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Sephora Favorites: Black-Owned Beauty Set Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakOct 6, 2021 | 3 comments

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Everyone knows Sephora is a beauty store where you can find almost anything and everything related to makeup, skincare, body care, hair care, and self-care, but did you know they also frequently release curated limited edition sets? They recently released their Sephora Favorites: Black-Owned Beauty Set which features makeup, skincare, and hair products from Black-owned brands that Sephora believes in and stands behind- including two full-size products!

FYI – this kit is still available for purchase (while stocks last)! 

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First Impressions


Your Sephora Favorites kit will come packaged inside a plain brown box. Once you open it up, you'll see a colorful box with a flip-top lid and all of the products safely nestled inside. There's no standalone info sheet with the box- the product names and their ingredients are printed on the back of the box.

flat lay of various foundation samples

Every Sephora purchase allows you to add two free samples, and since my purchase was over $35 I was eligible for a few different gifts-with-purchase. I chose a complexion sampler set as my GWP and samples from Herbivore and Laneige.

The Breakdown – What’s Inside This Limited Edition Box From Sephora

adwoa beauty Baomint™ Deep Conditioning Treatment, 3.3 oz - Retail Value $15


This was interesting to me- I had never heard of the brand, and the word “baomint” was new to me, too. Unfortunately, this product didn’t really work for my hair at all. The concept is really neat- it is designed to treat both a dry scalp while nourishing your hair. With my specific hair needs, this ended up not being nearly as hydrating as I needed it to be, and it didn’t make combing through my tangles any easier. The ingredients list looks awesome, so I think this is just a nice product that wasn’t destined to work with my finicky hair. 

BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY Hair Oil Everyday Gloss, 1 oz - Retail Value $14


I was really excited to try this hair oil out because I’ve had my eye on BREAD ever since grabbing their hair mask on a whim during a FabFitFun add-on sale. So far, this oil has not disappointed! My hair absolutely loves oils so I used them on a regular basis to help keep my curls soft and shiny, and this adds the shine and softness without adding any heaviness. The formula is silicone-free (curly hair girls rejoice 🙌🏻🙌🏻) and features a blend of different good-for-your-hair oils that work harmoniously to create an effective product that doesn’t break the bank. 

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, 1 oz - Estimated Value $6 (buy the 2 oz version for $12)


This hair mask has been around for a while, and I’m never unhappy to see it pop up in a subscription box again (I think my first introduction to it was through the Popsugar Must Have box- anyone else?). It’s formulated with rosehip oil, algae extract, and B vitamins, and it has a proprietary blend that works to fortify, nourish, and protect your hair. I honestly use this as a conditioner with my curls rather than as a once-weekly treatment, but it gives my hair good slip without being too heavy. This isn’t my all-time favorite deep conditioning hair product, but I do really enjoy it. 

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara, 0.42 oz - Retail Value $24


This isn’t my first time trying the Fenty mascara, but I feel like it wore slightly different on me this time around. This mascara still delivered volume, length, lift, and curl thanks to the unique mascara wand that is flat at one end and more wide at the other (it all depends on how you angle the brush), but I remembered this mascara smearing pretty badly on me. I don’t know if it is a fluke, but I didn’t have any significant smearing when I tried this out! At the very end of the day, there was a tiny bit of black smudged on my lower lash line, but that’s pretty common for me with this south Louisiana humidity. The last time I tried this mascara it was a mini instead of this full-size tube, so maybe that is the difference on why I am loving this mascara even more now that I’ve tried it again in this set.

PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick in Omi, 0.14 oz - Retail Value $38


This is one of the stars of the box- how could it not be when the lipstick alone retails for more than the cost of the entire limited edition set? Omi is described as a mid-tone rose, and the formula is a matte cream that isn’t too drying. On my fair skin, this leans a little brown, but it is still a super pretty color that I think will pull more pink-rose on those with a deeper complexion. Like all Pat McGrath lipsticks I have tried, this had great staying power, and I really appreciate that this didn’t irritate my dry lips the way some other matte lipsticks have in the past.

selfie wearing the black mascara and pink brown lipstick

Here I am wearing the Pat McGrath lipstick and the Fenty Mascara.

Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform®, 0.16 oz - Estimated Value $15 (buy the .3 oz version for $30)

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I recently saw an Instagram post that bothered me- the person stated they thought OTC retinol products (like this one from Shani Darden) were dumb/unnecessary because their prescription retinol (tretinoin) was only $5. I wish that all of us who wanted to fight wrinkles could get affordable retinol products, but that just isn't the case. Take me for example- my primary care physician won't prescribe me tretinoin, it is an 8-month wait for me to be able to get in to see a dermatologist who accepts my health insurance, and even then my insurance wouldn't cover it and the cheapest I would be able to find for a cash price is still over $50. I am not saying this to rant about healthcare- I'm saying it because I really appreciate brands like Shani Darden who create effective retinol products that are widely available to all consumers. This one in particular actually blew up on Instagram a few months ago, and I am excited to finally be able to try it. The formula features encapsulated retinol, alpha-hydroxy-acids, apple extract, and plankton extract. I applied it over a hydrating serum and under a heavier moisturizer, and I didn't experience any irritation using it three times in one week. Retinol products are definitely ones that take a month or two to start seeing results from, but so far I have no complaints.

Fenty Skin Mini Total Cleans'r Remove-It-All Cleanser, 1.52 oz - Retail Value $14

lavender tube of cleanser

I haven't tried anything from Fenty skin yet, so I was happy to be able to finally try the cleanser. I like the pale purple packaging, and I was pleasantly surprised the first time I used this and found out the cleanser itself was a fun pale pink shade. I would describe the texture as creamy and it lathers really well, which helped to remove light makeup and left my skin feeling really clean. This wasn't drying, though, which I really appreciated.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $35

Cost Breakdown: 

  • adwoa beauty: $15 →$4.17
  • BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY: $14 →$3.89
  • Briogeo:$6 → $1.67
  • FENTY BEAUTY: $24→$6.67
  • PAT MCGRATH LABS: $38 →$10.55
  • Shani Darden:$15 → $4.17
  • Fenty Skin: $14 →$3.89

This set promises a $124 value and my math adds up to $126! For $35, you save more than 70% off of the retail price.

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Key Takeaways

I was so excited to try this set out -- Sephora has been nailing their Favorite's sets lately, and I love that they created this one with an emphasis on supporting black-owned businesses. I loved that it featured products I've never tried before and even a brand I had never heard of. If I had to pick a favorite I think it would be the BREAD hair oil, but all of the products except the deep conditioning treatment from adwoa beauty performed really well for me.

Other Things You Should Know

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

Does Sephora make a donation with the purchase of this set? Yes, from Sephora:

Sephora will donate $20 from the sale of each kit to the 15 Percent Pledge—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization urging major retailers to commit 15 percent of their purchasing power to Black-owned businesses. It offers large corporations accountability, support, and consulting services with the goal of advocating for and supporting Black-owned businesses.

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Black-Owned Beauty Set? What product are you most interested in trying? Do you have a favorite black-owned beauty brand that you think deserves more recognition?

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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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Great review. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while glad to see such an honest and thorough review!

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I think Curology might be the better option for prescription-strength tretinoin.

Also, Differin is also a type of retinoid, and is sold over the counter.

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I was going to say the same thing. You can get curology at a pretty affordable price if you want to try tretinoin (LOVE that stuff!!!)
I’m actually amazed at all the prescription medication that can be acquired online…

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