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Sephora Favorites: Hello! Beauty MVPs Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJun 29, 2022 | 6 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 MVPs 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 window (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, I combined this purchase with another Sephora order and qualified for the bag of samples you see above. Also, every single Sephora purchase is eligible to select two free samples to include in your order- I chose these samples from Moroccanoil and First Aid Beauty.

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

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium, 0.03 oz - Estimated Value $8.50 (buy the 0.12 oz version for $34)

 

I love the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula, and I am on my second tube of her iconic Pillow Talk lipstick. This is the first time I've been able to try the "pillow talk medium" shade, which is described as a warm berry pink. I loved the berry undertones in this color- I think it's still a neutral shade (especially if you have a deeper complexion), but it is a really nice change from the typical pinky nudes that I reach for. This is one of the most comfortable matte lipstick formulas I use, and I own several full-size tubes in various shades.

Milk Makeup Rise Mascara, 0.10 oz - Estimated Value $10 (buy the 0.14 oz version for $14)

If I had an arch nemesis in the form of a mascara, it would be the Milk Makeup Kush mascara. I have very strong feelings about it that have been explored more deeply in previous reviews. All of that is to say that I have actually been really interested in trying their newer Rise mascara, because in an ideal world it would make my lashes look as good as Kush does without any of the smearing or flaking that Kush inevitably leaves me with. I may have been setting the bar a little high- this doesn’t quite live up to those ideals, but it’s still a really nice mascara. It curls my lashes nicely and gives my lashes a lot of lift and the base, so my eyes looked more open. I had a small amount of clumping with this mascara that was easily fixable, and I didn’t experience any smudging.

 

Here I am wearing both the lipstick and mascara.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment, 7.5 mL - Estimated Value $14 (buy the 15 mL version for $28)

Using this treatment felt like a blast from the past- I haven’t used it in a long time, but I remember being really hyped when it was a featured item in a FabFitFun box years ago. This is definitely an intense exfoliator- proceed with caution and space out using it with your other exfoliants. It features three forms of exfoliating powers thanks to papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin fruit enzymes, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and silica. The silica is the physical exfoliant that feels “scrubby” when you use it, while the rest are chemical exfoliants that work to clear clogged pores and smooth and polish your skin. It only takes about two minutes for me to use it, and it does leave my skin noticeably softer when I rinse it away.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA +++, 10 mL - Estimated Value $10 (buy the $20 mL version for $20)

If you've been into subscription boxes for a while, chances are that you've already tried this sunscreen. I've received it plenty of times, but I am still happy to have another travel-sized tube to add to my arsenal. I actually didn't love this sunscreen when I first tried it a few years ago- it has a silicone base that makes the texture super similar to the OG Smashbox Primer (and people usually love it or hate it because of that). But, it kept coming in boxes and I continued to try it, and now I really enjoy it. I like to use this sunscreen when I will be wearing makeup, and this will work as a primer for me while also protecting me from the sun.

OUAI Leave In Conditioner, 25 mL - Estimated Value $7.78 (buy the 45 mL version for $14)

My hair absolutely drinks this leave-in conditioner up- I think I used a fourth of this bottle in one use? After I applied it and let my hair aid-dry, it definitely felt like my curls were more moisturized and less frizzy. I really loved the floral scent and that this offers heat protection.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid Eau de Parfum, 1.2 mL - Estimated Value $3.96 (buy the 10 mL version for $33)

 

Before you get annoyed at seeing another Flowerbomb perfume in a Sephora set, wait! This is Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid, the newest member of the Flowerbomb family, and she is incredible. I smelled it once when it first was released in-store at Sephora, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it- to the point where I asked for it for Christmas and I am the happy owner of a full-size bottle. Where I find regular Flowerbomb to be a boring floral perfume, Ruby Orchid has scent notes of peach, bourbon vanilla, and red orchid flowers for a warm floral fragrance with a touch of fruit that’s unique and a delight to smell. If future Sephora sets started including mini bottles of this Flowerbomb variation instead of the classic, I would honestly be a happy camper.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $10

Value Breakdown: 

  • Charlotte Tilbury: $8.50
  • Milk: $10
  • Kate Somerville: $14
  • Supergoop: $10
  • OUAI: $7.78
  • Viktor&Rolf: $3.96

This set promises a $42 value and my math adds up to $54.24. 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! Beauty MVPs 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. Honestly, I think this is one of the best Hello! sets from Sephora I have seen- the value is fantastic for a $10 set, and multiple new releases are featured. 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 really would love to know y'all's thoughts on Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid). This box was a winner for me, 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!

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Hello! Beauty MVPs  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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6 comments

Brandi Dowell

That lip color looks so great on you, Jessica! 😍

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mia

This kit is no longer available online. A similar one with Lancome SPF instead of Supergoop and a self tanner instead of the Exfolikate is still available.

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Anita

I just now ordered this. I believe it is available because I purchased it online.🤷🏻‍♀️

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RAR

Ok, except for the Flower Bomb, that’s a legit favorites kit. Worth every penny.

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Jessica Hapak

I promise you though, Rar, flowerbomb ruby orchid is an entirely new ballgame!!

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Snow

There was another Flowerbomb perfume variation that I actually kind of liked…the midnight one I think. Had way more depth than the original. I thought maybe the lipstick would have been darker but it looks pretty nonetheless!

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