Monday, July 22, 2013

A Guide to Sephora's Summer 2013 Makeup Value Sets

I love value sets. Trying out a ton of teensy tiny new products is always more fun for me than buying one big product. Sephora has a great selection of these value sets. Unfortunately, it can be quite challenging to wade your way through them. They're not organized, they're not condensed, and the "value" prices listed are often way off and certainly not priced out.

The purpose of this blog post is not for you to read it. (Unless you're really bored, in which case, I guess, go for it.) The purpose of this post is to separate the deals from the rip-offs and to help anyone who is looking to purchase a value set make a more informed decision.

I identified 88 value sets on the Sephora website that were currently listed at full price, whose component parts were sold individually (so as to assess value), and that provided sufficient content information to make calculations. For each, I used the listed price to calculate a retail value for each component part of the set. Then, I added these together to get an overall value. The value divided by the set for the price times 100 gave me a percentage. So, for example, if the set had $40 worth of product and cost $20, (40/20)100=200%, meaning I got twice what I paid for. I ordered the sets from "worst deal" to "best deal" based on this percentage (if you want to search for a specific set, please use Control - F on your keyboard).

I have four ideas for how this list might be used:

  1. You can use it to fact-check Sephora's stated product values. These are super unreliable, frequently overestimating the value of the products, sometimes by staggering amounts. Baffling, they also underestimate the values of some of their sets.
  2. This is perhaps a bit obvious, but having this list in this order is just a good browsing strategy. Some sets may be better or worse deals than you thought based on looking at them alone. 
  3. I frequently find that I want only certain parts of a set. This list will allow you to determine if a set is still a good deal. Add up the value of the products in the set that you do want and see if you still come out ahead. 
  4. Finally, you can use this list to search (Control - F) for products that you might want to buy individually and see if you can get a better deal in a set. For example, if I was considering buying the Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension Mascara for $30, I would much rather get it for fifty cents less and get free makeup remover. 

Before you start perusing, I do have a few caveats to note, as well:

  1. As you can probably imagine, this took a long time to finish. Calculations were not double checked. Please do not assume that I have made zero math errors, as that may or may not be the case.
  2. The Sephora website has errors. Like, lots of them. I fixed the errors that were glaringly obvious (the website listed a product as 0.05oz when the picture clearly showed 0.5oz, the "mini" was listed as bigger than the full size because of a decimal error, that kind of thing) but any error that was plausible is probably still used here (unless I own the product and noticed that the numbers were off). 
  3. I had to exclude some sets due to missing information. If I don't know how many ounces of product are available in the set, I can hardly calculate value. 
  4. This list only deals with the price that products are being sold for, not whether they are actually worth that price. For example, the "best value" according to the math is the Stila Lip Glaze Trio, but there is no world where I would pay full price for one of their dinky, sticky lip glosses. 

Without further ado, here is the full list:

1. Buxom Fully Loaded Lips Duo
Contains:

0.07 oz Lip Polish in Sandy, approximate retail value $8.87
0.04 oz Full-Bodied Lipstick in Two-Timer, approximate retail value $6.46
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $15.33
Total Cost: $18
Percent: 85.17%

2. Too Faced The Bronzed & The Beautiful French Riviera Edition
Contains:

0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, approximate retail value $7.03
0.08 oz Powdered Sun, estimated retail value $7.03
0.08 oz Sun Bunny, approximate retail value $7.03
0.08 oz Snow Bunny, approximate retail value $7.03
0.17 oz Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, approximate retail value $5.10
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $33.22
Total Cost: $38
Percent: 87.42%

3. Amazing Cosmetics Perfectly Amazing
Contains:
0.2 oz AmazingConcealer, approximate retail value $16.80
0.14 oz Velvet Mineral Powder Foundation, approximate retail value $15.87
0.10 oz Powder Set, approximate retail value $8.44
Concealer Brush, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $107
Actual Value: $56.11
Total Cost: $57
Percent: 98.44%

4. Too Faced Sun On The Run
Contains:
0.08 oz Sun Bunny Bronzing Powder, approximate retail value $6.86
Flatbuki Brush, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $21.86
Total Cost: $20
Percent: 109.30%

5. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes
Contains:
0.09 oz Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, approximate retail value $8.31
3 x 0.04 oz Eyeshadows in Abyssinia, Fuji, Strada and 3 x 0.05 oz Eyeshadows in Galapagos, Silk Road II, Brumes II, estimated retail value $50.00
1.6 oz Eye Makeup Remover, approximate retail value $12.12
0.21 oz Larger than Life Volumizing Mascara in Black, retail value $25
Sephora's Stated Value: $110
Actual Value: $95.43
Total Cost: $85
Percent: 112.27%

6. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer + No. 28 Primer Serum Duo
Contains:
0.16 oz No. 28 Primer Serum, approximate retail value $10.40
0.33 oz Veil Mineral Primer, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $29
Actual Value: $28.40
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 113.60%

7. Buxom Amplified Smoky Eye Collection
Contains:
0.11 oz Mini Amplified Lash Buxom Lash Mascara, approximate retail value $11
0.015 oz Mini Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in 5" Stiletto, approximate retail value $9.50
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $20.50
Total Cost: $18
Percent: 113.89%

8. Benefit Cosmetics Matthew Williamson The Rich Is Back!
Contains:
0.14oz They’re Real Mascara, approximate retail value $10.73
0.22 oz Lip Gloss in Inferno, approximate retail value $7.04
0.07 oz Gimme Fever Cheek Powder, approximate retail value $7.84
4 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadow Palette in Solid Gold, Get Down Brown, Disco Dust, Feel So Teal, approximate retail value $13.50
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $39.11
Total Cost: $34
Percent: 115.03%

9. Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension Set
Contains:
0.24 oz Phenomen'Eyes Effet Extension, retail value $30
0.5 oz 2 Clean To Be True, approximate retail value $4.38
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $34.38
Total Cost: $29.50
Percent: 116.53%

10. Urban Decay Start Getting Naked Ultra Definition Complexion Kit
Contains:
0.5 oz B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, approximate retail value $4.13
0.5 oz Naked Skin Beauty Balm, approximate retail value $14.41
1 oz Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, retail value $39
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $57.54
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 117.43%

11. Too Faced Hot Cocoa Collection
Contains:
0.17 oz Primed & Poreless SPF 20 Bronze Tint Skin Smoothing Face Primer, approximate retail value $5.10
0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa, approximate retail value $6.86
Sephora's Stated Value: $25
Actual Value: $11.96
Total Cost: $10
Percent: 119.60%

12. Fresh Eyes Lash-Loving Duo
Contains:
0.68 oz Soy Face Cleanser, approximate retail value $5.07
0.07 oz Supernova Mascara in black, approximate retail value $7
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $12.07
Total Cost: $10
Percent: 120.70%

13. Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Kit
Contains:
0.13 oz Benetint, approximate retail value $9.29
0.1 oz Sugarbomb, approximate retail value $10
0.13 oz High Beam, approximate retail value $7.51
0.22 oz Ultra Plush Sugarbomb, approximate retail value $7.04
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $33.84
Total Cost: $28
Percent: 120.86%

14. Benefit Cosmetics Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit
Contains: 
0.13 oz Chachatint, approximate retail value $9.29
0.1 oz Coralista, approximate retail value $10
0.13 oz High Beam, approximate retail value $7.51
0.22 oz Ultra Plush Coralista, approximate retail value $7.04
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $33.84
Total Cost: $28
Percent: 120.86%

15. Benefit Feelin' Dandy Lip & Cheek Kit
Contains:
0.13 oz Posietint, approximate retail value $9.29
0.1 oz Dandelion, approximate retail value $10
0.13 oz High Beam, approximate retail value $7.51
0.22 oz Ultra Plush Dandelion, approximate retail value $7.04
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $33.84
Total Cost: $28
Percent: 120.86%

16. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar & Nail Lacquer Set
Contains:
0.33 oz Lip Tar, retail value $18
0.5 oz Nail Lacquer, retail value $10
Sephora's Stated Value: $28
Actual Value: $28
Total Cost: $22.50
Percent: 124.44%

17. Anastasia Beverly Hills No Brows, No Problem Kit
Contains:
0.04 oz Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced, retail value $45
0.03 oz Brow Wiz, approximate retail value $7.41
0.28 oz Clear Brow Gel, retail value $22
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $74.41
Total Cost: $59
Percent: 126.12%

18. Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio
Contains:
0.08 oz Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, approximate retail value $12
0.08 oz Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, approximate retail value $12
0.08 oz Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, approximate retail value $12
Sephora's Stated Value: $51
Actual Value: $36
Total Cost: $28
Percent: 128.57%

19. Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection Gift Set
Contains:
0.37 oz Intense Nail Lacquer in Perfection 220, retail value $24
0.13 oz Ultra-Shine Lipgloss in Perfection 133, retail value $29
0.23 oz Black Intensity Mascara in Black Intense 1, retail value, $32
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $85
Total Cost: $65
Percent: 130.77%

20. Bite Beauty Cuvée Deluxe Lipstick Collection
Contains:
4 x 0.13 oz in Coral, Rose, Blush, Blanc, retail value $96
Sephora's Stated Value: $96
Actual Value: $96
Total Cost: $72
Percent: 133.33%

