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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 with 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 of a box with black crinkle cut paper.
The Give Me Some Lip Kit retails for $28. With six items inside, each item costs $4.67. Neither the tarte gloss (off by $0.03) or the Urban Decay gloss (off by $2.06) carry their own weight. While I prefer when each item carries its own weight, it is not unusual for gloss or lipliner in a lipstick set to fall under.
This is a picture of all the swatches in article order.
If there was a theme in mind, I cannot see what it was. Some people in the reviews say 90s makeup, but I remember the 90s as more grungy and less holographic. Red is always classic so it is hard to date it.
The 0.09oz Grande Cosmetics HydraPlump Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Smoked Sherry is worth $16.07. Sephora has the full-size for this incorrectly listed at 0.084oz. That is the size of the lip plumper. This liquid lipstick in full-size is 0.14oz so this 0.09oz sample is 64.3% of the full-size.
This red-mauve shade is beautiful. It combines two colors I really love. A pluming liquid lipstick seemed challenging until I swatched it. How can it plump if it dries down? Despite being the first product I swatched and photographing this and the others before removing it, this came off with some ease. That means it is not transfer proof. This is a plus to me, because I have yet to try a transfer proof formula that does not dry out my lips. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The full-size 0.12oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Ruby retails for $18. I generally prefer these sets when the full-size item covers the cost or at least comes close. This is a moderately priced lipstick so we are paying $10 for the samples in this set. While that is not ideal, four of the five samples are new to me.
Ruby is a classic, matte red. Even though I am warm, I prefer more blue based reds. My skin is so yellow that it makes them look a little orange as it is. This fits the bill. The formula is new to me, but I will edit in a picture and review once I try it.
The 0.033oz tarte Rainforest of the Sea H2O gloss Lip Gloss in Bora Bora is worth $4.64. I am not a huge gloss fan, but I admit I have been really enjoying these types of glosses. They look great over lipstick or own their own depending on what look you are going for.
This shade holographic pearl is one of two I was considering purchasing. When I saw this set, I decided it was better to buy this and get a bunch of other lip products with it. There is a slight pink tint to it. Once I try this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.03oz Urban Decay Hi-Fi Lip Gloss in SPL is worth $2.61. In the same vein as the tarte gloss, I wanted to try this or one other shade for a lip topper. I was not going to buy this one though. This was a sample in the April 2018 Play Boxes. Even though I did not receive it this month, it is not unusual for Sephora to sample the same items over the course of a few months. If I do get this in an upcoming box, I hope I get the other color I wanted.
The holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle is a lot more pink than the tarte one above. Once I try this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.035oz Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Crème in Lovecraft is worth $5.54. This is the one product in the kit I already owned. I actually own this in Painted Love and Studded Kiss. There are only slight differences in the color, and I would have to swatch them side by side to remember which I liked more. Both my other Studded Kiss and my Painted Love are ay my ex’s house in another state so I cannot do this anytime soon. Painted Love has a more moisturizing formula but Studded Kiss lasts longer.
This satin-matte mauve pink nude is one of my favorite lipstick shades and finishes of all time. There is something about most mauve nudes that I cannot get enough of. I prefer when lipsticks are not too matte, and this one has just enough satin to prevent it from looking flat. Once I wear this (again), I will edit in a picture and review. As I had to swatch the one that came in the kit (for this article since my original is not here), I will keep this duplicate.
The 0.07oz Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick in Pink Pearl is worth $10.50. I get why this is in a lip kit, but I am unsure how I will use it. After I try it on lips, cheeks, and eyes as suggested, I will store it with the products I most like to use it as.
The swatch makes it look like a beautiful pink highlight. I am not sure it packs enough pigment for an eyeshadow or an opaque lipstick. It might make a nice lipstick topper. Once I try this, I will edit in a picture and review.
See other Sephora Favorites Sets. There are always at least 20 available for purchase. The kit retails for $28 and has a value of $57.36. That is under the advertised $67 value. Sephora did make some size errors (in its favor), which explains the difference. My personal value is also $57.36, because I am keeping all six items. If I had my Kat Von D lipstick here to swatch for the article, I would not have kept the duplicate. Even though I adore it, I have never finished a lipstick in my life so I do not need a backup. It will be my in case of emergency lipstick. Should the other one go bad or get lost, I have this one. As I mentioned above, I essentially paid $10 for 5 samples (after buying the full-size lipstick). Considering I pay $10 a month for a couple of subscriptions that give 5 samples, I think this is acceptable.
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