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Best make-up and beauty gift sets for Christmas

From Illamasqua to Marc Jacobs, bring a little glitz to the festive season with these cosmetic treasures

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If you're buying a present for someone who wants it all this Christmas, these luxury gift sets offer everything from eyeshadows, make-up brushes and lip glosses to mascara, contour palettes and lip crayons.

Illamasqua: Extinct - Chisel & Glow

Each of the five beauty sets in Illamasqua's exclusive Extinct collection serves an individual purpose, from achieving the perfect nude lip to making the eyes pop, but Chisel and Glow stands out as the most striking product. With a focus on sculpting and highlighting, the set allows you to create a flawless contour with an award-winning gel sculpt. Any harsh lines can be seamlessly blended away with the round buffing brush. The vibrant Gleam Cream in Aurora completes the set - massage a bit of on to your cheekbones for an "instant strobing in seconds" and a lasting glow.

Buy this gift set for £50

Charlotte Tilbury: Dreamy Look in a Clutch

From mascara to lip liner, this handbag-friendly collection is filled with nifty lifesavers. An extra dab of mini eyeliner in Bedroom Black will quickly turn any eye look into a smoky smoulder, while a few coats of Legendary lashes mini-mascara is just enough for a wispy feline flutter. Complete with a lip liner, tutorial-filled USB and lipstick in the deep-rose plum shade of Secret Salma, Charlotte Tilbury's Dreamy Look in Clutch provides everything you need for a make-up emergency.

Buy this gift set for £90

Estee Lauder: Over the Top Blockbuster

Estee Lauder has packed this luxury beauty box with 12 best-selling products. From primer to palettes, blush to brow gel, the collection is guaranteed to a put a smile on any make-up lovers' face. As well as two lip-glosses and lipsticks from the Envy collection, you get a variety of low and high-intensity eyeshadows, each of which can be used to achieve a daytime look or an evening transformation. This one is a definite for those who want some bang for their buck this Christmas.

Buy this gift set for £235

Marc Jacobs: Kiss Pop Lipstick Collection

"I think it's very sexy," Marc Jacobs says, "this idea of popping your lips." This limited-edition collector's box includes nine demi-matte colour sticks, guaranteeing you the perfect pout for any mistletoe emergencies. Ranging from gothic purple to nude brown, Kiss Pop includes several shades for your beauty indulgences. For a fuller lip, use a lighter shade in the centre of the lips and a darker shade on the outside and then blend the two colours to create a kissable, plump pout.

Buy this gift set for £250 

Bobbi Brown: Travel Brush set

This small collection of high-quality mini brushes is an essential tool kit for those who want a truly flawless finish. Bobbi Brown has created a compact carry-along for beauty lovers on the go - the set has everything you need for full, polished coverage, including an angled face brush so you never have to worry about foundation blotches and a dual-ended brow groomer to tame your eyebrows.

Buy this gift set for £89

Elizabeth Arden - Holiday Set

Having conquered skincare and fragrances, Elizabeth Arden also offers high-quality make-up. Neatly encased inside a hot pink cosmetics bag, this set includes two day and night palettes, with eight colours each, four lipsticks, two lip-glosses, two lip pencils, two eye pencils, one mascara, a three-piece brush set, shimmer powder and make-up remover. Forget Santa Claus, Elizabeth Arden is the one giving the best presents this year.

Buy this gift set for £349

Urban Decay – Pro Brush Vault

Urban Decay has developed a strong reputation among beauty lovers, particularly with the near-miraculous durability of its setting sprays. Now it is guaranteeing the ultimate blend. Complete with 29 individual brushes, this limited-edition make-up haven is ideal if you want to perfect your skills. Whether chiselling your cheekbones or buffing in your blush, this holiday line-up has the brush to suit.

Buy this gift set for £340

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