I always pick up a few of the Sephora Favorites sets every year because it's a great way to try out products without committing to the full size. As someone who rarely finishes products, travel-sized beauty bits are perfect. This year there haven't been that many Sephora Favorites sets that I've been coveting with the exception of the Sunkissed Glow set. I have more bronzers and highlighters than I have fingers and toes but there's something about shimmery, glowy champagne skin and warm, sculpted cheekbones that I can't resist.
For $40 you get the following products:
- 0.08 oz/ 2.4 g BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast (worth ~$12.84)
- 0.1 oz/ 3 g Benefit Cosmetics Hoola in Natural Bronze (worth ~$10.87)
- 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Ciaté London Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm (full size; worth $26)
- 0.05 oz/ 1.4 g Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Champagne Flash (worth ~$9.64)
- 0.06 oz/ 1.8 mL Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 (worth ~$10.36)
- 0.23 /oz/ 6.8 mL MILK MAKEUP Highlighter in Lit (worth ~$5.82)
- 0.11 fl oz/ 3 mL tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess (worth $10)
All in all, you're getting about $85 worth of product in the set if you calculate the prices based on the full size retail price. That's a good deal to me, especially if you don't often finish makeup products like me. It's interesting to note that even though the Milk product is the full sized one, the Milk highlighter actually contains more product.
Aside from Hoola, all the other products are new to me. In particular, I wanted to try the Hourglass highlighting stick and the Laura Mercier matte radiance powder which seems to be a blogger and YouTuber favorite. I haven't tried a majority of these products on my face yet but I wanted to post some swatches in case you were interested in picking this set up for yourself.
They weren't kidding about the glow aspect of this kit - Benefit's Hoola is the only product with a matte finish. The Hourglass highlighting stick has the strongest shimmer effect and it's so insanely gorgeous. I haven't worn it on my face yet but I could just look at it on the back of my hand all day. The Milk Makeup and Ciate highlighters have a more wet texture and neither seem to fully set on the skin. I tried the Milk one on my face over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the natural yet noticeable glow it gave my skin. The verdict is out on the Ciate Dewy Stix.... Perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised once I use it on my face but it looks more like a solid stick of gloss than anything else. I can say I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented the Laura Mercier powder highlight is. The powder is creamy and dense so it swatches nicely with fingers.
The Tarte and Becca bronzers are ones I would probably use exclusively in the summer. They have a good amount of shimmer when swatched with your finger but on your cheeks the effect is more subtle. I buffed the Tarte one onto my skin the other day and I thought it looked quite natural. I can't wait to take these with me on my summer travels this year. Benefit Hoola is a nice staple matte bronzer that I don't mind having an extra back up of.
Here is another look at the highlighters in natural lighting. You can see how fine the shimmers are in the Hourglass highlighting stick. It definitely gives the most in-your-face shine out of the four highlighters in this set. It's also very gold-toned whereas the Milk one leans a little bronzey and the Laura Mercier powder is clearly cool toned. It's nice having a set of minis to play around with undertones that you might not necessarily know if you like on your skin tone.
The bronzers look quite orange in my swatches but I think my arm is just really pale right now. On my face I didn't find the Tarte bronzer to be too oompa-loopa-esque. It would have been nice for them to throw in a more neutral bronzer but I suppose Sephora is assuming we'll be getting a few shades darker come the summer months so the warm tones will look more natural then.
If you're heavy handed with your bronzers and highlighters, this set might not be the best just because the samples are pretty tiny. But if you're just looking for a few travel-sized bits to try for the next few months, I think this is a nice set. Even if I subtract the cost of the Ciate stick which I'm not exactly sure I'll find useful, the value of this set is still more than what I paid.
Do you have your eye on any of the Sephora Favorites kits? What are your favorite products to help you achieve a sunkissed glow?