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I love when Sephora puts out a new Favorites Set. These sets retail for a lot less than the value of the items inside. As long as the items you plan on keeping exceed the value of the price you pay for the set, it is a good deal. This is one of my favorite ways to sample new items, and I like the sets even more when they have some full-sized items inside. While paying for samples is something I do often in subscription boxes, I limit how often I pay for samples in sets. The mystery of subscription boxes and desire to get things I would never purchase prevails in that case. When a set only has samples and costs over $20, I am less likely to purchase it. Paying for samples is not always a bad thing, especially when sets have items you really want to try, and you have not been able to get them for free or as a GWP.
The contents are loose inside the box with pink crinkle cut fill. Everything arrived intact.
I am on the fence about which lip set I like better. While the brands in the Sephora set are more impressive, there is more product and more value in the Birchbox Discovery Kit 2018 The Lip Service. With Kevyn Auction, MAC, Smashbox, Milk Makeup, Stila, and more, those brands are not too shabby either. This set definitely is well-rounded, and the Birchbox kit is more bold.
The kit retails for $28, which is only $2 more than the full-size Marc Jacobs, and $4 more than the full-size Smashbox. If you only wanted one of those items, it could justify paying $2-$4 for the other 4.
The full-size 0.07oz Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves retails for $26. This is new lip product I’ve wanted to try. I’ve never been disappointed in any Marc Jacobs products and most brands do these pencil lipsticks well.
This mauve shade is beautiful. It is very close to nude. I will edit in a picture and review once I try this.
The 0.035oz Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom is worth $10.50.
This electric pink had smooth swatch application, unlike Griselda, which is a lot darker.
The 0.21oz treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry retails for $12. This looks and feels like an EOS lip balm.
This pink, berry shade is pigmented, and it looks darker on the lips than it looks in the swatch.
I will take a picture and edit it in later. Like EOS lip balms, it is a little difficult to perfectly apply this on the lips due to its huge size. There is a slight hint of shimmer when this is on the lips. When the color falls out of the lip lines from wear or application, it is obvious. I definitely smell and taste the organic shea butter in this. Neither are bad. The shea butter is slippery so this does not last too long on the lips. My lips do feel moisturized after it wears off so I do believe this penetrates. Lips can look up to 32% fuller with the Maxi Lip and Marine Collagen Microspheres in this product. While I do feel an ever so slight tingling, my lips do not look much bigger.
The 0.07oz Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby is worth $9. I’ve wanted to try one of these.
This swatches very pink, but it claims it is a chameleon sheer base encapsulating gold and pink pearls. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The full-size 0.13oz Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada retails for $24. This covers all but $4 of this set so anyone who wants this will probably love the set.
This is a metallic rose gold. It says it is matte but I will see if that’s true once I try this.
When I look at all the swatches together, I see Sephora was going for well-rounded vibe. Fenty is bright, and Huda will sparkle. Smashbox will probably look somewhat natural if it is really matte. Marc Jacobs is natural, and treStiQue has a soft shimmer.
See other Sephora Favorites Sets. There are always at least 20 available for purchase. The kit retails for $28 and has a value of $81.50. That is just over the advertised $80 value. My personal value is also $81.50, because I will try everything in this set. All of these items are new to me, and there is nothing I am weary about. I think this was a great deal and am happy to sample so many new products for $28. My collection really is a lot larger than it would be without sets like this one. They are a great way to grow your collection.
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