As beauty connoisseurs with a particular obsession for high-quality skincare, we admit that the limited edition sets unveiled during the holiday season are nearly impossible to resist. Not only do the products themselves entice us (the collections typically offer the perfect mix of iconic formulas and new launches), but the packaging looks so chicly festive.
If you’re shopping for someone similar — a special beauty lover who has a taste for the finer things in life — a decadent skincare set is the way to go. And whew, there are plenty of tempting treats to choose from this year. We’ve scoured the internet for the ultimate in splurge-worthy skincare, and here, we’ve highlighted 10 exquisite options. From glow-boosting formulas and travel-friendly routines to complexion-perfecting tools, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect pick to impress even the hardest-to-shop-for beauty maven.
Omorovicza® Blue Diamond FitnessTM
While this iconic brand may be best known for the infusions of Hungarian thermal spring water in its formulas, the products in the Omorovicza Blue Diamond Fitness Set ($595) also incorporate a bespoke blend of diamond peptides, amino acids, and copper. The result is firmer, stronger skin (hence the fitness reference). You’ll get the concentrate in two sizes — a silky formula that helps smooth the complexion — and the SupercreamTM, a nourishing moisturizer fortified with three kinds of hyaluronic acid for deep, lasting hydration.
Kat Burki® Cult Favorites
The Kat Burki Cult Favorites ($188) set is proof that eco-friendly beauty can be incredibly luxe and effective. The brand uses cold-pressed botanicals to harness the plants’ anti-aging properties when they are most potent. Find algae keratin in the skin-firming Marine CollagenTM Gel, reishi mushroom in the Vitamin C Intensive Cream (a moisturizer with a perfectly whipped texture that will work on every skin type), and lightweight rosehip oil in the Intense Recovery Eye Serum.
RéViveTM Radiance Set
The person on your list who’s always stressed out and on a tight schedule deserves a bit of pampering, and this indulgent RéVive Radiance Set ($405) is the perfect pick. In three quick steps, he or she can pamper their skin with an anti-aging evening routine that helps achieve a smoother, visibly more radiant appearance. This active-infused trifecta includes full-sized Hydrating Wash and Moisture Renewal Serum, plus a deluxe-size jar of Moisture Renewal Cream, which uses glycolic acid to gently retexturize skin overnight.
Susanne Kaufmann® Bespoke Obsidian Roller
Those who snag the latest beauty gadgets on pre-sale, or beat you to the newest luxury facial, can be among the most difficult to shop for. This year, surprise them with the impeccably chic Susanne Kaufmann Bespoke Obsidian RollerTM ($456), a stylish self-care accessory that not only compliments every skincare routine, but transforms a boring regimen into a chic treatment. Tell your giftee to use upward and outward strokes after their serum (or one of the three ampoules included) to improve product absorption, while stimulating lymphatic drainage. Afterwards, they’ll see an instantly de-puffed, toned face in the mirror.
If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before using a gua sha or rolling tool
Royal FernTM Happy Holidays Facial Kit
The globetrotter on your list deserves to find the Royal Fern Happy Holidays Facial Kit ($165) in his or her stocking — it has everything they need to keep skin luminous and fresh, no matter which time zone they’re traversing. The brand’s products all contain a proprietary complex derived from the hardy royal fern plant, which helps protect skin from photoaging, slows collagen loss (and revs up production), regulates moisture, and provides antioxidant protection. This set, in particular, contains six travel-ready essentials: cleanser, eye cream, moisturizer, mask, and concentrated ampoules for targeted treatment.
Drunk Elephant® Trunk 3.0TM
If you’re shopping for someone who is longing for a complete self-care overhaul, snag the Drunk Elephant Trunk 3.0 ($450). It covers every possible step in a skincare regimen, with 10 full-sized tubes of the brand’s best-sellers, from retinol and glycolic acid to vitamin C and broad-spectrum SPF. They’re all formulated without frowned-upon ingredients like silicones, fragrances, and dyes. But perhaps the best part of this gift is its wrapping: Trunk 3.0 arrives in a brightly-colored mini skincare fridge.
AMOREPACIFIC® TIME RESPONSE® First Harvest Green Tea CollectionTM
AMOREPACIFIC is known for its luxurious formulas that use antioxidant-rich green tea. The TIME RESPONSE First Harvest Green Tea Collection ($450) is particularly opulent — the set features full sizes of Soothing Gel SerumTM and Skin Reserve Creme. Both are infused with the brand’s “Beauty Green Tea,” the leaves of which are harvested at the peak of spring to ensure the anti-aging benefits are at their strongest. You’ll see plumper, brighter skin, a more even tone, and improved elasticity with regular use.
Tata HarperTM Jumbo Resurfacing Mask
Chances are that the skincare junkie on your list is already familiar with this iconic product. If not, there is no better way to make the introduction than with this limited edition relaunch. The Tata Harper Jumbo Resurfacing Mask ($150) is propelled by fruit enzymes and beta hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate and reveal a glowing complexion in minutes. The included ultra-soft brush elevates the masking ritual to spa-grade level.
Perricone MD® Cold Plasma Set
There’s no need to visit a doctor if you’re looking for a rejuvenated jawline, chin, and neck. The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Set ($159) is a four-piece regimen that uses copper tripeptides to fight laxity, vitamin C to tackle dark spots, and essential fatty acids to deliver moisture for a firmer, smoother look.
Clarins® Super Restorative Luxury Collection
If your mom hasn’t switched her everyday moisturizer for a few years, it’s time you upgraded her routine. Clarins Super Restorative Luxury Collection ($247) includes separate day and night moisturizers formulated to target signs of aging directly linked to natural changes in our hormones. This collection uses Harungana and Montpellier rock-rose extract to help smooth wrinkles and brighten dark spots for a more illuminated, lifted appearance. The chic train case (which features a festive snowflake detail) also includes a purse-sized hand cream and mini face serum, perfect for holiday travels.