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Sephora Favorites: Curly Must Haves Kit Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakApr 8, 2022 | 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. They recently released their Curly Must-Haves Kit, which features 10 products designed to help you achieve bouncy and beautiful curls, and it is still available for purchase.

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First Impressions


This set comes packaged in a purple box with the products nestled safely in plastic inside. The back of the box listed the ingredients of the products included, but there was not info sheet included in the set.

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

Living Proof Curl Shampoo, 1 oz - Estimated Value $4.41 (buy the 3.4 oz version for $15)

Most shampoos dry out my hair, so I always am a little hesitant to try out new ones even if they're designed for curly hair. This one from Living Proof wasn't the best I've ever tried, but I still really liked it. It definitely left my hair feeling clean, but it didn't feel like it dried it out more or made my tangles worse (which commonly happens to me when I try shampoos that don't work out for me). The texture was creamy, and once water was added, it didn't lather up that much and easily rinsed out after I massaged it into my scalp for a few moments.

Living Proof Curl Conditioner, 1 oz - Estimated Value $4.41 (buy the 3.4 oz version for $15)

Using this conditioner was an experience, and I am still not quite sure how to describe it. I applied my normal amount of conditioner (a.k.a. a fair amount) when using this, and I could tell quickly I had applied too much. It felt like it was getting thick in my hair, and it felt like it was so heavy that it was hard to comb through it. Rinsing it out took some extra effort too. I think part of the problem was me using too much, but I am not convinced that using less of it will result in the "superior slip for weightless detangling" that the product page promises. I also don't think this was actually the best paired with the shampoo, even though that should, in theory, be its perfect match. When I rinsed this conditioner out, my hair felt a little dry, and I need something deeply nourishing when I condition my hair.

Mizani Wonder Crown Scalp Foaming Pre-Cleanse, 1 oz - Estimated Value $3.53 (buy the 6.8 oz version for $24)

This was such an interesting product to try! It's a thick oil that's on the sticky side, so it took a little elbow grease to make sure I had massaged it fully across my dry scalp. Once I applied it and let it sit for 60 seconds, I added a bit of water and let it emulsify for another minute before finally rinsing it out. For how sticky it was at first application, it emulsified really well and washed out easily. It left my scalp feeling really clean and like it was free from product buildup, but it also didn't leave my scalp feeling stripped or dried out. Overall, my scalp felt clean and balanced after giving this a try.

PATTERN by Tracee Ellis Ross Curl Gel, 3 oz - Retail Value $9

I am a big fan of the Pattern products by Tracee Ellis Ross- I have both the medium conditioner and the leave-in conditioner in the jumbo sizes, and I've been using them since before the brand even launched at Sephora. This curl gel is a solid one. It's made with aloe vera and coconut oil, so it's hydrating, while also helping my curls to hold their definition. Some gels can leave my hair sticky or increase the tangles in my curls, but I don't have any of those issues when I use this gel.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating & Defining Hair Mask, 1 oz - Estimated Value $4.75 (buy the 8 oz version for $38)

I had no idea Briogeo had a mask in their "Curl Charisma" line- I've tried their leave-in styling products, but I'm not sure if this is a newer launch or just something I've been missing out on. I loved this hair mask! I found the texture to be pretty lightweight, so I was surprised by how hydrating and nourishing it was to my hair. I used this after trying the Mizani scalp treatment, and I could tell my hair and scalp were really happy with the combo.