21. Guerlain Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit
Contains:
0.28 oz Météorites Perles Illuminating Powder in 01 Teint Rosé, approximate retail value $15.47
0.17 oz Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer, approximate retail value $12.07
0.05 oz Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator in 01, retail value $49.50
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $77.04
Total Cost: $57
Percent: 135.16%

22. NARS Forever Yours Eye, Lip & Illuminator Set
Contains:
1.1 oz Illuminator in Orgasm (peachy pink with golden shimmer), retail value $30
0.14 oz Lip Gloss in Deep Throat (shimmering peachy pink), approximate retail value $12.50
0.14 oz Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Aigle Noir (black infused with gold shimmer), retail value $24
Sephora's Stated Value: $65
Actual Value: $66.50
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 135.71%

23. Bite Beauty Line & Define Discovery Set
Contains:
2 x 0.09 oz High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb (plum rose) & Syrah (nude peach), retail value $48
0.03 oz Line & Define Lip Primer, approximate retail value $5.07
Sephora's Stated Value: $70
Actual Value: $53.08
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 136.09%

24. Smashbox Complexion Perfection
Contains:
0.25 oz Photo Finish Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $9
0.25 oz Halo To Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder, approximate retail value $22.01
0.2 oz High Definition Concealer, approximate retail value $16.30
0.5 oz High Definition Healthy FX Foundation, approximate retail value $19.50
Sephora's Stated Value: $75
Actual Value: $66.81
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 136.35%

25. Laura Mercier Secrets of Radiance Volume 5
Contains:
0.14 oz Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic, approximate retail value $26.67
0.15 oz Lip Glacè in Gossamer, retail value $24
0.05 oz Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Pink Spark, retail value $24
1 oz Foundation Primer in Radiance, approximate retail value $18.29
Sephora's Stated Value: $93
Actual Value: $92.96
Total Cost: $68
Percent: 136.71%

26. BareMinerals Fab In A Flash Collection
Contains:
0.16 oz Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $8.73
0.08 oz Natural Lipgloss in Pink Prosecco, approximate retail value $8.57
0.02 oz Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight, approximate retail value $7.50
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $24.80
Total Cost: $18
Percent: 137.78%

27. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Cheeks
Contains:
0.28 oz Bronzing Powder in Laguna, retail value $36
0.17 oz Blush Duo in Orgasm/Angelka, approximate retail value, $30.81
0.5 oz Multiple in Copacabana, retail value $39
Sephora's Stated Value: $110
Actual Value: $105.81
Total Cost: $75
Percent: 141.08%

28. Clinique Bold Eyes To Go
Contains:
0.07 oz Bottom Lash Mascara Long-Wearing Formula in Black, retail value $10
0.14 oz High Impact Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $8
0.02 oz Cream Sharper For Eyes in Black Diamond, approximate retail value $7.50
0.05 oz Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Like Mink, approximate retail value $14.29
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $39.79
Total Cost: $28
Percent: 142.11%

29. BareMinerals The Perfect Pair
Contains:
0.28 oz Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, retail value $27
1 oz Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, retail value $23
Sephora's Stated Value: $55
Actual Value: $50
Total Cost: $35
Percent: 142.86%

30. BareMinerals Heal & Conceal Acne Treatment & Concealer
Contains:
0.03 oz Blemish Therapy, retail value $18
0.03 oz SPF 20 Concealer, approximate retail value $7.71
Concealer Brushes, estimated retail value $10
Sephora's Stated Value: $40
Actual Value: $35.71
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 142.86%

31. Hourglass Best of Hourglass Set
Contains:
0.33 oz Veil Mineral Primer, retail value $18
0.35 oz Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx, retail value $28
0.24 oz Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ignite, retail value $28
0.16 oz N° 28 Primer Serum, approximate retail value $10.40
Sephora's Stated Value: $85
Actual Value: $84.40
Total Cost: $59
Percent: 143.05%

32. Makeup Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit
Contains:
0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder, retail value $16
HD Kabuki Brush, retail value $40
0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer, approximate retail value $16.83
1.01 oz HD Invisible Cover Foundation, retail value $42
Sephora's Stated Value: $114
Actual Value: $114.83
Total Cost: $79
Percent: 145.35%

33. Givenchy Haute Couture Look
Contains:
0.05 oz Le Rouge Lipstick in 103 Brun Creatéur, approximate retail value $15
0.28 oz Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara in Black Satin, retail value $32
Sephora's Stated Value: $48
Actual Value: $47
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 146.88%

34. NARS Beach Lover
Contains:
2 x 0.085 oz Blush Duo in Hungry Heart, Orgasm, approximate retail value $30.81
0.07 oz Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Skorpios, approximate retail value $12
0.14 oz Lip Gloss in Laguna, approximate retail value $12.50
0.57 oz Illuminator in Laguna, approximate retail value $16.93
Sephora's Stated Value: $74
Actual Value: $72.24
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 147.43%

