This new Sephora favorites Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted is 2016 big set for the Holidays. This kit is based on last year’s SF Superstars, rebranded under a new name, just to confuse us a little bit… To be honest, I wasn’t very excited about it but, as usual, the little devilish guy sitting on my shoulder played with my mind again, and unfortunately, he seems to REALLY know what to say so, I ordered it … (I’m addicted, I know!!!).
Spoiler: Even if this set is not my cup of tea, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a great buy; in fact I’m sure it’s a great value for money… Let’s do the review, shall we…
What it is:
A multibranded sampler set of beauty’s most coveted SPF, lip, eyeliner, setting spray, lipstick, mascara, and primer products.
This set contains:
– beautyblender beautyblender Nude (Full Size)
– 0.08 oz/ 2.51 mL Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
– 0.03 oz/ 0.88 mL Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! in Shade 3
– 0.17 oz/ 5.02 mL Cover FX Enhance Click in Bubbly (Full Size)
– 0.04 oz/ 1.44 mL The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in 01 Black Viper (Full Size)
– FOREO LUNA™ Play in Fuchsia (Full Size but NOT rechargeable)
– 0.3 oz/ 8.87 mL Glamglow® Supermud®
– 0.02 oz/ 5.91 mL Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Full Size)
– 0.33 oz/ 9.75 mL Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder + Puff (Travel Size)
– 0.04 oz/ 1.41 mL NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (Travel Size)
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Tarte Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist
– 0.11 oz/ 3.25 mL Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 (Full Size)
Sephora: Exclusive and Limited Edition valued at $219US for just $75Us ($263Cnd value for a mere $90Cnd)
FOREO: LUNA Play (Fushia)
I’ve been using my Clarisonic religiously for the last 5 years now and I love it, but trying this FOREO Luna Play made me wonder: if my Clarisonic died on me tomorrow, which of the two would I buy? For sanitary reasons, I think that the best choice is to go with FOREO. But, since the Luna Play model is just good for 50-100 uses and not rechargeable, it’s mostly a teaser to make us try this little invention. This marketing strategy worked on me since I would switch to their brand but I would prefer their normal and new Luna 2, which comes with 4 different brushes and is rechargeable with a 2-year limited warranty.
After nearly a week of usage, I can’t say enough about how clean my face feels and how easy (and fun) it is to use it. The cleaning process couldn’t be more amusing; it’s like somebody tickling your face for a few minutes…
Note: Never use any oil-based products or anything with exfoliating beads, because it will ruin the device!
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder + Puff
Hands down, my favorite loose setting powder. What’s not to love: Super finely-milled which allows a flawless application, sets my foundation perfectly to the point that I don’t need to do any touch-ups during the day. Worth every penny since all you need is a little bit.
Note: My last full size container lasted two years!
I laughed out loud when I saw the Puff! Come on Sephora, “A puff!”? But, I’m not laughing anymore: this fluffy velour thing is actually super effective! if I have to bloat during the day, here comes the puff.
Note: This puff is machine-wash friendly !
NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
Unfortunately, the shade Custard is way to dark for my under-eye. On top, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer creases badly on me and makes the area look very cakey. I’m leaning against the wind on this one since a lot of people swears by this concealer!
Note: It’s always hard to satisfy everyone in these kinds of sets, the fair-skinned girls to darker ones (or boys).
Tarte Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist
I’ve been really intrigued by this mist since its debut last spring. First thing first, this mist smells AMAZING; the orange aroma alone would keep me applying and reapplying all day long. Secondly, I don’t know about prolonging my makeup but it surely gives my face a great hydration boost.
My favourite ways to apply it is to use it just before my foundation as my primer and during the day, to add moisture to my cold-weather dryer skin. I will be buying the full size version!
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
Being a fair skin gal, why on earth do I own Opal, Rose Gold and Topaz and not Moonstone or Pearl? It’s totally absurd. Moonstone is unquestionably my favorite in all Becca’s collection It looks very natural and elegant on me, not at all too flashy or flamboyant. Totally smitten!
Beauty Blender Nude
I don’t have to praise how awesome that beauty sponge is… Some dupes may come close but nothing beats the Original Beauty Blender. This little tool makes my BB Creams and Foundations look flawless. Holy Grail status right there!
I have a love/hate relationship with this mask since my full-sized format dried on me in less than 2 months. I wouldn’t buy it again that’s for sure but I can’t say it’s a bad mask. I do think it does a great job at cleaning pores and diminishing pimples.
Note: With this deluxe size, you barely have enough for 1 use!
Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! (Shade 3)
The first time I used this Cream-Gel, I was blown away. This product has it all and is ideal for makeup addicts-to-be (very beginner-friendly): it blends beautifully, lasts all day, is not too harsh while looking very natural.
Shade 3 is too dark for me since I’m normally Shade 1 but I can manage! However, this deluxe sample format is totally hideous: it’s so hard to retrieve the products and not damage your brow brushes in the process, it’s ridiculous… Sorry Benefit, but it’s almost unusable!
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 (Mega Matte : Bright Red)
If you have been an avid Curly follower, you surely know how I feel about matte lipsticks and red lipsticks! Since this Urban Decay #714 is both, I will never wear this in public that is, maybe for Halloween or Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Party.
For review purposes only, I wore it two days in a row (stayed at home) and if red is your thing, the shade is a beautiful and very bright red and, even if it’s a matte formula, it surprisingly didn’t feel that drying! The trick is probably to have already super moisturized and exfoliated lips to begin with… All in all, a good formula!
Cover FX Enhance Click in Bubbly (Soft rosy peach shimmer)
Stunning shade but the application is less than stellar! I have to apply it on my cheekbones and then buff it with my contour brush. These days, I prefer creamy products and this one is NOT! There is just no oomph factor! Again, gorgeous color but it’s hard to work with it and almost feels drying on my skin. Not a dud by all means, but surely not a winner either … and so small!
Note: This is a full size product but it is so tiny (cute but tiny).
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Satin Black)
I have severe hooded eyes so, me and winged liner are not a match made in heaven!! I however know that this product is a cult-favorite and so many girls only swear by it. I can’t vouch for it but reviews are saying that you can achieve the perfect winged with this liner and that it stays put all day long.
The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick (01 Black Viper)
In an ideal world, this shadowstick wouldn’t be pitch black but it is what it is. Once applied, I’m telling you, it doesn’t budge; it also makes a wonderful shadow primer if you like smokey eyes! As for the waterline, it irritates my eyes a lot and the staying power is very short. A good shadowstick without being great, average all across!
It’s definitely HOT value-wise but take a good look at each product to see which one you will use and which one you will pass along or will collect dust. It’s still a lot of money … For me, the superstar products in that kit are the Beauty Blender, Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder + Puff, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, Tarte’s Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist and Foreo’s Luna Play (that will only last for three months maximum); the rest is just so-so! Is this set worth the investment? Well, that’s for you to decide, for me it’s just an average buy… No WOW factor!
Will you buy this set ?
DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.