It’s the time of year where beauty gift sets are covering every end cap and floor unit of any beauty store or department store.
Do you get sucked in to them too?
I always spend a great deal of time debating whether or not they are worth it. And the little sticker on the front that declares their value against their cost is a big determining factor on whether or not I splurge on one, either for myself or as a gift.
Here are a few of the thoughts I run through when deciding whether or not a value set is worth it:
1. Is it a brand you already love? This wouldn’t apply to mix & match sets, but if it’s a set of products from one brand, ask yourself if you like the brand to begin with. Value sets are a great way to “cheaply” explore new products in a certain range instead of splurging on full price items.
2. Is it a beauty product you enjoy trying new versions of? For me, I usually stick to the same foundation, mascara, and even eyeshadow primer, so any gift sets with a variety of those products I tend to skip.
3. Do you think you’ll use/enjoy at least 60% of the set? There may be some odd balls included in certain sets, but if you think the majority of it not only looks useful, but you are also confident you’ll like the products, it may be completely worth it after all! In fact, if you buy it early enough, you can even use the extra stuff that may not work for you as a stocking stuffer!
Once I’ve gone through those questions, it’ll help me figure out if I can justify the cost of a value set, against what I’m actually getting!
1. First Aid Beauty Hydrating Duo, $16.00 ($24.00 value). You can’t beat the price on FAB products for their quality. And this would be perfect to buy for someone that likes beauty products but doesn’t necessarily want anyone else choosing makeup for them.
2. Sephora Lash Stash, $45.00 ($118.00 value). If you love trying new mascara, this is a great value set. Sure, the tubes are smaller than regular size, but you can still get a fairly decent amount of use out of each of them!
4. Sephora Beauty Closet, $99.00 ($298.00 value). Whoa, this is an expensive value set, but if you love trying new products based on cult favorites and hand picked selections from a knowledgable group, this should have your curiosity satisfied for quite some time!
5. Sephora Draw the Line, $30.00 ($79.00 value). Most high end eyeliners range from the mid-twenties and go up from there, so if you spend that on eye liner in the first place, you may as well get a handful more for nearly no additional cost!
6. Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette, $59.00 ($135.00 value). I love the great range of neutrals and nudes in this lip gloss kit. A lot of times there are a handful of really obscure colors, but this is a totally wearable bunch.
7. Smashbox Master Class Palette III, $65.00 ($300.00 value). While the value is fantastic, it really would only be worth it for someone who enjoys wearing a huge range of eyeshadows. If the palette was actually sliced in half down the middle, I think many more people would buy the left side.
8. Sephora Give Me More Lip, $59.00 ($192.00 value). There are so many different bright shades in here that I would imagine it would be hard to wear some of them. Again, if you love being creative and are open to trying new and bold colors, then you may enjoy this value set more than I realize, but I just don’t think it’s very practical.
Personally, I’m on the fence about the Dare to Bare Sugar Lip Ritual from fresh. I love the brand, and have had extremely dry lips, but is it too many lip products? I already purchased the MAC Objects of Affection Creamsheen Glass & Dazzleglass set in Nude & Red because I loved 3/4 colors. One tube of Creamsheen glass is $20, so considering the set was $35.00 and I knew I’d wear 3/4 colors for sure, it was a deal!
So, good luck if you are investing in a value set! It’s fun to find new products that you love, and sometimes buying these are great ways to do that.
*sure enough, I had this post in my drafts for a few weeks and saw something really similar by Cara at Maskcara. She’s a makeup genius so I’d trust her recommendations.