GIFT GUIDE 2016: Drugstore Gifts for Face & Nails

by - December 05, 2016

One of my favorite things to check out every year are the gift sets from drugstore beauty brands that seem to start rolling out around the middle of November. Unlike the high end sets that started coming out in the summer this year, these are ones that you have to wait a little bit longer for, but they're always a really affordable price and I think there are some great options. I've tried to find links for as many of the ones I'm listing here as I could, but I've pretty much seen all of these in stock in local drugstores and big box stores already.

So if you're looking for lower cost options for holiday beauty gifts, keep reading!

The first gift set that I wanted to feature is the L'Oreal The Sophisticate Gift Set, which includes their Voluminous Million Lashes mascara and their Lineur Intense and retails for $14.97. I think this is a great price point and the two items are well chosen.

Next, I went for the Quo Shadow Contour Set, which is available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. It includes an all matte six shade eyeshadow palette, which I think a lot of people will love to have in their collection, as well as two eye brushes and retails for $25. 

The Essence Stand Out Eyes Set is a fantastic deal, in my opinion, and has 3 products that I think are real standouts in their line. It includes the Lash Princess Mascara, the All About Bronze 8 Pan shadow palette, and the I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base and retails for $12. It's available online or in Shoppers Drug Mart & Loblaws stores here in Canada.

I had to include the Real Techniques Ultimate Eye Brush Set because I think this is actually one of my favorite eye brush sets of all time. All of the brushes are good quality and I think any makeup lover, new or old, will get use out of these brushes. 

Next, a palette that I've been thinking about picking up for myself for the past couple of weeks is the Essence Shape & Shadows Eye Contouring Palette. Inside you have 4 shadows, 1 highlight shade, and a brow wax and it retails for $10! It's a total steal, if you ask me, and the packaging is cute to boot!

Next, these little palettes from Quo that are $5 each are perfect little stocking stuffers for the beauty lover in your life. They come in The New Blue, The Modern Smoky, and The Bare Essentials and each includes a trio of shades for a classic eye look.

Finally, for the girl (or boy) who likes a little bit of glitter, a great little option are the Hard Candy Glitter Gel Palettes. These palettes are available in 3 different varieties and retail for $4.97 at Walmart!

My personal favorite gift sets are the ones for lips, and there are really some great options this year.

First, the e.l.f. Mad For Matte Lip Color Set contains 4 full size matte lip colors in Praline, Rich Red, Berry Sorbet and Wine. This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas from the drugstore, so for $10, I think this is a steal!

Next, the L'Oreal Mega Nude Lip Gloss Collection is absolutely gorgeous. With three nude shades in different finishes, this is a really wearable set that I think a lot of people would love, and it's only $14.97!

If you're looking for a little ornament gift, the Hard Candy All Glossed Up Ornament is only $2.97 at Walmart and contains 2 minis of their lip stains! Cute, right?

For a slightly more luxe gift, I think the Quo Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe is absolutely gorgeous. It retails for $30 and contains 4 lipstick shades in gorgeous rose gold packaging. This set is available at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

The essence Sealed With A Kiss Set is another great offering from the brand that I think is just an absolutely great steal. It contains 4 of their Longlasting Lipsticks, as well as one of their liquid lipsticks in a variety of great shades. And again, it's only $12 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws stores!

A great stocking stuffer, in my opinion, is lip balm and at this time of year you can find some great sets out there. One that I think is really pretty and fun is the EOS Limited Edition Lip Balm Gift Set, which includes 3 EOS lip balms in Wildberry, Passion Fruit and Honey Apple for $9.97.

And sticking with the lip balm theme, some of my personal favorites are Burt's Bees and the vanilla bean lip balm is actually one of the ones I keep next to my bed, so I couldn't resist including the Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean and Cream Set, which includes that lip balm as well as a lemon cuticle cream for $4.97!

One really exciting gift set in the drugstore this year, for me, is the e.l.f. Get Glowing Highlighting Set, which contains their much-loved Illuminating Palette, their Highlighting Brush, and their Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight for $10! 

When it comes to nails, essie is one of those brands that is pretty universally loved, and I personally think the essie Limited Edition Nail Polish Christmas Gift Set is a great gift. It contains 5 shades that are perfect for the holidays in miniature sizes and retails for $14.97.

Some of my personal favorite drugstore brushes are from e.l.f. and I think the e.l.f. Brush It Up Set is a great gift, particularly for someone just starting out in makeup. It contains 5 brushes, most of which I own and get consistent use out of, and is only $10!

Next, one of the sets that caught my attention at Shoppers Drug Mart this year is the Quo Soft Focus Highlighting Palette, which contains a 3 shade highlight palette as well as two brushes and retails for $30! Such a pretty set, in my opinion.

One of those iconic sets that has been out for the past couple of years is the Hard Candy Jingle Nails set, which retails for $19.99 at Walmart and contains 19 nail polish minis in a variety of finishes all housed in a pretty cute paint can packaging. Adorable!

Quo has a LOT of brush sets out this year, but the one that appealed to me the most was definitely the Quo Roll And Go Brush Set, which retails for $49 and contains 10 brushes as well as a really pretty gold brush roll. 

Finally, if you're looking for a great stocking stuffer for nails, I think the Hard Candy Seize The Sparkle Nail Color Collection With Cosmetic Bag is a great option. It contains 3 mini nail polishes as well as a cosmetics bag and is only $4.97!

I hope that this Drugstore Gift Guide was helpful and I'd love to hear in the comments which drugstore beauty sets are grabbing your attention this holiday season!

Thanks for reading!

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