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22 must-have makeup sets

Save money, look fabulous — it’s a no brainer.

Written by Jenny Brownlees
Published 20.11.2021

Makeup sets are a foolproof option – not just for the holidays, but year-round.

Not only do you get to try a host of products from cult brands (while making savings), but curated sets can also offer exciting limited-edition goodies, minis that are perfect for on-the-go and sets that do the work of matching complementary shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush for you.

If you’re on the lookout for the best multi-product sets for eyes or lips or want full-face glam, the following buys will be instrumental in upgrading your beauty game for A/W. We tried and tested a whole host of must-have multis in order to bring you the ultimate edit – from luxe brands to affordable kits that wowed.

ICONIC London – Ultimate Icons Collection – £90.00 (worth £188.00)

ICONIC is loved by makeup artists, beauty biz insiders and beauty influencers the world over – and for good reason. The brand’s affordable buys really live up to their name, offering radiance-giving, long-lasting, quality products without breaking the bank.

Housed in an ultra-chic vanity case, their luxe set impresses with nine of the brand’s full-sized, best-selling products in sell-out shades. The Prep-Set-Glow, Triple Threat Mascara, Brow Silk Kit, Lustre Lip Oil, Sheer Blush, Illuminator, Sheer Bronze, Glossing Brush and Warm & Blushing Eyeshadow Palette offer the ultimate glossy glow for a full-face look that dazzles.

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MAC – Kiss of Magic Lip Kit – £35.00

MAC lovers, assemble. The brand has curated a trio of gorgeous, head-turning lipsticks in date-night shades. Fans of the iconic Ruby Woo will love the retro matte version, which compliments all skin tones. We’ll be wearing the Devoted To Chili shade on Friday nights out, the moisturising formula meaning it’ll last all night. But whichever shade is your fave, know each lippy’s high-impact colour will make for a standout pout.

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Laura Mercier – Iconic Essentials Mini Makeup Set – £35.00

Fans of Laura Mercier will know exactly why the brand’s Pure Canvas Primer, Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color in Rosegold are all best-sellers. If you’re new to the brand, these three must-haves are the perfect introductory products – one use and you’ll be hooked.

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Beauty Bay – The Showtime Beauty Box – £40.00 (worth £119.00)

Worth an impressive £119, nab this £40 box – full to the brim of cult beauty buys –  while you still can. If you have a party date in the diary or just want to glam-up for weekend drinks, this set of must-have goodies will help you create the perfect going-out look.

With Milani’s shimmering Baked Blush, luxe silk lashes, two eyeshadow palettes, a volumising mascara, lipstick, liner and gloss and a 12-piece eyeshadow brush set, what more could you possibly need?

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NARS – Pleasure Seeker Afterglow Lip Balm Set – £36.00

Beauty fans went wild for NARS’ lip balms when they launched, and now you can indulge in the entire set for just £36. The sheer balms feel super-hydrating, whilst adding shine and hint of luxe-looking colour.

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Illamasqua – Firework Eye, Lip & Cheek Set – £28.50

The perfect set for any glow-getters, this kit features the brand’s beloved Liquid Highlighter, Beyond Lipstick and shimmering Eye Pencil.

Illamasqua’s Head Makeup Artist, Mel Barrese, advises using the OMG Beyond Liquid Highlighter to add a pop of shimmer to the cheekbones, browbones and cupids bow, or mix into any foundation for added radiance. Spark’s soft nude lippy has finely milled gold shimmer particles to make lips gleam, perfect when set against the warm gold eyeliner for soft but shimmering sparkle.

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The Body Shop – Flutter & Flick Eye Makeup Gift – £20.00

Your lashes will love The Body Shop’s defining Happy Go Lash Mascara, worn alone or with shadow. But why not amp up the drama come nighttime with their Smoky Eye Definer Pencil? We’ll be wearing this under the eye in the trending reverse cat-eye style that’s everywhere RN.

As if that duo wasn’t enough to sell you on a smokey eye, you’re treated to the brand’s iconic Camomile Cleansing Butter to melt away makeup in seconds, too.

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Maybelline – The Trendsetter Makeup Kit – £20.75

The beauty trend-obsessed are in for a treat with Maybelline’s three-piece set. Featuring that TikTok famous mascara, a clear brow gel and gleaming lip gloss, this is affordable, drugstore beauty at its best.

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Refy – Summer Skin Collection – £45.00

Don’t let the name fool you – this set is just as good for winter as it is for summer. Besides, who says glowing skin has to stop after August?

We have been seriously wowed by every product in this recently-launched beauty brand. So much so, we’ve been shouting it from the hilltops. Glossy skin is a doddle thanks to Refy’s dewy, sculpting cream bronzer, which you can also use as all-over base. Add the velvety cream blush to the cheekbones for the perfect buildable tint.

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West Barn Co. – The Brow Pen And The Brow Pencil Bundle – £30.00

West Barn Co.’s Soap Brows have achieved cult status and now the brand has introduced their equally impressive brow range. The perfect products to add realistic hair strokes to even the sparsest brows, their fine-tipped brush makes for a detailed finish that lasts all day, while the pencil never smudges.

