Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Are Beauty Gift Sets Worth It?

I really wasn't sure what to call this post, but basically have you ever seen those huge Christmas gift sets and wondered whether they were worth the money? Every Christmas, Estee Lauder does these gift sets, which normally require you to purchase a perfume in order to add the gift set on for £58. However, they often do an offer for a limited time where you can buy it without picking up a fragrance.

I decided to go for it last Christmas and picked up the Makeup Artist Collection for £58 (see here with a full price of £340!), as it included a full size Advanced Night Repair which is meant to be worth it on it's own. I picked it up with the intention of passing on the skincare to my Mum and then whoever wanted the makeup. Carry on reading to see what was included and what I made of it, hopefully this might help you with your Christmas shopping (I know, a tad early)!

Travel Case
The gift set comes presented in a study, black box. This is more spacious than it looks, hence me using my carpet as the backdrop. It might come into handy when travelling though, as you could probably fit all your brushes and even skincare in there.

The Deluxe Palette
I think this palette was one of the main focal points of the gift set, as you assume you're getting various high end shades for great value, it includes 16 eyeshadows and 3 blushers. The blush shades are limited edition, however the eyeshadow shades are from their pure colour envy palettes.

(LE 27 Luminizer, LE 28 Rosy Glow, LE 29 Sculpting Bronzer)

However, as you can see the three blush shades, although they're really a highlighter, blush and bronzer, are really not pigmented. The above swatches are from quite a few swipes, which is disappointing as you can get better quality at the drugstore. The highlighter and blush shade BARELY show up on my medium skin, the bronzer is slightly too warm to work as a contour but it only makes the slightest difference anyway.

 (07 untamed Teal 5, 10 Envious Orchid 5, 25 Fierce Sable, 27 Strong Currant, 05 Fiery Saffron, 24 Audacious Nude, 06 Currant Desire 2, 07 Untamed Teal 1)

(13 Savage Storm 5, 20 Ominous, 05 Fiery Saffron 5, 06 Currant Desire 4, 11 Decadent Copper, 05 Fiery Saffron 1, 11 Captivating Cocoa, 29 Quiet Power)

To be honest, I already had some doubts about the eyeshadows, as from pictures of previous years sets, the palettes did look a bit chalky. However, I did swatch them at Selfridges before ordering the gift set and it didn't seem too bad at all. Most of the shades do swatch well, so more than others, such as 11 Decadent Copper. However, unfortunately they don't translate too well on the eyes, in that some shades aren't true to colour and some of the lighter shades really struggle to show up well, which is a shame as they are some of the prettiest. A primer certainly helps, but the eyeshadow quality isn't really any better than some drugstore palettes, I prefer my Sleek ones over this. I also wish the shades were a bit more buttery, but then again Estee Lauder aren't really known for their eyeshadows, their focus is often on base products. So overall, the palette isn't really outstanding in my eyes, and a bit of a hit and miss.

(Top to Bottom: 410 Dynamic, 340 Envious)

The Lipsticks - RRP £26
The lipsticks, for many people, will be worth it alone! You get two Pure Colour Envy Sculpting lipsticks, a raspberry red in the shade 340 Envious, and a medium rose in 410 Dynamic. Both shades are super flattering, and I like the fact that you get two timeless shades that most people will enjoy. I honestly cannot fault the lipsticks, they're pigmented, creamy, hydrating and long lasting, with a satin finish. They get a huge thumbs up from me!

(Top to Bottom: Flirtatious Magenta, Discreet)

The Lipglosses - RRP £21
Again, you get two Pure Colour Lipglosses in Flirtatious Magenta, a bright, shimmery, deep red, and Discreet, a shimmery nude. The packaging is really fancy, and they come with a doe foot glass applicator which makes application super quick and neat. These sort of lipglosses aren't normally my thing, but they're nice enough, not sticky or uncomfortable. Flirtatious Magenta goes really well over the lipsticks, Discreet is a bit too pale for me but it subdues the lip colour when worn over a lipstick. I think they're a nice addition, especially if you prefer lipglosses.

Sumptious Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara - RRP £25.50
I haven't opened this yet as I have plenty of mascaras already, so I don't want it to dry out, but I do think a mascara is a nice edition, as you get to try out something new. It also has decent reviews online, so that's a plus.

