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Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Coveted Collection Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJul 1, 2022 | 7 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, Gisou, La Mer, and more. This is a review of the LUXE The Coveted Collection set, which is still available for purchase

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First Impressions

 

This set comes in a purple-striped box. The box is well made, and it could be repurposed for storage if you desired (I always seem to have a hard time throwing them away).

 

The box also comes with an info sheet detailing the products. The front of the info sheet says "a dash of luxury," and while that is fine, I would personally like to be showered in it.

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)

I really like 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 this is exactly the kind of product I could see myself buying in the future if I was feeling down and wanted to treat myself.

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

This perfume has been around for a while (understatement of the year?) so this isn't the first time I've smelled it. 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. The sizing on this mini perfume is generous, and it will last a while. I wish it was a spray nozzle to apply rather than dabbing it on, but I like how this mini pink grenade bottle looks on my vanity. That being said, I think at this point it’s my fifth mini pink grenade bottle of perfume- it’s time for Sephora to branch out in the perfumes they feature.

Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara, 2 mL - Estimated Value $6.44 (buy the 9 mL version for $29)

 

You know, for a full-sized YSL makeup product this mascara isn’t actually as expensive as I was expecting. From a packaging standpoint, I love the matte black tube. From a performance perspective, I thought it did a really great job of adding length and curl to my lashes in a way that made my eyes look wide open and very awake (is that really all "volume" means when it comes to mascara and lashes? Length and curl at the same time? Or is it something else...). I didn't have any issues with this clumping or smearing on me, and it washed away easily at the end of the day without making me look like the cousin of a raccoon.

 

Here I am wearing the mascara.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream Moisturizer, 7 mL - Estimated Value $44.33 (buy the 15 mL version for $95)

 

I scoured my old reviews because I was convinced this was a repeat offender just like Flowerbomb is, but I haven’t actually tried the soft cream from La Mer- previous Sephora Luxe boxes sent the Crème de la Mer moisturizer instead. I don’t know who out there is shelling out $95 for a half-ounce jar of moisturizer, but people must be doing it if they keep selling it. This moisturizer is made with La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth™ along with lime tea concentrate and giant sea kelp, and it has a lightweight cream texture that sank into my skin easily. I’ll admit it did feel nice on my skin- it was soothing, and my face did feel softer as I gently massaged it in. I’ll still be raising both of my eyebrows at that price tag, though.

Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer, 5 g - Estimated Value $11 (buy the 10 g version for $22)

I have actually been really wanting to try this primer- I’ve tried Tatcha’s Silk Canvas Primer that comes in a jar that you scoop out with your fingers, but I didn’t like how messy that was and how easily it was to get my grimy germs all into the beautiful product. This liquid formula would hopefully alleviate my issues since it’s dispensed with a pump top. This has a lighter texture to it than the balm formula of Tatcha's other primer, and it was easy to apply a small amount to my entire face. I definitely felt like it made a difference in the longevity of how my concealer wore, and I really liked it.

Gisou Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray, 50 mL - Estimated Value $10.25 (buy the 200 mL version for $41)

I rarely use heat-protecting sprays simply because I rarely heat style my hair, but I appreciate one that can protect your strands from temperatures up to 446 degrees. This is made with Gisou’s signature Mirsalehi propolis and honey to hydrate and nourish your hair without leaving a heavy residue behind. I need more detangling action from any leave-in product I use on my curls, but I did really like the light honey scent of this spray.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $25

Cost Breakdown: 

  • YSL Nu Balm: $4.50→ $1.13
  • Viktor&Rolf: $23.27 → $5.83
  • YSL Mascara: $6.44 → $1.61
  • La Mer: $44.33 → $11.10
  • Tatcha: $11 → $2.75
  • Gisou: $10.25 → $2.57

This set promises a $94 value and my math adds up to $99.79. That means this set is just about worth four times what you pay for it.

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Key Takeaways

I love my Sephora Favorites sets, and overall I thought this was a nice set- but that is in spite of the repeat offender that is Flowerbomb and definitely not because of it. This allowed me the opportunity to try multiple new-to-me products like the YSL mascara and Tatcha primer, and I appreciate that they featured the Gisou brand even if the product wasn't a perfect fit for me. I do think this kit provides a dash of luxury beauty for those looking to have a sliver of it, and I enjoy these LUXE sets that Sephora curates.

Other Things You Should Know

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


What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: LUXE The Coveted Collection 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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cheryl

I had a coworker who wore Flowerbomb and we went to a work conference together, the scent gave me migraine that I was in bed for two days. This is not a scent wear everyday especially to work.

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Ks

It used to be considered unclassy to bathe in a perfume or to have someone smell you from a mile away. Now, people have no regard for allergies or sensitivities.

I actually love Flowerbomb but it’s strictly something you would wear out. Not enclossed work spaces.

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Danielle

I’ll never understand La Mer products other than being expensive for the sake of being expensive.

The mascara looks great though, I’m gonna add to my list to try.

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Amy in KC

I always thought volume in a mascara means it makes lashes appear thicker and/or that you have more of them.

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Aarjullor

The silk canvas primer comes with a disk that you’re supposed to scoop a little product out with. I don’t like sticking my fingers into product either. I really wish they would have put another perfume into this set. There are so many they could have chosen.

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JoJoB

This is the liquid version of the silk primer, not the one you are thinking of. Totally different product.

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AH

Aarjullor is absolutely right when describing the little circular disk that comes with the putty primer. The product in this review is the liquid version, but Jessica mentioned the putty primer and how she didn’t like putting her fingers in it. So I’m not sure what you are trying to correct here?

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