Best Holiday Makeup Brush Sets 2016

One of the best gifts that a beauty lover can get is a set of makeup brushes. Makeup brush sets come in so many sizes and configurations, you can always find brushes to add to your collection. With the variety and value in these makeup brush sets, you’ll have plenty to choose from for holiday gifts.

Urban Decay Pro Essential Brush Stash

If you have any of the Urban Decay Palettes, you probably have tried one of the makeup brushes…they’re excellent. With the new UD Pro Essential Brush Stash, Urban Decay has curated five great brushes in one set, plus the brilliant Urban Tool Carryall. This set includes the Finger Brush, Optical Blurring Brush, Iconic Eyeshadow Brush, The Flat Eyeshadow Brush and the Diffusing Blush Brush. Amazing value, too at $75. This set is on my wishlist!


MAC makes some of my favorite makeup brushes, and for holidays, there are four different brush sets available in the Nutcracker Sweet Collection: Essentials, Basics, Contour Set and the Mineralize Set which is my pick. The Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50) includes a 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush, 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush, 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush, 283 Duo Fibre Small Eyeshadow Brush and 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush, plus a case. This is more of a specialty brush set, and what makes it great is that these types of brushes are hard to find in a set.



I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics. As a working makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury knows the importance of using good tools. The Magical Mini Brush Set ($65) has a clutch with a luxe feel, and four mini versions of the brushes needed to create numerous looks (Powder, Blender, Smudge and Precision). This is a beautiful gift.

IT Cosmetics City Chic Brush Set

IT Cosmetics is known for the quality of their makeup brushes, so I’m always recommending them. The City Chic Brush Set ($68) includes 5 brushes (Powder, Angled Blush, Foundation, Eyeshadow, Crease) with Rose Gold handles, plus a matching bag. So pretty! A more traditional IT Cosmetics Brush Set is the Your Airbrush Masters Brush Set ($65); love that one, too!


CHANEL Mini Brush Set

Do you have a Chanel-lover on your shopping list? If you do, the Les Minis de Chanel Mini Brush Set is an easy gift. I have Chanel makeup brushes that I use daily and a travel brush set, and can tell you that these are great quality brushes. This year’s set includes a Powder, Contour, Blending, Eyeshadow and Angled Eyeshadow Brush) plus round, mirrored case. Tres chic!


beautyblender_Too Faced Holiday Set

I’ll call the beautyblender® + Too Faced Holiday Kit ($40) a “makeup tool” kit, as opposed to a brush set. This set brilliantly combines a beautyblender®, a blotterazzi™ and Too Faced Candlelight Glow in Rosy Glow. A beautyblender® is a tool that is indispensible for makeup application. This set is gorgeous and one that is universally great for gifting.

Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Brush Set

Not only does Sephora makes fabulous makeup brushes, they dress them up for the holidays! The Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Brush Set ($54) is a practical, yet glam gift. The six brushes in this set include a Powder, Angled Blush, Lip, All Over Shadow, Double-Ended Brow and Smudge Brush (this is one of my favorite makeup brushes!), done up with glitter handles and packaged in a fancy box. I just love this set–gift one to yourself!

Flower Beauty Travel Brush Set

Flower Beauty makes an affordable set of travel brushes that are perfect for in your purse or at the gym. The Ultimate Travel Brush Set ($16.98) includes a Powder, Blush/Contour, Eyeshadow and Eyeliner brush, plus a rose gold clutch. I’m impressed with the quality of these super-soft brushes for the price. This set would make a nice stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift!

Do you like to give or get makeup brushes as a holiday gift? Let me know your favorites!

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