Modern Muse Le Rouge 4ml
I LOVE mini perfume bottles, they're so cute! I've tried the original Modern Muse before so this is a lovely addition, although I always end up giving them to my Mum to put on her mantelpiece.

I was thinking of picking up the Advanced Repair (RRP £53 - 30ml) for my Mum anyway, as I had seen a lot of positive reviews on blogs, but also some not so good reviews. Unfortunately, she said it irritates her sensitive skin so she only uses it on certain marks, but again I haven't seen a big difference. I've tried it out a few times and it's not as hydrating as I expected, I guess it's supposed to be used with the cream. However, I didn't really see a difference either, but I know I'm not using it consistently. As for the Revitalising Supreme + Cell Power Creme 15ml, she wasn't a fan of it, she said it was decent, but she gets better noticeable results with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I can't really comment on the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam - 50ml, as we all have dry skin in our household, so nobody is really a fan of foaming cleansers. Overall, the skincare was also a hit and miss, I'm afraid it didn't meet the hype for me.

So do I think this set it worth it? For £58 I would say just about yes, the lipsticks are outstanding, the lipglosses are also quite good and the mascara sounds like it will come in handy. However, the palette really didn't meet my expectations, and the skincare was a bit of a hit and miss, so realistically I wouldn't have spent say over £60 for this. However, it does depend on what you're looking for, or if you are a fan of the skincare. It will also be interesting to see what products they include in this year's gift set!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you had any experiences with such gift sets, or did a product not meet your expectations?

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  1. I am always wondering if gift sets are worth it! Sometimes I think they would be even for yourself - better to buy in bulk. But then again, like you've said, oftentimes you already have some of the swatches that the palette/gift set would have. I love this full and honest review, girl!

    xx www.qusotmquinns.com/blog

  2. I do always wonder whether sets are worth it or not and I suppose it depends on the set - you got so much in this one so it definitely looks like it was!
    Amy xx

  3. Oh, such gift sets can really make sense!
    xx Rena

  4. I love looking at what gift sets have to offer- it really depends on what you are after to see whether they are worth it or not! It's great that this one comes with the full sized Advanced Night Repair- and I'm on the same page as you, I'm not too sure if it is actually doing much to my skin. The lipsticks look absolutely gorgeous, I love both the shades that they included. I've never been a fan of eyeshadows from brands like Estee Lauder, the swatches look too mediocre. I guess the great thing about gift sets is that you get to try products that you won't otherwise purchase for full price :)


  5. I've never really been a fan of beauty sets to be honest. I got one for christmas and while it's the thought that counts I only ended up loving the mascara from that set. My family knows it's better to give me money or a gift card as a birthday / christmas present so I can buy myself makeup. I actually like the experience of shopping for makeup as well. Great post!


  6. The lipsticks are gorgeous and the eyshadow palette looks stunning. I think sets make great gifts but personally I am on the fence it usually depends on the merit of each individual product. Love that you broke it down item by item, fantastic post! Thank you for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  7. I never really asked myself this question before so I loved reading this post! You make some great points. Gemma x

  8. This set is definitely a winner and a must have.
    I like the colors and the different products.
    Have a beautiful day. Love, Esther


  9. This gift set looks fabulous <3 The lipsticks are gorgeous and so is the palette!


  10. I like buying gift sets when i want to try various products from a brand. But sometimes I only end up loving one product out of the set. It can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

  11. The only reason I'm always iffy on gift sets is that I feel like only part of the items end up actually being loved! It's a hit and miss, so I feel like it's better just to go with separate items that you know you're going to like all of them. The idea is very nice though!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

  12. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this set with us, girlie! I've tried only one Estee Lauder eyeshadow and didn't like the pigmentation at all. I had fallen in love with the color, but it went on horribly on the eyes; the color didn't even look the same when applied on the skin. Perhaps eyeshadows aren't their strong suit, but those lipsticks look amazing, so creamy and moisturizing, perfect for the winter during the promotion! Thanks again for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far, beauty!



