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SkinStore Selects Limited Edition Skincare Box Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 31, 2021 | 4 comments

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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 recently released a limited edition Skinstore Selects box. The Skinstore Selects box features a curated assortment of some of Skinstore's top skincare picks with a value of over $350.

The SkinStore Selects Box is still available (while supplies last), and it's even on sale! It's normally $111 and is currently on sale for $77.70

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First Impressions

 

The Skinstore Selects Box comes packaged in a pretty navy box with a silver Skinstore logo on the front. When you open it, you'll see everything wrapped neatly in tissue paper along with an info sheet with some additional details about the products inside.

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

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, 3 ct – Estimated Value $10.20 (buy a box of 5 for $17)

I am always happy to see these exfoliating peel pads in a box- if I’m not going to use them I pass them right along to my Mom, who I also have gotten hooked on these. Each “peel” features two pads- step one, which is saturated with ingredients like glycolic acid, witch hazel, lactic acid, malic acid, zinc, and copper, and step two, which is soaked in baking soda, resveratrol, retinol derivatives, vitamin C, and green tea. Step one provides a chemical exfoliation that helps to fight the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, while step two neutralizes the acids from step one and provides a dose of antioxidants, too. Combined, this is a very effective exfoliant that isn’t so strong it damages the skin. My skin is a little too sensitive to use these on a daily basis the way that others can get away with, but I do really like these- they’re widely recommended for a reason!

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, 14 mL - Estimated Value $5.60 (Buy the 150 mL version for $60)

Peter Thomas Roth is one of my favorite face mask brands out there, and this pumpkin enzyme mask is perfect for this time of year because it smells a lot like pumpkin pie. It's formulated with pumpkin (if you couldn't tell), vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, and while this is an exfoliating mask it isn't too abrasive, it still leaves my skin soft and glowing.

Soon Skincare Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E Serum, 1 oz - Retail Value $98

 

I've tried the sheet masks from this brand before, but this is my first time trying their serum! From the start, I really liked their aesthetic packaging and the heavyweight of the glass bottle, and the opaque yellow bottle protects the sensitive vitamin C serum inside. Some vitamin C's can really irritate my skin, but this blend of L-ascorbic acid (the gold standard of vitamin Cs), ferulic acid, vitamin E, and glycerin absorbs into my skin quickly without causing any redness or sensitivity. I prefer to use my vitamin C serums in the morning because they work great with sunscreen to protect against free radical and pollution damage, and I didn't have any issues with this pilling with my other skincare products.

Decorté Liposome Moisture Serum, 0.5 oz - Estimated Value $36.54 (buy the 1.3 oz version for $95)

This is a pretty cool serum- I’ve actually been making my way through the full-size version, and I have been liking it. Formula-wise this is made with Liposome technology that features time-released tiny capsules of hydration that leaves skin moisturized as soon as you apply it and keeps your skin hydrated even hours later. This works really well for my skin- I experience a noticeable difference in my skin’s hydration levels when I use this, and I like how thin and lightweight it is because it layers really well with my other skincare products and doesn’t feel heavy on my face.

Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra SOS Intense Moisturizing Cream, 20 mL - Estimated Value $16.80  (buy the 50 mL version for $42)

This moisturizer is designed to calm redness and deliver a big dose of hydration to dry skin. It's made with antioxidant-rich grape seed and also has grape water, squalane, and borage oil. This was a midweight cream for me- it was hydrating without being so heavy my skin felt greasy, and I could get away with using it in the daytime if I wanted to. This does have a soft fragrance that comes from the plant extracts used in the formula that I personally liked,  but I know fragrance in skincare is not for everyone.

Erborian CC Dull Correct, 15 mL - Retail Value $24

This is my first time trying this color-correcting cream from Erborian, and  I am now genuinely contemplating purchasing the full-size version. This cream is purple in color and then will adjust to be more skin-colored, and it has licorice extract to give your skin a boost of radiance. This CC cream literally gives my skin a luminous, foundation-like finish- it won’t cover huge, cystic acne, but when I looked at pictures of myself after applying this I felt like a filter had been applied to my face. This isn’t a perfect shade match for my fair skin, and the first time I applied there was a noticeable difference between the color of my face and neck. The second time, I spent more time massaging it in and bringing it down my neck, and this did the trick to make it blend in seamlessly. Another thing that impressed me is that when I set this with a finishing powder, I had essentially zero transfer to the face mask I was wearing that day. This does also have SPF 25 in it, but I don’t apply nearly enough to get full protection so I consider that a bonus rather than my sole source of sun protection. You can see me wearing it here in this review, in the last selfie where I'm wearing the color chameleon shadow stick and pillow talk lip gloss.

Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Serum, 6 mL - Estimated Value $13.20 (buy the 15 mL version for $33)

I love a solid hyaluronic acid, and this one from Pestle & Mortar delivered. This is an interesting way to package a sample of a serum; I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a sample quite like it. This serum is made with hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights for ultimate hydration that penetrates deep into the skin, and it’s lightweight and does not leave a sticky residue. I like that the ingredients list is pretty short (there’s also aloe vera, cucumber extract, and panthenol inside), and while this definitely isn’t a frilly serum I like its simplistic nature and how it does exactly what it claims to do: provide lightweight moisture to my skin. 

RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, 0.5 oz - Retail Value $65

 

I’ve never tried this brand before, but man do they have some beautiful packaging. I’m not sure why this jar is so pretty but so small, but I was still excited to give it a try. Mentally I was expecting the texture of this to be thicker, but once I started to apply it really just melted into my skin. The star ingredient in this night cream is the chemical exfoliant glycolic acid, and there are also squalane and peptides. This wasn’t the most hydrating night cream I’ve tried (my skin was a little dry when I woke up the next morning), but this absolutely left my skin feeling incredibly smoother the next morning. 

PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator, 1.7 oz - Retail Value $50

 

If you have dry skin, you may want to try layering this rich moisturizer from PCA Skin on top of the Revive cream. This is one of the thickest night creams I have, and it’s made with ingredients like shea butter and sweet almond oil. This is the kind of product that leaves you feeling like your entire nighttime skincare routine has been locked in place once this cream is applied, and I go to sleep happy knowing my skincare will get to work. If you have oily skin I’m not sure if you’re going to love this as much as I do, but it would feel so nice on chapped skin, too. 

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist, 50 mL - Retail Value $13

I truly love hand sanitizers that come in spray packaging rather than the kind you squeeze out, and Aesop always kills their body care formulas. This hand sanitizer has an alcohol base (as all do) to kill germs, and it also has glycerin and aloe to keep your hands from drying out. The smell is a mix of citrus and herbs thanks to ingredients like mandarin, rosemary, cedar, and orange, and I like that it didn't leave a sticky residue behind but dried quickly.

SiO Eye and Smile Lift, 2 ct - Retail Value $19.95

 

These are reusable medical-grade patches that you can apply under your eyes or around your mouth to try to smooth the appearance of crow's feet or laugh lines. You apply them to clean, dry skin, and wear them for a few hours or overnight before sticking them back to the board they came attached to. You can then place them back in the resealable ziplock back, and use them up to 10 times. I don't really like these types of products just because I don't like products designed to be used on a dry face, but I do appreciate how these are reusable- maybe they could be fun to wear while chilling around the house before getting ready to go out.

Natura Ekos Castanha Hand Cream, 2.6 oz - Retail Value $18

 

This hand cream is made with brazil nut oil and murumuru butter for a rich, moisturizing texture that nourishes and softens my hands. It's definitely on the thicker side and did leave my hands feeling a little greasy, but that didn't bother me too much because my hands had some chapped sections of skin and I just wanted some relief. This did exactly that, and while there is a slight fragrance, it's mild and a little powdery (and it fades fast, too).

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $111 + Free Shipping (currently on sale for $77.70 for a limited time)

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Cost Breakdown: 

  • Dr. Dennis Gross: $10.20 → $3.05
  • Peter Thomas Roth: $5.60 → $1.67
  • Soon Skincare: $98 → $29.33
  • Decorte: $36.54 → $10.93
  • Caudalie: $16.40 → $4.91
  • Erborian: $24 → $7.18
  • Pestle & Motar: $13.20 → $3.95
  • ReVive: $65 → $19.45
  • PCA Skin: $50 → $14.96
  • Aesop: $13 → $3.89
  • Sio: $19.95 → $5.97
  • Natura: $18 → $5.37

The total value of everything in this limited edition box is $370.89, which is over the promised value of $350 and is a savings of more than 70% (and that's based on the full price- the savings is even greater if you grab it on sale!).

Key Takeaways

I think there is no denying that Skinstore knows how to curate a good box- their Skinstore Selects box was such a great mix of skincare products! While a few of them were products I had tried before, most of them were brand new to me. I loved getting to try products out like the Soon Skincare Vitamin C (love that that that one is full-size) and the Erborian CC cream (I'm still strongly considering buying it). I think any skincare lover would really enjoy this box, but this would also be a fun gateway box for someone who is curious about trying some skincare products out but aren't quite sure what works for their skin yet. The value is tough to beat, too- it was a good deal at full price and an even better one now that it's on sale.

Other Things You Should Know

Is this box still available? Yes, this limited edition set is still available for purchase while stocks last (did I mention it's on sale).

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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

Snow

I like a spray sanitizer too, but just a PSA, those spray nozzles that combine metal and plastic will be around for hundreds of years. Same with aerosol cans. I try not to think TOO much about all the trash each one of us creates because it is seriously panic inducing, but I think it’s important to realize that there are better alternatives out there even if some sacrifices have to be made.

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Wendy

Super informative, I think I might go snag this one!

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Jody E

Jessica, I think you convinced me to try the erborian cc cream.I have always been curious about this one. I love that pumpkin mask too!

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Jessica Hapak

If you give it a try, let me know Jody 🙂
I grabbed it along with some silk scrunchies from Skinstore during their sale

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