13 Holiday Gift Sets That All Brown Beauties Should Snap Up This Season

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For women of color, hunting for the ideal gift set can feel like running a marathon: it's a struggle. Some makeup lines fail to offer an extensive range of deeper shades, pigments might look chalky, and body products can lack the much-needed moisture to survive frigid temps. But it's not impossible to cross the finish line cross off every name on your shopping list. Ahead, we've scoured the internet to find the best makeup and skin care holiday offerings for brown beauties, from a set of buttery eye shadows that complement dark complexions beautifully to a collection of nourishing face masks.

By Terry Impearlious Ombre Blackstar Gift Set

By Terry Impearlious Ombre Blackstar Gift Set

Jam-packed holiday schedules require products that save time by pulling your look together quickly. The metallic tones of the five sparkly cream eye shadows in the By Terry Impearlious Ombre Blackstar Gift Set ($155) pop against dark skin and blend effortlessly. They make a statement alone or can be layered with powder shadows for a more intense look. The pen applicator makes it easy to carry in your clutch for day-to-night makeup looks.

Dermalogica Power Rescue Masque Trio

Dermalogica Power Rescue Masque Trio

This trio of masks ($46) helps to combat dry, dull skin, a common issue for many women (especially those with deeper skin tones) during the Winter. The Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque replenishes skin with vitamins A, C, and E. The Skin Hydrating Masque leaves your face feeling soft to the touch, and the dose of sulfur in the Charcoal Rescue Masque brightens and detoxes your complexion. Since the masks' size makes them TSA-approved, they’re the perfect holiday travel companion.

Mario Badescu X UO Mask + Mist Duo

Mario Badescu X UO Mask + Mist Duo

This facial spray — loaded with aloe, herbs, and rose water — is a cult favorite for good reason. Spritz it on after cleansing, use it to set makeup, or apply to just simply refresh skin throughout the day with its intensive moisturizing properties. With this set ($22), available exclusively at Urban Outfitters, you’ll snag the spray along with the Rose Hips Mask. Not only is the treatment an excellent way to de-stress this holiday season, it leaves skin soft and supple. It also contains vitamin C, which can be a savior for women of color suffering from acne and an uneven skin tone.

Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette

Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette

Everyone needs a portable, all-in-one makeup palette outfitted with all the necessities to beautify your face without weighing down your bag. This chic leopard-print-wrapped Laura Mercier palette ($56) is filled with a shimmery gloss, two cheek colors (try them as blush toppers!), and four flattering neutral eye shadows that boast a buttery texture. There's also a conveniently large mirror to use when you're on the go.

L’Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift

L’Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift

Shea butter is a hit with African Americans for its ultrasoothing properties. Dry, itchy, eczema-prone skin doesn't stand a chance with this powerful ingredient. This special holiday gift set ($72) from L'Occitane features a range of shea butter essentials to keep skin in check this season: hand and foot creams, a body cream, a shower cream, and a soap. And don’t fret about fussing with wrapping paper. The gift box is pretty enough to give on its own.

Sarah Moon For Nars Cosmetics Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret

Sarah Moon For Nars Cosmetics Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret

Liquid lipstick fans know all too well how drying some formulas can be. Top that with finding the right shade for a deeper skin tone, and you might consider giving up your quest altogether. Nars’s take on the liquid lipstick trend solves both issues. Take your pick of six semimatte, dark red shades ($45) that stay put and can be applied easily — no brush or liner necessary — without parching your pucker. The formula is versatile enough to give your pout a light wash of color or can be built up for a more dramatic effect.

Sephora More Than Meets the Eye Eye Shadow Palette

Sephora More Than Meets the Eye Eye Shadow Palette

From neutrals to vibrant shades (think blues, greens, and purples), this eye shadow palette ($36) is a must have for your holiday gift list or your own makeup bag (we won’t judge you). Brown matte and shimmer shades accentuate deeper complexions, and the select colored hues draw attention to your beautiful peepers. The bold colors are sophisticated enough to be worn all over the lid but can also dub as eyeliner for a more subtle effect. Bonus: you’ll also get a mirror and tutorial for inspiration.

Lorac Evening Soiree Light Source & Color Source Duo Gift Set

Lorac Evening Soiree Light Source & Color Source Duo Gift Set

Ladies with darker skin tones can find it challenging to snag a blush that doesn't take a thousand brush swipes to show up or a highlighter that's not too pale. With Lorac's special holiday gift set ($28), you'll enjoy a vibrant illuminator that's packed with antioxidants and a rose-colored blush that gives deep complexions a flattering flush. Experiment by swiping the highlighter across your brow bone or nose for a brightening effect.

The Nubian by Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette

The Nubian by Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette

The Nubian palette ($24) from Juvia's Place, a black-owned cosmetics brand, features eight shimmer formulas, which are ideal for darker complexions due to their impressive pigmentation and warm tone. Four matte shades (two deep browns and two light) complete the palette, serving as the perfect transition colors for just about any look you’ll need this holiday season. Every shade in this palette is silky smooth and the kit will equip you to create a slew of looks, from an everyday neutral to an intense smoky effect.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit

Pay homage to beauty mogul and self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker with her moisturizing hair kit ($38), designed for a variety of hair types. Choose from three oils: Jamaican black castor oil for dry, breaking hair; brassica seed oil to protect strands from heat styling; and the coconut oil designed to tame frizz. But the fun really begins when you go for the cocktail by mixing all three oils into the included deep conditioning mask. You can add as much or as little as you'd like for a bespoke treatment.

Carol's Daughter Monoi Invincible Holiday Value Set

Carol's Daughter Monoi Invincible Holiday Value Set

Carol’s Daughter’s Monoi line is a holy grail for many women of color longing to whip damaged hair into shape. Lucky for you, the brand has corralled its favorite monoi-infused products into a must-have hair set ($45). The paraben-free formula is ideal for chemically treated hair, which can benefit from the oils (including coconut!) and proteins that the formula contains. Restore locs with the set's sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, and leave-in conditioner.

Haircredible Curly Fro Definition Kit

Haircredible Curly Fro Definition Kit

Refresh your curls and keep frizz at bay with Haircredible’s Curly Fro Definition Kit ($60). The argan oil shampoo and conditioner hydrate hair, while the kit’s curl enhancing and defining potion and intense tropical leave-in therapy make styling a breeze. The products’ sweet smell will take you back to your last beach getaway.

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown’s beloved Shimmer Brick shades are available in a handy new palette ($69) for the holidays. Three colors — gold, bronze, and wild rose — give dark skin tones a lit-from-within glow. Wear them as a highlighter to enhance your complexion, layer them on top of your favorite blush or bronzer, or sweep them across your eyes for a shimmery finish.