Last-Minute Cheap Beauty Gifts That Look Expensive

It's easy to go overboard during the holidays and spend half your paycheck on gifts. Don't get us wrong: We love finding the perfect presents for our loved ones, but there's only so much money we can spend. If you haven't noticed, gifts can be damn expensive!

In an effort to find great gifts without going broke in the process, we scoured the holiday beauty offerings and found 29 cheap goodies that don't feel cheap. In fact, they're so good we'd be happy to unwrap any of them. Curious to see which ones we picked? Check them out in the following slides.
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We all have a friend who's obsessed with a good cat-eye. This year, give her something she'll truly love: a budge-proof, violet eyeliner ideal for a smoky eye and a liquid eyeliner with a tip so fine, her feline flicks will practically draw themselves.

Stila Most Wanted Vol. II Eyeline Set, $14, available at Nordstrom.
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Wet n Wild's eyeshadows are some of the best in the drugstore — heck, they're even better than many high-end ones! When we discovered that the brand put out a kit that includes two eyeshadow palettes (one neutral, one smoky) along with two liners, we were pretty excited to get our hands on it. And anyone on your list who loves a smoky eye will feel the same.

Wet n Wild Best Of Color Icon Eye Collection, $5, available at Wet n Wild.
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Every season, we find ourselves gravitating toward Bite's pigmented, dual-ended lipsticks. Share the wealth and give a few to your friends and family to stash in their purses this holiday season.

Bite Beauty
Mix and Mingle in Holly/Tannin, $14, available at Sephora.
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Split this mini duo of Marc Jacobs' classic Daisy fragrance with your best friend for a holiday gift that will look (and smell) incredible on both of your vanities.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Mini Duo, $18, available at Sephora.
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This is the perfect starter kit for any cousins or friends looking to dip their toes (or rather, lids) in eye makeup. It comes with a four-pan neutral eyeshadow palette, brush, and even a tube of mascara, all of which they can use together to create a myriad of looks.

CoverGirl Holiday Eye Regimen Gift Set, $14.99, available at Target.
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Skin-care lovers will adore this gift set from Julep. It comes with a luxurious cleansing oil and a konjac sponge that will make post-party makeup removal super-easy.

Julep Skincare Starter Set, $19, available at Nordstrom.
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Your overbooked best friend will get a lot of use out of this makeup kit, which comes with a pearly-pink eyeshadow, red lip crayon, and black eyeliner pencil. The best part? All three products fit perfectly into a clutch or makeup bag.

Laura Geller Flirty & Festive Set, $20, available at Birchbox.
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For the relatives who are a little tougher to buy for, you can't go wrong with an unobtrusively fresh-scented soap and lotion duo.

Bath & Body Works Soap & Lotion Carrier, $12.50, available at Bath & Body Works.
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Who doesn't love slicking on a layer of this orb-shaped balm on wind-whipped lips? That's right, no one. So rest easy knowing that whoever you give these holiday-themed Eos balms to will surely love 'em.

Eos Holiday 2015 Limited Edition Decorative Lip Balm Collection, $8.99, available at Walgreens.
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It's easy to forget about your hands and feet in the winter, but not with this gift. This kit will give any giftee an easy, DIY mani-pedi experience from the comfort of their own home. It even comes with a beautiful wooden brush to buff away dead skin cells and reveal smooth, baby-soft skin.

Burt's Bees Mani Pedi, $14.99, available at Burt's Bees.
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This set of five lipsticks from ColourPop is ideal for bold-lip aficionados. These are mini versions of the brand's amazing Lippie Stix, which offer kick-ass pigment and an assortment of satin and matte shades that are so comfortable on the lips, we constantly forget we're wearing lipstick at all.

ColourPop Mini Kit in Stellar, $20, available at ColourPop.
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For your friend who's constantly complaining about her dry, flaky skin, gift this set of cocoa butter-infused goodies (body wash, scrub, and lotion) to keep him or her hydrated all season long.

Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Selection Box, $19.99, available at Boots.
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Benefit is known for creating killer mascaras. Gift this sampler to your BFF so she can check out three of the brand's most lash-enhancing offerings.

