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Sephora Favorites: POP Beauty Cred Review – August 2020

Sephora POP August 2020 box

Sephora frequently releases new favorites kits, which I always think are so fun. This one is their most recent release, featuring some of their top-trending brands and products.

FYI – this Sephora Favorites kit is still available for purchase.

Sephora POP August 2020 inside box

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

Sephora POP August 2020 all items

About this Favorites Kit

The Box: Sephora Favorites POP Beauty Cred

The Cost: $15 (+ $5.95 shipping if your purchase is under $50, free if you are a VIB Rouge)

The Products:

– (.05 oz) FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara
– (.014 oz) Natasha Denona Eyeshadow from Palette 5 in Moonstone
– (5 mL) Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion in Fragrance Free
– (2 g) fresh Rose Petal-Soft Deep Hydration Lip Balm
– (30 mL) amika Flash Instant Shine Hair Mask
– (7 mL) Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA‘ Beach Walk

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

Sephora Favorites: POP Beauty Cred Review


Here’s the theme card and the info sheet for the products. The “POP Beauty Cred” theme comes into play because the brands and products included are “the next big things in beauty” and “buzzy brands and soon-to-be iconic picks.”


Also included in this kit was a cute sheet of stickers.


Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 #4 Sample Moonstone Eyeshadow, 0.4 g – Estimated Value $1.54 (Buy the full palette for $48)

Of the colors shown in the palette, I’m glad they sent a sample of Moonstone! It’s such a pretty, shimmer neutral that’s classic and versatile and looks great on everybody. The formula has good pigmentation, but you have to be careful about fallout because it felt very soft. That’s not a bad thing necessarily; it just means that you have to be sure to tap off the extra product before putting onto your lids or you might end up with some shimmery under-eyes from the excess powder falling during application. I’ll definitely use this little shadow up! It’s great alone or as a base color plus a crease + corner shade for a complete eye look.


amika Flash Instant Shine Mask, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.73 (Buy the 6.7 oz full-sized bottle for $25)

amika products always smell so good! If this mask did nothing else, I would still use it to infuse the fragrance into my hair. But it does do something! I was really happy to see my hair looked smoother, shinier, and softer than my usual sans-hair-mask washes. My favorite thing about this? It takes 60 seconds! As a mom of 3 small humans, I usually don’t have time in the shower to sit and let a 10-minute mask sink in. Plus, I should be able to get 2-4 uses out of this. This is a win for me!


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Full Frontal Volume, Lift, & Curl Mascara, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.88 (Buy a 0.42 fl oz full size for $24)

I think I’m going to have to play with this mascara a few more times, but my first impression is pretty good! I like the formula, but the brush is different than any I’d used before. It’s a flat oval, like a paddle. So either I’m brushing my lashes with a thin, fuzzy side, or pressing against them with a wide, flat side. Personally, I prefer spiky brushes that let me really get in between the lashes and separate them. However, I’m happy with the end result so, as I said, I think I just have to play with it! As for the formula, it’s a good, opaque black and it didn’t clump at all! I also had no issue with it smudging under my eyes.


fresh Rose Petal-Soft Deep Hydration Lip Balm, 0.07 oz – Estimated Value $5.60 (Buy the 0.3 oz full size for $24)

This lip balm by fresh is so soft and hydrating! It definitely instantly softens my lips. I don’t tend to love the scent of rose, but this is mild and light. I love how comfortable it is and it gives my lips a natural sheen. I just don’t love applying this with my fingers – I never have liked balms like that require me to put whatever is on my hands on my lips, and I am especially against the idea these days! Because of this, I think I’ll keep it with my makeup and apply with a small plastic skincare spatula instead of tossing it in my bag for use on-the-go.


Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, 0.2 fl oz – Estimated Value $7.65 (Buy a 3.4 oz for $130)

This is the item I was most excited about because this is one of my favorite perfumes! And, admittedly, I’m obsessed with mini glass perfume bottles like this. It’s a fresh, balanced floral made to evoke the scent of salt air, sunscreen, and summer days. It has notes of bergamot, heliotrope, coconut, lemon, and musk. I love this.


Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion in Fragrance Free, 0.16 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.79 (Buy a 1.69 full size for $40)

This is the only item in this box that I know I’m not going to use. I just don’t like it because it doesn’t do anything for me. I appreciate unscented and “clean” lotions, but the formula itself just disappears right away on my skin. I applied it to a patch on my (unmoisturized) leg and then a couple of minutes later ran my hand down my leg and couldn’t even tell a difference where I had put it. Same for the back of my hands. It’s worth noting that I have a dry complexion and I love thicker, more intense creams and lotions. I also don’t tend to have red or irritated skin that the CBD in this is meant to help. If you have oily skin that needs calming, this might work differently for you. It’s simply not right for me!

Here, I’m wearing the eyeshadow, mascara, and lip balm. I love the natural-but-put-together look these create together!

The Verdict: I am really happy with this Sephora Favorites POP Beauty Cred box! I think everything is a good size and the selected items reflect the theme of “buzz-y, trending” items. I’m always giddy about a generously sized, glass-bottled perfume sample! Plus, the hair mask pleasantly surprised me, and I am glad to get multiple uses from the sample. I will use all of the eyeshadow, the mascara was new to me and I was happy with its performance, and the lip mask is one of my favorites! I know I wasn’t thrilled with the lotion, but even considering that, I’m glad I snagged this box. It’s a solid Sephora Favorites kit – especially if you can snag it with free shipping so you only pay $15.

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 $20.95 ($15 + $5.95 shipping) and had a total value of $25.19, excluding any value for the stickers, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Eyeshadow: $1.28
  • Hair mask: $3.10
  • Mascara: $2.39
  • Lip balm: $4.66
  • Perfume: $6.36
  • Body lotion: $3.15

If you get free shipping (Sephora orders over $50 or Sephora Rouge rewards status) then you pay only $15 total, which breaks down to even less: $2.50 per item on average.

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 POP Beauty Cred?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

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Comments (15)

  1. i got this was great, i loved everything in it….very nice sephora…

  2. I love the cute little perfume bottles but I haven’t figured out the best way to use them. I’m scared of just tipping it over and ending up getting bathed in it.

    • You place your wrist over the bottle opening. Holding the bottle against your wrist, turn the bottle upsidedown so your wrist is now under it, and then invert it again so it’s right-side-up. Less than a drop should be left on your wrist, or you can hold the bottle less firmly against your wrist if you want to let out more perfume to rub onto other areas.

      • That was extremely helpful Melissa! Thank you!! 💓

  3. Ooh, tempting. I got a sample of that perfume and love it. That little bottle is so cute!

    I wasn’t interested in the eyeshadow until I saw you wearing it! So pretty!

  4. I love that Amika Mask. It really does make a big difference when I use it. My hair is so shiny and soft. I have super thin hair so it is hard to find good products. This is by far one of my favorite hair products!

    • Oh, that is good to know, thank you! I have full, but very thin hair and usually stay away from masks because they just weigh down my hair. I was going to pass this along, but now I will keep it and try it!

  5. Haley back! Love your reviews. I was not impressed with body lotion either.

    • Hi, Svetlana! I am back on the beauty box review scene! Haha. Thanks for reading! <3

  6. Thank you for this review! From the original spoilers I thought that this was going to have a real whole eyeshadow palette but thanks to this review I can see it is just the 1 color. I should have known that would have been too good to be true, lol!

    • Same here, I totally fell for it. I was so bummed when I received a box and find out only one real eyeshadow and rest of them are fake.

  7. Sephora is still offering free shipping with the code “freeship” that stacks with the deluxe sample codes.

    Also, they seem to be matching Ulta’s 21 days of beauty event that started yesterday.

  8. I should add my Daughter LOVED the Fresh rose lip balm..she hasn’t stopped bugging me about getting more..she will have the softest lips ever! So I’ll take all those too..haha.

  9. You look so pretty! I loved this box! So much, I am thinking of ordering I really need more ..haha. My favorite was the perfume as well! BUT that Fenty mascara is Awesome!! If anyone doesn’t want theirs, I will take it! Also,I’m a sucker for cute packaging and little things..I know..I know..Silly!

    • Thank you so much, Kimberly!

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