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 few times a year you can count on them to release a new makeup set that includes a few full-size makeup products and other goodies for a discounted price, and one of the newer sets they released is the Sparkly Clean Makeup Set- a curated mix of beauty products, all from brands that meet the guidelines to be certified Clean at Sephora.
FYI – this set is still available, while supplies last.
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This set comes with everything securely packaged inside pretty peach makeup bag made of silicone, with a paper sleeve wrapped around it that give you more information about the products inside.
Every Sephora purchase lets you use choose two free samples when you check out. When you make a purchase over $25, you're also eligible to add on a gift with purchase. I chose two fragrance samples and a concealer sampler bag!
The Breakdown – What’s Inside This Limited Edition Box From Sephora
Biossance™ Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $18
I received a full-size jar of this moisturizer in a previous Trendmood box, so I know exactly what my thoughts are. This cream has a thicker texture that reminds me a little of canned frosting (in a good way), and it has an ingredients list that features squalane, omega fatty acids, ceramide NP, and acai berry sterols that mimic the cholesterol that naturally occurs in your skin. I like how deeply moisturizing it is to my skin (it’s great for a night cream), but I really do not like the way it smells. Both my full-size jar and this smaller size have a scent that is just.. unpleasant. It’s not so bad that I can’t use this product, but I definitely would like it more if it smelled better (or had no smell at all).
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, 10 mL – Estimated Value $26.33 (buy the 30 mL version for $79)
Caudalie is a popular French skincare brand, and their Vinoperfect Radiance serum is one of their most popular products. It’s designed to improve skin texture, dark spots, and dry skin, and it’s made with olive squalene and a patented complex made with grapevine sap extract. I’ve actually owned a full-size bottle of this serum before, and I have never really seen any noticeable results other than mild hydration. I have friends who truly swear by this serum for keeping their dark spots faded and at bay, though, so I think this is just a product that wasn’t designed for me- that doesn’t make it a bad product.
ILIA Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil in Only You, 0.14 oz – Retail Value $26
I seem to be the kind of person who just loves tinted lip oils- I tried a new one the other week and really liked it, and when I tried this one from Ilia it was love at first use. It absolutely feels balmy to my lips with a glossy finish, and it has more pigment than your typical tinted lip oil in a way that made it feel a bit unique to me. The shade “Only You” is described as a neutral nude, but it definitely leans pink on me in a way that like and that looks good on me.
Milk Makeup Pore Eclipse Mattifying Primer, 4 mL – Estimated Value $3.60 (buy the 20 mL version for $18)
I honestly didn’t know that Milk made another primer- it seems like I can’t escape getting samples of their Hydrogrip primer (which is genuinely pretty awesome) in every beauty purchase I made, so I had never heard of their pore eclipse mattifying primer. This primer had a lightweight water-cream texture that was easy to massage into my skin, and I liked the soft-matte finish it gave me. Some primers leave my face feeling sticky (like they’re eagerly ready for the foundation or concealer you’re about to put on top), but this gave my skin a soft-matte finish that felt comfortable, and I really liked how my makeup was looking hours later. Of course, my skin is on the dry side, so my experience will probably be a little different from those with truly oily skin.
Rose Inc. Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Color in Heliotrope, 0.15 oz – Retail Value $30
I am not a blush person and I am not a cream makeup product person, so combining the two doesn’t spark a lot of joy in me. That being said, I liked this blush. Heliotrope is described as being an apricot shade, and I’ve used a different blush before that was supposed to be apricot but it left my cheeks looking ruddy and not cute. This blush, on the other hand, gives a very natural flush to my cheeks that I actually thought looked pretty. It wasn’t too hard to blend out, either, though I don’t think I was using the correct makeup brush for the job.
Saie Mascara 101, 5 g – Retail Value $14
This mascara is really solid- it adds length and curl to my lashes without looking spidery (or worse, like I applied nothing at all), and I am able to apply multiple coats to build volume without having any major issues with clumping. It doesn’t flake or smudge on me, either, which is a big deal for me. I wouldn’t call this my holy grail mascara, but it’s a good one.
Here I am wearing the Milk primer underneath my Rose Inc Skin Tint Serum Foundation (not from a subscription box, but I felt like I needed something to apply the blush on top of, especially to truly test the primer out), the Rose Inc Blush, the Ilia tinted Lip oil, and the Saie mascara. What do you think?
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $42
- Biossance: $18 → $6.41
- Caudalie: $26.33 → $9.38
- ILIA: $26 → $9.26
- Milk Makeup: $3.60 → $1.28
- Rose Inc: $30 → $10.68
- Saie: $14 → $5
This set promises a $118 value and my math adds up to $117.93. To me, being seven cents away is close enough to hitting that promised value- and you're saving about two thirds off of the retail cost of the products inside
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I am not someone who feels the need to only buy "clean" beauty products, but I still like checking out the Sephora Favorite's sets that are curated around brands that feature their Clean at Sephora tag. This set was pretty evenly distributed between skincare and makeup, but the makeup in the box impressed me a lot more than the skincare did. If you're a fan of ILIA or Rose Inc (or just have been wanting to try the tinted lip oil or cream blush), buying this kit is a no-brainer. I think almost any beauty lover will like it though- they do a good job of sending neutral shades that should look pretty on a variety of skin tones, and the performance of the skincare and makeup itself was definitely worth the $42- especially when you consider the fact that you get two full-size products and two travel-size products, along with two actual samples.
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What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Sparkly Clean Makeup Set? What makeup product would you like to see in a future Sephora Favorite's set?