35. BareMinerals Try. Believe. Love. Kit
Contains:
0.03 oz Original SPF 15 Foundation, approximate retail value $2.89
0.03 oz Matte SPF 15 Foundation, approximate retail value $3.86
0.03 oz Mineral Veil Finishing Powder in Original, approximate retail value $2.00
0.02 oz Multi-tasking SPF 20 Concealer, approximate retail value $1.80
Mini Full Flawless Face Brush, approximate retail value $10
Mini Concealer Brush, approximate retail value $10
Sephora's Stated Value: $76
Actual Value: $30.55
Total Cost: $20
Percent: 152.75%

36. Benefit Cosmetics The Bronze Of Champions
Contains:
0.08 oz Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter for Face, approximate retail value $7.27
0.11 oz Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini, approximate retail value $13.75
0.04 oz Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte, approximate retail value $7.27
0.1 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder, approximate retail value $10
0.22 oz Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola, approximate retail value $3.20
0.1 oz They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, approximate retail value $7.67
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $49.16
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 153.63%

37. Tarte Discover The Amazon 3-Piece Kit
Contains:
0.8 oz Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, approximate retail value $17.88
0.24 oz Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in Black, retail value $19
0.6 oz Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball, approximate retail value $16.24
Sephora's Stated Value: $68
Actual Value: $53.12
Total Cost: $34.50
Percent: 153.97%

38. Too Faced Ready Set Prime
Contains:
0.17 oz Shadow Insurance, approximate retail value $9.71
0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Candlelight Softly Illuminating Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer, approximate retail value $9.71
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $19.42
Total Cost: $12
Percent: 161.83%

39. Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara Set
Contains:
0.21 oz All About Eyes, approximate retail value $12.60
0.03 oz Cream Shaper for Eye in Black Diamond, approximate retail value $11.25
0.28 oz High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, retail value $16
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $39.85
Total Cost: $24.50
Percent: 162.65%

40. Sephora Color of the Year Collection
Contains:
Color Grid Shadow Block Bionic, retail value $26
0.4 Color Code Prismatic Shadow Block, retail value $22
1 oz Lightspeed Glitter Dust, retail value $14
0.055 oz Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner, retail value $17
0.1 oz Color Cube Lid Stain, retail value $16
0.4 oz Color Watt Highlighting Mascara, retail value $16
Sephora's Stated Value: $113
Actual Value: $111
Total Cost: $68
Percent: 163.24%


41. BareMinerals Glow For The Bronze Kit
Contains:
0.3 oz bareMinerals READY Bronzer in The High Dive, retail value $24
0.3 oz bareMinerals READY Luminizer in The Love Affair, retail value $26
Angled Face Brush, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $70
Actual Value: $65
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 166.67

42. Tarte Gifts From The Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection
Contains:
0.10 oz LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Achiote (shimmering golden pink), retail value $24
0.2 oz Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Achiote, retail value $26
0.12 oz Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Achiote, retail value $21
Sephora's Stated Value: $70
Actual Value: $71
Total Cost: $42
Percent: 169.05%

43. LORAC TANtalizer Glow Go Collection
Contains:
1.52 oz TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer, approximate retail value $8.53
0.35 oz TANtalize Me Baked Bronzer, approximate retail value $16.83
0.19 oz Lip Gloss in Rico, retail value $18
3 x 0.06 oz Eye Shadow in Barbados Bronze, Costa Rican Coffee, Tahitian Sand, retail value $18 (based on sale price) or $57
Sephora's Stated Value: $120
Actual Value: $61.36 OR $100.36, depending on how generous I am.
Total Cost: $36
Percent: 170.44% or 278.78%

44. Benefit Cosmetics Do The Bright Thing
Contains:
0.25 oz "that gal" Brightening Face Primer, approximate retail value $19.59
0.13 oz High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, approximate retail value $7.51
0.1 oz Dandelion Brightening Face Powder, approximate retail value $10
0.1 oz They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $7.67
0.02 oz Bad Gal Liner Waterproof Eye Pencil in Extra Black, approximate retail value $10
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $54.77
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 171.15%

45. Tarte Eye-ssentials Amazonian Clay Discovery Kit
Contains:
0.1 oz EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Rich Brown + brush, retail value $19
0.009 oz EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, retail value $19
0.24 oz Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $74
Actual Value: $57
Total Cost: $33
Percent: 172.73%

46. Too Faced Workdays To Weekends Perfect Eyes Set
Contains:
Naked Eye Palette, retail value $36
3-piece Brush Set, retail value $39
0.2 oz 3-Way Liner, retail value $22
0.11 oz Mini Shadow Insurance, approximate retail value $6.29
0.25 oz Mini Lash Injection, retail value $9.50
Sephora's Stated Value: $116
Actual Value: $112.79
Total Cost: $65
Percent: 173.52%

