As we stagger and lurch into the holiday season, you’ll see the traditional onslaught of beauty “kits” from various cosmetics lines. Kits are popular year-round, but they’re always particularly hot for the holidays, since they’re a great “I didn’t quite know what to get you” gift. These things can really be hit-or-miss — sometimes they’re a great value and sometimes there’s one great product in there along with a lot of filler. During the recent Friends & Family Sephora sale, I ordered the “My First Makeup Kit” deluxe sampler pack — $89 value, normal price $32, minus 20% off for the sale = ~$25. (I thought they might catch me on it not actually being my first makeup kit, but no one asked.)
This kit comes with the following items:
– 0.21 oz Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate (sheer coral)
– 0.12 oz Givenchy Gloss Interdit in Rose Taboo (rosy mauve)
– 0.7 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout (cotton candy pink)
– 0.04 oz LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Bronze
– 0.06 oz LORAC Eye Shadow in Serenity (shimmering light bronze)
– 0.16 oz Sephora Nail Polish in L15 Chamallow (cotton candy)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love (sheer watermelon)
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black
– 0.13 oz Korres Deep Colour Mascara in Black
I like the Sephora kits because the products are from several different lines rather than all the same line. The things in their kits are also usually really generously-sized, enough for you to really get a good sense of the product; in this one, the Korres lip butter is actually full-size. The LORAC bronzer and eye shadow might as well be full-sized; I can’t remember ever actually emptying an eyeshadow compact or bronzer (but I’m not a big powder bronzer fan). The mascara samples should last 1-2 weeks each (I’m guessing; maybe more), and the Tarte Cheek Stain sample will definitely last longer than that, since you use so little. If you like enough of what’s in the kit, it’s a good way to try out products; the full-size Tarte Cheek Stain is $30 alone, and because this isn’t the kind of product you can stick into a little aluminum envelope, it’s hard to come up with a sample of this product without getting one of these kits. I’ll be reviewing these products as I start to use them; in addition to the cheek stain, I’m particularly keen to try the Korres Lip Butter and the two mascaras.
There are some other Sephora sampler kits you might be interested in checking out:
Sephora Beauty Insiders get an extra 50 beauty insider points when they purchase any full-size version of a product in one of the kits.
Do you have any favorite kits you’d like to recommend, or have you used any of the products in these kits? Give a shout-out in the comments!