What’s chillin, my villains?
For the past few months, I’ve been on what I realize now was a spending ban, where I haven’t bought anything and have been perusing all the beauty corners in every website I can think of into a scarily long (and expensive) list. After deciding Sephora as my thief of choice, I placed an order for all of the Sephora kits I had on my list. The most expensive set was $25, so price-wise each set wasn’t bad at all.
Granted, these are travel sized (they are the cutest, omg) but I know from experience that travel sized items generally last longer than we think to give them credit for. Still, most of these are much smaller in real life than I had thought because it is difficult to visualize half an ounce so I didn’t realize just how small some of these products were. I hope the pictures help you!
When I have it all laid out it doesn’t look like much, especially when they’re so small, but nonetheless I am so psyched to try these out!
Note: a first impressions/mini reviews post will probably be coming soon!
BELIF BESTSELLERS ON-THE-GO TRAVEL KIT
- Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
- Hungarian Water Essence
- Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner
- Aqua Bomb
- Moisturizing and firming eye cream
What attracted me to this kit, besides the brand and the bestsellers part is that when traveling (and even if you’re not) this can be your whole skincare system, in convenient—dare I say adorable— sizes. This is probably one of my favorite purchases simply for the reason that I think you not only get but also see your money’s worth compared to some of the other sets. It was only $20 for 5 items, plus a small, clear tote bag that’s easy to pop in your bag or use for TSA in your carry on.
As for packaging, my biggest—but not that big—gripe is that the Aqua Bomb and eye cream are in those containers that look bigger than they actually are, which is ehh but whatever. I also thought the Hungarian Water Essence was a mist but it is most definitely not (it’s a pump). The Bergamot toner feels hefty, so that makes me feel like there’s a lot of product in there, so I’m excited to try that out.
SUPERGOOP! BARRE TO BAR BEAUTY SET
Marketed as the perfect gym bag essentials in travel friendly sizes, this set includes:
- Daily Correct CC Cream
- City Sunscreen Serum
- Defense Refresh Setting Mist
- Perk Up! Lip & Cheek Treat
Out of all the sets, this was the most expensive at $25, though not at all a bad price. Like the belif travel kit, this also comes with a small, clear tote bag. I like that all of the products seem to have a good sized amount of product.
The CC Cream comes in Light/Medium, and while that’ll probably be the closest color match to me, there’s no way to change it even if it wasn’t.
As these are considered gym bag essentials, each product has SPF in it, and nothing less than SPF 30. This really works out for me since I just realized the two facial sunscreens I had were both expired so I needed a new one anyway.
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY LONGWEAR LIP SET
While I am going back and forth between getting the Coconut Gel Highlighter or the Glow Stick Illuminator or neither or both, I’ve sated that luxury want with their lipstick & lipliner in Slow Burn.
Honestly, this reminds me of those little kiddie lipsticks because of both the small size and the fact that it’s a little hard to hold, but otherwise I’m pretty satisfied. Lipsticks take a long time to go through, so I have no problem with a smaller, more manageable size. Plus, at least the lip liner is a twist up. I always get a little disappointed when I’ve paid $20 for a pencil that I cannot sharpen nor twist for more product.
You have to be a tad careful with the lipstick because the tip doesn’t go slide all the way down, so you have to be careful on opening and closing the lid so as not to accidentally shave off any product. Speaking from experience.
BECCA GLOW ON THE GO HIGHLIGHTER SET
This highlighter set comes with Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder and Spotlight Wand both in the color Opal. The color is so pretty, could not stop obsessing over it, especially in the compact. The champagne color is not overly shimmery and could double as a beautiful eyeshadow.
Note: the pressed powder compact includes a mirror!
The thing about the Marc Jacobs set and the Becca set is that it’s the same color in two different forms so whether it’s worth it is up to you.
DRUNK ELEPHANT RISE + GLOW
I have been waiting so long to get my hands on anything Drunk Elephant (thank you, fellow beauty bloggers, with all your reviews I see on the Sukari Babyfacial) and finally decided on this rise + glow set which comes with 2 8 ml / 0.27 oz sizes of C-Firma Day Serum and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel.
I was debating between this or the Pekee + Juju Bar Travel Duo for $18, but ultimately decided on this because I don’t have anywhere to put bar soaps, and the rise + glow set incorporated two items that I don’t have in my skincare system at all.
I can’t say too much about it apart from the small, small, small sizes and the packaging is a little cardboard and tin can, which is cute because I can reuse it for something else, but I am very excited to try these out.
TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY FOUNDATION STICK IN MEDIUM NEUTRAL
I didn’t actually buy this; it was one of the weekly specials for purchases over $35. I highly recommend checking out Sephora’s weekly specials page if you don’t know. They have tons of deals, most of which only have a $25 minimum purchase requirement.
This deluxe sample is about the size of a lipstick. In fact, when my friend first saw it, that’s what she thought it was! For a sample, there’s a ton of product; I was very pleasantly surprised. Seeing how this is a stick foundation as well, I can see this lasting for a long time.
Have you ever bought Sephora kits before? What did you think? Would you want to?