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Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Wish List Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 17, 2021 | 4 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 they also released curated sets under their Sephora Favorites brand. A subsection of that is their LUXE  line, which is a $25 box featuring higher-end minis from luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurant, Dior, La Mer, and more. This is a review of the LUXE The Wish List set, which sold out in just a few days.

FYI – this set is sold out.

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First Impressions

 

This set comes in a red box with berry stripes. The box is well made, and it could be repurposed for storage if you desired.

 

The box also comes with an info sheet detailing the products. The front of the info sheet says "you deserve all the luxury." Yes, yes I do.

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

Yves Saint Laurent NU GLOW IN BALM Face Priming Moisturizer, 5 mL - Estimated Value $4.50 (buy the 40 mL version for $36)

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I almost became the proud owner of the full-size version of this moisturizer along with a few other YSL products thanks to a YSL Sephora Bazaar reward, but it sold out during the checkout process. I’m still a little salty. Anyways, I really liked the way that this priming moisturizer feels. It’s lightweight but still feels hydrating, and it has a dry finish that does make me want to put foundation or concealer on top of it. A little bit of this went a long way, and I’m not opposed to trying out this mini for a longer period of time (maybe one day I will really own that full size). 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of No Shame, 0.04 oz - Estimated Value $11.33 (buy the 0.12 oz version for $34)

 

I am a big, big Charlotte Tilbury fan, and actually, I already own this lipstick in the full size. This deep berry rose lipstick used to be called “walk of shame,” but the name was changed in the past few years to make it a little more empowering. This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas- I find the color payoff to be great, it lasts for a long time, and it’s not too drying for a matte lipstick. I think this shade will work for a lot of skin tones, too. 

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Here I am wearing the lipstick. I also applied the Guerlain serum and YSL moisturizer, too.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil, 5 mL - Estimated Value $18.33

 

This was such a fun little serum to try. It definitely didn’t have the texture of oil despite its name, but the texture was watery and my skin soaked it up. The formula has these fun little balls that dissolve once you start massaging this into your skin. I don't understand the science behind it, but I liked it. Guerlain claims that this very expensive serum will smooth and boost my skin's radiance while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I didn't see any of that when trying this product out, but it was still fun to use.

Christophe Robin Volume Shampoo Paste with Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, 1.35 oz – Estimated Value $10.26 (buy the 2.5 oz version for $19)

 

I don’t love that this is a repeat from the last Sephora Luxe: Elevated Essentials box- one of the things I love most about these sets is the ability to try new things, so the same product back to back isn’t really pushing the right buttons for me. I fully expected a product described as a shampoo paste made with clay-like this one to be way too drying on my scalp and hair, but it surprisingly wasn’t. I didn’t feel like my hair was stripped of its natural oils when I rinsed this out, and I kinda liked the earthy scent. Did I see a difference in volume? No, but my hair is incredibly long (past the small of my back when it’s straight) and heavy, so I wasn’t expecting a shampoo to perform a miracle only strong hold mousse and hairspray can achieve. 

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

white tube with beige stripe on green box with beige stripe

What’s this? Another repeat? You okay over there, Sephora? Honestly, it is a little mind-boggling 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. This is a heavier cream that my dry skin 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.

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

 

This is, in fact, a third repeat from a 2021 Sephora Luxe box, (just in a mini spray instead of a mini coffret) and I am less than enthused- though I will say I much prefer spray nozzle perfumes compared to the ones you dab on. I’ve tried this perfume quite a few times and have yet to fall in love with it, but I follow a few popular fragrance accounts on Instagram and Tik Tok and everyone seems to adore it- maybe it’s just a me thing. 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. This doesn’t have the longest staying power on me; after a while, the scent just kind of fades into the background quietly but it wasn’t very very prominent on me, to begin with. 

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $25

Cost Breakdown: 

  • YSL: $4.50→ $1
  • Charlotte Tilbury: $11.33 → $2.53
  • Guerlain: $18.33 → $4.09
  • Christophe Robin: $10.26 → $2.29
  • La Mer: $44.33 → $9.89
  • Viktor&Rolf: $23.27 → $5.19

This set promises a $94 value and my math adds up to $112.02. That means this set is worth more than four times what you pay for it.

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Key Takeaways

Y’all know I love my Sephora favorites, but this set was a miss for me. When a company carries more than 45,000 different products (yes I Googled it, I'm petty like that), three repeat products from boxes already released in 2021 really should not be happening. I did enjoy trying out the new products from Guerlain and YSL, and I am always happy to see Charlotte Tilbury. If you have never tried a Luxe kit from Sephora Favorites, you probably could look at this and think it was awesome. I hold Sephora to a higher standard of that and hope they go back to curating boxes full of fun products that aren't just repeats. 

Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, this sold out within a few days.


What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Wish List Set? Sephora has released quite a few new kits lately- which one would you like to see reviewed next?

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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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4 comments

AH

Jessica, it is truly awesome that you brought up the repeats as much as I did when reviewing this box! Especially since I feel MSA as a whole has moved in a direction I’m not entirely thrilled with. Anyways, I hope you never ever stop posting your true thoughts about a box, the majority of us are not new to this type of thing so I think your sentiment of the repeats is spot on for many of us. Also, Sephora had advertised 0.24 or 0.25 fl oz on the Flowerbomb (pretty sure that’s the size we got in past luxe boxes that wasn’t a spray) and what we actually received was a merely 0.1 fl oz. That’s a huge difference in the world of perfume samples and as someone that enjoys Flowerbomb. I usually order two of these and here I thought, well even though it’s got a lot of repeats, I’ll at least have almost half of the smallest full size with the perfume.
I know this box is still a really good value, and to a new person, it is really a solid luxe box. But no matter what the situation, it is really disappointing to see Sephora have basically three serial repeat offenders in the box, meaning that those three products have been in a luxe box at least 3X each!

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Aarjullor

The code GIFTEASY and the 30% off Sephora brand products sale ended on 12/12.

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Snow

“You deserve all the luxury.” Only if you pay for it! 😂

Surprised briogeo wasn’t included in this kit of repeats.

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JuJu

Well, the repeats are more about which companies want to participate in the promotion rather than any kind of intentional curation, so I am not entirely surprised.

But yes, this is very disappointing, and the reason I personally did not buy the box. Well, the other being poorly formulated skincare products.

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