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Sephora Favorites: Eye Candy Kit Review

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Box 1

Sephora released some new Favorites Kits recently, including this Eye Candy Set!

FYI – this Sephora Kit is still available for purchase!

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Box 2

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Group Shot

About Sephora

The Box: Sephora Favorites: Eye Candy 

The Cost: $39 ($110 value)

The Products: 9 best-sellers to create your go-to eye look

Ships to: US for $5.95 (VIB Rouge get free shipping, and this may be available at your local Sephora, too!)

Sephora Favorites: Eye Candy Review

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Benefit

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara in Black, 0.1 oz – Estimated Value $7.85 (buy the travel-size version for $11)

I love this mascara- I currently use it in the full-size and already have a full-size backup waiting in the wings. If you’re not careful you can get clumps at the end by applying too many coats too quickly, but I love that this lengthens and defines each and every lash while adding some volume.

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Too Faced

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara in Black, 0.13 oz – Estimated Value $9.17 (buy the travel-size version for $12)

I don’t really keep waterproof mascara on hand, so this came at the perfect time because I plan on going to see Dumbo in theatres. The hourglass shape on this mascara wand allows me to really amp up the volume of my lashes, but if I am not careful I know it will clump on me.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, Full-Size! – Retail Value $12

This eyeliner didn’t impress me. If I am using a pencil eyeliner I want it to be smooth and glide along easily, and this didn’t do that for me. I also prefer my black eyeliners to be jet-black, and this almost seemed dark grey. I do appreciate that the other end has a smudging brush and a sharpener, though.

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer, 0.013 oz – Estimated Value $18.50 (buy the full-size version for $25)

This eyeliner has the texture that I prefer in a pencil- it’s creamy and it glides along easily when you apply it. Since this is a gel pencil, it has great staying power too.

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, 0.006 oz – Estimated Value $6.31 (buy the full-size version for $20)

This eyeliner was a major disappointment, and I don’t know where it went wrong because I usually love Kat Von D’s formulas. Trooper is described as a “satin black,” except this is more of a mix of grey and brown. I am not sure if I got a bad sample or if this is the shade for all eyeliners, but this is a big no for me. It’s a shame, too, because the fine brush tip allows for really precise lines.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencil in Whatever Black, 0.02 oz – Estimated Value $9 (buy the full-size version for $18)

This is another no for me- the pencil was too firm to comfortably glide along my skin, and I couldn’t get a super precise line using it. The Artist Color Pencil line from Make Up For Ever is designed to be multipurpose for eyes, lips, and brows, but this formula didn’t work for me as an eyeliner.

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FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Cuz I’m Black, 0.006 oz – Estimated Value $6.31 (buy the full-size version for $20)

I am obsessed with this eyeliner! It takes a lot for me to be impressed in a world with black eyeliners in every subscription box, but this formula is jet black and I am able to get a super precise line close to my lash line. Since getting this sample I find myself doing my eyeliner a lot more often, when before I would skip it unless I was really going all out. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I really may buy the full-size version!

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Laura 1 Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Laura 2

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Amethyst, 0.03 oz – Estimated Value $17.40 (buy the full-size version for $29)

I love a good shimmery eyeshadow, especially purple ones! I think the formula on this eyeshadow stick is great- it is creamy, and it can be blended out or packed on depending on the pigment you’re looking for. I just wish the purple was more vibrant- this is definitely more like a brown with purple accents rather than what I picture an amethyst eyeshadow should look like.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half Baked, Full-Size! – Retail Value $20

Half Baked is a gorgeous golden bronze shimmer eyeshadow that should work for almost any skin tone. The formula is buttery smooth and applies effortlessly. It is a beautiful color- but I already own it, and I am pretty sure I own it from a different Sephora Favorites kit. Considering the wide array of color options, I wish Sephora had been a little more creative in choosing the shadow to include.

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Swatch

Here are the swatches! From top to bottom we have the Sephora Collection eyeliner, the Make Up For Ever eyeliner, the Marc Jacobs, the Urban Decay, the Laura Mercier, Kat Von D, and finally, Fenty.

Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Selfie 1 Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Kit - Selfie 2

Here is the look I did using some of the products in the box. I took the Laura Mercier caviar stick and applied it to my outer corners before grabbing a clean fluffy blending brush and blending it towards the center of my lid. I then took the Urban Decay eyeshadow and applied it to the inner corners and middle of my lid, and I blended it into the Laura Mercier. I then used the Fenty eyeliner to line my entire lid and applied two coats of the Benefit mascara. I am also wearing the Legendary Brow gel and the Matte Revolution lipstick in Kidman’s Kiss from Charlotte Tilbury, and I would like to thank MSA reader DL for pointing out on this post that Net A Porter was having a sale on some of her products! Also, if you like my hair in this photo, look for my upcoming Sephora Favorite Faves review!

The Verdict: I don’t think it fair to attack Sephora for curating a set of black eyeliners- considering this is a one-off box, you already know what is inside before you buy it. I will say that I think more creativity could have been used in the shades sent, but I am happy with the value ($106.54 by my math). I think this kit would be a good gift for a makeup lover in your life (or someone who is still learning about makeup), but if you subscribe to Sephora Play! I would probably skip this kit.

The Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this is still available!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $44.95 ($39 + $5.95 shipping) and I calculated a total value of $106.54. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Benefit: $3.31
  • Too Faced: $3.87
  • Sephora Collection: $5.06
  • Make Up For Ever: $3.79
  • Marc Jacobs: $7.80
  • Kat Von D: $2.66
  • Fenty: $2.66
  • Laura Mercier: $7.34
  • Urban Decay: $8.44

Check out all of our Sephora reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box List!

What do you think about the Sephora Favorites Eye Candy Set? Have you snagged one?


Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Sephora Favorites Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: sephora | 19 comments

Comments (19)

  1. I wish Sephora play was as along the line or there Sephora favorite kits. Maybe it would be alittle more but I would totally subscribe.

  2. What a waste of money no offense , we all get black eyeliners and mascaras from other subs, I wouldn’t waste my money on this . All the products would dry up and expire before you could use all those eyeliners . Maybe If your a goth, is that even used anymore lol 😁

  3. 5 Black eyeliners??!!?? Are they for real??!

  4. That Fenty eyeliner sounds AMAZING! Thank you for the review!

  5. I can’t see a sub addict buy this. 4 blk liners and 2 mascaras….why, just why….as a sub addict myself I can open a kiosk with these two products alone. This month it looks like I will get 3 liners and two mascaras.

    • I thought the same thing. I would probably buy this if they had used different colors. But anyone who has had a sub box for more than 3 months has enough black eyeliner to supply the neighborhood. I was really disappointed to see all black.

  6. Try warming up the makeup forever pencil with a lighter for a few seconds and it should work great! just make sure to not accidentally catch the pencil on fire!

  7. I find that I really have to shake the heck out of my Kat Von D eyeliner when I first open a new one, and the first line is usually a little watery, but the consistency evens out after that.

  8. Sephora recently came out with a wellness favorites kit, and another two fragrance kits too!

  9. I love your honest reviews!!

  10. Wish they came out with more skincare value sets. It’s been a while 🤨

    • If you have a JC Penney near you you might want to check out their Sephora kits that are exclusive to them. They recently came out with two new skincare kits and a primer kit.

      The skincare kits are:
      Let Love Glow is $42 and looks to have 11 items from the brands Farmacy (the honeymoon glow!), Caudalie, Clinique, Laneige (lip sleep mask), Sunday Riley (ceramic slip cleanser), First Aid Beauty (radiance pads), Belif (aqua bomb sleeping mask), Kate Somerville, Fresh, and two other items I’m not sure about.

      Must Have Hydrates is $42 (a $128 value) and has 11 items: Belif aqua bomb sleeping mask, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Biossance Squalene Oil, Dr Jart (I think a sheet mask), Laneige Lip Mask, another Belif product, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Barrier Cream, Origins (I think the Night-A-Mins night cream), Murad (I think their retinol serum), Fresh (that new moisturizer in a blue jar), and Boscia (small green jar)

      • Wow those sound amazing! That’s really kind of you to give us all that I formation 🙂

      • They do sound pretty nice! I’m actually tempted to go to JC Penneys to get the Let Love Glow kit 🙂

      • Are they only in store? I couldn’t find them online.

      • Yes. Unfortunately their Sephora kits are only in stores.

      • Oohhhhh…… I have been wanting to try that Honeymoon Glow so I may go check. Thanks for letting us know!!

      • My pleasure! I’ve been wanting to try that honeymoon glow serum too! I think that little sample is selling the box for me. lol!

      • My jcpenney didn’t have the let love glow set 🙁 I will probably try again next week, but the had the other sets.

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