I am always sucked into buying holiday sets from Sephora! I came across the, “Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted” after browsing the dangerously addicting “Just Added” section on my Sephora app! It is described as, “A multibranded sampler set of beauty’s most coveted SPF, lip, eyeliner, setting spray, lipstick, mascara, and primer products.” I always enjoy these sets since they include top-rated products from multiple brands! I always enjoy trying new things, but of course it’s a bonus when you know the products are best selling and widely admired by other makeup lovers! I also was impressed with the variety of face, lip and eye products in this kit! I rarely see skincare products featured in these sampler boxes, so a Foreo and Glamglow item made this seem very valuable! The exact price of this set is $75, but claims to be worth a value of $219! Keep reading this review to find out my thoughts on trying the majority of these products out for the first time and whether or not I think this is truly worth your money!
beautyblender Nude: This is one of the full-size products that is offered in the kit! I am a huge fan of the original hot pink beautyblender, so I was really excited to try this one out and see if there was any difference between the two! I’ve been testing this specific beautyblender over the last couple weeks and so far I’ve noticed that it doesn’t expand as large as the original pink one. However, I think I like this one more because it seems softer and bouncier. Another huge bonus is that the nude color doesn’t show foundation stains as terribly as the pink one does. I would say this is a great addition in the kit and a useful full-size product to include.
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Moonstone” (0.08 oz/ 2.51 mL): I absolutely love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector highlights because they’re a powder formula, which makes application quick and easy, but they are formulated to be super creamy so they glide on skin without clinging to any dry spots! The shade “Moonstone” is perfect for lighter skin tones that want a bright, champagne shade with pearl undertones! If you have medium to darker skin tones, I would recommend using it as an eye shadow since it’s the perfect size to fit a shader brush in and swipe all over the lid for a fresh, awake look!
Cover FX Enhance Click in “Bubbly” (0.17 oz/ 5.02 mL): This is my first time trying out a product from Cover FX and I couldn’t be happier that it is a highlighting product! Also this is another full-size product in the kit, which is regularly priced at $18! I think this cream highlight is stunning and would be suitable for any skin tone! It is a gorgeous rosy peach shade that blends beautifully on top of any blush shade you apply. It is a very natural glow as opposed to a shimmery/glittery highlight. I can see this product working wonderfully on mature skin since it is moisturizing and does not sink into or emphasize fine lines.
FOREO LUNA Play in Fuchsia: This is also a full-size product, however I really wish this wasn’t included in the overall value of this kit. At first glance, I was super excited to be getting a product from the FOREO line, which is a high-end cleansing system that has rivaled by longtime favorite Clarisonic. I feel like this is super misleading though because it doesn’t have charging capabilities and only has enough battery to last for 2 weeks of cleansing. This seems super annoying, but that is apparently the purpose of the “Play” device, intended to give users a sample for $39 so they can justify splurging on the re-chargeable version that is over $200. Well this Foreo Play only worked for 3 cleansings…then it didn’t turn on again…so…yeah. I’m not sure if I just got a bad one in my kit or something, but this was pretty frustrating since I know this product held a lot of weight in the overall value of this kit. This is why I wish they just didn’t include this product at all and gave us another couple products that could justify the $39 value of this device.
Glamglow Supermud (0.3 oz/ 8.87 mL): I was extremely excited that they included this product in the kit because it is amazing stuff! I have lived off samples of the Glamglow Supermud mask because it is $70 full-size and I just can’t justify that expensive of a face mask. However, this stuff is GOOD! It will minimize your pores, draw out any excess oil, but not over dry your skin! My absolute favorite way to use this product is to apply to blemish overnight and wake up with it completely vanished! I would highly recommend purchasing any set that has this product in there since you only need a small amount for big results!
Laura Mercier Travel Size Translucent Loose Setting Powder + Puff (0.33 oz/ 9.75 mL): I have tried this product repurchased so many times! This is my all time favorite setting powder and all of the hype built around this product is real! It will not settle into fine lines and it will last all day long. It works great for dry skin and oily skin, mature skin, all the skins! Also this product will not flash-back in photos, so yay for no ghostly white under eye areas! I am so happy I have this travel size now because the full-size is a bit bulky in my travel makeup bag!
NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (0.04 oz/ 1.41 mL): I have been wanting to test out this concealer for such a long time, but it is rather expensive and I have never been one that is drawn to purchase NARS products. The shade “Custard” is perfect for a subtle brightening effect underneath my eyes on my medium-olive skin tone. This formula is amazing and provides a lot of coverage! It is super creamy, but blends out perfectly without settling into lines. It is kind of a bummer that Sephora doesn’t allow you to choose the shade that comes in the box so people of all skin tones can enjoy this product. I would definitely recommend that for future boxes, they allow customers to choose their concealer shades because one color definitely doesn’t suit all and that is pretty unfair.
Tarte Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist (0.24 oz/ 7 mL): I used this product as a setting mist for the first time and I really liked it! I felt like it was super refreshing and took away that powdery-effect that can tend to happen with makeup. I didn’t notice that this product pro-longed the wear of my makeup, but I do think it gave my skin a healthy appearance with a subtle glow, which will be perfect for the colder months when my skin starts to become more dry! My plan for this product is to keep this tiny sample in my purse so I can freshen up my face throughout the day!
Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! in Shade 3 (0.03 oz/ 0.88 mL): I have been obsessed with my Anastasia dip brow lately, but was excited to try yet another brow pomade product! I was so pleasantly surprised by this Ka-Brow! and actually feel like it will replace my longtime favorite dip brow! The formula creates perfect, hair-like density in your eyebrows that looks super natural, yet defined. It is also smudge proof and long lasting, which are both musts in any eyebrow product! I will definitely be repurchasing this product in the full-size once I finish this!
The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in 01 Black Viper (0.04 oz/ 1.44 mL): This is a full-size eyeliner in black, which is super helpful to have on hand! I noticed this product was very easy to smudge onto the lower lashine, but didn’t end up lasting on my waterline. This happens a lot with other eyeliners on me specifically because I have very watery eyes, but it was kind of disappointing that I couldn’t get the most out of this eyeliner that claims to not budge in the tight line. I think this will make a great eyeshadow base whenever I apply a foiled eyeshadow on top to intensify some of my darker and more colorful shades. This wasn’t my favorite in the kit, but it wasn’t a complete waste and I do feel like I can get some use out of it.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (0.02 oz/ 5.91 mL): A holy-grail eyeliner for me! If you have been struggling with eyeliner and can’t seem to perfect your wing, you need to go out and buy this product! I have gone through so many and will never stop buying it! It is by far the longest lasting liquid liner I’ve ever tried and will never flake or crumble. The felt tip applicator makes flicking out your winged liner super easy! I am so happy I received a full-size of this incredible eyeliner because I know I’ll definitely use this product and get my money’s worth!
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714 (0.11 oz/ 3.25 mL): I have never tried a lipstick from Urban Decay, so I was really excited to receive this full-size product in the kit! I wasn’t particularly thrilled that it was in a bright red shade, but that is just because I rarely wear a true-red lip on a regular basis! I would’ve personally preferred a mauve color or violet shade, something a bit more on trend! With that said, this lipstick is beautiful formula! It is so comfortable on the lips and does not budge! I find it is pretty rare to find a lipstick that not only moisturizes, but also lasts through eating and drinking.
Overall, I feel torn on when deciding whether or not you should purchase this set. It doesn’t suit every skin tone, which is super annoying because there are more people than just light-medium in the world and Sephora is well aware of this. I was also super disappointed in the FOREO Play device because it has such an unfairly high price point for only working twice…like honestly what a waste. I feel like the other products outweigh this one dud, but still, it’s pretty annoying. I feel like there have been other Sephora Favorites kits released in years past that I liked more, but I don’t dislike this kit enough to return it because the full-size products were mostly items I am already purchasing and love! Let me know your opinions on the Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted Kit and whether or not you think it’s worth it!
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