  13. This seems like a great way to try a variety from a brand!

    Beauty From Katie

  14. The lipsticks look and sound amazing, both shades are beautiful and I love creamy formulas that feel nice on the lips! x


  15. I really like those lipsticks ! I am usually very pleased with the Clinique gifts set.

  16. In my opinion, it's never too early for Christmas shopping!! Thanks for all the reviews and info!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  17. I can't lie, I've never brought a beauty set for myself, only because I'm waaay to fussy and want to pick all the products out myself haha. But these are such fab lipstick shades :)


  18. A lot of gift sets tend not to be worth it, but this one really does look super impressive - so many gorgeous items are included for the price! Loving the look of those lipsticks, in particular :)


  19. wow these lipsticks are so gorgeous colors, and lipglosses too. It's sad the palette ddn't work for you.
    Nina's Style Blog

  20. I bought one of their sets a few years ago and remember giving away most of it to friends and family members. I love that mascara though and in my set I also had a red nail polish, which I still use! It is so good. Great review x

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

  21. Gift sets are a great way to try out different products from one brand! Such a shame though that some are hit and miss. Those lipstick shades look absolutely gorgeous though xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  22. The eyeshadows look stunning and you do such nice swatches. I need to learn those skills! x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  23. I love gift sets, but I don't buy them for myself. I give it as a gift, but I do love receiving them as well :) But recently I bought a nail polish gift set because it will save me money than buying those nail polishes individually :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  24. I love the look of the delux pallete and lipstivks, I think they can be worth it if you buy a lot of make up and like exploring with it, I personally don't wear or buy that much make up (a lot of lipsticks tho!) so I wouldn't get one x

    S x

  25. I love a bargain but sometimes I know the shades wouldn't work for me and that puts me off! This does seem like a good deal but it's a shame some of the products didn't live up to expectations!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  26. What an interesting blog post. I usually end up getting gift sets for other people, but rarely myself. That's good it was worth the money you got a lot of good stuff in there! x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  27. I loved this post. I'm always wondering if gist sets are really worth the price. I've found with my past experiences they are! I picked one up from Stila last Christmas. It didn't fail to disappoint! Lovely post! xo


  28. I would just be interested in the lip gloss or lipstick. For me, I would buy a gift set if they have a lot of products I know I would love (in shades I would love too). I don't like playing around with skincare too much because I'm scared of messing with my skin, lol


  29. The lipsticks are really amazing ! i always wonder if gift sets are worth it because sometimes they might not. Too bad that the blush and bronzer are not very pigmented.


  30. I only ever pick them up when they either include something I have been meaning to get anyway or if I need to buy something and that makes me qualify. Usually there is always something in the set I dont end up liking, and that annoys me too much to buy one on its own.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  31. I think that gifts sets are worth their money.. You got so many products with this particular one! And of course I adored the case! So pretty! xxx Sophia

  32. I think gift sets are tricky because more often than not, we don't use and love everything that comes with it. This set however is pretty good imo, shame the palette didn't work out well but I think it's still decent in comparison to many others.

  33. I'm always on the fence about getting a gift set because more often than not there are more misses than hits in them... But I do love the look of this one. Love the packaging and the lip colours...too bad it didn't work well.
    Looooove the pictures btw 😍


  34. I love the ANR serum. It does irritate the skin and can cause skin to flake which is apparently normal for the first like week as the serum helps to rejuvenate the skin. I do feel that my skin has been feeling hydrated with that serum however it contains wheat so maybe your mum is allergic to wheat if it irritates her skin ?
    Anyways i love the estee palette you showed it has such beautiful colors.


  35. The packaging is very pretty, such a shame they aren't true to colour and the highlighters aren't very pigmented!


  36. Christmas? Already?! haha. I really like the look of that deluxe palette but it's such a shame about the pigmentation of the face powders. Dynamic is definitely a lipstick I'd pick up for myself, it's so pretty. It's so interesting to hear your thoughts on whether you think it was worth it or not
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

  37. As you said it depends on the products you are looking for. This set does look good for its price even with the few products not up to your liking the others are worth it.

  38. This gift set looks like a steal, but it is such a shame not all of it is at the same level of quality! Thanks for sharing!xx
    Grace Kate

  39. I can definitely see myself getting this gift set! I love the look of the lipsticks, and Estee Lauder formulas never disappoint. <3 Gift sets can be a little hit and miss if you end up getting something you don't like, but this one looks worth the investment to me! Thanks for sharing, lovely. xoxo


  40. Such a lovely products. I like them all. :)

    Kathy's delight I Instagram I Facebook

  41. I think a gift set is a good way of testing out the brand, so its a good deal. But its annoying the palette wasn't the best as it looks so pretty!


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