47. BareMinerals Bare Guide To Color
Contains:
0.1 oz Prime Time Primer Shadow, retail value $18
0.02 oz Velvet Charcoal Eyecolor, retail value $14
0.04 oz Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner, retail value $15
0.02 oz Blush, approximate retail value $12.67
0.08 oz 100% Natural Lipgloss, retail value $8.57
Sephora's Stated Value: $72
Actual Value: $68.24
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 174.97%

48. BareMinerals Get Started Kit
Contains:
0.07 oz Original SPF 15 Foundation, approximate retail value $6.75
0.05 oz Matte SPF 15 Foundation, approximate retail value $6.75
0.02 oz SPF 20 Concealer, approximate retail value $1.80
0.05 oz Warmth All-Over Face Color, retail value $19
0.015 oz Mini bareMinerals READY SPF 15 Touch Up Veil, approximate retail value $11
0.5 oz Mini Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $11.50
Full Flawless Face Brush, retail value $28
Angled Face Brush, retail value $15
Concealer Brush, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $186
Actual Value: $119.80
Total Cost: $68
Percent: 176.18%

49. LORAC The Private Affair Collection
Contains:
0.19 oz Eye Primer, approximate retail value $8.49
6 x 0.03 oz Eye Shadows in Creamy Beige With Pearl, Champagne Rose With Shimmer, Soft Taupe With Pearl, Platinum Grey With Pearl, Deep Wine With Shimmer, Black With Sparkle, approximate retail value $18 at sale price or $57 at full price
0.08 oz PRO Cream Eyeliner and Brush in Plum, retail value $19
0.43 oz Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing & Thickening Mascara, retail value $22
Sephora's Stated Value: $136
Actual Value: $67.49 at sale price OR $106.49 at full price
Total Cost: $38
Percent: 177.60% OR 280.24%

50. Kat Von D Glam Rock Set
Contains:
0.12 oz High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky, retail value $15
0.18 oz  Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, retail value $19
0.47 oz Sin-Full Lash Mascara in Puro Amor, retail value $19
0.02 oz Tattoo Liner in Maya, retail value $18
8 x 0.05 oz True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig, retail value $34
Sephora's Stated Value: $105
Actual Value: $105
Total Cost: $59
Percent: 177.97%

51. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Eye Collection
Contains:
0.10 oz Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink, retail value $23
0.12 oz Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Cool Lilac, retail value $24
1 oz Soothing Cleansing Oil, retail value $6.27
Dual-sided eye shadow brush, retail value $29
Sephora's Stated Value: $81
Actual Value: $82.27
Total Cost: $46
Percent: 178.85%

52. Kat Von D Get the Look Kit
Contains:
True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Beethoven, retail value $34
Autograph Pencil in Homie and Black Metal Love, retail value $36
Sephora's Stated Value: $70
Actual Value: $70
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 179.49%

53. BECCA Beach Tint Duo
Contains:
2 x 0.14 oz Beach Tint in Watermelon (bright pink), Fig (tea rose pink), approximate retail value $29.17
Sephora's Stated Value: $29
Actual Value: $29.17
Total Cost: $16
Percent: 182.29%

54. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Lip Tar 
Contains:
5 X 0.33 oz Lip Tar, retail value $90
Sephora's Stated Value: $98
Actual Value: $90
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 183.67%

55. Josie Maran Nourishing Argan Matchmaker Complexion Set
Contains:
1.7 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil, retail value $48
0.5 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40, retail value $14
1 oz Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, retail value $42
0.5 oz Argan Illuminizer, approximate retail value $14
Sephora's Stated Value: $120
Actual Value: $118
Total Cost: $64
Percent: 184.38%

56. Clinique Pretty In Pinks & Plums Set
Contains:
0.07 oz Bottom Lash Mascara in Black, retail value $10
0.28 oz High Impact Mascara in Black, retail value $16
0.04 oz Almost Lipstick in Shy Honey, approximate retail value $8.57
Eye Shadow Compact, estimated retail value $27
0.012 oz Cream Shaper for Eyes in Starry Plum, approximate retail value $4.50
1.7 oz Take the Day Off Makeup Remover, approximate retail value $7.29
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $73.36
Total Cost: $39.50
Percent: 185.72%

57. BareMinerals Dare To Wear Gold Set
Contains:
0.3 oz bareMinerals READY™ Blush/Luminizer in The Natural High & Shining Moment, approximate retail value $31.43
2 x 0.02 oz Eyecolor in Double Dare, Wild Thing, retail value $28
0.04 oz Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 AM, retail value $15
0.15 oz Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rock Star, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $90
Actual Value: $92.43
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 188.63%

