Sephora Favorites: Superstars Review – October 2019
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About this Sephora Favorite
The Box: Sephora Favorites: Superstars
The Cost: $48 ($137 value)
The Products: A collection of Sephora’s 9 best-selling makeup essentials.
Shipping: $5.95 if your purchase is under $50, free if you are VIB Rouge. This is also available in stores.
Sephora Favorites: Superstars Review
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, 0.28 oz – Full-Size! Retail Value $22
I am the one person who just never uses clear brow gel- the entirety of my brow makeup game is using a tinted gel (like the Dipbrow brush-on gel!) so I can swipe and go. I know people who have a more serious brow game than I do really love this brow gel, and when I use it my brows stay in place.
Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer, 0.13 oz – Estimated Value $6 (Buy the 0.33 oz version for $15)
Some of the people I follow on Instagram really love this primer, so I was excited to try it for the first time. I actually love it too- it leaves my face almost sticky and ready for foundation, and when my face is on it isn’t moving. One small pump is all I need for my entire face, and this is a primer I could see myself purchasing.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dolce Vita, 0.086 oz – Full-Size! Retail Value $27
This is also the same shade that came in the September Allure box, but honestly, I love it so much I don’t mind having a backup. It is creamy and smooth to apply, and it gives a slightly sheer red berry tinge to my lips while also being incredibly comfortable to wear. This didn’t have the same staying power as a liquid matte lip, but for this pencil, the comfort is worth the need to reapply.
Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $4.67 (Buy the 0.15 oz version for $14)
This is a popular lip balm, but it’s at that price point that’s hard to swallow for a vanilla lip balm when you can get decent lip balms for much cheaper or deeply hydrating lip masks for a few dollars more. This is a good lip balm, but not something I would repurchase beyond using the sample up. It’s also not so bad that if someone gifted this to me I would return it- it’s just very middle of the road but still practical and effective.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $7.50 (Buy the 1 oz version for $15)
This cult-favorite setting spray sets your makeup and makes it stay. I love using this in the humid Louisiana summers because without a good setting spray I am wasting makeup due to how quickly it will melt off. This is one of the better setting sprays I have tried, and I am always happy to have more samples (especially because I can’t bring myself to pay the price for the full-size version).
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, 0.01 oz – Retail Value $12
I like the Roller Lash mascara from Benefit, and I was excited to try out this liner. While it doesn’t top my HG Fenty Flyliner, this does a pretty great job of hugging my lashline and giving me a sharp eyeliner wing. The long felt tip helped when I was doing a more dramatic eye, and the pigment is a nice inky black.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Metallic Taupe, 0.3 oz – Estimated Value $17.40 (Buy the 0.05 oz version for $29)
I’ve tried other shades of this eyeshadow before and was less than impressed. They never were *bad,* but the colors didn’t wow me. This shade, on the other hand, is perfect. I love using it on the inner corners of my eyelid when using brown eyeshadow to add some sparkle and metallic shine, and it blends into other eyeshadows very well. I have used this more than a handful of times since receiving it, and I may consider picking up the full-size version.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, 0.13 oz – Estimated Value $9.94 (Buy the 0.17 oz version for $13)
I feel like this mascara and the tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara are the two most common mascaras in subscription box land, but I don’t love either. This mascara gives me good volume and curl, but it definitely smudges on my face as I wear it throughout the day.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby, 2 x 0.12 oz – Full-Size! Retail Value $36
The full-size Fenty highlighter in this box was the big seller for me, especially when this alone costs only $12 less than the entire box. I love that this duo has a subtle shade and a standout shade, so I can go for a natural glow or an all-out highlight depending on the time of day and what the occasion is. Both shades are gorgeous, and the cream to powder texture has a smooth, velvety finish.
Here are the swatches! From top to bottom we have the caviar stick, Benefit liner, NARS lipstick, Mean Money highlighter, and Hu$tla Baby highlighter.
Here I am wearing the NARS on my lips, Benefit, Laura Mercier, and Too Faced on my eyes, the Milk as a primer, Mean Money as a soft highlighter, and set with the Urban Decay.
The Verdict: I thought this kit was an absolute homerun- all of the products work well, together they made a cohesive look while also being able to stand on their own, and the shades should work for a large number of people. I can see why this is a superstars kit- all of the products are top-notch, but I am most excited about my full-size Fenty highlighter. I calculated a total value of $142.51, which is slightly above the promised value of $137.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this kit still available.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $53.95 ($48 + $5.95 shipping) and had a total value of $142.51, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- ABH: $8.33
- Milk Makeup: $2.27
- NARS: $10.23
- Bite Beauty: $1.76
- Urban Decay: $2.84
- Benefit: $4.54
- Laura Mercier: $6.59
- Too Faced: $3.76
- Fenty: $13.64
What do you think about the Superstars kit from Sephora?