8Shades’ Gift Guide: Cruelty-Free Beauty Gift Sets

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas beauty gift set season, of course! Whether you’re buying for others or planning on doing a little self-gifting, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite beauty picks for the festive season – and we’ve made sure they’re all cruelty-free too.

From magical makeup to sophisticated skincare, we’ve got something for every beauty junkie out there, with plenty of awesome eco perks highlighted too – including vegan or all-natural formulations and recyclable, reusable or minimal-waste options. Start dropping those hints now!


Source: Tatcha

Give your beauty routine a fresh lease of life with Tatcha’s Luxury Kiri kit. Housed in a beautiful reusable wooden box, it features seven of the brand’s supremely nourishing skincare favourites, all infused with pure Japanese botanicals – including their Camellia Cleansing Oil, exfoliating Rice Polish, hydrating Dewy Skin Cream and Kissu Lip Mask. Even better, part of the proceeds goes towards non-profit organisation Room to Read, to help improve education equality in underserved communities globally. Achieving complexion perfection never felt so good.

Available from Lane Crawford


Source: Penhaligon’s

Enjoy a seriously scent-sational Christmas thanks to quintessentially British perfumer’s Penhaligon’s. Their truly scrumptious Dolly Mix and Jolly Mix sets each offer a show-stopping selection of five of the heritage brand’s most-loved fragrances, decanted into adorable mini glass bottles – including their quirky gin-inspired Juniper Sling, zingy citrus Quercus and intoxicating woody-floral Halfeti.

Available from Penhaligon’s


Source: Hourglass

Ready, set, glow… Hourglass’ limited-edition Universe Ambient Lighting Edit has everything you need to ensure you always have the perfect lighting. Featuring four shades of fabulously flattering blush, bronzer and highlighter alongside Hourglass’ flawless finishing powder, this gorgeous palette is completely vegan and free from nasties like parabens, sulfates and phthalates too – giving you a heaven-sent radiance that even angels would be jealous of.

Available from Lane Crawford

Drunk Elephant

Source: Sephora Hong Kong

Do the night thing with Saving Face: The Refining Routine, a bumper set of skincare goodies from cult US brand Drunk Elephant. Think of this as the best kind of bedtime R&R skincare session, with a superpowered vegan quartet of their Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial and Protini Polypeptide Cream. All product formulations are free from Drunk Elephant’s “Suspicious Six” ingredients (such as silicones, fragrances and dyes) to deliver the ultimate in healthy, balanced, restored skin – we’ll drink to that!

Available from Sephora Hong Kong


Source: Oribe

Make sure that 2022 is a year full of great hair days with Oribe’s glorious Gold Lust Collection Set. Presented in a covetable recycled-paper box designed by très chic atelier Antoinette Poisson, this rejuvenating kit features a trio of the haircare expert’s greatest hits: their Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, Conditioner and Nourishing Hair Oil. All come loaded with a divinely-scented blend of potent vegan ingredients, including sandalwood extract, argan oil and passionflower seed oil, which promise to strengthen, smooth and add shine to stressed-out tresses.

Available from JOYCE Beauty


Source: Lush

Sweet dreams are made of this; Lush’s Dreamland kit will send you straight to a date with the sandman, with a blissed-out collection of their most relaxing bath, body and shower delights, all infused with an irresistible lavender and tonka scent. Vegan, natural and packed in a recycled paper box, it features two bath bombs, a bubble bar, shower gel, body lotion, body spray and even a cute organic cotton eye mask – meaning you’ll be racking up those Zzzs in no time.

Available from Lush

Tata Harper

Source: Tata Harper

Looking for an instant dose of get-up-and-glow? Tata Harper’s all-natural Glow Facial Kit promises to supercharge your skincare routine just in time for all those festive parties, thanks to its radiance-boosting quartet of their Regenerating Cleanser, Resurfacing Mask and Green Beauty Brush and Towelette. Free from synthetics, toxins, and fillers, their products come in recyclable, reusable glass bottles and are all formulated by hand with certified-organic ingredients at the brand’s farm in Vermont – making this farm-to-face beauty at its finest.

Available from JOYCE Beauty

Claus Porto

Source: Claus Porto

Switching to soap bars is one of the easiest ways of reducing waste – and when they’re as stunning as Claus Porto’s, there’s really no excuse not to. This Portuguese brand have got soap-making down to a fine art (they’ve been doing it since 1887, after all), with each bar crafted from pure shea butter and vegetable oil to create a creamy, rich lather every time. Factor in incredible fragrances and vintage-style packaging so pretty you’ll want to frame it, and you’ve got a gift that delivers minimal waste with the maximum style.

Available from Net-A-Porter

Charlotte Tilbury

Source: Charlotte Tilbury

Get a megawatt blast of A-list glamour courtesy of makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury and her Hollywood Look gift set. This stellar kit will have you red carpet ready in no time (even if that carpet is just in your bedroom) with a handpicked range of seven of Tilbury’s most famed beauty icons, including her golden-hued Hollywood Flawless Eye Filter eyeshadow palette, Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara, high-shine Collagen Lip Bath and glow-gifting Hollywood Beauty Light Wand – #nofilterneeded guaranteed.

Available from Charlotte Tilbury


Source: Bamford

Bring a touch of the luxe to your everyday essentials with sustainable British brand Bamford’s Body Wash & Body Lotion Duos. Vegan and certified natural by industry experts COSMOS, these perfect plant-based pairs come in two scents – an invigorating blend of geranium, peppermint and eucalyptus or a heady mix of rose, camomile and ylang ylang. Promising to revitalise, replenish and renew in equal measure, their signature green glass bottles are endlessly recyclable and reusable too.

Available from 10/10 HOPE


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