Brilliant Skin-Care Sets to Gift This Holiday Season

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

'Tis the season to gift and glow. Lucky for you and your loved ones, we've curated an extra-special list of skin-care gift sets for the 2021 holiday season that cover both bases excellently. No matter who is on your list — or what their skin concerns may be — brightening, firming, hydrating, and blemish-busting kits are all accounted for. We even have sets for seasoned skin-care aficionados who love to talk about the wonders of niacinamide over eggnog, as well as newbies who you want to introduce to your favorite K-beauty brand.

To make these gifts a little more magical, most of these boxes contain a full- sized product with a price tag much less than if you were to gift it on its own. The skin-care gift sets also include adorable, mini jars and bottles of Best of Beauty Award winners, like the Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen in the Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Kit. You (or your friend or family member) can experiment with the products and see if your skin loves them as much as ishonest editors do before committing to the standard sizes.

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The fun kits below, including, but not limited to, the Glow Recipe Glossy Skin Spell Kit, Mario Badescu Cleanse & Hydrate Collection, and Drunk Elephant About Face Skin Kit, are packed with all our favorite creams, masks, and treatments. Everyone is sure to be well-stocked with the complexion essentials of their dreams as we embark on 2022.

Glow Recipe Glossy Skin Spell Kit

For your friend who still listens to Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" on repeat and already has tickets to their local stop on his Love On Tour, help them prepare to have the dewiest skin in the crowd with the Glow Recipe Glossy Skin Spell Kit. The pretty-in-pink duo enclosed not only delivers a delightful watermelon scent but the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer and Niacinamide Dew Drops also packs the fruit's extract, which instantly soothes and hydrates skin. Be sure to let your giftee know the latter serum doubles as a highlighter. They are sure to adore you for sharing that quick tip.

Hero Cosmetics Emergency Stress Acne Kit

Breakouts happen to the best of us — they're nothing to be embarrassed about. Ensure your loved one is full-equip for whenever one pops up with the Hero Cosmetics Emergency Stress Acne Kit. They can slap on an acne sticker from the Mighty Patch Duo. After the zit starts to subside, they can continue the routine by helping the area heal with the Rescue Balm before encouraging the leftover dark spot to disappear with the tranexamic acid-spiked Lightning Wand.

Fenty Skin The Daily Duo Mini Cleanser + Toner Serum Duo

The Fenty Skin The Daily Duo Mini Cleanser + Toner Serum Duo pairs the ultra- creamy, antioxidant-filled Total Cleans'r Remove-It-All Cleanser and skin- smoothing, niacinamide-rich Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum in a travel- friendly set worth of the biggest Rihanna fan you know.

Versed Calm, Clear, and Holiday Cheer Skin De-Stressing Gift Set

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Do you have a friend who always complains about their skin freaking out? The Versed Calm, Clear, and Holiday Cheer Skin De-Stressing Gift Set is basically a meditation for their skin. The Just Breathe Clarifying Serum will get inflammation and breakouts under control with zinc and two forms of salicylic acid, while the quick-absorbing Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream nourishes complexions without adding more weight on their shoulders. That metal device in the center is a facial acupressure wand that can be popped into the freezer and kept on standby to help deflate any situation, including puffy skin and undereyes.

Mario Badescu Cleanse & Hydrate Collection

We all have that one friend who collects Mario Badescu face mists like Pokemon. Honor their pursuit of a fresh complexion with the Cleanse & Hydrate Collection, which features the latest iteration of the popular product, namely the Clean Facial Spray, which is infused with aloe, adaptogens, and coconut water. They'll also be able to explore other interests — maybe even the magic of hyaluronic acid — with the mini versions of the brand's Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Hyaluronic Dew Cream, Caffeine Eye Cream, and Hyaluronic Dew Drops.

Hanhoo Happy Hanhoo Days Essential Kit

For a holiday gift party with a $10 or less requirement, pick up the K-beauty- centric Hanhoo Happy Hanhoo Days Essential Kit. Just a Hamilton will get you a toner, moisturizer, mask, and pimple patches all formulated for keeping skin clear and blemish-free.

