The best beauty gifts you can pick up for less than $25
Because quality Christmas presents needn’t break the bank
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 12 2018
While our love for over-the-top beauty gifts that cost more than a week’s rent cannot be overstated, regularly splashing out on luxurious items (whether they’re for ourselves or others) isn’t always in the budget. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for quality beauty products (and gift packs) that won’t break the bank – especially in the lead up to Christmas. Luckily, a plethora of different beauty present options have crossed our desk in recent weeks. Here, we run you through the best of the best, all of which come in at $25 or less.
Sportsgirl Sun Chaser Eyeshadow Palette, $24.95
While Sportsgirl is mainly known for its clothing, the brand sure knows a thing or two about creating quality beauty products. Take their Sun Chaser Eyeshadow Palette for instance; it features 16 highly-pigmented matte and shimmer powder eyeshadows, all of which glide on like a dream. In addition to wearing them on their own, the versatile powders can also be layered to create the ultimate summertime look.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum Rollerball, $25
Fragrances are without a doubt one of our favourite gifts to give at Christmas time. But when you aren’t able to splurge on a full-sized bottle, a rollerball is the perfect compromise – and the ideal size for carrying around in their handbag. This perfume from Estée Lauder features notes of jasmine sambac, mandarin, amber wood, soft musk and Madagascan vanilla, which all combine to create a sparkling scent that’s fresh and sensual in equal measure.
Sukin Blemish Control Kit, $24.95
Perfect for any younger sister, cousin or friend, this four-piece kit will calm and clear problematic skin over Christmas and into the new year. The Clearing Facial Wash works to remove dirt and impurities and the Pore Perfecting Toner refines and refreshes inflamed skin, while the Spot Banishing Gel takes care of any breakout emergencies. Last but not least, the Oil-Free Moisturiser clarifies and balances skin to leave it nourished and hydrated.
Frank Body The Minis Kit, $21.95
There’s a reason Frank Body scrubs are loved by millions across the globe. The vegan-friendly scrubs gently slough away dead cells to reveal skin that’s softer than a baby’s bottom. Give the gift of impossibly soft skin this year with this mini Frank Body kit that features a 100g pack of the Original Scrub and the Coconut Scrub. We promise your loved one’s will thank you for it!
L’Occitane Shea Butter Bauble, $22
If there’s one brand that nails Christmas gift packs every year, it’s L’Occitane. And their 2018 offering is no different. One of our favourite picks from their current holiday range is this Shea Butter Bauble. Featuring a 10mL Shea Butter Hand Cream, 20mL Shea Butter Body Lotion and 25g Shea Butter Soap, this decorative ornament will liven up any Christmas tree, while the products inside nourish and hydrate dry skin.
Natio Pearl Set, $19.95
If you’re anything like us, you find yourself constantly reaching for nude polishes when you want to paint your nails. And why wouldn’t you? Nude shades are classic, they suit any occasion and are often the most flattering shade. The problem, however, is that finding the perfect shade to suit your (or your loved one’s) skin tone is easier said than done. Luckily, Natio’s Pearl Set is here to help. The nail polish kit features three different nude shades (Dune, Kashi and Excite), as well as complimentary toe separators in a cosmetic purse, so you can rest assured that your friend, mum, sister or even grandma will find their perfect match.
Rubi Maddison Scarf Scrunchie, $9.99
Spice up your loved one’s signature ponytail this Christmas with this scarf/scrunchie hybrid from Rubi. While it’s available in a range of patterns and colours, the leopard print is our top pick of the bunch.
A’Kin Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit, $24.95
A’Kin’s Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit is the perfect gift for anyone looking to overhaul their skin care routine. Featuring the brand’s Hydrating Antioxidant Day Cream, Replenishing Antioxidant Night Cream, Cleansing Micellar Water and Hydrating Mist Toner, these four products will nourish and soothe any complexion this Christmas.
NYX Professional Makeup Land of Lollies Lip Trio Ornament, $24.95
Whether you’re shopping for a makeup expert or beginner, you can’t go wrong with these limited edition Intense Butter Gloss’s from NYX Professional Makeup. Not only does each of the three shades leave highly-pigmented pops of colour on the lips, the miniature packaging is ideal for chucking in a handbag when on-the-go.
Looking for more Christmas gift ideas and have a little more room in the budget? Then check out the best beauty presents under $100.
Which of these gifts would you most like to receive? Let us know in the comments below.
Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.