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Sephora Favorites: Must Have Minis Kit Review – April 2020

Sephora frequently releases new favorites kits, and I am a fan! With the beginning of spring they originally released a kit called “Festival Faves,” but due to the COVID-19 situation the kit has been renamed to a more appropriate “Must Have Minis.” That is in name only, though- the packaging of the set still has the original name.

FYI – this Sephora Favorites kit is still available.

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

About this Favorites Kit

The Box: Sephora Favorites Must Have Minis

The Cost: $29

The Products:

  • 1 oz/ 36 mL amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray
  • 2 oz/ 60 mL Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer
  •  0.35 oz/ 10 g Drybar Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo
  • Kitsch Iridescent Rhinestone Bobby Pin — Exclusive
  • 0.25 oz/ 7.1 g Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Mini in Mars
  • 1.5 oz/ 45 mL OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil
  • 0.84 oz/ 25 mL Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
  • 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Shipping: $5.95 if your purchase is under $50, free if you are VIB Rouge.

Sephora Favorites: Must Have Minis Kit Review

The info sheet for the products included came wrapped around an adorable clear pink makeup bag that I have already put into use even though I own a hundred makeup bags (an exaggeration, but only slight).

amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray, 1 oz – Retail Value $10

Rarely do I need extra texture with my hair, but when I was enjoying the Mardi Gras season (hindsight is always 20/20…) I embraced the over the top hair (and the over the top everything). This did a great job of adding volume to my roots without making it feel too weird, and I had multiple people compliment how it looked. The volume also lasted, too- it stayed with me through flipping my hair at concerts and dancing with my friends.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer, 2 oz – Retail Value $13

I reach for this every time I step out of the shower. I try to stay away from heat styling my hair, but this provides UV protection as well as regular heat protection. It also helps to detangle and condition hair thanks to the coconut oil, argan oil, and sweet almond oil, and I do think this helps when I am combing through damp curls without leaving a discernible residue.

Drybar Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo, 0.35 oz – Estimated Value $3.50 (Buy the 1.4 oz version for $14)

Dry shampoo is the one product I almost never use because 1) I have a dry scalp and 2) when my hair is curly I can’t exactly brush dry shampoo through it. My sister is a huge Drybar fan, though, and she said that this stuff works great for her.

Kitsch Iridescent Rhinestone Bobby Pin – Buy a set of three in a similar style for $12 here

This was an exclusive hairpin made for this box! I love the sparkle and shine of the iridescent rhinestones, and it feels solid in my hands. Because my hair has a mind of its own I used this in conjunction with a regular bobby pin so this would be on display and not eaten by my curls, and I enjoyed the look.


Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Mini in Mars, 0.25 oz – Retail Value $15

I am not much of a cream blush or highlighter fan because I find that it messes with my foundation when I apply it (I fully admit I could be doing it wrong). This is a really subtle highlight- you can see the golden peach shade swatch above, but I had to zoom in to see the slight holographic shimmer. The overall effect is super pretty, and I would use this to add glow to my skin on a no-makeup day.

OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil, 1.5 oz – Retail Value $16

Full stop, I loved this. This has rosehip, sunflower, and shea oil and it is mega nourishing without leaving me feeling like I’m a greased chicken waiting to be fried. It has a soft rose scent that is lovely without being overpowering, and it both nourished my skin and added softness to my hair. I had a Sephora gift card lying around, and I definitely put it to good use by purchasing the full-size version of this. 


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, 0.84 oz – Estimated Value $6.72 (Buy the 2.5 oz version for $20)

If you have lived your life without smelling the iconic Bum Bum cream scent, I am honestly impressed. People usually either love it or hate it the smell of salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla, and I fall into the “love it” category. The smell is definitely strong though, so be warned if you are sensitive to fragrance. Nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and Cupuaçu Butter keeps your skin feeling mega-soft, too.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, 0.34 oz – Estimated Value $11.56 (Buy the 0.5 oz version for $17)

This is one of the most popular sunscreens that Supergoop! offers, but it isn’t my favorite. It’s a clear gel with a velvety texture that leaves no white cast and rubs in with ease, but I have found that it can also cause pilling depending on what other skincare I used that day, while also occasionally feeling oily. This is a good sunscreen people who have trouble committing to applying it every day, but it isn’t the one I personally reach for. I do know multiple people who call this their holy grail sunscreen (hi, Ivy!), so if you’re curious about trying this I say go for it. 

The Verdict: I loved this kit so much that I convinced one of my best friends she needed to buy it (hi again, Ivy!). The OUAI rose oil was my favorite product, but I thought everything in this kit worked well together to be glam on the go with concerts, festivals, and beach trips. Granted, while I don’t know when I will be able to leave my apartment again, I do know that beauty makes me happy, and this kit did a great job of spreading the joy. Value-wise, this kit adds up to $75.78 for everything except the hair clip. When you add that in, I think this is right on the mark with the promised value of $80.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, this kit is still available for purchase.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $34.95 ($29 + $5.95 shipping) and had a total value of $75.78 for everything except the bobby pin, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • amika: $4.61
  • Bumble and bumble: $5.99
  • Drybar: $1.61
  • Milk:$6.92
  • Ouai: $7.38
  • Sol de Janeiro: $3.10
  • Supergoop: $5.33

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 Must Have Minis Kit?

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.

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Comments (12)

  1. Just here to second that it should be mentioned that Sephora is shipping every order free right now…

    • And also, at the risk of sounding like a big fat jerk and weirdo, MSA only posted about this kit being available for the first time on actual Fat Tuesday of this year so I’m not sure if you already had this kit before you knew you were going to review it for MSA or maybe you just already had the Amika product you mentioned you used on your hair for Mardi Gras (although that seems unlikely seeing as how you mentioned it’s a product you would normally never use) but the timing really seems off for this review…

      • I’d imagine this kit was already available for purchase before MSA posted about it. MSA may schedule posts that are automatically posted, instead of using a human being to immediately post about product availability. Even if Jessica already had the Amika product, why should she not use it and review it before she got the rest of the kit? Why the skepticism about when the kit was purchased and received? I thought it was a solid review of a great kit that I also purchased and am enjoying.

        I was able to use the free shipping code as well as another code to get a free perfume mini. I don’t think you can usually stack codes at Sephora, but it worked for me.

  2. I’m not really sure where to post this, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that Alyaka is having a sitewide sale that (surprisingly) includes Vintner’s Daughter, which literally NEVER goes on sale. Here are the tiers:
    15% off Any Purchase (EASTER15)
    20% off £ 100 (EASTER20)
    25% off £ 200 (EASTER15)

    • I meant EASTER25** for the 25% off tier

      • Hi Laura, thank you! On a low-buy myself given the current situation, but thank you for thinking of us all.

  3. Jessica ~ I have curly hair too, and I love dry shampoo; I massage it through my hair instead of combing it through. No way I could/would comb it through!

  4. Oh I’m so interested in many of these! I’ve wanted to try the bum cream even though it’s been in every box. And I LOVE my Ouai leave in conditioner. Purchasing this!

  5. My sister won’t wear sunscreen (she says she doesn’t like the smell, specifically) and I think Supergoop Unseen might work for her… but I don’t want to give up any of my hard-earned samples to her! 😂

  6. A couple of the things look interesting but not enough to drop $35 on it.

    • This should be $29 plus tax, Sephora is shipping free since stores are closed even if you don’t have flash shipping.

    • This should also be on sale because it’s being marketed as “festival faves” and we all know we ain’t going to a festival any time soon LOL

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