Figuring out the right routine for your skin is all about trial and error—which is why a skincare gift set is a great way to get started.
Not only do you get more bang for your buck than if you were to purchase everything individually, but you also get the opportunity to try brands and products that you might not normally splurge on at a higher price point.
Plus, if you stick with moisturizing and brightening kits (and avoid anything specifically targeting acne or wrinkles!), it can also make an ideal gift for the beauty lover on your shopping list.
Here are this year’s best skincare gift sets to give or get.
The Best Skincare Gift Sets of 2021 (At a Glance)
- Glow Recipe Glow Fruit Bar Vault Set
- Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
- Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set
- Summer Fridays Skincare Regimen Set
- Augustinus Bader The Icons with The Cream
- Drunk Elephant Trunk 5.0
- Tata Harper Mix & Mask Set
- The Ordinary The Bright Set
- Herbivore Moment to Reflect Kit
- Kinship Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Routine
- Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Merry Smooth & Bright
- Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set
- Farmacy Clean Greens Duo
- Versed Deck the Shelves Best of Versed Gift Set
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set
- REN Clean Skincare All is Bright
- First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Fortune
- Topicals Duo
- Keys Soulcare Skin + Soul Starter Set
- Glossier The Skincare Edit
- Verso Super Serum Series
- Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serum Set
- Indie Lee Discovery Kit
The Best Skincare Gift Sets of 2021 (Reviews)
Glow Recipe Glow Fruit Bar Vault Set
Glow Recipe Glow Fruit Bar Vault Set is a K-beauty lover’s dream, with 10 full-sized products to mix and match. There’s a gel cleanser, BHA toner, vitamin C serum, ceramide serum, hyaluronic acid serum, niacinamide drops, gel moisturizer, retinol eye treatment and clay mask. You also get a set of seven reusable cotton pads.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar is basically skincare heaven. Valued at more than $1,500, it includes 24 different skin treatments to try, from cleansers to serums to creams. As you know, they’re normally über-expensive, so this is the best way to discover the line for a fraction of the cost.
Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set
Shani Darden Age-Defying Retinol Set is the creation of facialist Shani Darden, whose retinol serum has countless celebrity fans. For the price of a full-sized bottle, which is included in this kit, you also get travel sizes of her new cleansing serum and oil-free moisturizer. (Just be aware that the latter is silicone-based.)
Summer Fridays Skincare Regimen Set
Summer Fridays Skincare Regimen Set contains a mini skincare regimen in three steps. The face mask is full-sized, and wakes up dull, dehydrated skin with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. (It can also double as a moisturizer.) You also get a mini gel cleanser and an AHA exfoliating toner.
Augustinus Bader The Icons with The Cream
Augustinus Bader The Icons with The Cream is a duo of full-sized hydrators from one of the most sought-after luxury skincare brands. The face cream delivers lightweight moisture to normal to oily skin, and also contains a proprietary anti-aging complex to stimulate cell repair. The body cream is much richer, and is also proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
Drunk Elephant Trunk 5.0
Drunk Elephant Trunk 5.0 gives you 10 of the brand’s bestselling products—all full-sized—in a sleek Monos carry-on suitcase. (That’s right, a suitcase!) There’s everything you need for a full facial routine, including a cleanser, vitamin C serum, hydrating serum, two moisturizers, eye cream, retinol and three exfoliating treatments. See my brand review here.
Tata Harper Mix & Mask Set
Tata Harper Mix & Mask Set is perfect for multi-masking, with four all-natural face masks to target an array of skin concerns. The cult classic resurfacing mask (reviewed here) is full-sized, and great for rough skin and dullness. You also get a clarifying mask for blemishes, a purifying mask to deep-clean pores, and a hydrating mask for dry skin.
The Ordinary The Bright Set
Herbivore Moment to Reflect Kit
Herbivore Moment to Reflect Kit is a duo of lightweight natural face serums for all skin types. One is for hydrating, and creates plump, bouncy skin with Tremella mushroom (which binds moisture like hyaluronic acid). The other softens fine lines with zero irritation, thanks to bakuchiol (an alternative to retinol).
