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Every year in mid to late May, Sephora releases the Sun Safety Kit. It retails for $32, and $20 of that is donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation. My Dad has skin cancer, so I like the idea of buying something I want while supporting the cause at the same time. My insane stockpile told me I was pretty stocked on sunscreen, so I was ready to pass. I still have a few stragglers from the 2013 kit and half or more from 2014. Luckily, most sunscreens print the expiration date, so I use sunscreen in the order it expires and not when it arrives.
Everyone was waiting impatiently for this release, which was a bit later than 2014. It usually sells out in a few days, but it lasted about a week on and off online. It released and my inner hoarder/deal seeker told me to buy it. And, here we are.
Although the value Sephora calculates continues to go down each year, it is nice to see Sephora is listening to its customers. There are no makeup items and only one self tanner. I have only recently starting using some of my insane self tanner stash, but I doubt I would ever purposely buy it. As such, I am good with not receiving any more samples of it. It also had less repeats from the previous year, which was a step up from how many repeats we received last year.
Not including the bag, there are 16 items, which means they’re all $2 a piece. Drugstore sunscreen is not even that affordable. Sephora calculates the value at $155. While I would normally run numbers to test the value, this had already sold out by the time it arrived to my house. That means the numbers cannot help you make a purchase decision at this point. Thanks to the nail polish, it took a whopping eight days for this order to reach me.
What products are inside the travel bag?
– 0.2 oz AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30
– 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50
– 0.5 oz Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium
– 0.25 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
– 0.17 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
– 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
– 0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
– 0.34 oz Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.17 oz Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.1 oz Ole Henriksen total truth eye crème SPF 15
– 0.5 oz Origins VitaZing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen
– Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30
– 0.6 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant
– 1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium
– 0.34 oz Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
– 0.34 oz Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
The lineup is impressive. There were only a few I’d tried and about half that I already owned. Despite the white tint, I really like the Shiseido. I love the Fresh balm. My husband gave me his Peter Tomas Roth moisturizer a while back, and it is much nicer than he described it. He has a weird thing with sunscreen smells, but I can barely smell the sunscreen in it. Plus, it moisturizes enough and blocks the sun. Win! That Dr. Dennis Gross one is calling my name. In the past, I found the Josie Maran Argan Light does not give the moisture I need, so I look forward to trying the full on version.
It surprised me how nice Murad Invisiblur was. It has a very silicone feel, and it bonds very well with the makeup I placed on top. Despite using no setting powder, everything was still there when I removed my makeup at night. Granted, it is cool outside (edited in the fall), so I will test this product again over the summer to see how it holds up to heat. That will also test the SPF function.
This beauty is NAILS INC Winter Lights in London Lane. I love a nice glitter polish.
In certain lights, this almost looks purple. I think it looks more blue in real life. Compare this to my other blue polishes.
The swatch in natural daylight shows that it is mostly blue.
I wish Sephora was more consistent about substituting out of stock samples. This was another order where I only received two of the three I ordered. My guess is whoever packs them chooses whether to substitute or skip it altogether. Considering how some get crafty with sending the opposite of what you ordered, it is actually amusing to see what you may get. Fully expecting the Dior mini mascara to get substituted, I ordered it anyway. To my surprise, it arrived. This is the size of a 100 point perk, so I love that it was in the sample section. It totally made up for getting two samples instead of three. The Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer has a great reputation, so I cannot wait to try it.
Every Sephora order over $25 allows you to redeem a promo code. This Bobbi Brown VIB promo had a $35 minimum, which is why I added the $8 (on sale) NAILS INC polish. It came with a 1oz Long-Wear Eye Makeup remover, a mini Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet, and a mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bark. The size of the Shadow Stick was a hot topic, because it was listed at 0.05oz. That would have made it full size. Sephora also advertised the color at Shadow. Neither the shade change nor size disappointed me, because I knew they were off before I ordered. Most cream shadows crease on me, so I doubted I would ever come close to using it all or more than once for that matter.
The shadow stick was darker than I anticipated, so I used Urban Decay Melt to lighten it as well as set the cream. There is no way I can wear a full on cream shadow without setting it with a powder one. I like how the two shades complimented each other. Melt is such a neutral shade that it would probably complement anything. The look below also uses the Bobbi Brown eyeliner. This is the first time I’ve ever worn a cream shadow and had zero creasing. There is hope for me after all. Bobbi Brown shadows have not been highly rated recently, which prevented me from buying them. These shadow sticks are something I would buy.
The eyeliner was good. It applied relatively easily (did not skip or scratch) and stayed all day. I only wore it on my top lashes. If I had not used it the day after using a Marc Jacobs Highliner, I may have rated it higher. It is superior to a lot of the formulas I’ve tried, but I’ve tried better formulas as well.
If you missed the Sun Safety Kit this year, be on the lookout starting around the 10th of May next year. We can all play the waiting game together. Once it comes out, I will post it to the front page and the Sephora page again next year. I’d love to read what you think about any of these sunscreens if you snagged one of these lovely kits.
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