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Sephora Favorites Review – LUXE The Next Level Collection

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakMay 8, 2021 | 11 comments

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Sephora Favorites are exclusive, limited edition sets filled with Sephora’s top-selling and highly coveted beauty and skincare products. Sephora Favorites kits are released several times a year and the curated collections sell out quickly. 

They recently released their Sephora Favorites: LUXE – The Next Level Collection featuring six deluxe product samples from Sephora’s top luxury brands, and I snapped it up fast.

FYI – this is no longer available!

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About this Sephora Kit

The Box: Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Next-Level Collection

The Cost: $25 ($100 value)

COUPON: Use code FREESHIP to get free shipping on all orders!

The Products:

  • 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
  • 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm in 12 Corail Dolman
  • 0.27 oz/ 8 mL Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum AD
  • 0.24 oz/ 7 mL La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer
  • 0.85 oz/ 25 mL Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask
  • 0.24 fl oz/ 7 mL Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb

Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Next Level Collection Review

Don’t forget to add your two free samples with every Sephora purchase!

 

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, 0.12 oz – Estimated Value $8.84 (buy the 0.19 oz version for $14.00)

It’s been a while since I’ve had a mini of this Hourglass mascara and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. Along with having sophisticated packaging that I love to look at, the performance of this mascara is up to par. It is designed to give length, lift, and volume and I can confirm it does all three – while remaining clump-free. I like how my lashes stay separated when I apply this because it helps my eyes look more awake, and while this mascara adds length, it doesn’t make my lashes look spidery. I did have some slight smearing when I wore this (mainly at the top of my eyelid of all places), but it wasn’t enough of a big deal to deter me from wearing it again.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm in 12 Corail Dolman, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $15.43 (buy the 0.11 oz version for $38.00)

Corail Dolman is described as a “bright cajun coral,” which cracks me up as a resident of south Louisiana because I have no idea why Cajun would be associated with this shade of coral (or any coral, really). This lipstick balm definitely has the texture of a balm, so while it gave my lips a pigmented coat of shiny coral, it faded away fast as soon as I decided to eat something for breakfast on my way to work. I don’t like high-maintenance lipsticks in these bright colors, but the formula was comfortable enough that I would look into getting a more nude shade in this formula. This really gave the hydration of a lip balm, but the short life span on my lips is what kept this from being a winner.

Here I am wearing the mascara and lipstick.


Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum, 0.27 oz – Estimated Value $11.87 (buy the 2 oz version for $89.00)

I really like the Sulwhasoo brand, so I am always happy to see them in subscription boxes and curated sets. This serum is incredibly thin. I applied it before any of my other serums, and it absorbed into my skin nicely. Just because it is thin in texture doesn’t mean it lacks in performance, though – this added a boost of moisture to my skin without being heavy, and the botanicals in the formula work to add radiance and a healthy moisture barrier. I really think this would work for a variety of skin types and in a wide variety of routines, which is probably why this serum is highly recommended by so many people.

 

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $44.33 (buy the 0.5 oz version for $95.00)

Honestly, it is mindboggling to me that this moisturizer is 1) so ludicrously expensive and 2) still a highly sought-out product. I mean the actual performance of the moisturizer is nice, but I just can’t wrap my head around a cream that costs $190 per ounce. Luckily, we get to try it at a nice discount through this Sephora set, and it definitely helps with the “luxe” theme. This is a heavier cream that my dry skin really likes, and it is formulated with the signature La Mer Miracle Broth™ (a signature blend of fermented sea kelp and other botanicals) and lime tea concentrate. This has a soft powdery perfume scent that I found pleasant, and while the cream is thick, once I applied it, it melted into my skin quickly.

 

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask, 0.85 oz – Estimated Value $6.20 (buy the 8.5 oz version for $62.00)

This is a really trendy haircare brand, and I can’t recall ever seeing them in a subscription box or other curated Sephora set. The signature product from Gisou is their honey-infused hair oil and this mask is made with the same mirsalehi honey (from the family-owned bee garden) that goes into every Gisou product. I’ll be honest, as much as I love honey as an ingredient and the pretty aesthetic packaging of this brand’s products, I don’t actually love the way this mask performed – it didn’t do much for my hair. My curls need deep nourishment often, and I think this hair mask would be better suited for those with thin or fine hair. I’m able to use this on days when my curls are already well moisturized, but when the full-price product is $62 I am looking for more results. I enjoyed the honey scent of the mask, though!

