Laura Mercier's Christmas sets are the perfect gifts for the hard-to-please

Laura Mercier's Christmas sets are the perfect gifts for the hard-to-please

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Stumped when it comes to finding the right present for a particular friend, sister or boss? Here's why we think these three Laura Mercier makeup coffrets might work

When it comes to makeup, brands can be categorised just like you would a fashion label. Some are classics which have good formulas but more conservative colours, some have crazy colours and new textures, but may not be of the highest quality or have the most luxurious packaging. Others, like Laura Mercier, meld high quality formulas and trendiness perfectly, making them great gifts to receive and give. The brand also does skincare and bath and body sets, though it's probably best known for its makeup. Here are three makeup gift sets that caught our fancy, and which we think will feel the niche you might be looking for.

For the #sheboss you want to impress
Show your boss, you're the complete package, by giving her this collection of luxe eyeshadows, face and cheek colours and even cake eyeliners. Whether she's starting from scratch or is already a makeup connoisseur, this set will surely make a good impression.
Try: Master Class Colour Essentials 2nd edition, $190.
Master Class Colour Essentials Laura Mercier

For the friend who has everything
This can be one hard person to buy for, especially if your friend is a professional who can afford to splurge on herself. Go for quality with a bit of fun, with this brush collection in a leopard-print pouch. Everyone needs new brushes, and it's something you seldom buy yourself.
Try: Brush it on Luxe Brush Collection, $168. 
Brush it On Luxe Brush set Laura Mercier 
For the sister who keeps stealing your makeup
This happens in a lot of households, and it can be a minor annoyance. Get your sibling a complete set of eye and cheek colours that will keep her hands off your stuff. We like that a mix of classic neutrals and trendier shades — like plum and navy — have been included and that an illuminator and blush are also part of this set.
Try: Essential Art Eye & Cheek Palette, $108. 

Essential Eye and Cheek Palette Laura Mercier