsflash: it’s the J-beauty brand their skin-care routine — no matter what their skin type is — has been missing out on. The Bestseller Set Bento Box is like a luxurious J-beauty routine packaged neatly into one gifting-ready set and includes the Nomad’s Cream Purifying Exfoliating Cleanser, Silk Rice Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, Paradisi Hydrating Essence Mist, and Mochi Mochi Luminous Plumping Moisturizer. Pamper their skin with antioxidant-rich shiso and gently exfoliating phytic acid derived from Japanese rice to improve overall skin tone and elasticity.

Drunk Elephant Day Dream Duo 2.0

Alpyn Beauty Peel and Plump Skin-Smoothing Duo

Augustinus Bader The Daily Essential Duo The Rich Cream

Has Drunk Elephant been on their wishlist for quite some time but they haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Give them a proper intro with the brand’s cutely packaged Day Dream Duo 2.0, which features the upgraded C Firma formula. All they have to do is pour the liquid base into the bottle with the powdered active ingredients, shake, and apply as they normally would. As a result, your giftee can determine the point of activation, therefore extending the shelf life of this vitamin C serum. (Usually, vitamin C starts losing potency around the six-month mark.) Glow up, friends.

Alpyn Beauty’s Peel and Plump Skin-Smoothing Duo will give any skin-care devotee the weekly reset they crave. The Wild Huckleberry Eight-Acid Polishing Peel gently polishes the skin, thanks to ingredients like vitamin C-rich huckleberry and white willow bark (a natural alternative to salicylic acid), and both treat existing acne and prevent the formation of new breakouts over time. The Melt Moisturizer seals in hydration with hyaluronic acid and softens texture with bakuchiol, so skin is left feeling impossibly smooth. Hello, glow.

Legend says that a man by the name of Augustinus Bader sold skin-care lovers on his $280 face cream. Wait, that’s actually true. While that price tag might make you scream internally, you can save a few bucks — $89, to be exact — by buying The Daily Essential Duo, so it’s like you’re getting the mini bottle (15 milliliters) totally for free. Try out this iconic concoction of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, squalane, vitamin E, and much more, and see what all the hype is for yourself — or gift it to a deserving friend who always laments about the toll the dry winter weather takes on their skin.

Shani Darden The Ultimate Glow Kit

Glow Recipe Hey You, You’re a Bright Light Brightening Set

Shani Darden is a Hollywood-based aesthetician to the stars, so it’s no surprise that two out of the three products in The Ultimate Glow Kit have won Best of Beauty Awards. The products in question are the Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum and Retinol Reform, which are spiked with their namesake ingredients to exfoliate dead skin cells and promote visibly smoother, softer skin and boost cell turnover while improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles (respectively). The peptide-infused Intensive Eye Renewal Cream is ideal for firming any sagging you might encounter around the eye area.

Glow Recipe has some of the cutest (and most affirmation-centric) skin-care sets come the holiday season. This Sephora-exclusive trio is called the Hey You, You’re a Bright Light Brightening Set, which contains a full-size vitamin C-packed Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum that employs five different types of vitamin C, as well as tranexamic and ferulic acids, to target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Then, there’s the complementary Guava Vitamin C Bright-Eye Gel Cream to depuff, hydrate, and brighten the delicate eye area. To seal moisture in, the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream contains multi-weight hyaluronic acid for plumpness, polyglutamic acid (a type of peptide) to boost the efficacy of the hyaluronic acid, and plum to add brightness. 

Best Sephora Hair-Care Gifts

Oribe Everyday Essentials Hair Set

K18 Reset + Repair Hair Kit

Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long

OK, so a gorgeously-designed gift box shouldn’t be the number one reason you buy a gift set, but in the case of Oribe’s Everyday Essentials Hair Set, we wouldn’t blame you if it was. Indulge the hair-care lover in your life with a travel-friendly trio of the Signature Shampoo, Signature Conditioner, and Supershine Moisturizing Cream. Infused with the brand’s signature Cote d’Azur scent profile, this comprehensive set is chock-full of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower to prevent oxidative stress and photoaging, strengthening ginger root extract, and a vegetable-derived protein dubbed Supershine to guard hair against moisture loss and environmental damage.

