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SkinStore x Babor Limited Edition Box Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakSep 14, 2021 | 3 comments

SkinStore is a one-stop-shop for everything you need in the premium beauty world. They feature everything from luxury skincare to french pharmacy products and everything in between. They definitely know their skincare- and they just released a limited edition box in collaboration with Babor, a German-based precision skincare brand with over 60 years of skincare expertise. This set features over $280 worth of high-quality skincare with multiple full-size products (including a full-size moisturizer that retails for $155!).

The SkinStore limited edition box is available (while stocks last) for $99.

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions

 

This set comes packaged inside of an insanely metallic silver makeup bag. SkinStore makes great quality makeup bags- I actually used this bag for a recent birthday trip I took, and there was enough room for all of the skincare I wanted to bring inside and then some. I am a chronic over-packer for trips, but this makeup bag was perfect for enabling me to overpack to my heart’s content (which came in real handy when Hurricane Ida canceled all flights to New Orleans and my scheduled trip was extended for an extra three days). Silver makeup bag aside, this set also comes with a booklet detailing all of the products inside.

The Breakdown- What’s Inside This Limited Edition SkinStore Box

Lifting RX Collagen Cream, 50 ml – Retail Value $155

 

This international best-selling moisturizer is so plush- I love the texture of it on my skin. It’s a thicker cream that manages to be deeply nourishing without being super heavy. The formula features a 2% tripeptide complex, marine collagen, and hyaluronic acid to help your skin stay firm and plump, and my dry skin has been soaking it up. I really like this, but I think those with more mature skin would enjoy it even more. I also really liked how the packaging of this moisturizer came with a foil seal- I don’t think I have ever seen that before, and it really makes me feel like I am getting a product with a fresh, potent formula (and the metallic silver jar looks very sleek on my vanity, too). 

product display featuring various babor products

One other thing I really liked is how I saw this exact moisturizer on sale at a prestige spa I visited during my birthday trip- it really made me feel cool to have this moisturizer (and the collagen concentrate ampoules, too) knowing the spa used and recommended the same products. 

orange tabby cat looking at metallic silver jar

This also happened to be Goose’s favorite product, too.

Cleanformance Clay Multi-Cleanser, 50 ml – Retail Value $24.95

 

I dig the concept of this cleanser- you can apply it and immediately wash it off as a cleanser, or leave it on for a little while as a face mask before washing off. I tried it both ways, and I liked it both ways- the kaolin clay wasn’t too drying on my skin thanks to being formulated with probiotics, grapeseed oil, and hydrolyzed yeast protein. This definitely left my skin feeling clean, and while I think I prefer it as a cleanser, I love that it worked well either way- sometimes multi-purpose products really only work well at one thing, but that wasn’t the case here. As a side note, I really liked how Babor broke down all of the ingredients in this cleanser on the side of the box- I wish more brands included a breakdown like that.

Cleansing Enzyme Cleanser, 20 g – Estimated Value $9.07 (Buy the 75 g version for $34)

 

I actually really love enzyme powder cleansers, and I had no idea Babor made one- I was excited to try this out. The formula features vitamin C and two different enzymes, and it is a finely ground powder that becomes foamy when you add water to it. I love enzyme cleansers because they gently exfoliate without irritating my skin, and that held true for this cleanser by Babor. If chemical exfoliants like lactic or glycolic acid are too strong for your skin, I really recommend checking out enzymes.

Lifting RX Eye Cream Day, 0.5 oz – Listed Value $50 (buy the dual-ended Day/Night eye cream with .5 oz on each end for $100)

 

I had a hard time finding this eye cream online- I didn’t realize that it wasn’t sold on its own, and is instead packaged with a complimentary night cream. I really love when skincare products are packaged with a clear nozzle dispenser like this- it’s so satisfying the first time you use it and can see the product disperse. Packaging aside, this eye cream was really nice. It is incredibly lightweight- the most lightweight eye cream I can remember trying, actually. Because of that, it’s great for a morning routine where you want thin, hydrating layers and nothing thick. Formula-wise, this is made with what Babor calls a Hydro-Filler to plump the fine lines around your eyes, and it also has the same tripeptide solution as the Collagen Cream moisturizer and a Day Boost complex that features hyaluronic acid and caffeine.

Ampoule Serum Concentrates Collagen Concentrate, 7 ct – Retail Value $49.95

 

The ampoule line from Babor is one of the signature products from the brand- I would imagine that most people who have heard of Babor heard of them because the ampoules were featured somewhere. These single-use ampoules are packaged in glass vials to maintain optimal freshness, and you use the plastic tube to break the top of the glass vial off and access the product inside. I will say be careful- that’s probably obvious when you’re literally breaking glass, but I was a little overzealous when I opened my first ampoule and I definitely got small glass shards inside the liquid. That was user error, though- when I was more gentle with snapping the top off, I had no issues. The formula doesn’t feature actual collagen but instead includes a host of ingredients designed to promote skin’s natural collagen production like a tripeptide complex, niacinamide, biossacharides, panthenol, and urea, and lactic acid. A single ampoule has quite a bit of liquid- I apply as much as my skin will absorb to my face and neck, and then use the rest on my decolletage and the back of my hands. Using these definitely felt like an added luxury to my routine- the ritual of snapping them open made me feel really intentional about my skincare routine, and I loved how hydrated they left my skin feeling.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $99 + Free Shipping

Cost Breakdown: 

  • Collagen Cream: $53.10
  • Cleanformance Cleanser: $8.56
  • Enzyme Cleanser: $3.11
  • Eye Cream: $17.13
  • Collagen Ampoules: $17.11

The total value of everything in this limited edition box is $289.97

Key Takeaways

I have been a big fan of Babor through the other products I have tried (along with various ampoule sets, I’m a big fan of their eye gels), and I was interested in this set because all of the products are brand new to me. Skinstore did not disappoint- I really enjoyed trying out these Babor products, and I thought all of them performed well and had ingredients I love for my skin. The price tag is a bit high at $99, but the value of the products inside is almost triple the cost of the box- and the cost of the collagen cream alone is $50 more than the cost of the entire box. I definitely recommend this set if you’re already a fan of Dr. Babor and his products or you’ve been interested in trying them out, but I don’t know if this set will be for everyone. If I could change one thing, it would be including a different product (like those eye gels!) instead of two different cleansers, but I do think it’s neat one of the cleansers pulls double duty as a clay face mask. The full-size products come in the original packaging, so you could always regift the Collagen Cream and ampoules to a skincare lover in your life and keep the rest for yourself!

Other Things You Should Know

Is this box still available? Yes, this limited edition set is still available for purchase while stocks last.

Are you going to pick up the Skinstore x Babor Limited Edition box? What’s the most expensive moisturizer you have ever tried?

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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3 comments

Silla

I just ordered this. You can save 26% with the code BABOR26. Expires 9/20. Enjoy!

Cloud

Thanks for this awesome and thorough review! Loved all the little comments and observations and extra details. I look forward to seeing more reviews from you 🙂

Jessica Hapak

Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Cloud 🙂

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