ETA: Okay, wow. This post was meant to go up back in late July, but unfortunately my motherboard died and the repairs to the PC ended up taking almost the full month of August. So this review is slightly outdated as the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit is no longer available, but I’m going to post it anyway just in case they bring it back (which, frankly, they should – this was a bomb kit and easily the best Sephora Favorites box to date in my opinion)!
I was lucky enough to grab the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit before it went out of stock, and I thought I’d post my unboxing and initial thoughts just in case anyone’s out there considering going to a brick & mortar Sephora to try and get their hands on one. Given how quickly this kit sold out, though, I would be pretty shocked if Sephora didn’t restock – seems like it’s leaving money on the table if they don’t, you know?
Since the link may or may not be dead depending on current stock levels, here is what you get in this kit:
1 oz / 30 g Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
.32 oz / 9 g Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
2 oz / 60 g Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
.15 fl oz / 5 mL Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
2.5 fl oz / 75 mL Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt
.23 fl oz / 7 mL Tarte Maracuja Oil
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
.4 fl oz / 12 mL Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask
…all packaged up quite prettily in a very on-trend faux rose-gold-and-marble box.
Read on for my individual thoughts on each item!
Now, this is something I’ve tried before and tentatively liked, if that makes sense. It’s a peel-off mask formulated with activated charcoal, vitamin C, and mineral-rich clay. I’ve used this twice so far (once in a sample, and once since receiving this kit) and while I like how clean my skin feels after the fact – and how easy to remove the mask is, as opposed to the skin-traumatizing peel-off masks of eras past – I do have some pause based on some of the known irritants included, like the rosemary oil. I don’t understand why they’re in this product, and even though they’re low down on the ingredients list, it still bugs me.
Additionally, I do wonder just how good for your skin a peel-off mask really is – I know they’re wildly popular right now, especially the Elizavecca Hell Pore one, and this one doesn’t hurt at all to remove, but… I just worry, particularly since I’m a retinoid user. I can see myself using this once in a blue moon as a wash-off (I tested it this way and it still delivers the sort of classic kaolin/charcoal mask effect of cleaner/smoother feeling skin) if my skin is feeling super congested and I can’t find my go-to clay mask (the Zamian Super Premium Gold Cacao Pack, which is fabulous and I really notice a positive difference in skin clarity and texture when I use it consistently), but I can’t imagine that I’ll ever buy the full-sized version. I love many Boscia products, but this one just doesn’t quite do it for me, I’m afraid!
Ingredients: Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Iron Oxides (CI77499), Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Charcoal Powder, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Diglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates Copolymer, Ceteth-25, Oleth-10, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide.
This was the item I was the most excited about, at first! I looooove honey in my skincare – alongside sunflower seed oil and niacinamide, it’s one of my holy trinity of skincare wonder ingredients. I use a honey and sugar scrub mask once per week to keep my skin looking smooth and bouncy (past successes have been the Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask and Tony Moly Gold Black Sugar Mask; currently I’ve just purchased the Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask and am looking forward to trying it out) and notice a huge difference (downgrade) in skin texture quality when I forget to use a honey product consistently. So I was really hopeful for this mask to be amazing!
Unfortunately, I’ve only used it once and haven’t really felt the urge to reach for it again as it actually burned during my first use. Looking at the reviews on Sephora, this is apparently a frequent complaint – that the ‘warming sensation’ is actually painful for some people. I managed to make it the whole 10 minutes as instructed, but didn’t notice any amazing results to justify the discomfort.
All I can assume is that the burning comes from the ginger, since the rest of the ingredients look benign. I’m not going to write off the brand entirely just yet – I did also get a sample of their Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy, which does not have ginger, so I’m interested to see if that fares a bit better for my skin. However, I don’t see a repurchase of the mask in the cards.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.
