Sephora Favorites: Prime & Set Ornament Review – October 2019


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Sephora released some new Favorites Kits recently, including their 2019 Prime and Set Ornament.

FYI – this kit is still available for purchase. The Party Popping Lip Ornament and Lash Lover Ornament are also available!

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

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About this Festive Sephora Favorite

The Box: Sephora Favorites: Prime and Set Ornament

The Cost: $15.00

The Products: “A complexion set that includes a deluxe setting power, hydrating primer, and setting spray to make your holiday look last.”

– 0.16 oz/5 mL COVER FX Water Cloud Primer
– 0.03 oz/7 mLtarte 4-in-1 Setting Mist – Sea Collection
– 0.24 oz/1 g Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

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

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COVER FX Water Cloud Primer, 0.16 oz – Estimated Value $6.33 (Buy the 1 oz version for $38)

I am always on the search for a holy grail primer, so I get excited to try new ones. This one claims to protect against blue light and pollution thanks to plankton extract and exopolysaccharide (anyone know the science on this?), and it also has calendula and glycerin. I thought it was a hydrating primer that worked well under my current combination of Becca liquid highlighter and tinted moisturizer (a drop of the highlighter gives me an easy, bronzy glow), and I was satisfied with the performance of this with my regular low-maintenance makeup look.

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tarte 4-in-1 Setting Mist, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $2.85 (Buy the 1.01 oz version for $12)

I had to do a double-take because I knew there was no way this sample was 0.03 oz as mentioned on the Sephora page. After some investigating (as in, actually looking at the size listed on my Laura Mercier sample), it became apparent that the sizing for the tarte and Laura Mercier products were swapped on said Sephora page. This makes much more sense, both based on the obvious size of the products in front of me as well as the liquid products aren’t measured in grams the way powdered products are. So this spray is small, but not unfathomably so. I will say that the small size makes it very easy to toss this 4-1 spray in my purse, and this can both set and refresh makeup or just give a hydrating boost. This has a lot of essential oils as well as SD alcohol, so if you have sensitive skin I would look for a different mist. Interestingly enough, the ingredients list on sephora.com does not match the tarte ingredients list (I knew something was fishy when the Sephora website told me this had synthetic beeswax in it), so from start to finish, I think Sephora is a little sloppy here.

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    Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow, 0.03 oz – Estimated Value $2.09 (Buy the 0.33 oz travel-sized version for $23)

    The original Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder is an iconic cult classic, and this version is designed to give you a “glow finish.” The glow for me is way too sparkly, and I view this as an all-over face highlighter rather than an actual setting powder. It looked pretty lightly brushed across my face using a fluffy face brush and minimal product, but don’t reach for this if you’re wanting to bake your makeup.

    The Verdict: I sat down to type this review with a different verdict than where I am now- I liked the products, and I thought this could be a cute stocking stuffer or a small gift for teenagers getting into makeup. Then I did the math. I definitely thought that the value of this kit would at least meet the cost of the kit, but that is not the case here- the total value adds up to $11.27. C’mon, Sephora.

    To Wrap Up:

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

    Value Breakdown: This kit costs $20.95 ($15 + $5.95 shipping), which means you are paying $6.98 per sample, or $5 each if you are able to get free shipping. 

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

    What do you think of this Sephora Favorites Ornament Kit? Are you going to snag one of the others?


    Written by Jessica Hapak

    Jessica Hapak

    I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with 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 Sephora Favorites Kit Reviews, Sephora Favorites Kits, Sephora Favorites Reviews| Tags: sephora | 3 comments

    3 Comments

    1. I’ve been watching advent beauty calendar un-boxing videos and it seems that the lower priced the calendar, the cheaper the products inside. I bought the Target 12 Days of Beauty calendar last year and was pleasantly surprised with the sizes and quality of the products. I just looked at this year’s Target advent calendar and…it’s not good. Dry shampoo, dry shampoo foam, dry conditioner, one Milani mascara and one light, light pink lip gloss. It’s just not even close to feeling like you’re getting a special ‘treat’ every day, you know?

    2. Thanks for the review Jessica, it is a disappointment at the price level, not even worth buying. I do love the setting spray as I apply it throughout the day to add moisture to my dry skin.

    3. Thanks for the honest and informative review. I am frustrated lately with companies guaranteeing a certain value and either falling short of it or expecting us to believe things like an included make up bag is supposed to make up the discrepancy… like 20+ dollars. Or, when they blow up retail values is also shady. Companies doing this lately are leaving me with a bad taste and keeps me from their company all together. Tarte, Sephora and Ipsy (getting close) are on my list so far.
      Maybe Sephora didn’t exactly do that this time, promise a value then fall short… but when things like this are more than retail would be and their Advent Calendars are so disapointing.. It’s just a total turn off.

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