Rant & Rave: Holiday Lip Sets

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Holiday Lip Sets

Of all the holiday sets and kits, lip-based ones are my favorite because they usually perform consistently with permanent counterparts/formulas and offer more for the money (whether paying less or just getting more shades for the money). The downside is that sometimes the packaging feels flimsy or the bullet can break too easily because it’s so small (for lipstick).

— Christine


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Deborah S. Avatar

Far more loves than hates!!
Love: The size allows for a better chance of completing the lippie before it goes bad. It is a great way to try a brand you haven’t tried before or maybe just another finish. They are small enough to carry a couple in your bag and they don’t take up much room in your storage area. In my case, they make great advent calendar gifts for my daughter. Love that usually they are a good value for the money.

Hate: There are frequently a lot of shades in the mix that I can’t use and would not look good on my daughter.

Z. Avatar

I love the idea of better value for money, but in reality that usually isn’t the case for me because I won’t wear most shades in a lip set because they usually include too many dark/bold colours for my liking. They’re probably great value for some people, but for me, I’m better off just getting one lipstick in a shade I know I’ll wear.

Rachel R. Avatar

RAVES: Smaller products are cheaper and easier to use up. I think they’re a great way to get multiple colors from a favorite brand, or try out a new brand. I think holiday lip products are less prone to quality issues than holiday eyeshadows and blushes. If there is a shade I don’t like, I just give it to a friend, and I’m not out much money. I like that gloss sets are usually shimmery or sparkly.

RANTS: I agree that that lipsticks can break easily. They tend to sell out quickly. Brands usually stick to “safe” color combinations: Nudes, reds, berries, browns. I don’t need any more of those kinds of shades, so I end up skipping a lot of collections.

Kitty Avatar

I’ve never seen a set that had all shades that I could wear.

If only sets were sold where the customer could choose among a few different colors, then I’d be able to buy a set that was totally of use to me.

Seraphine Avatar

Like: Being able to try new shades in mini sizes. And going in on a set with friends so we can spend less money and pick which shades we want.

Dislike: Disappointing collections, like this year’s MAC set that mostly consists of the minis you can buy every day of the year and costs a lot more per lipstick than their 2017 holiday set. I also worry about those little lipsticks breaking, but not so much that it puts me off buying a good set.

kjh Avatar

Rave: often good value; often minis; easy to store. Rant: As a person who deselects most pink/coral, the balance of the variety is often not to my preference…and I do not have s.o. to give the balance to. Very large sets are seldom worth it, but fours/fives in a color family or unusual colors can be awesome. That applies to other than holiday, as well.

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