Benefit LASHtastic Msacara Sampler, $20, available at Birchbox.
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There are tons of gems within Sephora's namesake beauty line, and this palette is definitely one of them. This eight-pan assortment of eyeshadows is perfect for your neutral-loving buds who want to inject a little sparkle into their looks for the holidays.

Sephora Collection Wonderful Dreams 8-Tone Eyeshadow Palette, $10, available at Sephora.
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This trio of old-school breath-fresheners (mouth wash, toothpaste, and lip balm) is super-portable, so it'll make any travel junkie happy.

C.O. Bigelow Marvis Breath-Freshening Set, $13.50, available at Nordstrom.
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This collapsible makeup palette is a great option for your pals who don't like having oodles of loose makeup floating around their bags. It has a blush, bronzer, highlighter, lip color, and four-pan, bronze-toned eyeshadow palette, which means all they have to do is throw a foundation and mascara into the mix and they've got a full face of makeup.

Maybelline Gilded In Gold Palette, $14.99, available at Ulta.
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It's the holiday season, which means most of us will be going to a party or two (or three, or four). These little hand creams are the perfect host gifts because they come in a beautiful star-shaped box that requires zero extra wrapping.

Le Couvent des Minimes
Sparkling Hand Cream Duo, $12, available at Le Couvent des Minimes.
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These mini lip colors have the pigmentation of lipstick but the texture of balm, making them a great addition to any makeup enthusiast's lip-product arsenal. Plus, since they're so tiny, they're super-easy to stash in a pocket or purse before running out the door.

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette, $14, available at Pixi Beauty.
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The packaging of this body wash and cream set is so adorable, your giftee won't be able to guess you only spent $15 on it.

Bubble & Charm Body Wash & Body Creme Set in Poppies & Posie, $14.99, available at Target.
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These lip glosses will convert even the most passionate gloss hater thanks to their smooth and creamy (read: not sticky) texture.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss Travel-Size Duo, $14, available at Sephora.
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Make your beauty tutorial-obsessed squad member's day by giving her this nail kit from YouTuber Tanya Burr's cosmetic line.

Tanya Burr Sugar Plum Nail Polish & Nail Art Set, $7.70, available at Feel Unique.
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Looking at this ultra-blendable 50-piece eyeshadow and face palette has us salivating, and we're positive any makeup lover in your life will feel the same way.

E.L.F. Spotlight Ready Eyes & Face Palette, $15, available at Target.
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Caudalie's lip conditioner has a semi-matte finish, making it a great balm to layer under or over lipstick. The kit also comes with the brand's hand and nail cream to keep the hydration going on-the-go.

Caudalie Winter Duo, $12, available at Nordstrom.
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We all remember getting rainbow-tinged gift sets when we were young — give the same joy to one of your nieces or cousins this year so they, too, can have the amazing experience of playing with makeup for the first time.

Hard Candy Tri-Me Face Kit Collection, $4.88, available at Walmart.
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Seeing as 2015 has been a major year for oils, there isn't a better time to give your besties a chance to slather their bodies, faces, and hair with luxurious blends of shea and almond.

L'Occitane Oil Favorites, $19, available at Sephora.
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As the name would suggest, these lipsticks feel like butter, making them great for every day.

Nyx Butter Lipstick Set, $11.99, available at Ulta.
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Give this makeup remover-and-wipes set to your jet-setting amiga to encourage her to always take off her makeup — even after a long night out walking along the Seine. (Just don't tell her that when you give it to her.)

Josie Maran Argan Pure Cleansing Essentials, $10, available at Sephora.
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This is yet another set of gorgeous hand creams (can you tell we really love that stuff?) that would make great gifts for hosts, aunts, mothers, and bosses alike. But they aren't just pretty — they smell incredible (our favorite is Punk Bouquet) and leave our hands feeling smooth and comfortable thanks to their shea butter- and sweet almond oil-infused formulas.

& Other Stories Hand Cream Gift Set, $20, available at & Other Stories.
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This lip and cheek duo will give your friends and family a taste of H&M's amazing beauty line without having to pick from the overwhelming number of products. It comes with a vampy lipstick and mauve-toned blush, which you can wear together for a monochrome effect.

H&M Lip and Blush Set in Purple Reign, $19.99, available at H&M.
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