SkinCeuticals Post-Injectable System

Whether you are treating yourself to some facial fillers this holiday season or you know a loved one that is doing so for themselves, give yourself (or them) the supplies they need after the big appointment with the SkinCeuticals Post- Injectable System. The C E Ferulic serum, which is dermatologists and ishonest editors swear by, will help heal skin while working alongside the Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 to keeping complexions protected from fine line-inducing environmental aggressors. Post-injectable dryness will also be avoided with the H.A. Intensifier serum.

Kinship Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Kit

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Add more clean beauty brand options to your friends and family's lives with the Kinship Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Kit. Its quad of best-selling products — the full-sized, non-stripping Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, gently exfoliating Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, soothing Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer, and 2021 Best of Beauty-winning Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 — are all vegan, cruelty-free, and compatible with all skin types.

Murad Radiance Revealed With Murad

Another 2021 Best of Beauty winner shows up in the Murad Radiance Revealed With Murad box: the Intense Recovery Cream. The velvety emulsion is joined by line- smoothing, dullness-diminishing company with full-sized bottles of the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, and the City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50. In fact, if you were to buy all separately, you'd be spending an additional $127, so go use those savings on another set.

Humanrace Routine Pack

We're still not over the refillable, Gen Z green products in Pharrell's debut beauty line, Humanrace, and your music-loving bestie probably isn't either. Instead of picking only the Rice Powder Cleanser, Best of Beauty-winning Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator, or Humidifying Cream, splurge on all three with the Routine Pack. You'll save $16 by shopping the bundle.

Topicals Duo for Dry, Sensitive Skin & Discoloration

A year has passed since founders Claudia Teng and Olamide Olowe brought Topicals into our lives, and our love for the fun flareup-fighting brand has yet to wane. Share the joy of its standout, adorable but effective products with the Duo for Dry, Sensitive Skin & Discoloration set.

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The yellow aluminum tube, Like Butter, addresses flaky eczema patches with a deeply hydrating formula, while the pink one, aka Faded, focuses on decreasing hyperpigmentation and clearing up breakouts.

Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set

Have a friend who has been hesitant but curious about adding a retinoid to their skin-care routine? Allow aesthetician to the stars Shani Darden to show them the way. Her Age-Defying Retinol Set touts the Retinol Reform, which Darden stays by so staunchly that even she slathers it on every night. They'll also be able to try out the Cleansing Serum and Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer to support their retinoid journey.

Ole Henriksen Oh My Stars Skincare Set

Two ishonest skin-care favorites come together for the Ole Henriksen Oh My Stars Skincare Set: the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, which relies on the deeply exfoliating powers of glycolic and lactic acids, and the Banana Bright Eye Crème, which won a 2020 Best of Beauty Award for it color-correcting formula that brightens the undereye area while eliminating purpleness.

Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit

The Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit is a choose-your-own- adventure for your friend's next spa night. Depending on what their skin needs on any given day, they can curate a custom experience with the Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer, 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, and Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator.

Fresh Day & Night Cleanse & Moisturize Value Set

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Instead of simply shopping the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer, which was awarded the title for Best Light Facial Moisturizer this year, on its own, experiment with some of other standout Fresh products with the Day & Night Cleanse & Moisturize Value Set. A full-sized jar of the moisturizer is coupled with travel-sized versions of the iconic Soy Face Cleanser and the p.m. version of the Best of Beauty winner, the Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream.

Drunk Elephant Face Value Kit

Anyone who hasn't had a chance to try out the new Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum formula might as well take the Face Value Kit as the perfect opportunity to do so. The two-part system you mix together yourself for peak stability of the vitamin C concentration typically goes for $78, but for just $10 more, you'll also get a mini jar of the Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer, as well as tiny C-Tango Vitamin C Eye Cream and Hydra Intensive Hydration Serums, to round out the most brilliant morning skin-care regimen.

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