Okay, so first the good things: this body scrub smells lovely (a light, sweet rose) and has a fine-grained exfoliant that spreads easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Since it’s a denser scrub, you don’t end up dropping a lot of it while trying to emulsify and spread it on your skin – and considering how expensive this body polish is ($36 for 8 ounces; each ounce seems to be about 2 uses if you use it all over your body, so that’s about $2.25 per use which is… steep), that’s a very good thing!
However, the bad aspect is actually a dealbreaker for me: this stuff leaves residue and clogs my drain like crazy, despite my tendency to shower at very hot temperatures (so, for example, the coconut oil should be fully liquified by the heat). To be clear, I’ve tried this twice, in a brand new tub/drain (literally, it’s like 3 weeks old) – so I want to make sure you know that it’s not just a matter of my tub being disgusting and the oils in the scrub clinging to layers of grime or something. No, sadly, this stuff is just not tub/drain friendly at all. After one use, I noticed in my next two showers that my water was draining very slowly all of a sudden. I checked for hair that may have gotten past my little ‘drain umbrella’, but it didn’t make a difference. After my second use, the draining slowed to a crawl (thank god for Drano) and the area around the drain was completely coated in a rough, slick residue that I had to put in not-insignificant elbow grease to scrub off afterwards.
The effects of this scrub are nice on the skin, but there are so many body scrubs out there that make you silky soft without causing a ton of extra work with regards to cleaning your drain and scrubbing your tub. I’d recommend the Luvmilk body scrubs – she has plenty of yummy rose scents (I suggest Aphrodite’s Temple, it’s a glorious smoked peach-rose mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm) and her scrubs leave me super soft without punishing my tub!
Ingredients: Sucrose (Sugar), Cocos Nucifera (Organic Virgin Coconut) Oil, Capric Triglycerides, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute, Rose Clay.
The full size is $40 for 1.7 fl oz, and comes in either the unscented option (I believe that’s what I have here) or a “Juicy Mango” fragrance.
The ingredients list for the unscented variation is as follows:
-100% Pure Argan Oil: Nourishes and protects skin with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E.
-Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh Cucumber Extract, and Shea Butter: Replenish and retain moisture and support natural skin elasticity.
– Aloe Nectar: Reduces redness and soothes while simultaneously boosting hydration.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Binds moisture to the skin and replenishes lost hydration.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dicapryl Carbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Squalane, Xylitol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Polys/orbate-60, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lysolecithin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Pullulan, Citric Acid.
Okay, so right off the bat I can tell that this product isn’t one I can use on a daily basis – consistent use of shea butter in facial skincare always gives me tons of tiny red clogged pores all over my skin. It’s not a good look. I am bummed about this as the rest of the ingredients list seems intriguing (I like hyaluronic acid, and aloe, watermelon seed and cucumber all sound potentially soothing). There is a mild, generic ‘beauty product’ scent, if you know what I mean – just the smell of commonly used ingredients, I suppose. The texture is super silky and buttery and it absorbs very quickly, leaving your skin baby soft and smooth.
I did end up using this as a sort of ’emergency hydration’ sleeping mask a few times after I had a bad product reaction to a moisturizer – I used some benzoyl peroxide to help clean up the crazy breakout cluster that the Lime Nature Double Very Moisturizer Cream left me with, which was super effective! but also left me with extremely dry, sensitized skin to the point where. This face butter was a LIFESAVER – it calmed my skin so I could sleep as well as nipped my redness/flakiness right in the bud. I’m not going to tempt fate by using it as a daily moisturizer, but I am very seriously considering buying a full-sized to keep on hand as a weekly sleeping mask/emergency rehydration treatment.
