As a self-proclaimed beauty addict, there’s nothing that I love more than shopping for makeup. So whenever I need a gift for a fellow makeup lover, I always get excited. However, beauty items can be extremely expensive, and since I’m always on a budget, I am constantly on the hunt for beauty products that offer the biggest bang for the buck. Here are eleven gifts for less than $25 that would surely please any beauty buff:
1. Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings Set
This set, consisting of five deluxe-sized samples of Too Faced products, is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves trying new items or brands. The Beauty Editor Darlings Set comes with the Lashgasm Mascara, Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer, Glamour Gloss Volumizing Lip Gloss in Sexpot, Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-Feathering Lip Primer, and Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer. Not only is Too Faced a hot brand right now, but this is a $58 value priced at only $19! This kit can be purchased at retailers including Sephora, Ulta and Beauty.com.
2. NYX Parallel Worlds Cosmetic Box
Priced at $24.99, this Mortal Instruments-inspired collection is a great pick for any young adult who is a fan of this bestselling series by Cassandra Clare. The set, which boasts that it includes everything you need to create an innocent day look inspired by Clary or a sultry night look inspired by Isabel, contains a six-color smokey palette, a pink blush, a neutral pink matte lip cream, black liquid liner, a vibrant jumbo eye pencil, and volumizing mascara. Add a copy of the novel alongside this kit, and you’ll be sure to wow any fan. NYX Parallel Worlds can be purchased at Ulta.
3. A fabulous print
Just because you’re shopping for a makeup lover doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give them makeup! These gorgeous prints, available on Etsy, feature various perfume bottles such as the classic Chanel no. 5 and Miss Dior as well as gilded lipsticks, animals and more. These 8.5″x11″ prints, all priced around $25, would be a fabulous addition to any girl’s powder room or boudoir!
4. POP Your Natural Beauty Blissfully Bronze
Another great set that offers multiple products to create an overall look is the POP Your Natural Beauty Blissfully Bronze. This kit contains a 7-shade eyeshadow palette, a mini blush brush, a Pouty Pop Crayon, eyeliner and a mini bronzer—everything you’ll need to create a natural, bronzed glow. This collection, priced at $25 is a great value considering their 7-shade eyeshadow palettes alone are priced at $20, and this kit consistently gets high marks from reviewers. Pop Your Natural Beauty Blissfully Bronze is available at Ulta, Urban Outfitters and several other retailers.
5. Ineke Deluxe Sample Set
Fragrances are one of my favorite gifts to give, but they are often much too expensive for my budget. However, at $25, this set of seven eau de parfums has become one of my top picks when I need a gift. This set, which consistently get high marks from reviewers, is crafted by classically-trained perfumer Ineke Ruhland and features a variety of perfumes. The scents range from light and fresh to deeper essences, so there’s something in the collection for everyone. The Ineke Deluxe Sample Set can be purchased at Anthropologie.
6. The New Black Ombre Nail Kit
If the person you’re shopping for is into the latest beauty trends, this Ombre Nail Kit is a great find! This 5-piece set of ombre colors comes in several different color groupings, including kits in blue (Horizons), red (Rover) and gray (Graffiti). Even if nail art isn’t a lasting fad, at $22, you won’t be disappointed if your friend ditches this gift in a few months. You may be thinking that for this price you can purchase five bottles of drugstore brand polish for less, but the polishes in this kit are long-lasting, chip-resistant, non-toxic and vegan. Not only that, but the pre-curated, compatible colors are selected each season to coordinate with runway trends, so your favorite fashionista won’t be disappointed. The New Black Nail Kits are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Zappos and several other retailers.
7. Mor Lip Macaron Set
Macarons seem to be all the rage lately, so it seems only natural that their presence would cross into the world of beauty products. Although you can’t actually eat these, flavors like Lychee Flower and Cassis Noir may make you wish you could! These vitamin-packed glosses, normally priced at $10 each, are available in this set of four for $25 at Nordstrom.
8. Tri-Coastal Design Makeup Case
Any true makeup lover can always use a cute bag for traveling or keeping in their purse for the occasional touch up. This adorable 3-piece set from Tri-Coastal can be used daily to stow cosmetics or as travel bags for jewelry, phone chargers or just about anything else. These sets are extremely handy and offer so many options—throw one in your purse, keep one in your vanity, and use one for traveling! If you’ve got a stockpile of cosmetics from your weekly couponing trips, throw a few of those goodies in these bags for an extra-fabulous gift! The set is priced at $14 and is available at Nordstrom.
9. Wizards of the West Makeup Scarf
This adorable, lightweight scarf is a fun and upbeat gift for any beauty addict. Adorned with images of tiny perfume bottles, lipsticks and nail polishes, this scarf is young without being juvenile, and would be a great accessory to throw on with jeans and a tee. This cheerful scarf is priced at $21.98 and is available at Wizards of the West.