 

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb, 0.24 oz – Estimated Value $23.27 (buy the .33 oz version for $32.00)

This perfume has been around for a while, so this isn’t the first time I’ve smelled it. Described as a warm gourmand scent, this features key notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli. I definitely would describe this as more of a floral than gourmand – my nose picks up the flowery notes of jasmine and rose the most, and those notes are rounded out by a warmth that comes from the patchouli and vanilla bean. The sizing on this mini perfume is generous, and it will last a while. I wish it was a spray nozzle to apply rather than dabbing it on, but I like how this mini pink grenade bottle looks on my vanity.

 

The Wrap Up:

The Verdict: It’s rare that I do not like a Sephora Favorites set, and this one is no exception – I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a good mix of skincare and makeup, and the mini perfume bottle was the perfect way to round out the curation. I have tried some of these products before, but I do agree that all of them belong in the luxury beauty category. Sephora promised a value of $100 in this set, and my math indicates that everything included adds up to $109.94. If you don’t enjoy the La Mer moisturizer you might not feel like the value is there since that makes up such a large chunk, but in my mind, Sephora delivered on what they promised with this curation.

Can you still get this box if you order today? No, this is sold out.

COUPON: Use code FREESHIP to get free shipping on all orders!

Value Breakdown: This kit costs $25 and has a value of $109.94, which means you’re paying approximately the following for each item:

  • Hourglass: $2.01
  • YSL: $3.51
  • Sulwhasoo: $2.70
  • La Mer: $10.08
  • Gisou: $1.41
  • Viktor&Rolf: $5.29

Check out all of our Sephora Favorites reviews plus our best beauty boxes of 2021!

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Next Level Collection? What is your favorite luxury beauty product?

Sephora Favorites are exclusive, limited edition sets filled with Sephora's top-selling and highly coveted beauty and skincare products. Sephora Favorites kits are released several times a year and the curated collections sell out quickly.
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.

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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11 comments

Kelly

Pepperoni on pizza is awesome – it’s that sweet and savory combination. Feel free to say you don’t like it, but please don’t tell me it doesn’t belong LOL.

JoJoB

This was my first time getting to try LaMer and I really enjoyed it. I’ve recently started using tretinoin and I already have very dry skin so this is a nice heavy moisturizer to use on the nights I use the tretinoin. I would never buy any on my own but it was really fun to get a sample in this box. I liked everything.

Florence

This was my first luxe box and I’m hooked. I can’t believe how big the sizes were. I’ve gotten la mer and the sulawasoo serum before but both were half the size, and both lasted me forever. So I guess my expectations were low and I got very pleasantly surprised. Excited to try the mascara too. Really felt like I got to spoil myself with this one!

Linda

I don’t understand why La Mer is considered extraordinary. I used it once through a past Sephora box and I broke out in multiple pimples, and the fragrance overload made my eyes water.

Milena

I love getting the Luxe boxes! I’m obsessed with mini perfume bottles & this one is really cute.

Amy

I think it would be super helpful to include either a pic in-hand or next to a quarter for each of these items. I’m having trouble visualizing which are the baby samples I’m used to or if anything is a bigger size. I know I can do the math/look at what I already own and compare, but offhand I would be curious to see the physical sizes of these samples

carol

Yes, please! A great idea, Amy!

Prettypony

I really wanted to get this after seeing the hair mask. I love honey and really wanted to try the mask. I choose not to get it. I am kind of glad after reading your review on the mask. I really love honey and was hoping it would be good 🙂

Stephanie

I think the Cajun is a nod to the color of crawfish 🦞

Carol

Great review! I ended up skipping this because the only thing I really wanted was the lipstick. But I have two YSL lipsticks that I haven’t opened yet because I am “saving” them for hopefully more normal times. I’ll see if I can grab that one cheap on a resale site lol.

Natalie

The color of the lipstick reminds me of OPI Cajun Shrimp so I guess coral and Cajun are supposed to go together? As a fellow resident of south LA, I don’t get it either haha!

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