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Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Balm Lip Kit Review – March 2020

Sephora just released with a new favorites kit! The Give Me Some Balm Kit allows you to try many of Sephora’s best-selling balms at a discounted price.

FYI – this Sephora Favorites kit is sold out.

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

About this Lip Balm Collection

The Box: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Balm Lip Kit

The Cost: $29

The Products:

  • Jouer Cosmetics Essential Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment – 0.15 fl oz/ 4.5 mL
  • Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm – 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g
  • Too Faced Cosmetics Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm – 0.16 fl oz/ 5 mL
  • tarte SEA Quench Lip Rescue in Rose – 0.1 oz/ 2.8 g
  • Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment – 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g

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

Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Balm Lip Kit Review


Jouer Cosmetics Essential Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment, 0.15 fl oz – Estimated Value $7.27 (Buy the full-size 0.33 oz version for $16)

I was first introduced to Jouer through Birchbox many moons ago. This was the first product I tried, and I always enjoyed the floral, rose scent and thicker texture. I love using this lip treatment before bed or working out because it stays put, and you’re left with satisfied, supple lips. In my experience, this is not a product you have to keep applying because my lips still feel moisturized after it dries down. Other balms can sometimes leave me feeling like a chapstick addict, needing to apply every 20 minutes, but this one actually does the trick in one application.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, 0.07 oz – Estimated Value $12.13 (Buy the 0.15 oz full-size version for $26)

Fresh makes an amazing lip balm! I love the tinted version of this product, too, but this translucent one is perfect to keep on your nightstand. It has such a great slip to it, and the fragrance, although potent, is addicting. I have been using this under my lipsticks, and I’ve adopted a technique for the perfect application: first, I apply a layer of this balm. I then blot my lips once on a tissue (thin, cheap tissues work the best), and then I apply my lip color. It leaves my lips feeling comfortable for hours, and if you’re looking for your color to last all day long, after you apply your color, blot again, then reapply. Trust me! I hate doing touchups, so I’ve really put the time and effort into perfecting this routine.


tarte SEA Quench Lip Rescue in Rose, 0.1 oz – Retail Value $19

Typically, I am not a fan of minty lip products. Peppermint oil is drying for the skin, so I tend to steer clear of it; however, this glossy balm isn’t bad! I do find that I am applying this more compared to the other balms in this set; it doesn’t leave my lips feeling hydrated after it wears off, so I have to keep layering it on again and again. While it is on, I do like the shine and moisture it provides, and I appreciate that it is vegan and free of parabens.


Too Faced Cosmetics Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm, 0.16 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.65 (Buy the full-size 0.51 oz version for $18)

This balm is more of a treat for your lips! It has that famous candied peach scent from Too Faced’s peach line, and it tastes exactly as it smells. This balm melts into your lips providing you with a moisturized pout. My only gripe with this product is its packaging; I wish this came in a tube rather than having to dip my finger into a pot.


Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm, 0.12 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $38

My eyes lit up when I saw Pat McGrath in this set and a full-sized product, nevertheless! Just look at that stunning packaging! I do feel quite fancy when I pull this tube out of my bag, but I have to admit that this is definitely not my favorite balm. It is slightly citrusy from the tube, but the scent does not transfer onto the lips, which is kind of disappointing. This product doesn’t make my lips feel hydrated, in fact, this has a subtly gritty texture. If I would have bought this balm for the retail price, I would definitely be returning it, but I was excited to see Sephora feature a Pat McGrath product in one of their favorites kits.

The Verdict: Sephora Favorites sets are my favorite way to try out new products and stock up on travel-sized must-haves. I love all the brands included in this set, and I think it is an awesome value for the $29 (+shipping) price tag. I am always seeking out the perfect pout, and this set came with a few lip-saving picks. Even though I was a little disappointed in the Pat McGrath balm, I was really happy to try it out at a discounted rate.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you order today? Unfortunately, this kit is sold out.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $29.00 ($29 + $5.95 shipping) and had a total value of $82.05, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Fresh Advanced Lip Therapy: $4.29
  • Too Faced Peach Balm:  $1.99
  • Jouer Lip Treatment: $2.57
  • tarte SEA Quench:  $6.72
  • Pat McGrath Balm: $13.43

Want more Sephora goodness? Check out all of our PLAY! by Sephora reviews plus our best beauty boxes of 2020!

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites Gimme Some Balm Kit?

Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

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Comments (21)

  1. As of today, 3/22, this is in stock. I just purchased it.

  2. I will never understand people who refuse to dip their fingers into a pot. Lotion or balm or whatever. Either your hands are already clean from washing your face or you’ve likely been touching your face all day. Use some purell if it bothers you so much

    • It’s a big concern now esp with COVID-19, the number one thing out there being don’t stick your fingers in your mouth, on a product you’d be applying throughout the day. Also, sanitizers with alcohol are really drying and bad for the skin.

      • You could wash your hands before using it, and I always use lotion after applying purell (which I don’t use unless I have to, for the fact that it dries out my skin, but I’ve been using it more at work recently). That being said, I wasn’t a fan of the peach balm. It’s really sweet and feels way too thick. Gimme some carmex any day!

        Also, it would be good to note that if everyone is concerned about face touching, you should probably be more vigilant about washing your makeup brushes/sponges daily.

    • I do use pots, but I’d rather not. It’s not because I think my finger is dirty before I dip in; it’s because afterward I have residue on my finger that I then have to wash off. It’s inconvenient…if that helps you understand why people don’t like to use pots.

      • If you’re just using a balm, why wash the residue off? Rub it in and use it as a cuticle balm!

      • Because I don’t like residue on my hands. I use a touch screen laptop, and the residue gets on the screen. People do have reasons for not liking or doing something.

      • Ridiculous😂

      • I was nervous getting this because of the pat McGrath being gritty as per the review.. but the one I got was super smooth and went on easily and felt nourishing. Over all, I’m happy with the kit and my lips feel hella soft after trying everything one after the other all day lol

    • The main reason I dislike pots is because I tried to minimize the bacteria on my face because it breaks me out. I do wash my hands but that doesn’t guarantee I’m not still leaving any bacteria behind. And the longer it takes to use the pot, the longer the bacteria has to grow and multiply inside of it. I don’t like foundation that has the sticks or built in brushes that you are intended to apply directly to your face either for the same reason. And, yes, I also do not use a blending sponge for the same reason and cycle my foundation brushes every 3 days or so (I’m lazy but it seems to work out…lol). I also change my pillowcase every few days.

      • That’s a really good point, ,too!

    • Lip balm pots have been shown to harbor significantly higher amounts of bacteria than tubes do. You shouldn’t have to wash your hands every time you want to apply balm. Even if you do, an overwhelming majority of people don’t wash their hands well enough to get rid of all microbes. Hand sanitizers should only be used as a back up to handwashing as well because they aren’t as effective in cleaning.

    • Thank you.

      I do understand not wanting to stick your finger in a pot while out and about. But when we’re talking about applying something like skin care or makeup at home, it’s silly. If you wash your hands right before you apply, they are just as clean or likely cleaner than any application tool. I would rather wash my hands and then use my finger to apply a little lip balm (without double dipping) than apply a tube directly to my lips while I am sick or concerned about germs.

  3. I bought this mostly because I needed to spend at least $25 to get a beauty offer item.

    In terms of value, the Pat McGrath alone pays for the whole set. I just tried mine and it’s not gritty in the least.

    I also liked the Tarte, the other full-size item. I had gotten one in a different color, so I knew what I was getting into. It should be noted that the colors are very muted when they go on, but you do get loads of shine.

    I was glad the the Sugar balm wasn’t their Rose shade that Sephora seemed to put in EVERY set. I’m looking forward to trying this formulation.

    My least favorite is the Too Faced, but only because I hate peach. Fortunately, the scent doesn’t linger.

    I still need to try the Jouer. I’ve gotten some of their skin care in the past, so I should enjoy it.

  4. I wanted this kit but $29 plus shipping plus tax felt like a little too much for me, personally. I’m sure glad to see a review of it, though! As someone else mentioned, I think it is still in my Sephora cart.

    • I’m not sure what your budget is like, or how often you order from Sephora, but you might want to consider the Flash program.

      I know this makes me sound like a shill, but I’m not. The price has gone up to $15 per year and it’s unlimited shipping. It’s supposed to be 2-day, but it’s been running closer to 3 or 4 for me.

  5. It looks like this kit is actually still available 😁

  6. I wonder if you got a bad Pat McGrath. Mine wasn’t gritty in the slightest. It even healed the persistent cracks at the corners of my mouth!

  7. I have had this in my sephora cart since it came out but was waiting for the review. I think I’m going to pass for now and only buy if it goes on sale.

  8. I got this just for the tarte, so the other stuff was a bonus. I really loved the Jouer. This was great to put on while slept. My lips feel fantastic in the morning! This was such a great set for anyone who loves lip balms for the price.

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