I received the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit in the post last week, and I wanted to share my initial thoughts on it just in case there’s anyone out there who’s still on the fence about whether to get one. They’re currently sold out online, although they might come back into stock, and some physical stores still have them.
The products come in a very large bag; much larger than necessary. I guess it’s nice that the bag is so large, but unfortunately I don’t need any bags this size. It’s too large to carry cosmetics around in, but too small to use as a beach bag.
Here are the products organized by size, in order of largest to smallest. The St. Tropez tanning product is by far the largest, at 1.69 oz. The remainder of the products range from 0.08 oz to 0.6 oz, with an average size of 0.33 oz. Each of the products is a really suitable size for testing it out, which I appreciate. The one exception is the AmorePacific sunscreen, which is really minuscule for what it is.
Then, I grouped the products by use: serum, moisturizer, makeup, sunscreen. This was surprisingly difficult, since so many of the products serve double duty. Here are closeups of each product and some initial thoughts.
First, the three serum-type products:
0.17 oz Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $11.05
0.34 oz Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, $8.40
0.34 oz Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $4.53
I haven’t tried the Murad Invisiblur yet, but the other two are pretty nice. The serum is perfectly nice, although it’s not anything special. The Vita Liberata Dry Oil, on the other hand, is amazing. I absolutely love it, and have actually ordered a different dry oil from Birchbox to see if it’s as good (because the Vita Liberata one is pretty expensive!)
Next up, moisturizers:
0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, $8.00
0.1 oz Ole Henriksen total truth™ eye crème SPF 15, $9.00
The Josie Maran moisturizer is a little greasy for my liking, although so are most moisturizers that have such a high spf. I will still happily use it up, though! The Ole Henriksen eye creme is pretty nice. While it’s thicker than my usual eye creams because of the inclusion of spf, I find that it still absorbs really nicely.
Followed by makeup (sort of):
0.5 oz Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium, $13.21
0.17 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45, $4.42
0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $12.00
I think the Clinique CC cream is fine — nothing special, but something I’ll gladly use up. Same with the Dr. Jart+ BB cream. The Fresh lip balm is a nice lip balm, but again nothing more special than the Burt’s Bees lip balms I usually use. I do appreciate the ability to add a second layer of sun protection with my makeup, though!
0.5 oz Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen, $10.59
1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium, $6.08
The Origins tinted moisturizer is a fine moisturizer, but I couldn’t detect much tint to it. I haven’t tried the St. Tropez tanning product yet.
And finally, pure sunscreen for face and body:
0.2 oz AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30, $6.50
0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $7.41
0.25 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, $6.18
Out of this trio I’ve only tried the Clarins sunscreen, but I liked it a lot. The other two samples will definitely find use later this summer.
0.34 oz Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $7.04
0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30, $12.35
0.6 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant (80 Minutes), $10.80
I haven’t tried any of these three samples yet.
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with this kit. It includes enough sunscreen to cover my face for the whole summer (although I’ll be using something else on my body) and was a great introduction to a huge variety of new brands and products. I also appreciated the range of SPF values included, everything from SPF 15 to SPF 50. The total product value is $137.57, which is a little less than the advertised value but still pretty high. After looking at the kits from previous years it would have been nice if more makeup were included (I would really have appreciated a translucent powder sunscreen for SPF touch-ups during the day), but I understand why they didn’t put any in. I would definitely purchase this kit again, and I probably will purchase next summer’s!
Have any of you tried this or previous years’ Sephora sun safety kits?