Another buzzy brand offering covetable gifts sets is K18, which has become an Internet darling due to its focus on formulas that repair polypeptide chains at a deeper, molecular level, as well as reconnect broken disulfide bonds. The Reset + Repair Hair Kit, of course, comes with a full-size hair mask valued at $75 — so, with the shampoo, it’s already well worth its price. For those who aren’t familiar, the K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask is a four-minute treatment that seriously repairs damage left over from bleaching, chemical services, and heat. On the other hand, the Peptide Prep Clarifying Detox Shampoo is a deeply-clarifying wash that uses activated charcoal and salicylic acid to rid the scalp of pesky product buildup — in part so that the leave-in treatment does its job even more effectively. 

Chances are, the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long is already on their wishlist. The upgraded hair tool is equipped with re-engineered with two barrels that are both capable of curling in both directions (so there’s no need to swap out barrels like before) and re-engineered brushes to enhance smoothness and decrease frizz. Tested to work magic across all hair types and styles, this Best of Beauty-winning device dries and styles hair simultaneously using Coanda airflow (which attracts and wraps hair around the barrel) instead of damaging heat.

Dae Mini Signature Shampoo & Conditioner Hair Set

Fable & Mane Healthy Hair & Scalp Heroes

Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit

Dae’s Mini Signature Shampoo & Conditioner Hair Set is all about promoting shiny, smooth hair that feels refreshed and strengthened once you step out of the shower. This travel-friendly duo is perfect for tossing into a carry-on, and therefore a great gift for friends who are constantly jetting off for work or pleasure. Notably, this wash duo is spiked with elasticity-boosting hibiscus flower extract, scalp-fortifying false daisy extract, and moisture-improving moringa seed extract for sleek, healthy hair.

Fable & Mane knows that healthy hair starts at the scalp, which is why the brand put together the Healthy Hair & Scalp Heroes set for the holidays. If any of your loved ones suffer from a dry, itchy scalp, they’ll definitely find relief in the powerful, soothing duo that is the HoliRoots Pre-Wash Hair Treatment Oil and SahaScalp Amla Soothing Serum (both of which are full-size!). Thanks to a blend of strengthening ashwagandha, vitamin C-rich amla, and scalp-supporting dashmool, your giftee will experience a calmer scalp that produces fewer flakes and overall healthier, less-breakage-prone roots.

For a friend who could use the hair-healing powers of Olaplex, consider gifting them the brand’s Hair Repair Treatment Kit. The key ingredient present throughout all four products — No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment, No. 3 Hair Perfector, No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner — is, of course, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which repairs broken bonds and strengthens hair. This limited-edition hair-care set will take great care of your friend’s hair, from start to finish.

Best Sephora Fragrance Gifts

Phlur Discovery Sampler Set

Canopy The Canopy Humidifier Starter Set

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler Set

Have they heard about the buzz surrounding Phlur but don’t know where to begin their scent journey? That’s exactly what the Discovery Sampler Set is for. The seven-piece set includes a two-milliliter vial of the TikTok-viral Missing Person Eau de Parfum, which is said to concur memories of loved ones, with its notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and musk. The other six scents are as follows: Améline, Not Your Baby, Lost Cause, Apricot Privee, Phloria, and Somebody Wood (the latter is one of Phlur owner and creative director Chriselle Lim’s favorites) — each as unique and thought-provoking as the one before.

Canopy has made a name for itself with its ultra-chic humidifiers, which will make the perfect gift for anyone who deals with dry skin in the colder months (ahem, most of us). Available in five colorways, The Canopy Humidifier Starter Set comes with an aroma sample kit and a humidifier designed with dishwasher-safe parts, anti-mold material, and low, medium, high, and auto-mode (best used at nighttime for increased humidity while you sleep) settings. Say goodbye to redness and dryness.

The Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler Set bundles 13 of the retailer’s bestsellers in the fragrance department so your giftee can give them all a sniff to decide which one fits their olfactory preferences the most. Then, they can use the enclosed coupon and redeem a full-size bottle at any Sephora store after they’ve carefully deliberated. How’s that for value? When there are icons like Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl, Marc Jacobs’s Daisy Eau So Intense, Gucci’s Best of Beauty-winning Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, and Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb to consider, it is a tough decision indeed.

Check out Sephora’s entire gifting selection at to find everything from Sephora Collection steals and Sephora-exclusive gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Your shopping list will be completely checked off before you even realize it.

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