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No one puts favorite sets together like Sephora. The Sephora Favorites Soko to Tokyo Customizable Skin Care Set has had technical issues over the past week, so it would only go up for a few minutes at a time before Sephora pulled it back down. When it went back up last night, I was able to purchase one. My set is pictured below, but there are so many possible combinations to make a set that yours could be completely different. This set gives you a bag and the option to choose any five items from a selection of 13. There are two ways to add the items to your cart. One of the ways allows you to select multiples of the same item, which is why I believe they keep pulling the link down. They are trying to make it so you have to select one of each item.
I actually wanted five different items, so I used the easier way to add items to the cart. Click on the Soko to Tokyo Favorites Set, and find the select buttons to each item inside the screen. Once you’ve selected five different items, click add all to basket. It will add the $25 bag and five items at $20 each to your cart. As long as you’ve added all five items and the bag to your cart, it will remove the $20 on the 5 skincare products. If you do not add products in the correct amount or add without adding the bag, it will not deduct the charges.
The second way to add the set is through the Sephora Favorites Section. Sephora actually added a bunch of really old sets into the section overnight. Most of these are actually not in stock and will say the product is not carried. They were either added by mistake or Sephora found a small amount in inventory and is trying to clear them out.
Regardless of which is true, it makes the favorites section messy. Feel free to try any you wanted and missed. I admit I clicked on the Sephora favorites Superstars even though it is from 2013. That is a set I wanted and kept missing. The 2014 Sun Safety Kit is also listed, and I know (because I purchased it myself) that most of those sunscreens expired. If it does pop up again, avoid it. Get the 2016 one instead, which is surprisingly still available. It is definitely worth it as I mention in my review.
Sort through the messy favorites section and find the 13 individual items retailing for $20 each (or click the links for the each item below). These are the items from the set. Add any five you want (if the error is not fixed by the time it posts again, you could add 5 of the same item). Once you’ve added five, add the Soko to Tokyo Set and it should remove the $100 total off the five samples. Considering Sephora has already pulled this at least 3 times, I doubt it will allow multiples of a single item when it posts again, but you never know.
I picked four items I really wanted and one because it has the highest value. What can I say, it is hard to pass on something so valuable. The value of your set depends on the items you select, and I will value the set I selected below. If you select the cheaper items, your value will end closer to the cost of the set. Value on each item is calculated below using the smallest size available for purchase, because it is cheapest buy-in.
The 0.35oz Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder retails for $15. Tatcha sells these 0.35oz sizes for $15, but Sephora only carries the $15 size in classic.
The 0.68oz Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is worth $30.60.
The 1.69oz Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack is worth $10.
The 1.7oz boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel is worth $11.56.
The 1oz Erborian Ginseng Milk is worth $6.09.
The Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo has 1 0.2oz sample of the Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack and 2 0.2oz samples of Premium Pore Original Pack. They are worth $7.76.
The belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb and Moisturizing Bomb Duo has 0.33oz samples of the true cream aqua bomb and the true cream moisturizing bomb. They are worth $17.29.
The 1oz AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System is worth $12.96.
The 0.08oz SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Cream is worth $6.81.
The 1.3oz Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil is worth $6.93.
The 0.66oz Dr.Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm retails for $18.
The 0.95oz single use Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask retails for $8.
The 0.8oz single use When Snow Magic Sheet Mask retails for $7.
I selected the 0.35oz Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder ($15), the 0.68oz Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask ($30.60), the 1.69oz Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack ($10), the Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo ($7.76), and the 1.3oz Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil ($6.93). Excluding the bag, my value is $70.29.
Although I have not tried it yet, I received a deluxe sample of Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask in my VIBGLOW bag from Sephora a while back and a foil sample in the MIXITUP bag. I usually avoid duplicates of items I have not tried yet (because I do not know what I will think of it), but this is the highest valued item in the set. It was the one item I chose strictly for value. The Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder is the only other item I already have in my stash, but I only have a couple of foils. Foils are hard to get an actual feel for the product, so I will try the foil first. If I do not react to this, I will use the deluxe size from this set. All of the other items are new to me, and I really want to try them. While I easily could have placed a separate order and received 4 more items that are new to my collection, including both of the sheet masks, I decided not to. My skincare stash is pretty stocked.
It may take me a while to try and review these, because I have a lot of items waiting for use. Thankfully, the Skin Inc. does not expire until 02/19, and the Too Cool For School does not expire until 04/14/19. None of the others list an expiration date, but I assume they are from newer stock. I was not one of the lucky Ulta Platinum members who randomly received a free 24 shade Vice Lipstick sampler in the mail. This order also allowed me to finally pick one of those up, with the code UDVICES. That works on any $25 purchase. My plan is to write a separate article (down the road) where I share all 24 swatches and add pictures of each look as I wear the lipsticks, so I will not swatch them here.
Samples are always subject to availability, so the 0.05oz Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum I ordered was substituted. That is the one I wanted most, so it is disappointing. My substitution is not too shabby though. I love GlamGlow and the only mask I had not received yet was Gravitymud. Receiving a 0.17oz sample of that in place of the Drunk Elephant sample is a perfectly acceptable substitution. This is one I would have picked if it was listed in the selection, but it was not. The 0.1oz Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel and 0.05oz Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream arrived as promised. All three samples are new to my collection, and I really want to try them.
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