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

This makes my second bottle of the hair gloss from Bread, and so far it has not disappointed me. This silicone-free formula adds softness and shine without any heaviness, and the oil blend they use is just really nourishing to my parched curls. I'll use this on its own on damp curls before air-drying, and I've also mixed a few drops into other styling products with success. I don't need a lot of this to make my curls happy, so I find the price point to be pretty affordable, too.

adwoa beauty Blue Tansy Leave In Conditioner, 3.3 oz - Estimated Value $5.66 (buy the 14 oz version for $24)

This is the second product from adwoa beauty I've tried. While the deep conditioning treatment wasn't my favorite, this leave-in conditioner has been lovely, and I am getting ready to buy the full-size bottle before the Sephora Spring VIB sale ends. Maybe it's a figment of my imagination, but I swear my hair has been drying more quickly on the days I use this as my leave-in. My curls are left with plenty of moisture and some good definition (I still need a gel to hold them in place if I don't want the weight of my hair to make my curls lose some of their shape), but it's the fact that each time I've used this, my curls have been drying faster for reasons unbeknownst to me, that's really putting me over the edge into "buy now" territory.

Kérastase Curl Manifesto Enhancing Leave in Cream, 1 oz - Estimated Value $7.65 (buy the 5.1 oz version for $39)

Kérastase is one of those brands that just makes me feel like a fancier human being whenever I get the chance to use their products. This leave-in cream was solid- it was lightweight so it didn't weigh my curls down, and the ceramides and Manuka honey added a nice boost of moisture. If I am wearing my hair curly (which is what I do 99% of the time) I choose to air dry my hair instead of blow dry, but I appreciate that this product provides heat protection up to 450 degrees F.

Bumble and bumble Curl Reactivator, 2 oz - Retail Value $14

I really love this curl reactivating spray. This hydrating mist works to refresh and reactive second-day (or third) curls that may have lost some of their springiness, and it adds a boost of moisture to your hair while bringing your curls back to life. Sometimes my curls get stretched out because I sleep with my hair up in a loose bun, and when using this, I was able to get some of those elongated curls back to normal before scrunching some gel into my hair to finish the job.

Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee, 1 oz - Estimated Value $2.75 (buy the 8 oz version for $22)

This leave-in conditioner is for curly and coily hair, and is made with moringa and coconut oils to nourish strands while adding shine, softness, and slip. The texture is really thick, but I was able to rub it between my palms before distributing it evenly through my curls, mid-shaft to ends. My hair liked this, and I liked the sweet smell this conditioning ghee has. As a bonus, I appreciate the fact that this small size is perfectly portable for travel purposes, too.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $29

Cost Breakdown: 

  • Living Proof Shampoo: $4.41 → $1.82
  • Living Proof Conditioner: $4.41 → $1.82
  • Mizani: $3.53 → $1.46
  • Pattern: $9 → $3.72
  • Briogeo: $4.75 → $1.96
  • Bread: $14 → $5.78
  • adwoa beauty: $5.66 → $2.34
  • Kerastase: $7.65 → $3.16
  • Bumble and bumble: $14 → $5.78
  • Qhemet Biologics: $2.75 → $1.14

Sephora didn't promise a total value for this kit, but everything adds up to $70.16- that's more than double the cost of the set.

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Key Takeaways

I loved that this set was full of products specifically tailored to curly and coily hair- along with being able to try out new-to-my-curls products, it also restocked my travel hair care supply (I have a lot of family trips planned in the next few months, so that was really needed). The Living Proof shampoo and conditioner weren't my favorite, but other than that I really enjoyed all of the products in this set (and 8/10 isn't bad!). My three favorite discoveries from this set were the Mizani scalp treatment, Briogeo mask, and adwoa beauty leave-in conditioner- and I really appreciate that the full-size versions of these products aren't crazy expensive. Overall, I think this was another job well done by the curation team behind the Sephora Favorites sets.

Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you buy it today? Yes, this is still available.

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Curly Must-Haves 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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Now I really want this set too! Great Review. As I am older now, my hair has really lost the curl to it. I am trying to revive the curl in my hair!

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I had zero plans to get this, I just wanted to read your writing (big fan) and I do have curly hair. Now, I’m off to grab one! You convinced me that I need to try some of these products. 😊 thanks

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Jessica Hapak

Oh gosh, Laura- you flatter me so. Compliments to my writing just hit different 🥲
I’d love to know your thoughts of this after you try it out!

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Me too, thanks Jessica!

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