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Eyeko – Black Magic Cocoa Edit Mini Duo – £9.00

Beauty TikTokkers have convinced us to try brown mascara as a suit-all, softening alternative to black and, well…we’re obsessed. Our favourite buys, we hear you ask? Eyeko’s Cocoa Edit Eyeliner – featuring a calligraphy-inspired precise brush tip and the rich, chocolate brown of the keratin-infused Cocoa Edit Mascara.

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CLINIQUE – Must-Have Makeup – £37.00

Four essentials from Clinique in one set? We’re all ears. To achieve a photo-ready look in a mere five minutes, apply the Cheek Pop™ Highlighter over your base, add a swipe of the Pretty Easy™ Liquid Eyelining Pen and define lashes with High Impact™ Mascara. Finish with the universally flattering Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, and you’re good to go.

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Dior – The Atelier Of Dreams Minaudiere – £156.00

If you’re looking for a truly luxurious set this season, Dior has you covered. It doesn’t get more standout than Rouge Dior’s gold minaudiere – made in tribute to the iconic design house’s address, 30 Avenue Montaigne.

Featuring a removable case and lipstick holder, it can be carried either as a clutch or over the shoulder. If the casing alone wasn’t enough to sway you, inside features four iconic Rouge Dior lipsticks in Pink Rose, Red Pansy, Winter Poppy and Sparkling Peony.

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Milani – All-Inclusive Eye, Cheek & Face Palette – £15.95

Our favourite do-it-all palette for an effortless look on-the-go. Milani’s latest offering treats you to two beautiful blush shades, three eyeshadows, a bronzer and a highlighter – all richly pigmented and long-lasting in a palette that’s portable enough to slip into your handbag.

The luxe powder formulas have been designed to easily build and blend together, so you can go from subtlety bronzed to strobed in an instant.

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Stila – Holiday Bounty Stay All Day® Eye & Brow Set – £42.00

Packaged in a trendy cosmetic bag, you’re treated to all of your eye and brow makeup must-haves in one set. Featuring Stila’s Stay All Day™ Mascara, Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner and Waterproof Brow Colour, this bargain set makes everyday makeup a doddle.

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ELF – Diamond Darling Liquid Eyeshadow Vault – £35.00

If you haven’t tried ELF’s liquid eyeshadows yet, trust us – you’re missing a trick. Gliding on for a sparkly look without the faff of glitter glue (or fall out from eyeshadows), this limited-edition set is our must-buy of the season.

There are four metallic and four glitter shades included, each gel-based and long-lasting. One sweep of the wand and you’re night out-ready, thanks to the clever, quick-dry ingredients. We love to layer and mix ours for a 3D glitzy look that never lets us down.

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KVD – Beauty Vegan Beauty Stars – £30.00

Our favourite vegan makeup range offers its cult eyeliner and lippy, now in handy mini versions. The perfect size to pop in your going-out bag.

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Clarins – Lips & Lashes Stocking Filler – £10.00

A steal at just £10, this set contains Clarin’s legendary Joli Rouge lipstick and high-intensity Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara. Pair the two together and you’ve got a drinks-ready makeup look in minutes. Small enough to pop in your handbag for top-ups, this duo is a winner.

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Ciaté London – Christine Quinn Ultimate Collection – £95.00

Ever since Selling Sunset burst onto our screens in 2019, Christine Quinn has emerged as the show’s unrivaled star. An icon of empowerment, confidence and serious style, she’s now brought her signature sass to her first-ever cosmetics collaboration with cult beauty powerhouse, Ciaté London.

Housed in packaging designed by Christine’s favourite NYC-based street artist, 1penemy, the set features £115 worth of goodies inside. We’ve been creating an abundance of looks from the every day all the way through to nights out with the Bo$$ B*tch Eyeshadow Palette, and have been seriously impressed with the No Filt-her Universal Complexion Brightener. If it’s good enough for Christine…

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Milk MakeupDisco Mix £24.00

Treat your lashes to Milk’s bestselling Kush Mascara and Eyeliner – perfect for creating an eye look that pops.

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BITE Beauty – Feast Your Eyes Set – £17.00

If you’ve seen this brand pop up on the Instagram feed of your favourite beauty influencers and want to get in on the action, this set is a wonderful introduction.

The perfect duo to make eyes pop, this set marries BITE’s award-winning Upswing Full Volume Mascara with the Upswing Extreme Longwear Eyeliner. The flake-resistant mascara is fuelled by vegan tree berry wax, which delivers major lift, length and curl while the ultra-pigmented liquid eyeliner uses Passionflower extract to help nourish, meaning the liner won’t flake or dry out.

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NudeStix – Roses N’ Honey Nudes Kit£24.00

NudeStix has become a staple in top makeup artist’s kits and we’ve even spotted our fave celebs using the brand’s iconic Nudies. The Roses ‘N Honey kit is a limited edition, so move fast. It includes three of the best-selling sticks that can be used on the eyes, lips and cheek. The ultra-flattering collection of shades keep all skin tones looking effortlessly bronzed, luminous and fresh-faced. Plus, these minis are handy enough to keep in your handbag to add a golden-hour glow in a flash.

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