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Sephora Favorites: Holiday Lip Kit Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakOct 19, 2023 | 3 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. Every holiday season you can count on them releasing a set dedicated to achieving the perfect pout, and I've grabbed this year's for review. Let's check it out!

FYI – this set is still available, while supplies last.

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First Impressions


This set comes packaged in a pretty teal makeup bag with information about the products printed on the back of the paper packaging that encases the bag. Don't forget that 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, so make sure you take a peek at their available codes!

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

PATRICK TA Major Volume Plumping Lip Gloss in 2 CC’s, 9 mL - Retail Value $26

I was stoked to see a full-size Patrick Ta lip product in here! I also love wearing pink lip products, so this was a perfect fit for me. Thankfully, the active ingredients that cause the plumping effect weren’t irritating to my sensitive lips, and I thought the glossy pink shade was super pretty.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, 1.2 g - Retail Value $25

This is an iconic color from Charlotte Tilbury, and it’s one of my favorites. This is my go-to lip liner and most likely the shade I’ll be wearing on my wedding day. The formula is the perfect consistency - creamy but not so soft it smudges, and it has great staying power. The pink nude color is super flattering on a variety of skin tones, and I like that this pairs well with a ton of different lip glosses/balms/sticks. You can also wear it on its own if you fill in your lips.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Neutral, 3.8 mL - Retail Value $20

I love getting to try Rare Beauty, so I was a little bummed that this is the same shade that was included in last year’s holiday lip kit - especially when 2023 saw the launch of a new lipstick and lipliner line! That being said, this is a solid product. It has an interesting texture for a balm that feels kind of like a hydrating lip gloss, and it’s comfortable to wear. I would definitely call this shade more of a neutral brown than a neutral pink, and it isn’t my favorite shade for my complexion. You can see me wearing it here.

HUDA BEAUTY Lip Contour 2.0 Automatic Matte Lip Pencil in Warm brown, 0.3 g - Estimated Value $12.60 (buy the 0.5 g version for $21)

I'm a fan of Huda's lip products and think they're pretty solid, but do wish we received either a more pink or more red shade of lip liner. This has a good consistency as it's creamy while still being easy to control. However, brown shades just aren't my favorite. Luckily it's one of the few non-full-size products in a set that's packed with them!

PAT McGRATH LABS Mini MatteTrance™ Lipstick in Divine Rose, 1.2 g - Estimated Value $11.70 (buy the 4 g version for $39)

I’ve tried a sample of this shade lipstick from Pat McGrath before, and the nude-pink color is quite pretty. It matches really well with the Pillow Talk lip liner, and it’s a great neutral on my fair skin. Pat McGrath makes one of the better matte lipstick formulas out there, especially considering it’s non-liquid. While it’s matte and long-wearing, it isn’t horribly drying. Fun fact - if you like Pat's lipsticks they typically go on sale for $10-$15 over black Friday

Glossier Glassy High-Shine Lip Gloss in Red, 3.5 mL -  Retail Value $15

Full-size Glossier? From Sephora. Wow, we’ve come a long way! I like that this lip gloss makes wearing the color red a lot more approachable - most red lip products are fire-engine-red with a matte lipstick formula, but this is a super wearable sheer gloss. It’s not my favorite lip gloss texture, but I don’t think it’s bad, either. This is a fun way to add a touch of red without the maintenance issues more vibrant reds call for.

tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump in Cherry Blossom, 1.3 g - Estimated Value $11.55 (buy the 2.7 g version for $24)

I was *not* prepared for how seriously this lip product took the “plumping” part of the job - my lips were still tingling more than two hours after I applied it! Luckily this was a non-irritating lip plumper (my lips are sensitive to them), and I like the pale pink cherry blossom color.

Here I am wearing the tarte lip gloss with the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner.

Here are all of the products swatched. From top to bottom we have the Charlotte Tilbury Liner, Huda Beauty, Glossier, Rare Beauty, Patrick Ta, tarte, and Pat McGrath.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $45

Cost Breakdown: 

  • Patrick Ta: $26
  • Charlotte Tilbury: $25
  • Rare Beauty: $20
  • Huda Beauty: $12.60
  • Pat McGrath: $11.70
  • Glossier: $15
  • tarte: $11.55

This set promises a $127 value, and my math adds up to $121.85.

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Key Takeaways

This Holiday Lip Set from Sephora is the same price as it was last year (cheers to finding one thing inflation hasn't touched yet), but I was pleased to find that this year's is actually better, even if it has a repeat of the Rare Beauty balm. The Charlotte Tilbury and Patrick Ta products alone are worth more than the cost of the entire set, but then you still get two more full-size products and three samples. This set is full of very pretty colors. While I don't love the Rare Beauty color choice, all of the shades will work on a variety of complexions. Overall, if you enjoy lip products, or know someone who does, this set is a must-buy for you or as a gift.

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: Holiday Lip Set? Which product 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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Kate K.

Agree with KBUTT (great name!) that one or two *fun* shades would have really knocked this out of the park, but overall, looks like a solid set.

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I’m guessing Sephora valued the bag at $5.15. I think this is a solid kit, but I do wish for a holiday lip set they would include some punchier shades like berry and a nice deep red just for fun

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Jessica Hapak

Last years set included a pat mcgrath matte lip in the shade Vendetta and it was the absolutely beautiful deep red. I wore it all through the holidays! I can definitely see why a red lip gloss wouldn’t replace that kind of fun

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