58. Benefit Cosmetics How To Look The Best At Everything
Contains:
0.25 oz The POREfessional, approximate retail value $10
0.23 oz Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, approximate retail value $8.28
2 x 0.05 oz Boi-ing, approximate retail value $20
0.14 oz "Hello Flawless!" SPF 15, approximate retail value $19.04
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $57.32
Total Cost: $30
Percent: 191.07%

59. BareMinerals Cheek to Chic
Contains:
0.15 oz Ready Blush in The One, approximate retail value $15.71
0.15 oz Luminizer in The Love Affair, approximate retail value $13
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $28.71
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 191.40%

60. Benefit Cosmetics Primping With the Stars
Contains:
0.08 oz Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows, approximate retail value $6.30
0.12 oz Some Kind-A-Gorgeous Foundation in Medium, approximate retail value $10.59
0.13 oz Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain, approximate retail value $9.29
0.25 oz The Porefessional Pro Balm, approximate retail value $10.00
0.25 oz Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, approximate retail value $18.75
0.1 oz They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $7.67
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $62.60
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 195.63%

61. Smashbox Try It Halo + BB
Contains:
0.5 oz Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, retail value $19.50
0.25 oz Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, approximate retail value $22.01
0.25 oz Photo Finish Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $9
Baby Buki Brush, approximate retail value $7
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $57.51
Total Cost: $29
Percent: 198.31%

62. BareMinerals Touch Up To-Go Duo
Contains:
0.15 oz bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15, approximate retail value $8.88
Baby Buki Brush, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $16
Actual Value: $23.88
Total Cost: $12
Percent: 199.00%

63. BareMinerals Insider Introducing Color Shift Eyecolor
Contains:
0.02 oz Color Shift Eyecolor in Gold (shifts to Blue), retail value $14
0.03 oz Blush in Boost (pink cantaloupe), retail value $19
0.33 oz Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black, retail value $18
0.14 oz Natural Lipgloss in Star fruit (golden pink nectar), retail value $15
0.012 oz Big & Bright Eyeliner in Black Sea (deep teal), retail value $14
Sephora's Stated Value: $104
Actual Value: $80
Total Cost: $40
Percent: 200.00%

64. Korres The Lip Blockbuster Volume II
Contains:
3 x 0.21 oz Lip Butter in Guava (universal clear), Pomegranate (sheer warm coral), Quince (sheer rose pink), retail value $36
3 x 0.34 oz Lip Butter Glaze in Jasmine (neutral pink), Raspberry (berry), Wild Rose (deep red), retail value $42
Sephora's Stated Value: $78
Actual Value: $78
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 200.00%

65. Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Party To Go Set
Contains:
1 oz Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, approximate retail value $7.35
0.21 oz Extreme Party Mascara in Black, retail value $25
0.03 oz Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet, approximate retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $44
Actual Value: $50.35
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 201.40%

66. Tarte Awaken Your Complexion 4-Piece Customizable Complexion Kit
Contains:
0.07 oz Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, approximate retail value $6.34
0.07 oz Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, approximate retail value $7.60
0.23 oz Pure Maracuja Oil, approximate retail value $7.58
0.28 oz Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, retail value $24
Bamboo Concealer Brush, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $58
Actual Value: $65.52
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 204.75%

67. Becca Best of Becca
Contains:
0.24 oz Eye Tint in Baroque (mushroom beige), retail value $24
0.24 oz Beach Tint in Grapefruit (pale coral pink), retail value $25
0.5 oz Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (golden opal pearl), approximate retail value $12.06
0.2 oz The Ultimate Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $17.78
1.35 oz Resurfacing Primer, retail value $40
Sephora's Stated Value: $128
Actual Value: $118.84
Total Cost: $58
Percent: 204.90%

68. BareMinerals Customizable Get Started Kit
Contains:
0.05 All-Over Face Color in Warmth, approximate retail value $19
0.07 oz Original Mineral Veil, approximate retail value $4.66
0.5 oz Prime Time Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $11.50
0.28oz Original Foundation OR 0.49oz READY Foundation, retail value $27 OR $29
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, retail value $20
Flawless Application Face Brush, retail value $22
Full Flawless Face Brush, retail value $28
Sephora's Stated Value: $138
Actual Value: $132.16 OR $134.16
Total Cost: $62 OR $64
Percent: 209.63% OR 213.16%

69. BareMinerals Insider Introducing Whipped Velvet Long-Wear Eyecolor
Contains:
0.01 oz Sugared Bronze Eyecolor, approximate retail value $7
0.02 oz Flawless Radiance All-Over Face Color, approximate retail value $12.67
0.15 oz Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rule Breaker, retail value $18
0.14 oz Whipped Velvet Long-Wear Eyecolor in Plush Brown, approximate retail value $12
0.33 oz Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara in Black, retail value $18
0.04 oz Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 2AM, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $91
Actual Value: $82.67
Total Cost: $40
Percent: 206.67%

70. Too Faced The Iconic Collection
Contains:
0.5 oz Size Queen Mascara, retail value $21
0.25 oz Eye Shadow Collection in Lavendar, Satin Sheets, Ever After, Birthday Suit, approximate retail value $23.07
0.1 oz Deluxe Glamour Gloss, approximate retail value $15.83
0.26 oz Blush-Bronzer Duo, approximate retail value $21.48
Sephora's Stated Value: $110
Actual Value: $81.38
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 208.67%

71. BareMinerals Flawless Complexion Essentials 3-Piece Collection
Contains:
0.5 fl. oz. Prime Time Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $11.50
0.03 oz. Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $37
Actual Value: $31.50
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 210%

72. Buxom Flirt Alert A Stunning Sultry Eye Duo
Contains:
0.12 oz Stay-There Eyeshadow in Pug, retail value $18
0.01 oz Insider Eyeliner in Onyx, retail value $14
Sephora's Stated Value: $31
Actual Value: $32
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 213.33%

73. Bite Beauty Lip Layers
Contains:
2 x 0.07 oz Luminous Crème Lipstick, approximate retail value $25.85
Sephora's Stated Value: $70
Actual Value: $25.85
Total Cost: $12
Percent: 215.38%

74. Buxom The Headliners Collection
Contains:
0.22 oz Amplified Lash Mascara in Loud Black, retail value $22
0.03 oz Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney, retail value $19
0.01 oz Insider Eyeliner in Onyx, retail value $14
0.15 oz Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Dani, retail value $19
0.12 oz Stay-There Eyeshadow in Pug, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $92
Actual Value: $92
Total Cost: $42
Percent: 219.05%

75. Too Faced New Year New You
Contains:
0.14 oz Eye Shadow, approximate retail value $12.92
0.14 oz Blush, approximate retail value $11.57
0.4 oz Lashgasm Mascara, retail value $21
0.12 oz Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $75
Actual Value: $64.49
Total Cost: $29
Percent: 222.38%

76. LORAC Pro Eye Tutorial Kit
Contains:
0.15 oz Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Star Power, retail value $27
0.08 oz Pro Cream Eyeliner in Black, retail value $19
0.47 oz Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, retail value $21
0.53 oz Pro Mascara in black, retail value $23
Sephora's Stated Value: $110
Actual Value: $90
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 230.77%

77. Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit
Contains:
1 oz Foundation Primer, retail value $19.50
0.21 oz Undercover Pot Shade #2, retail value $34
1 oz Tinted Moisturizer in Nude or Sand, approximate retail value $28.67
Secret Camouflage Brush, retail value $26
Camouflage Powder Brush, retail value $28
Velour Puff, retail value $12
Egg-shaped Sponge, approximate retail value $3.75
Sephora's Stated Value: $159
Actual Value: $151.92
Total Cost: $65
Percent: 233.72%

78. BareMinerals Insider Introducing Hydrating Lip Tint
Contains:
0.18 oz Hydrating Lip Tint, estimated retail value $16
0.1 oz Prime Time Primer Shadow, retail value $18
0.04 oz Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner, retail value $15
0.33 oz Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, retail value $18
0.03 oz Peek-A-Boo Blush, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $86
Actual Value: $86
Total Cost: $36
Percent: 238.89%

79. Sephora Favorites Super Stars Beauty Essentials
Contains:
0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, approximate retail value $3.97
0.06 oz Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Black Light, retail value $19
0.16 oz NARS Blush in Orgasm, retail value $29
0.5 oz Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, retail value $22
0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, retail value $14
0.33 oz Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, retail value $18
0.3 oz Benefit They're Real! Mascara, retail value $23
0.15 oz BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Sandy, retail value $19
0.016 oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, retail value $20
0.33 oz Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum Rollerball, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $179
Actual Value: $185.97
Total Cost: $75
Percent: 247.96%

80. Too Faced Beauty BFF Set
Contains:
0.04 oz Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Perfect Black, retail value $18
0.11oz Mini Shadow Insurance, approximate retail value $6.29
2 x 0.06 oz Exotic Intense Eye Shadows in Copper Peony, Cop a Teal, approximate retail value $36
0.25 oz Mini Lash Injection Mascara, approximate retail value $10.71
0.35 oz Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, retail value $30
Sephora's Stated Value: $100
Actual Value: $101
Total Cost: $40
Percent: 252.50%

81. Smashbox Try It Kit
Contains:
0.25 oz Photo Finish Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $9
0.02 oz Photo Finish Lid Primer, approximate retail value $5
0.03 oz Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx, approximate retail value $14.25
0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, approximate retail value $7.18
0.14 oz Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume, approximate retail value $13.30
Sephora's Stated Value: $52
Actual Value: $48.73
Total Cost: $19
Percent: 256.47%

82. Benefit Cosmetics Goodtime Gals
Contains:
0.08 oz Posietint, approximate retail value $5.71
0.25 oz Girl Meets Pearl, approximate retail value $18.75
0.25 oz ''That Gal" Primer, approximate retail value $19.59
Sephora's Stated Value: $56
Actual Value: $44.05
Total Cost: $17
Percent: 259.11%

83. Bite Beauty 15 Shades of Sephora
Contains:
15 x 0.06 oz Lip Gloss
Sephora's Stated Value: $165
Actual Value: $126.92
Total Cost: $48
Percent: 264.42%

84. LORAC Close Up: Real Life To Red Carpet Natural To Dramatic Face Tutorial
Contains:
0.15 oz Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in LORACstar, retail value $27
0.02 oz Front Of The Line Pro in Black, retail value $23
0.43 oz Multiplex 3D Lashes Mascara in Black, retail value $22
0.12 oz Blush in Soul, retail value $20 full price, $10 sale price
0.17 oz Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Trend Setter, retail value $22
Sephora's Stated Value: $120
Actual Value: $104 OR $114, depending on generosity.
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 266.67% OR 292.30%

85. Benefit Cosmetics You Go Gals!
Contains:
0.25 oz That Gal!, approximate retail value $19.59
0.25 oz The POREfessional, approximate retail value $10
0.25 oz Girl Meets Pearl, approximate retail value $18.75
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $48.34
Total Cost: $18
Percent: 268.56%

86. Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings
Contains:
0.13 oz Deluxe Lashgasm Mascara, approximate retail value $6.83
0.17 oz Deluxe Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer, approximate retail value $9.71
0.1 oz Deluxe Glamour Gloss Volumizing Lip Gloss in Sexpot, approximate retail value $15.83
0.12 oz Deluxe Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-Feathering Lip Primer, approximate retail value $15.20
0.17 oz Deluxe Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, approximate retail value $5.10
Sephora's Stated Value: $58
Actual Value: $52.67
Total Cost: $19
Percent: 277.21%

87. Sephora Lash Stash To Go
Contains:
0.14 oz Benefit BADgal Lash in Black, retail value $10
0.2 oz BUXOM Lash in Blackest Black, approximate retail value $20
0.12 oz Korres Volcanic Minerals Voluminizing Mascara, approximate retail value $8.89
0.09 oz Lancome Définicils in Black, approximate retail value $10.57
0.16 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! in Rich Black, approximate retail value $12.66
Voucher, value between $19 and $27
Sephora's Stated Value: $51
Actual Value: Between $81.12 and $89.12
Total Cost: $25
Percent: Between 324.48% and 356.48%

88. Lip Glaze Trio
Contains:
3 X 0.05 oz Lip Glaze, approximate retail value $41.25
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $41.25
Total Cost: $12
Percent: 343.75%

13 comments:

  1. Awesome - and an impressive amount of work. Thank you!!!

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  2. This is awesome. Really helpful. Thanks!

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  3. You should totally make an iphone app out of this, so that we can check it out when we are actually faced with these things in the store.
    Also, may I request this sort of thing for Ulta sets as well?
    I can' tell you how much I appreciate it!

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    1. Oh gosh. On an Ulta one - Sure, but not until I forget how annoying it was to do this one!

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  4. Wow, this is AMAZING. I can't even imagine how much work this would be unless you're doing a wget of the whole Sephora site and pulling the values to do automated calculations. (Although, if you are? way to go, that's awesome.)

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    1. No, I did it all by hand... because I'm a loser... :(

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    2. I am not sure that "doing a wget on a website and then parsing it with regular expressions to more easily supply values for a megacomparison post on my blog" necessarily makes one a 'winner' per se. Unless by 'winner' we mean 'giant nerd' in which case, yay, I'm a winner!

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  5. This is amazing. I actually love doing this kinda math with samples and beauty stuff. Great job and very easy to understand.

    If you want to do more and want help, I totally wouldn't mind volunteering. Maybe do a QVC one too.

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  6. Every time that I read your blog, I am so impressed by all of the work you put into it! How long does a post like this take you?

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  7. This is an amazing list! I would love to see a post with maybe just a top ten list of the sets you think are actually "worth it".

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  8. This is AMAZING! If you ever decide to do this again, I would love to see the holiday Sephora Favorites sets. Of course I could do it myself, but I seem to be having a problem called "lazy" :)

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