Sephora Favorites: Clean Me Up Set Review – March 2021
Sephora recently launched a new favorites kit full of products that have been certified as “clean” according to the Clean at Sephora standards. The set is a mix of skincare and makeup, and it includes two full-size products!
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About this Sephora Kit
The Box: Sephora Favorites: Clean Me Up Set
The Cost: $30
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm in Rush (sheer, cool pink) (Full Size)
– 0.1 oz/ 3 mL tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer in Seychelles (light-to-medium bronze)
– 0.15 oz/ 4/5 mL ILIA Multi-Stick Cheek & Lip in Dreamer (warm nude) (Full Size)
– 0.11 oz/ 3 mL Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer
– 0.3 oz/ 10 mL Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover
Shipping: $6.50 if your purchase is under $50, free if you are VIB Rouge. This is also available in stores.
Sephora Favorites: Clean Me Up Set Review
Everything came packaged in this brown makeup bag that is both washable and reusable. I’ll be honest and say I don’t really like the texture of this bag (it feels very thin; almost papery), and I’ll be gifting it to someone else.
And here is the info sheet for the products included.
Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++, 0.50 oz – Retail Value $17.00
I’ve tried multiple sunscreens from Supergoop!, but not this one. It’s marketed as a sunscreen that has SPF 40 and blue light protection while working as a primer for foundation or to give bare skin a glow. If you’ve tried the brand’s Unseen sunscreen, the texture on Glowscreen is not nearly as silicone-y in feel. This has a slight tint to it that blended out easily into my skin, and I really enjoyed the finish. I used it under makeup without any foundation or concealer, and I liked how it was a good base for the cream products I was trying out. Plus, it did indeed leave me a little glowy!
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm in Rush, 0.17 oz – Retail Value $18.00 (sheer, cool pink) (Full Size)
Kosas makes some really great lip products — they’re pricy, but they work for me. I was happy to try the sheer pink tinted version of this balm because I’ve only tried the clear, and I was not disappointed. This lip balm is creamy and nourishing, and the flush of pink color this gave my lips looked really pretty.
tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer in Seychelles, 0.1 oz – Estimated Value $6.67 (Buy the .21 oz version for $14) light-to-medium bronze)
Bronzer is one product that definitely won’t work for all skin types, so I’m a little bummed that this was included instead of a different product from tarte (their range is massive!). Cream products seem to be all the rage right now (we received two cream products in this set alone), and while past cream products haven’t worked out for me, I still gave this a try using only the Glowscreen sunscreen as my base. This formula is truly creamy — I was able to blend it out with my hands for a more natural touch of color on my pale skin, and it didn’t make my face feel greasy after I had applied it.
ILIA Multi-Stick Cheek & Lip in Dreamer, 0.15 oz – Retail Value $34.00 (warm nude) (Full Size)
I love when a product in kits like these is worth more than the cost of the entire box — if you’ve been wanting to try this product from Ilia, purchasing it via this Sephora Favorites set saves you a few bucks *and* it’s like getting everything else in the kit for free. That being said I don’t really reach for cream multi-use products like this one — I am very blush-averse, and the few times I tried out a cream formula over my foundation it ruined my base. I still forged ahead and tried this out, only this time my only base was the Supergoop Glowscreen sunscreen. I really liked it! I was able to blend it out easily with my fingers for a more natural flush, and the shade Dreamer is a warm nude with buildable pigment that even I could figure out how to apply without overdoing it.
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer, 3 ml – Estimated Value $3.80 (buy the 15 ml version for $19.00)
Oh, Milk. Why did you make a moisturizer so small? Every time I see this moisturizer I think about a friend on Instagram who was outraged that her GWP of this moisturizer came in a jar the size of a quarter, so she proceeded to take photos of the sample against common items to show how small it is. I would say this is the smallest sample of moisturizer that came in a jar that I have ever tried. That being said, I liked the formula of this. It has a true cream texture that is a little thick, so it took a tad bit longer for it to fully absorb into my skin. Made with Desert Milk™ (a blend of Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera) along with squalane and oat milk, this was incredibly nourishing to my dry skin. If I somehow ended up with the full-size version of this, it would be a moisturizer I would happily use.
Here is the moisturizer on top of the Glow Recipe cleansing balm for reference. Smol.
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover, 10 ml – Estimated Value $3.20 (buy the 100 ml version for $32.00)
This is the product I was the most excited to try — I am a huge Glow Recipe fan but still hadn’t tried their new cleansing balm up until receiving it in this kit. I was not surprised to find that I really enjoyed it — from the aesthetically pleasing orange package to the peach-colored cleansing balm and how soft it was on my skin when I rubbed it in. I will say this had a little trouble removing my mascara and felt a little waxy when I applied too much the second time I used it, but by the time I had finished following up with my second cleanse my skin was soft, clean, and not irritated. I don’t know if I would spring for the full-size one when there are other balms I like just as much for a lower price, but I am happy this Favorites kit gave me the ability to try it.
Here are the swatches. From top to bottom we have the Ilia, Kosas, and then Tarte.
Here I am wearing the Ilia cream blush, the tarte cream bronzer on my eyelids, the sides of my nose, and under my cheekbones, and the Kosas lip balm. I prepped my skin by using the Milk moisturizer and then applying the Supergoop sunscreen, which is the product that is giving my face a bit of a glow.
The Verdict: In my opinion, Sephora has curated another winner! I love that this set featured both skincare and makeup, along with a few full-size items. Also, all of these products were new to me, which doesn’t happen often these days (not that I am complaining — I love being a subscription box reviewer). Other than the inclusion of the bronzer that won’t work for all skin colors, this was a really fun box to go through that I would recommend to just about anyone — especially if you are a fan of “clean” beauty. Value-wise, everything in this kit adds up to $82.67, which is the slimmest hair shy of the promised $83 value.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This kit costs $30 and has a value of $82.67. That means you’re paying approximately the following for each item:
- Supergoop: $6.17
- Kosas: $6.53
- Tarte: $2.42
- Ilia: $12.34
- Milk: $1.38
- Glow Recipe: $1.16
What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Clean Me Up Kit? Do you try to buy only “clean” beauty products?