My Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2019 review is ready. I waited until the first day of the Sephora Spring Sale to purchase it. Sephora usually tempts me when it 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 Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit almost always releases before the Spring Sale, and I always intend to buy it during the sale. Panic sets in that everyone will purchase all of them before the sale starts, and I buy it at full price every year. More often than not, it is the right call, because the kit is usually out-of-stock when the sale starts. Since 2013, I’ve purchased it without fail, and I am pretty certain it was always full price. This year, I finally waited for the sale. Not only did I have a ton of unused sunscreen, but this is one of the least impressive Sephora Sun Safety Kits I’ve seen. If I did not get the discount, I would have passed.
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Sephora is donating $25 from the purchase of each 2019 Sun Safety Kit to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For the first time, there is no donation for The Skin Cancer Foundation. Years ago, Sephora collected $20 and it all went there. There are 12 samples in this set making the cost of each item $3.25. Even if all the companies donate the products (and I am not sure they do), this is not really a money-maker for Sephora. By the time they pay all the costs associated with selling the product, it is probably a wash. This is more about raising money for a good cause than making money. It also gives consumers a chance to try some new things. If they should fall in love with something, then real money can exchange hands in the future.
For those who can only use certain sunscreens, product information (which includes: ingredients, directions, tips, and warnings) for each item is on the packaging. As with most Sun Safety kits, there is a mixture of chemical sunscreen, physical sunscreen, tanning, lip balm, and makeup. For those like me who like to try a little of everything, this is an excellent kit. While it is more limited for those who only use certain products, they could always gift or donate the items they would not use. I only photographed the top four, but it pulls out to show the other eight.
Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2019 Review
I like the bag everything comes in and feel it adds to the value. The bag from the set last year was slightly more appealing. Even though I like this wicker style bag more than the plastic and fabric ones from before, I still use the bag from the 2013 kit.
The products are loose inside the bag, and only the Coola comes wrapped in bubbles. Everything in mine was intact, but I can see some items opening up in transit.
The 0.16oz COOLA® Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 is worth $7.36. This is a formula I have never tried before. It is the first time I had ever seen the product. I am extremely interested in this organic facial sunscreen that claims to prevent visible signs of aging caused by the sun and digital overexposure. If the claims are true, this is the one that excites me most. Expires 01/2022.
The 0.34oz COOLA SPF 30 70%+ Organic Makeup Setting Spray is worth $7.20. I have a love/hate relationship. It works well to help makeup stay on and is an excellent way to touch up sunscreen without messing it up. This also takes away the powdery look and makes my dry skin look supple. If it did not burn my eyes no matter how careful I am, I would love this. Applying it with clothed eyes is the best technique to reduce how much gets inside, but it will seep through anyway. Expires 12/2020
The 0.25oz DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE™ Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen is worth $6.18. I’ve had mixed results with this. It sometimes protects me from burning and falls short other times. This has some pretty impressive anti-aging claims and has both UVA and UVB protection. On paper, it seems perfect. Since I had not consistently used it, I cannot speak on its claims. Expires 06/2021.
The 0.17oz Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is worth $6.12. My skin gets really red, even when it’s not burned, so I like the idea of this one. Yet, I rarely grab it. Hoaefully, I change that this year. Expires 07/23/2021. Repeat from the 2018 Sun Safety Kit.
The 0.5oz Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is worth $9. This is a tinted sunscreen that I have not tried yet. It has UVA and UVB protection and promises to prevent free radical and oxidative damage. Expires 07/2020. Repeat from the 2018 Sun Safety Kit.
The 0.07oz fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is worth $11.20. I love this lip balm and even hold onto duplicates at times. Thus, I might keep this. It is a very comfortable lip balm that moisturizes for hours even after it wears off. This one comes in a lovely rose color that provides a sheer wash of tint. There was never an expiration date on these before that I could recall, which is why you cannot see the date in the photo below. Expires 07/2020. Repeat from the 2018 Sun Safety Kit.
The 0.33oz Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50 Sunscreen is worth $12.87. This is a primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen that hydrates, primes, and protects the skin. I’ve never tried this one before, but it seems interesting. I just hope it does one of the tasks it performs well, because multi-use products can fall short in every area trying to over deliver on too much. Expires 10/2020.
The 0.17oz Murad Invisiblur® Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ is worth $9.79. I love this one and think it makes a great primer under makeup. It smooths skin beautifully, so it looks nice on bare skin, too. Whenever I use this, my skin never burns. Expires 02/2020. Repeat from the 2018 Sun Safety Kit.
The 0.17oz Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea is worth $4.50. This is one I think I have not tried yet, even though I own samples. It is an antioxidant-rich moisturizer that helps protect against environmental aggressors like UV and pollution. That seems interesting. Expiration not listed.
The 0.5oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion is worth $12.35. This is a nice moisturizer that also provides sun protection. I love it for days where I do not want to take the time to add separate sunscreen, because my plans will not keep me outdoors too long. Expires 02/2022. Sun Safety Kit Staple.
The 0.23oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Water Resistant (80 Minutes) is worth $2.79. That makes this the only one that does not cover the $3.25 I paid for it. Most Shiseido sunscreens work well, but they leave an unattractive white cast. Reviewers claim this one does not. Let’s hope not, because that is the only place I find others from this brand lacking. Expiration date not listed. Repeat from the 2018 Sun Safety Kit.
The 0.oz Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 PA+++ is worth $11.18. I’ve enjoyed all the sunscreens I’ve tried from this brand, so I think this moisturizer will impress me. Here’s hoping it is not too heavy but deeply hydrating. That’s not too much to ask, right?
I photographed the expiration dates, so people can get an idea of how long they have to use these items. The dates are above in the product listing.
Is the 2019 Sephora Sun Safety Kit Worth It?
Sephora estimates this with a $114 value. I calculate the product value at $100.54 and can see the bag going for $13.46. Thus, I think the valuation on this one is fair. While it as fair to say it is worth $114, that is the lowest in years yet this 2019 Sun Safety Kit has the highest price tag ever. The 2018 Sun Safety Kit was only $36 and it had a full-size product that exceeded that value on its own. If you see items you already love or really want to try, it is worth it. Otherwise, you are paying almost $40 for nothing but samples. It is steep, but knowing that $25 goes to a good cause softens the blow a little.
My personal value is at least $31.41, because three items are new to my collection. I want to try all three, so I will keep those. Nine of these are duplicates. Some are products I’ve already tried. Others are products I have here but have not even opened yet. It’s hard to say how many I will keep or if I will keep the bag given how many i already have. Even with the discount I paid $31.20, so I would get my value back if I did not keep a single duplicate. That said, I know I will at least keep a few. Which few I keep depends on what people in my life are looking for when they raid my stash and which ones I love as I finally try new ones. This is the weakest Sun Safety Kit I’ve seen. Considering I only grabbed this one thanks to the sale, I need an improvement next year, Sephora. Otherwise, I doubt I will buy it (for the first time).
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