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Sephora Favorites: Hello! Beauty Game Changers Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakNov 1, 2022 | 0 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 Game Changers 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, it was eligible for Sephora's point multiplier event, so I got four times the amount of points for this purchase. Also, every single Sephora purchase is eligible to select two free samples to include in your order- this Killian perfume smells so good!

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

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, 5 mL - Estimated Value $4.25 (buy the 40 mL version for $34)

These dew drops are a niacinamide-infused highlighting serum designed to give your skin a glowy, radiant finish, and you can use it as a serum before your moisturizer or as the last step in your skincare routine. How I tend to use this product (I've received more than one sample in various boxes over the past few months) is applied to the high points of my face on top of my sunscreen when I'm not wearing foundation, but want to look a little extra nice. This definitely helps my skin glow, and I like that it doesn't feel heavy or like it's just sitting on top of my face.

Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel, 2 mL - Estimated Value $8 (buy the 3.5 mL version for $14)


I am a big, big fan of the tinted Benefit brow gel, Gimme Brow- I've used it for years. This clear version definitely has a more firm hold than it's tinted cousin. I wouldn't say it leaves my eyebrows crunchy, but it does feel almost like my brows have hair spray holding the little hairs in place where I am more used to a more flexible gel. If you have unruly brows, though, this is probably going to be right up your alley.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in "Zero", 0.8 g - Estimated Value $15.33 (buy the 1.2 g version for $23)


This has been the go-to gel pencil eyeliner for as long as I have been applying makeup. The gel texture makes this apply really smoothly because the formula is creamy, and once it's applied and set it's not going to budge. This is a good pencil for tightlining or lining your waterline because it's waterproof and won't tug on your delicate eyelid skin, and you can smudge it out for a more smoky look or keep it close to your lash line for definition. It's a classic for a reason- I have no complaints and will always put this to use, even if I do prefer liquid eyeliners.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream with Squalane, 7 mL - Estimated Value $5.50 (buy the 28 mL version for $22)


This is a thicker moisturizer made with nourishing squalane, glycerin, and avocado oil. It's nourishing, but it's not super heavy- my dry skin really likes it, but it doesn't feel so rich that I have to exclusively use it at night time; it can be used during my morning skincare routine, too. This has been a long-standing classic product from Kiehl's, and my skin is always happy when a sample shows up and I put it to use.

amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo, 0.75 oz - Estimated Value $5.83 (buy the 1.8 oz version for $14)

If someone came to me asking for dry shampoo recommendations, this would be one of my top picks. Along with the incredibly pretty and fun packaging, this dry shampoo smells amazing and does a good job of removing oil and adding volume at the roots without a white cast. I only need dry shampoo when I heat style my hair straight (my curls soak up any natural oils otherwise), but I usually always have a bottle of this handy specifically for that. This has been around for a long time, too- and I can't think of anyone who has had negative things to say unless they prefer fragrance-free dry shampoos.

Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk, 1.2 mL - Estimated Value $3.84 (buy the 10 mL version for $32)


I absolutely adore Beach Walk- I own both the travel-sized spray and the larger one-ounce bottle. It really is a beautiful perfume, with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, lemon, heliotrope, coconut milk, and musk. It is a light and airy scent that is more suited to spring and summer months than fall and winter, but it smells so fresh that I definitely will wear it year-round, dictated by my mood. This is described as a genderless scent, but to me this has a bit more traditionally feminine notes compared to some of their other genderless fragrances like By The Fireplace. It's beautiful, and if you haven't tried it, you should. Also, I am really just happy to receive any perfume other than Flowerbomb.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $10

Value Breakdown: 

  • Glow Recipe: $4.25
  • Benefit Cosmetics: $8
  • Urban Decay: $15.33
  • Kiehl's: $5.50
  • Amika: $5.83
  • Maison Margiela REPLICA: $3.84

This set promises a $39 value, and my math adds up to $42.75. 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 Game Changers Set is right up your alley. None of the products in this set were actually new to me- it may have been some time since I've last used them, but all of the products are ones that have been well-featured, if not in subscription boxes than by the brands themselves through gifts-with-purchase. Some of the products, like the eyeliner with Urban Decay and the Ultra Facial Cream with Kiehl's, I truly do associate with the brand, and have for as long as I've known about the brands existence (at this point we're going back more than a decade). 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 if you've never tried them before.  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 Game Changers  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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