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Sephora Favorites: Hello! Beauty Hall of Fame Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakMay 5, 2022 | 9 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 the Hello! Beauty Hall of Fame set, and it only cost $10! Of course, I couldn't resist the urge to grab one.

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

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First Impressions

 

This set doesn't come in a box- rather, everything is packaged inside of a multi-colored ombre plastic zip-lock bag with a see-through ribbon (this is the traditional packaging for the Hello! sets). This set also came with a sheet that had an individual voucher on the back to get 15% off of each full-size version of the product featured in the set.

My purchase didn't qualify for a gift-with-purchase because the set only costs $10 and Sephora requires a $25 minimum spend or higher for their GWP promotions. However, every single Sephora purchase is eligible to select two free samples to include in your order- I chose these samples from Kerastase.

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

tarte SEA drink of H₂O hydrating boost, 10 mL - Estimated Value $9.33 (buy the 15 mL version for $14)

 

Even though tarte started out as a makeup brand, quite a few of their skincare products have impressed me. This vegan gel moisturizer isn't one of them. It has a super lightweight gel texture that feels refreshing when you apply it, but to me, it never felt like it fully absorbed because it left my face feeling unpleasantly sticky. I like that this is formulated with electrolytes, hyaluronic acid, and squalane, but the stickiness it left behind was so bad I won't be using this again.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Grace, 1.4 mL - Estimated Value $3.73 (buy the 7.5 mL version for $20)

 

I cannot deal with how cute the teeny tiny liquid blush sample is. Yes, it's small, but liquid blush isn't exactly a product you apply a lot of at once (especially if you're me). The shade Grace is a matte bright rose mauve color that starts off super pigmented, but blends out beautifully- you truly only need a small dot for each cheek, and you can build it up from there if you so choose. I appreciated how easy it was to blend out with my fingers, and I'm a fan of the Rare Beauty packaging aesthetic.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover, 15 mL - Estimated Value $6.50 (buy the 30 mL version for $13)

 

Clinique has a handful of makeup removing products in their Take The Day Off line, and I strongly dislike their eye makeup remover because of how oily and greasy it felt. Because of this, I was a little apprehensive about how the cleansing balm would perfume- luckily, it was a much more pleasant experience. It was gentle and effective, and while it was non-drying, it didn't leave a greasy or oily residue behind.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, 1 oz - Estimated Value $7.50 (buy the 2 oz tube for $15)

On a regular day this isn't the moisturizer for me because of how heavy it can be (you only need a tiny bit!), but boy does it come in handy when I have a specific skin concern. It's made with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, squalane, allantoin, and glycerin, and it's definitely a rich cream in texture. This was formulated for dry, distressed skin or those who have eczema, so I reach for it when I am dealing with face allergies (sometimes the pollen in the air will just make me have hives on my jawline and that is my life) or if I have irritated patches of skin anywhere on my body. Where this really pulls its weight for me, though, is when I travel. I love using this as a sleeping mask after I have been flying because flying really dries out my skin, so when I use this to seal in other hydrating products I wake up the next day with happy, supple skin.

Better Not Younger Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque, 2 oz - Estimated Value $5.15 (buy the 6.8 version for $35)

 

Some hair masks call themselves a mask and then have the audacity to have the texture and performance of plain old conditioner- thank u, next. Thankfully, Better Not Younger means what they say when they call this a butter masque- it has the kind of thick texture that really makes you believe it'll be a restorative mask for your hair before you even apply it, and thankfully it lived up to that expectation. This is formulated with a unique vegan butter blend (I see avocado, cupuaçu, macadamia, and murumuru seed butters on the ingredients list) along with biotin, argan oil, and caffeine. Usually, I take the "more is more" approach when it comes to deep conditioners and hair masks, but I could tell that I needed to use less than I normally would with this mask, and I am glad I trusted my gut because it really helped to add moisture and softness to my curls.

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL - Estimated Value $6 (buy the 7.5 mL rollerball for $30)

 

I really like this Burberry perfume- I got it in a Sephora Favorites perfume sampler set a year or so ago (one that wasn't reviewed here), and I actually chose this perfume to redeem my voucher for the full-size version. It's described as a fruity floral perfume with notes of dark berries (think blueberries, black currant, and raspberries), jasmine, violet, and musk-amber. I find it to be a sweet perfume but it doesn't cross over into gourmand territory, and it's one of those scents that I would just describe as pretty- it sounds pretty when described, it looks pretty in the bottle, and I feel pretty when I wear it. As we head into the warmer months this is a perfume I will be reaching for more frequently, as the berry notes are a perfect complement to spring and summer.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $10

Value Breakdown: 

  • Tarte: $9.33
  • Rare Beauty: $3.73
  • Clinique: $6.50
  • First Aid Beauty: $7.50
  • Better Not Younger: $3
  • Burberry: $6

This set promises a $35 value and my math adds up to $36.06. For $10, you'll be hard-pressed to not enjoy this purchase.

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Key Takeaways

If you enjoyed the now long-discontinued Sephora Play! Subscription boxes, this Hello! All-Star Beauty Set is right up your alley. And even if that was before you got into subscription boxes, I think this set will be incredibly appealing to many. Only the Rare Beauty liquid blush sample felt especially tiny, but it was so cute (and made sense for the type of product it was) that I didn't mind it. These sets are an affordable way to stock up on travel beauty products since each item in the set breaks down to $1.67 apiece, but they're also a good way to discover new products- I had never tried the tarte moisturizer, Rare Beauty blush, or Better Not Younger hair mask before getting the products in this set. I really enjoyed trying out the new-to-me products as well as seeing some familiar favorites, and I think Sephora did a great job of providing quality products at an accessible price point.

Other Things You Should Know

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

Is this the only Hello! Beauty Hall of Fame set available? Yes. When this set was released Sephora had a version "a" and version "b" of this set, with both sets having the Burberry perfume and First Aid Beauty Cream. Version "a" is sold out at this time, and this was a review of version "b."

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Hello! Beauty Hall of Fame set? What sample would you be most excited to try?

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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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9 comments

Carol

I have this sitting in my cart lol. After seeing that blush, I think I will go grab it–so pretty! I really like that hair mask too (although I hate the smell).

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JuJu

Actually, the one with the blush is sold out.

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Aarjullor

The kit with the Rare Beauty blush (as seen in this review) is still available, but the kit with the NARS blush is not.

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JuJu

I actually just ordered this today, a couple of hours before I saw the MSA email with the review. I got this, the Sun Safety Kit, and the “Vacay All Day” set.
Looking forward to when I receive everything!

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Caligirl

Love that better not younger mask.

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Snow

If that’s the same Rare Beauty blush that Sephora sent as a GWP awhile back, then yes, it is super tiny. My sample I could barely even use because there just wasn’t much in there. It actually looks like an American doll accessory lol. These sets are fun, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough to make me pounce.

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Nat

Almost purchased this. The hair mask is my favorite, but I still have one from previously purchased kit. Wish blush was a lipstick. Would be really pretty. Don’t need any more blushes. I rarely use them

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Melissa

I can’t figure out how to put on liquid blush without looking like a clown. Even using a small dot it still didn’t look right. But I tried it as a lipstick and it worked fine. Lol!

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Tiffany Nicole

I got this too, mostly for the Better Not Younger Mask because my thick, damaged, curly hair absolutely loves it!

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