In case you've never heard of Net-a-Porter, they're a luxury fashion retailer that also carries beauty products. They will occasionally curate beauty sets around a set theme and offer them for sale, and if you're lucky enough you may even be able to grab one of their curated sets on sale. They recently had their Doctor's Beauty Kit go on sale, and I managed to grab it (my very first Net-a-Porter set!) in order to review it for MSA.
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This set comes inside of a sturdy and well-made clear plastic makeup bag with black details.
The box also comes with an info booklet detailing the products.
The Breakdown – What’s Inside This Limited Edition Box From Net-a-Porter
MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Masks, 5 ct - Retail Value $105
Well, this kit certainly starts off with a bang with a full-size box of these eye treatment masks from MZ Skin! I've tried this brands eye cream before and loved it, so I was eager to try out these masks that retail for $26 a pop-especially because the website description for this set didn't list how many we would receive, so I was expecting a single pair and not a box of five. These are made with nano gold particles along with collagen, hyaluronic acid, seaweed, niacin amide, and Centella Asiatica. They were very gentle to the delicate skin around my eyes and didn't cause any irritation or my eyes to water, and I love how they stayed in place even though I was standing and walking around my apartment. I definitely think these added a boost of hydration and helped to diminish puffiness, and they did help my tired eyes feel more refreshed.
Dr. Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream, 5g - Estimated Value $48 (buy the box of 5 5g tubes for $240)
This tube contains pure Vitamin C in powder form that you can mix with your preferred serums or moisturizers for a potent, antioxidant-rich treatment. My skin is very sensitive to Vitamin Cs, so I was honestly a little wary trying this out, and to start off with I only mixed a little bit into my normal moisturizer. I like how it blended in nicely and didn't make the texture feel heavy or super grainy, and it didn't irritate my skin when I applied it.
111SKIN NAC Y2 Recovery Mask, 30 mL - Estimated Value $60 (buy the 75 mL version for $150)
I'll just be blunt and say the instructions for this face mask aren't clear on if this is a wash-off face mask or a sleeping mask, so I have used it as both. Luckily, my skin seems to like it! It's made with silk amino peptides, aloe, and tazman pepper extract to help with sensitivity and redness, and my skin has been soaking up everything this has to offer. When I used it as a sleeping mask I applied a thin layer like I would a moisturizer, and when I used it as a wash-off mask I applied a thicker layer while I was taking a bath and then rinsed it away when I was done. I am not sure which way is the correct way (or if it's one of those products that is designed to be used both ways), but my sensitive-prone skin got along with this quite well.
Royal Fern Phytoactive Anti-Aging Cream, 15 mL - Estimated Value $75 (Buy the 50 mL version for $250)
This is quite a lovely moisturizer. Considering it's the most expensive full-size product out of this set I can see why we got a mini instead of a full-size, but my skin loves this enough to toss logic out the window and wish we had received a full-size jar anyway. It's made with a patented blend of ingredients along with vitamins A, C, and E, and I found it to be deeply hydrating to my skin without being too heavy. It absorbed nicely into my skin, too- sometimes more moisturizing creams will feel like they're sitting on top of my skin, but with this I really felt like my face was absorbing everything the cream had to offer.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops, 30 mL - Retail Value $145
This box from Net-a-Porter has many stars, but I think this full-size serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm is the most eye-catching considering the retail value is well over the cost of the entire box- even if you bought this set at full retail price. It's made with botanical extracts, hyaluronic acid, and light-reflecting pigments, and it's formulated to hydrate your skin, refine the appearance of your pores, and leave your skin looking radiant. I have a hesitancy with serums made with pigments like these because I get nervous they will break me out, but I am happy to report that there has been no sign of these glow drops wanting to cause a pimple party on my face. I do think these impart a glow, but it's a very subtle finish that looks natural. For comparison, I find this to have a much more natural finish than the Glow Recipe Niacinamide Dew Drops while still leaving my skin looking hydrated and healthy. I'm a fan of these for my morning skincare routine, but don't see myself repurchasing once the bottle is empty.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment, 8 ct - Retail Value $58
Hooray for another full-size box of treatments! If you've ever used the Alpha Beta Exfoliating peel pads for your face from Dr. Dennis Gross, you're familiar with the concept of this body treatment, and it's really simple to use. Inside each pouch is a pre-moistened towelette made with exfoliating acids like lactic acid and salicylic acid, along with hydrating ingredients like squalane, hyaluronic acid, and aloe. On clean dry skin you massage the towelette into your skin in circles, moving up your body and unfolding the towel as you go until all of your body has been reached and the towel is dry. Ta dah, you've exfoliated! My skin can sometimes be sensitive, but I don't have any issues with these even if I forget to follow up with a body lotion (though that is a step I do recommend). Make sure to follow up with your sunscreen, too, since exfoliated skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure!
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $85 (or $42.50 if you nabbed it on sale)
- MZ Skin: $105 → $18.17
- Dr. Sebagh: $48 → $8.31
- 111 Skin: $60 → $10.39
- Royal Fern: $75 → $12.98
- Dr. Barbara Sturm: $145 → $25.10
- Dr. Dennis Gross: $58 → $10.04
Everything in this set adds up to $491- that's more than $400 more than the cost of the box and a savings of over 82%!
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Wow, this set was impressive! I have had my eyes on the curated Net-a-Porter beauty sets for years, and my first set from them definitely did not disappoint. I love how even the samples of products felt special and not especially small, though there were plenty of full-size products in this box too. I would say my top three favorite products in this box were the MZ Skin eye treatment masks, Dr. Sturm drops, and Royal Fern moisturizer- but none of the products were misses or performed poorly. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the Net-a-Porter website for when their next beauty kit goes on sale, because it's hard to beat this deal on luxury beauty brands.
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What do you think of the Net-a-Porter The Doctor's Beauty Kit? Which product inside is your favorite?