Whether you’re in a couple of or on your own, we all know Valentine’s Day, and the more recent phenomenon of Galentine’s Day, are marketing ploys to get your money.
As a result, many brands bundle up their bestsellers and package them as Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day gift sets. This does have its benefits, though – you can treat yourself to popular makeup and beauty products at a discounted rate.
These bundles let you try products in miniature form before splashing out on full-sized versions. Or they’re the perfect gifts for your partner, family, or friends to buy for you!
Below we’ve rounded up some of these bundled deals and offers from our favourite brands, as well as up-and-coming brands that may soon become our favourites. But first..
Before we continue with the list, we should probably explain what the hell Galentine’s Day is because it’s a relatively new trend that seems to have become an established tradition. Galentine’s Day is the name of an episode in series 2 of Parks and Recreation in which Leslie (played by Amy Poehler) throws a party for her female friends on 13 February – a celebration of women and singletons held the day before Valentine’s Day. It’s not an anti-Valentine’s Day as such, it’s more a chance to tell the women in your life that you love them. Or show yourself some love and treat yourself!
£54 | Buy now from Huda Beauty
Considering Huda Beauty’s New Nude eyeshadow palette – which is one of the best eyeshadow palettes we’ve ever used – usually retails for £56 on its own, this New Nude gift set for Galentine’s Day is a great deal. For £54, you get the palette and the New Nude liquid matte set featuring four new limited Liquid Matte shades all in a nude makeup pouch. The Liquid Matte shades include Raw (a rusty brown), Tickle (a deep pink), Tease (a purply brown) and Teddy (a peachy brown).
Cult Beauty is currently selling a Huda Beauty Metal and Matte lip set for half price in our makeup sale roundup.
The Lookfantastic Valentine’s Collection costs £55 and contains six full-size, luxury products from Benefit, Pixi and Dr. Brandt. These products are worth £253 if bought separately.
The full list of products in the Lookfantastic Valentine’s Collection beauty box includes:
We hadn’t even heard of the Ecooking brand until we bought Lookfantastic’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Box and now we’re obsessed with its eye cream. You only need a tiny amount because a little goes a long way and it absorbs super quick into the skin leaving our eye area looking refreshed and plumped up.
The brand’s tagline is “Food for your skin” and to mark Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day, you can buy an Ecooking Discovery Set which contains cleansing gel, face mist, day cream, night cream, multi balm, multi oil, firming serum capsules (with vitamin A and vitamin E) and wet wipes in a handy, airport-compliant travel bag.
This set has everything you’d need for a weekend away or a holiday and is compact enough to fit in an overnight bag.
£45 | Buy now from Soinvogue
The beauty site Soinvogue specialises in luxury, responsible beauty brands that have a focus on sustainability and making ethical products and to celebrate Galentine’s Day, it has picked some of its favourite beauty items from lashes to eye shadows and even nipple covers designed to help you and your girlfriends enjoy a night out.
The Galentine’s Bundle includes:
Plus, as you’d expect, all the products are vegan and cruelty-free.
Once described as “the most influential makeup artist in the world,” Pat McGrath MBE sells a hugely popular, versatile collection. Her makeup isn’t cheap – far from it — but the quality and pigment are unlike anything we’ve seen on other brands, even brands that cost as much if not more. Her Valentine’s Kit is most definitely a luxury purchase but we think it’s worth it as a treat.
It contains the Mthrship Sublime: Golden Opulence eyeshadow palette, the Opulust Gloss in Glowing Garnet, the Obsessive Opulence Matttetrance Lipstick Duo and the Iconic Illumination in Fever Dream and Vendetta – a peach and dark red lipstick pair.
£38 | Buy now from MooGoo
Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget