IS IT WORTH IT? | Sephora Favorites Ultimate Travel Bag 2018

IS IT WORTH IT? | Sephora Favorites Ultimate Travel Bag 2018

The sales associate asked me if I wanted a basket for my things. To which I replied, “Uh, I probably shouldn’t purchase more than I can carry…”. But I mean, TWO brand new Sephora Favorites kits were in store and not yet online, so like, COME ON! I have zero will power. Even if I bring it back later, I just like having it. Looking at it. And if the new, shiny, brand new feeling hasn’t worn off in a week, I’ll bring it back. Actually doing the math to see if it’s worth it also helps put it in perspective. So that’s what we’re going to do today!

This is one of my favorite Sephora Favorites kits because it’s travel themed!! It’s also perfect for trying on a full, brand-new full day routine. How fun? Very fun, if you’re a product junkie. Now, last year’s version of this set was stated at $128 (but wasn’t actually) and this year’s stated value is $168! Because of the rather large discrepancy between the stated and actual retail value of last year’s kit I thought I’d check out what this year’s kit works out to. This year’s kit also includes 3 more items than last year’s. Let’s get into the break down!



PS All values are in USD for consistency

US Version. Canadian version pictured at top of page.

 

SEPHORA FAVORITES: THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL BAG $40

Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo 40mL:

Full size: $16 for this travel size in a duo, $52 for 488mL

Retail value: $4.26

Price paid: $1.09

Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Conditioner 40mL:

Full size: $16 for this travel size in a duo, $52 for 488mL

Retail value: $4.26

Price paid: $1.09

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 15mL: 

Full size: $32 for 50mL

Retail value: $9.60

Price paid: $2.46

Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 24mL:

Full size: $45 for 240mL

Retail value: $4.5 (was in last year’s kit, I love this stuff so much I bought more)

Price paid: $1.15

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm 7mL:

Full size: $68 for 15mL

Retail value: $31.73 (was in last year’s kit, imo, nothing special)

Price paid: $8.14

Amorepacific The Essential Creme Fluid 5mL:

Full size: $98 for 90mL

Retail value: $5.44 (I’ve sampled this before and I don’t love it. Heavily perfumed.)

Price paid: $1.39

Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask 20g: 

Full size: $49 for 140g

Retail value: $17.15

Price paid: $4.40

NB: This is given the clean seal on Sephora, but mask tube I got actually states SLES as an ingredient…

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 30mL:

Full size: $18 for this travel size, $49 for 100mL

Retail value: $14.70 (Not sure this stuff does anything other than make me feel fancy.)

Price paid: $3.77

Boscia Tsubaki™ Swirl Two-Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydration Moisturizer 15mL:

Full size: $38 for 60mL

Retail value: $9.50

Price paid: $2.43

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum 15mL:

Full size: $85 for 30mL

Retail value: $42.50 (This is kind of like the hero item of this kit. Even if you buy the deluxe mini sizes, you would only get 8mL. If you want to try this stuff, this is a DEAL.)

Price paid: $10.90

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask 15mL:

Full size: $25 for 70mL

Retail value: $5.36 (I keep getting this stuff. I’m kind of over it tbh…)

Price paid: $1.37

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash 30mL:

Full size: $23 for 50mL

Retail value: $4.60

Price paid: $0.88

HUM Nutrition Beauty zzZz Sleep Supplement 7 tablets:

Full size: $10 for 30 tabs

Retail value: $2.33

Price paid: $0.59

 

Verdict: Worth It, but Sephora gets a C- for their math skillz

Stated value: $168

Actual value: $155.93

The discrepancy isn’t as big as it was last year! Only $13 difference. This could be easily accounted for on their end due to travel sizes. I always do the math based on the largest product size available.

There is also the version of this kit that’s available in Canada for $50 CAD (at the current exchange, it’s almost the same as $40 USD). The stated retail value is $198 CAD. There are a few product differences. In terms of value, I think Canadians have a better deal in terms of value.

Missing:

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen $9.60 value

Hum Beauty tablets $2.33 retail value

 

Additional:

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser 20mL:

Full size: $42 for 200mL

Retail value: $4.22

Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub 20g:

Full size: $28 for 85g

Retail value: $9.22

 



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