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The 2019 Sephora Favorites Luxury Kit has me once again wondering what is going on with the pricing on the Sephora Favorites sets. After years of solid Sephora Favorites sets at great prices, they were hit or miss in 2018. Some were outstanding, like the Sun Safety Kit, the Give Me More Lip Kit, and the Holy Sheet! Others were awful, like the Sephora Favorites Superstars 2018, the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves, and Beauty Vault: 12 Days of Makeup. Most landed somewhere between. Then, I saw the Sephora Favorites Set, Luxury Kit, and it convinced me that this is the worst one I’ve seen in a long time. Yes, the items are luxe, but they are samples. Most companies give samples to promote products. Assuming Sephora received these samples for free or very low-cost from the brands, this looks like a cash grab.
I have one timeline where I list all major: Promotions, Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Events. This Sephora Favorites Luxury Kit will not make the calendar. It is not worthy, but you can see the offers that are. You can also visit my Sephora retailer page to see active and upcoming offers of all types.
I took a blogging break in 2017, so I did not write articles on the three Sephora Play Limited Edition Boxes I purchased with luxury items. All included six deluxe, luxury samples for $20. That was reasonable. In 2018, the price of those boxes went up to $25 as Sephora re-branded it a Play Luxe Box, and the quality went down. It was charging more for less. Though I refrained from purchasing any 2018 boxes, I still thought I would be willing to pay $25 for the right box of samples.
I am not even sure what is worse about the Sephora Favorites Luxury Kit. Is it worse that Sephora went from $20 for six deluxe, luxury samples in 2017 to $45 in 2019 or is it worse that most of the items in this set were point perks or promo codes in the past? At $7.50 a sample, I would want six new things to try or things I already love. Only two of these are new to me, and I cannot say I love any of the ones I have tried, although I do not dislike any of them either. For $7.50 a sample, liking them is not enough. The Sephora Play subscription gives me samples for $2 a piece, and the $5.50 premium for a “luxury” sample is not cutting it.
– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Dior Diorshow Mascara in 090 Pro Black
– 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in 501
– 0.03 oz/ 0.9 g Hourglass Veil™ Translucent Setting Powder
– 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick in Flesh 3
– 0.03 oz/ 1 g TOM FORD Lip Color in Casablanca
– 0.33 oz/ 10 mL Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
It is not even well-rounded. How is this called a full-face set when three of the six products are for lips? You could technically cover your “full-face” with primer and setting powder, but it would not look much different from when you started. Whoever wrote the copy for this product was awfully punny. I would only consider purchasing this Luxury Kit if it dropped to $20. If that ever happens, I can review this kit. Most of the kits that start this overpriced eventually get slashed to 50% off. For those who own three or less products, I can see how $22.50 would make this worthwhile. Only two are new to me, so I am probably priced out of this one even when it eventually hits the sale section.
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