If you have dry skin and no issues with shea butter, I really recommend giving this a shot! I’m really developing some faith in Josie Maran’s skincare line after trying out and having great experiences with both her SPF 47 day cream and her self-tanning body oil…
Probably the only item in here that I’m not even remotely intrigued by, simply because it’s just coconut oil. That’s it. I’ve seen Kopari Beauty argue that it’s a “higher grade” of coconut oil (as opposed to what, I’m not sure – are they comparing it to what you can buy at a grocery, or from other cosmetics companies, or…?) and that’s how they justify the significantly higher price, but… I dunno, guys, it just kind of rings hollow for me.
I’m actually probably just going to Depop this – I have several makeup removers that I really, really like right now (Nature Republic’s Himalayan Salt Cleansing Balm and the Skinfood Bananamond Eye Makeup Remover are both ?) and I think I’d just rather pass this on to someone who has a bit more hype for this product line!
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil
On the other hand, here is a single-ingredient (almost) product that I am happy to see included! I’ve been more interested in trying skincare oils at night, as we recently bumped up my tretinoin concentration on my Curology prescription. I’m looking for just a bit more hydration and conditioning to ease that transition and keep my glow up, and Maracuja (aka passion fruit) oil is one that’s highly regarded for even oilier skin types.
Since my past few oil experiments have been fails (Donkey Oil, while it saved my overly-irritated, super-dry face from a bad reaction to Drunk Elephant’s Vitamin C serum, eventually ended up breaking me out with consistent use), I was happy to have a trial size of this oil to see how it works for me.
So far, it’s nice – the smell is amazing – but I think I’m actually preferring my cheaper Etsy skincare oil blend (the Amethyst Multi-Use Oil from Violet Moon Botanicals, specifically – make sure to get the unscented variant if you decide to try it for facial use, though). I think the avocado oil/sunflower oil combo might just be the magic pairing for my skin! However, the Maracuja oil did not break me out or irritate me and absorbed relatively quickly – it’s just that I got slightly more glow and softness from the other oil blend. I’ll definitely keep this on hand, though, and recommend it as a potential oil if you’re also of the oily/combo/sensitive tribe.
Ingredients: Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol.
The good: it measures at a nice, low pH 5 (maybe even 4.5?) – so it’s within the optimal range to keep your skin’s barrier healthy. That’s a plus. It also leaves your skin feeling extremely soft and conditioned and ‘chewy’, which is nice – I suspect this is related to how high on the the ingredients the sunflower seed oil is listed. I’ve generally had excellent luck with sunflower seed oil in sheet masks and moisturizing masks, and this gave me the same sort of super-cushiony-skin feeling. I also felt that it rinsed clean quite easily.
The bad: I’m not really a fan of ground apricot shells as a physical exfoliant. The ingredients list varies from source to source, with some sites (such as Beautypedia) citing irritating essential oils very high up in the formulation, while others (Sephora) excluding some of them entirely and putting others way down at the bottom. I’m assuming there was a reformulation since the Beautypedia review, but I just wish that Tata Harper would have dumped the fragrant oils entirely. The product does smell good, but I really am ready for more brands to move past fragranced skincare. Just sell the pretty perfume blends in a hair mist or something and keep the skincare unscented!
Also, this stuff is just way too expensive to recommend. $42 for under two ounces… I mean…
If you watch beauty channels on YouTube at all, you’ve probably seen people losing their minds over this product. Unfortunately… I’m just not seeing the hype. When I use it as a skincare product, I see literally no change in my skin’s texture or glow. Like, absolutely zip.
I’ve tried it as a primer and still prefer my god tier Beauty People Bbosong Mattifying Pact. Frankly, I didn’t notice much of a difference between using this spray versus simply going primerless.
As a setting spray… uh, frankly I don’t ever notice much difference in wear or finish with setting sprays (I’m guessing because my primer/foundation/setting powder combination works well enough already?) so it was just more of the same on that front.
I’ll keep this in reserve and try it again once it gets really cold and arid instead because of the heat running in the winter and see if it does some magic then, but for now… consider me decidedly bemused at this product’s cult following. It just doesn’t seem to do anything ? Can someone please explain the hype??
