12 Designer Beauty Gifts That are Much More Affordable Than Ready-to-Wear

Gift some designer goods on an H&M budget.
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Gisele totally loves this huge bottle of Chanel No. 5, and it's not even a purse! Photo: Chanel 

Gisele totally loves this huge bottle of Chanel No. 5, and it's not even a purse! Photo: Chanel 

Yes, logos all over everything can be gross, but there is a certain thrill that comes along with designer products. While you probably can't afford to gift your Secret Santa a Chanel handbag, you can probably afford a cute lip gloss set. Luckily, designers and luxury houses know this, so there are tons of (relatively) affordable designer beauty products out there. Here are 12 to give or — no shame! — ask for. 

Christian Louboutin

Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lipcolor, $90, available at Nordstrom. Photo: Christian Louboutin Beaute

Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lipcolor, $90, available at Nordstrom. Photo: Christian Louboutin Beaute

Don't think of this as a $90 lipstick, because that is absurd for lipstick. Instead, think of it as $90 Louboutin — a bargain! Seriously, though, this lipstick is the perfect gift. It comes packed in a jewelry box with a silk ribbon so that your lucky recipient can wear it as a necklace. Which is sort of weird, but it's nice to have the option. 

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lips & Boys 50-Piece Set, $1,950, available at Tom Ford (one lipstick, $35, available at Nordstrom). Photo: Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lips & Boys 50-Piece Set, $1,950, available at Tom Ford (one lipstick, $35, available at Nordstrom). Photo: Tom Ford

Last year, Tom Ford launched a collection of mini lipsticks named after men in his life called "Lips & Boys." This season, he released the collection again with 25 new shades, including Ansel (!) and Drake (!!). You could technically buy the set of 50 for a third of the price of this Tom Ford clutch that has a handy lipstick holster, or, you know, just buy one or two in your pal's favorite shade or favorite guy's name. 

Dior

Dior Holiday Couture Nude Palette, $62, available at Nordstrom. Photo: Dior

Dior Holiday Couture Nude Palette, $62, available at Nordstrom. Photo: Dior

Every holiday season, Dior wins for best palette packaging, and this year is no exception. Each color in this nude palette is usable, and it comes in a luxurious zipped pouch that calls to mind a Dior handbag. 

Chanel

Chanel Turn Up the Shine Glossimer Trio, $92, available at Chanel. Photo: Chanel

Chanel Turn Up the Shine Glossimer Trio, $92, available at Chanel. Photo: Chanel

Here is an adorable Chanel pouch plus three lip glosses. It definitely counts as a "Chanel bag." 

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Decadence 1 oz Eau de Parfum, $70, available at Sephora. Photo: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Decadence 1 oz Eau de Parfum, $70, available at Sephora. Photo: Marc Jacobs

Yes, it is a Marc Jacobs perfume bottle that looks like a purse. No brainer. 

Costello Tagliapietra

Kiehl's Costello & Tagliapietra Creme de Corps Collection Gift Set, $66, available at Kiehl's. Photo: Kiehl's

Kiehl's Costello & Tagliapietra Creme de Corps Collection Gift Set, $66, available at Kiehl's. Photo: Kiehl's

Costello Tagliapietra's plaids are a brand signature, and they look very holiday appropriate in this collaboration with Kiehl's. One hundred percent of the profits (up to $100,000) go to the charity Feeding America, so along with smooth skin you'll be giving your recipient warm fuzzies. 

Givenchy

Givenchy The Art of Mascara, $30, available at Sephora. Photo: Givenchy

Givenchy The Art of Mascara, $30, available at Sephora. Photo: Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci will not be making you or your loved ones any custom dresses anytime soon like he does for the Kardashians, but you can capture a bit of that Givenchy edge with the brand's famous Phenomen'Eyes mascara and a Le Rouge lipstick, which comes encased in leather. (Like Kim's ass often is.) 

Karen Walker

Karen Walker Amber Craft Mirror Compact, $48, available at Sephora. Photo: Sephora

Karen Walker Amber Craft Mirror Compact, $48, available at Sephora. Photo: Sephora

Beloved by street style stars everywhere, Karen Walker's sunglasses can run upwards of $375. This satisfying, hefty compact mirror features all of Walker's signatures without all the photographers to contend with. 

Alaia 

Alaia Paris Scented Candle, $300, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

Alaia Paris Scented Candle, $300, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

Azzedine Alaia, a totally important designer, released his very first fragrance this year. Here is the massively sized candle version of that fragrance, which costs, yes, three and a half times as much as a bottle of the perfume. I know, I know. It's a $300 candle. But... Alaia!

Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Icons Kit, $65, available at Sephora. Photo: Sephora

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Icons Kit, $65, available at Sephora. Photo: Sephora

There is still a bit of a disconnect stylistically between Saint Laurent, the ready-to-wear label, and the YSL beauty line, but who cares, because this fabulous kit contains two of the best beauty products on the market — Touche Éclat and Faux Cils Baby Doll mascara — as well as a mini Rouge pur Couture Lipstick. 

Michael Kors

Michael Kors White Luminous Gold Gift Set, $67, available at Macy's. Photo: Michael Kors

Michael Kors White Luminous Gold Gift Set, $67, available at Macy's. Photo: Michael Kors

You know your cousin, who already owns a Michael Kors bag and watch, will want this set, which includes a fragrance, body lotion, lip gloss and nail polish, for full MK immersion. 

Derek Lam

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, $95, available at Sephora. Photo: Derek Lam

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, $95, available at Sephora. Photo: Derek Lam

Hey, did you hear that Derek Lam has 10 new fragrances? This set is perfect for breaking up and giving the individual scents to your friends as stocking stuffers.