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Sephora Favorites: Sun Safety Kit Review – April 2019

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakMay 2, 2019 | 5 comments

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Box Front

Sephora released some new Favorites Kits recently, including their famous Sun Safety Kit for 2019.

FYI – this Sephora Kit is still available for purchase!

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Box Back

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - All Products Front

About the box

The Box: Sephora Sun Safety Kit

The Cost: $39

Coupon: Pick your free gift COUPON from this page

The Products: A 12-piece curated set of SPF favorites

Good To Know: Which the sale of each kit $25 is donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for up to one million dollars

Shipping: $5.95 if your purchase is under $50, free if you are VIB Rouge, and this is also available in stores.

Sephora Favorites: Sun Safety Kit April 2019 Review

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Bag Front

I love the bag this kit came in- the neon coral really pops with the woven texture, and the tassel zipper is fun.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Bag Open

Plus, it has room for plenty of goodies.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50 Sunscreen Front

Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50 Sunscreen, 10 mL – Estimated Value $13 (buy the full-size version for $39)

I liked the way this felt on my skin – it felt like part-primer and part-moisturizer with SPF. Unfortunately, Alcohol Denat is one of the top ingredients, so I won’t be using it again. I am bummed because otherwise, this was a nice sunscreen.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 Front

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, 15 mL – Estimated Value $9 (Buy the full-size version for $36)

They call this a tinted sunscreen; I call it a BB cream. Either way, I like the soft color correcting this does to my face while giving me SPF 30 protection, and it is easy to apply.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Lotion SPF 30 Front

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Lotion SPF 30, .5 oz – $12.35 (Buy the full-sized version for $42)

The sunscreen scent in this was really light (I had to really hold it up to my nose to get the scent), which is what I want from a face sunscreen. This absorbed into my skin quickly and left it feeling soft and ready for the day.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - COOLA Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 Front

COOLA Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30, 10 mL – Estimated Value $7.20 (buy the full-size version for $36)

This makeup setting spray gives your skin a matte finish while providing SPF 30 protection, and 70% of the ingredients are organic. My personal preferred way of using this is to reapply sunscreen throughout the day without having to worry about ruining my makeup, and this small sample tucks into my purse with ease.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield SPF 30 PA Front

Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield SPF 30 PA+++, .17 oz – Estimated Value $11.05 (Buy the full-sized version for $65)

This is a really neat sunscreen and face primer combination that feels a lot like this smash box primer when applying. It is non-greasy and doesn’t leave my face shiny.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense SPF 50 Front

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense SPF 50, 7 mL – Estimated Value $5.88 (buy the full-size version for $42)

Along with protecting against the sun, this is designed to protect against photo-aging and even your skins tone and texture. This sample is probably too small to really see a difference in the appearance of your skin, but I liked that it applied with ease and left no white cast (extra impressive when you consider this is a physical sunscreen made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 FrontSephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 Open

Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40, 15 mL – Estimated Value $11.40 (buy the full-size version for $38)

This is a newer release from Supergoop that is specifically targeted for people who struggle to apply sunscreen every day- no multiple steps needed if it is in your moisturizer! This cream was easy to apply, but it did have a faint sunscreen smell.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Front

Origins A Perfect World SPF 40, 5 mL – Estimated Value $4.50 (buy the full-size version for $45)

I am a BIG origins fan, and I actually already use the perfect word eye cream with SPF every morning! I expected to love this, and I was not disappointed. It smells faintly of white tea and it really doesn’t feel like I am applying a sunscreen! It has a semi-matte finish, no white cast, and it does a good job of hydrating my skin without making it greasy.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - COOLA Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen SPF 30 Front

COOLA Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen SPF 30, 5 mL – Estimated Value $7.67 (buy the full-size version for $46)

This is a new release from Coola, and I like it. It feels like I am applying a nourishing, watery serum to my skin rather than sunscreen, and it provides broad spectrum SPF protection. This is also supposed to help with rays produced from electronics along with the sun, but I don’t see myself paying nearly $50 for one ounce of sunscreen.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ for FaceBody Front

Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ for Face/Body, .23 oz – Estimated Value $12.38 (Buy the full-sized version for $28)

This sunscreen is a clear liquid, and it absorbed into my skin super quickly. I would feel comfortable applying makeup to my face after using this, though since it is a water-resistant sunscreen I probably won’t. It has a pleasant scent, but a quick scan of the ingredients doesn’t clue me into what I am smelling.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Rose Front

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Rose, .07 oz – Estimated Value $11.20 (Buy the full-sized version for $24)

Even though this lip balm looks like it is bright red, it provides only a very sheer wash of color that fades relatively quickly. The hydration stays behind, however, which is a big reason this lip treatment from Fresh has a cult following. Sunburned lips are the literal worst, so I will definitely be using this on days I expect to be out in the sun.

Sephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 FrontSephora Sun Safety Kit April 2019 - Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 Open

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, .33 oz – Estimated Value $11.88 (Buy a .5 oz. jar for $18)

This color corrector with SPF came in last year’s Sun Safety Kit, and it really changed my approach to sunscreen – this was the first sunscreen I was actually able to commit to wearing every day, which wasn’t something I was doing before. It really neutralizes redness and makes me feel comfortable going makeup-free even when my rosacea is acting up. My skin is much happier now, and while I can now comfortably use a wide variety of sunscreens (it is all about forming that habit!), this will always be a favorite.

The Verdict: If you got this kit with no expectations, you would probably be satisfied. A wide array of brands and formulas are included, and each purchase donates $25 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Objectively, this was a good kit, but I really felt like we were missing a full-size sunscreen like the one that was included last year. I also noticed quite a few repeats that were in last year’s kit, too. If you like having mini sunscreens on hand or are looking for your next holy grail in sun protection, you can’t go wrong with picking this kit up. Value-wise, I calculated a value of $117.51, which is above the promised value of $114 and just about three times the cost of the entire kit.

The Wrap Up

Can you get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this kit is still available for purchase!

Coupon: Pick your free gift COUPON from this page

Value Breakdown: This kit cost $44.95 ($39 + $5.95 shipping) and I calculated a total value of $117.51. That means you’re paying approximately the following per item:

  • Lancome: $4.97
  • Drunk Elephant: $3.44
  • Peter Thomas Roth: $4.72
  • Coola Setting Spray: $2.75
  • Murad: $4.23
  • Dr. Dennis Gross: $2.25
  • Supergoop: $4.36
  • Origins: $1.72
  • Coola Sun Silk Drops: $2.94
  • Shiseido: $4.74
  • Fresh: $4.29
  • Dr. Jart: $4.55

Check out all of our Sephora Favorites Kit reviews and the best skincare and beauty subscription boxes of 2019!

What do you think about the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit? Are you going to snag one?

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.

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.
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5 comments

Mindy

I hesitated to buy this earlier since it’s a little lacking compared to kits from prior years.

That said, I went out and got it today for 2 reasons:

— The cost includes a $25 donation to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (thanks for the reminder!). So I’m effectively paying $14 for the sunscreen + $25 for cancer care/research + tax. They do great work.

— The Coola setting spray. Looking forward to using this to touch up my sunscreen during the day. I always forget to reapply.

MinnePuffin

I was tempted, but I’m committing to only buying reef-safe sunscreen from now on and unfortunately, some of these aren’t.

Oja

I’ve been on the fence about this since the spoilers came out. I agree it isn’t as good of a deal as previous years, but I really like having the small sizes for travel. I love that Coola spray and the small size is so convenient to carry in my purse. I think I’ll pick it up with my 20% rouge discount tomorrow while I still can.

Allison

I love these sunscreen sets but miss the full size product they always used to have.

Linda

I bought two of them since I work outside driving everyday. I think this is perfect for me. Important to wear sunscreen. I used my 20% off rouge discount on them. Thanks for the review!

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