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Algae Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Red algae) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum (Thyme) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 diisostearate, Ppg-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Sodiumlauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
This was another product that I was very interested in – well, actually, the entire Youth to the People line in general intrigues me. I love the packaging and the ingredients lists for most of their products look like they have considerable potential.
This is a cream mask that is supposed to deliver a plumping, hydrating effect while simultaneously “feeding” your skin with antioxidants and phytonutrients to improve skin texture, fight free radicals, and improve cell turnover.
I used the entire sample jar within a month (it netted me three uses) which should imply just how much I liked it, as I have a ton of wash-off masks in rotation and I ended up reaching for this one three weeks in a row. It feels amazing on – very creamy and cooling, with an extremely pleasant scent that’s best described as green tea + slightly sweetened salad greens. I find that it rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling very smooth, soft, and comfortable. I have no issues with redness or breakouts after using this mask.
The ingredients list is quite nice looking and I love the effect, but it is extremely pricey given how much product you need to use to cover your face – at $44 for 2 ounces, I’m just not sure I can justify repurchasing this mask. Extrapolating from my sample jar usage, you’d get 12 treatments, so $3.60 per application. While that’s not horrible – there are surely sheet masks that are much pricier – it’s also not amazing, mostly because I’ve been so spoiled with higher-volume, more-amazing-results Korean wash-off masks at a much lower price point. I think I’ll keep an eye out for sales or sets with this product included, as it’s a lovely ‘spa experience’ type of treatment, but I don’t foresee myself outright purchasing the full size anytime soon.
I did find my experience with it positive enough that I purchased the brand’s introductory kit that includes their cleanser and moisturizer, though, so please look forward to a review where I go a bit more in depth with those products as well!
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Spinacea Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Extract, Plankton Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Chlorophyll, Sodium Citrate, Algae Extract, Soy Lecithin, Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
So despite several disappointments for me, I still think this was a very worthwhile box – one of the best Sephora Favorites kits that I’ve tried, for sure! Even though I don’t plan on purchasing the full size of any of the items except (likely) the Josie Maran moisturizer and (maaaaybe, if I end up missing it more than expected) the Youth to the People mask, this kit included a lot of items/brands that I’d been dying to try and I’m glad to finally have those itches scratched – I am particularly glad that I got to try the Farmacy mask and Tatcha spray without shelling out for the full sizes as they didn’t end up working out for me but they’d both been on my “planning to purchase” radar for quite awhile.
The Tata Harper scrub, while not being something I’d repurchase due to its problematic exfoliant, also helped solidify my thought that sunflower seed oil does really good things for my skin. If they’d just reformulate with a skin-friendly exfoliant like jojoba beads or something spherical (and maybe reduce the price point lol), I’d consider recommending the scrub even in spite of some of the fragrant oils since that becomes a bit less of a serious flaw (IMO) for an occasional-use product like a mask or exfoliant. Likewise, the Boscia mask is sort of middling, though I’ve come around to using it as a wash-off rather than a peel-off and feel it’s a nice clarifying mask even when you skip the peel aspect. However, I can’t really say that it’s so effective that I’d recommend it over one of my other favorite kaolin-based masks.
I think if you’re interested in at least half the items in here, you should try and get ahold of the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit if they ever do a re-release or you happen to be lucky enough to stumble upon one in your brick and mortar Sephora. If that doesn’t ever happen, though, I definitely recommend seeing if you can get samples of the Josie Maran and Youth to the People items the next time you’re in a Sephora, as they were far and away the big hits of this box for me! I also had a good experience with the Tarte oil, and while it’s not my top pick for a skincare oil, it performed better than most I’ve tried so I think it’s a worthwhile product to consider for those of you still looking for your HG skincare oil.
Thank you for reading my (extremely delayed) thoughts on the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit, and I hope my mini-reviews were somewhat helpful to any of you who may have been debating over trying any of the included items!
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