Kinship Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Routine
Kinship Glow Squad 4-Step Healthy Skin Routine gives you a clean routine for all skin types. You get a full-sized creamy cleanser, plus travel sizes of the AHA pads, gel-cream moisturizer and fan-favourite mineral sunscreen. Everything in the range is made with a probiotic complex to support a healthy skin barrier.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Merry Smooth & Bright
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Merry Smooth & Bright stars a hands-free LED light therapy mask that firms, reduces wrinkles, fades discolourations and clears breakouts. For the price of the device alone, you also two full-sized retinol serums (one for face, one for eyes) and five peels.
Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set
Biossance Unstoppable Glow Set promises to plump, hydrate and brighten your skin, thanks to three squalane-based products. They include a full-size moisturizer with with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, a mini lactic acid exfoliating serum, and a mini vitamin C-infused squalane oil.
Farmacy Clean Greens Duo
Farmacy Clean Greens Duo is all about fresh, clean skin in two steps. This pair of products is aimed at normal to oily skin, and helps to gently exfoliate and reduce shine. Start with the non-stripping cleanser, and then sweep away impurities with the BHA toner.
Versed Deck the Shelves Best of Versed Gift Set
Versed Deck the Shelves Best of Versed Gift Set has five of the brand’s most beloved products, which address concerns like dryness, breakouts and fine lines. There’s a full-sized retinol serum, and mini sizes of the brightening toner, gel-cream moisturizer, clarifying serum and cleansing balm.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set gives you a trio of treatments for more radiant and even-toned skin. They comprise a full-sized bottle of the brand’s cult classic milky serum, and travel sizes of the gentle essence and night cream. All contain brightening ingredients like niacinamide, glycolic acid and grapevine sap.
REN Clean Skincare All is Bright
REN Clean Skincare All is Bright is all about brightening with two full-sized products. The toner combines lactic acid (an AHA) with willow bark extract (a BHA) to both exfoliate and deep-clean pores—yet it’s gentle enough to use daily. Follow up with the 94% natural night cream to work on dark spots while you sleep.
First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Fortune
First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Fortune predicts a fresh start in your skin’s future. Start with the cream cleanser (reviewed here), followed by the exfoliating pads and hydrating serum. Then, seal in hydration with your choice of two moisturizers (one for dryness, one for anti-aging). Everything is fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin.
Topicals Duo is a pair of targeted treatments for treating dark marks and a damaged skin barrier. The gel-serum is designed to fade discolourations and post-acne marks, and contains a long list of actives (like niacinamide and azelaic acid). Then, you can nourish and repair dry skin with the ceramide-infused face mask.
Keys Soulcare Skin + Soul Starter Set
Keys Soulcare Skin + Soul Starter Set is an introduction to Alicia Keys’ new clean skincare line, developed in partnership with a board-certified dermatologist. Wash your face with the mild foaming cleanser, and then buff off dead skin with the powder exfoliator. Finish with the balancing face mask or nourishing moisturizer.
Glossier The Skincare Edit
Glossier The Skincare Edit is back again this year by popular demand. It’s the best way to try the brand’s six bestselling products in miniature sizes, along with a bonus pink headband. You get the OG milky cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum, a rich moisturizer, a dewy oil-serum and two lip balms.
Verso Super Serum Series
Verso Super Serum Series is a pair of next-generation retinoid serums to target signs of aging. One is for the face, and the other is for the eyes, and both contain retinyl retinoate—a stable form of vitamin A that is said to be eight times more effective than retinol.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serum Set
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serum Set improves and strengthens your skin with three expertly formulated serums. There’s one to repair the skin barrier, one to soothe and moisturize (with 10% niacinamide), and one to decrease pore size for a smoother complexion. They’re all free of silicones, fragrance, essential oils and microcidal preservatives.
Indie Lee Discovery Kit
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