Skincare superstars

These chic kits house the most luxurious products made with posh ingredients such as caviar and 24K gold. Someone should have told us to save up earlier. By Carina Koh.

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These chic kits house the most luxurious products made with posh ingredients such as caviar and 24K gold. Someone should have told us to save up earlier. By Carina Koh.

Photography Vee Chin Art Direction Sherli Chong
Photography Vee Chin Art Direction Sherli Chong

Hydrates and brightens

Cosme Decorte AQ MW Elegant Cruise Kit, $306.

Calming sandalwood scent aside, the anti-ageing products in this set have ingredients such as mucin, a protein that hydrates and firms skin, and ginseng extract, which works to even out skin tone and minimise the look of wrinkles.The set comprises: a Cream Excellent (10g), a Facial Wash (32g), a Repair Emulsion ER (200ml), a Repair Lotion (200ml) and a Cleansing Emulsion (50ml).

Calms and moisturises

La Mer The Creme de la Mer Collection, $480.

La Mer’s Creme de la Mer needs no introduction, but just to jog your memory, it’s formulated with the brand’s famous Miracle Broth to give skin a jolt of hydration and radiance. Use it to soothe practically anything, from chapped skin to minor burns.The set comprises: two jars of Creme de la Mer (60ml and 15ml).

Lifts and firms

Estee Lauder Re-nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Set, $500.

Pamper your skin with the cocktail of over 50 ingredients in these products – including refined 24K gold and black tourmaline gems – which supposedly have skin-lifting and anti-ageing benefits. The products in this set also have light-reflecting South Sea pearl particles to give skin an instant glow.The set comprises: a Re-nutriv Ultimate Lift Agecorrecting Creme (50ml), a Re-nutriv Hydrating Creme Cleanser (50ml), a Re-nutriv Ultimate Lift Agecorrecting Serum (15ml) and a Re-nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-correcting Eye Creme (7ml).

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Improves skin texture

SK-II Skin Indulgence Set, $883.

All the products in this extravagant set have a high concentration of the brand’s signature Pitera to soften the look of fine lines and improve the texture of mature skin. The lightweight textures aside, we’re fans of the pretty rose-gold- toned packaging.The set comprises: a LXP Ultimate Perfecting Cream (50g), a LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence (150ml), a LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream (15g) and three pieces of Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask (not shown).

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Firms and hydrates

La Prairie Legendary Caviar Luxuries Holiday Kit, $1,570.

Yes, this set is pricey, but that’s because all three products in it are full-sized (and get this: you’ll save $390 compared to if you had bought the items separately – it’s a good deal, we say!). The lavish products have pure caviar extracts and antioxidants to help firm skin.The set comprises: a Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (50ml), a Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (50ml) and a Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream (20ml).

Tackles signs of ageing

The History of Whoo Bichup Ja Saeng Essence 2pc Set (Christmas Edition), $232.

Deer antler may sound like a weird ingredient to put into skincare, but according to The History of Whoo, it does wonders for tired-looking skin. Used in the brand’s Bichup Ja Saeng Essence, it works together with angelica root to reportedly reduce signs of ageing. Over 200 million bottles of it have been sold since its launch in 2010 – how’s that for a crowd fave?The set comprises: two bottles of Bichup Ja Saeng Essence (45ml and 20ml), a Cheongidan Hwa Hyun Eye Cream (5ml), a Cheongidan Hwa Hyun Cream (10ml) and a Gongjinhyang Mi Luxury Lipstick Mini in #25 Coral.

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Soothes sensitive skin

Origins Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-mushroom Collection, $188.

What can ingredients such as mushrooms, ginger and turmeric do for the skin? According to Origins, they can hydrate sensitive and lacklustre skin while quelling irritation and giving it a boost of radiance.

The set comprises: a Mega-mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream (50ml), a Mega-mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum (30ml), a Mega-mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion (50ml), a Mega-mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser (50ml) and a Mega-mushroom Skin-calming Face Mask (30ml).

Reduces dullness

Skin Inc Get Glowin' Custom Blended Serum set, $148.

We’ll be honest: We didn’t think it was possible to get a visibly glowing complexion in mere minutes... that is, until we used Skin Inc’s Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask. The magic ingredients: vitamin C, liquorice and panax ginseng extract. Boost the effects of this cult-favourite mask with the brightening serum and peel in the kit.

The set comprises: a My Daily Dose Custom-blended Brightening Serum (30ml), a Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask (20ml) and a Pure Revival Peel (5ml).