Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Daily Mail Scares You Into Taking Off Your Makeup

Daily Fail contributor Anna Pursglove and I have at least one thing in common: sometimes we are too lazy to remove our makeup. Anna Pursglove, however, decided to write an incredibly alarmist article about it. For said article, she did not wash her makeup off for an entire month.

It's hard to get really annoyed at this Daily Mail article, since they are promoting something that's generally a good idea (washing the gunk off your face at night), but the fundamental premise of this article is deeply flawed. It's like trying to investigate whether it's a bad idea to re-use your milk glass from lunch at dinner by refusing to wash the glass for two weeks and just chugging molding, sour milk. It's like simulating re-wearing a dress for two days in a row by not washing your underwear for a year.

Pusglove's Before and After Picture
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2380419/What-sleeping-make-does-skin-Our-shocking-experiment-exposes-happens.html
Pursglove's month-long journey certainly sounds unpleasant. She reports, "The foundation that I had once loved looked dry and crepey on my skin. In a bid to rehydrate my parched face, once or twice I tried putting moisturiser over the surface of the make-up at night. But this served only to smear it in a wider arch across the pillowcase. My eyelashes, meanwhile, seemed to have stuck together into two giant mono-lashes, meaning applying further mascara was getting difficult. On several occasions I caught myself pulling eyelashes out in clumps and became genuinely concerned that they might all come out." However, this isn't damage. This is just being gross. She's being unsanitary and then describing the results to her readers.

At the end of the month, Pursglove visited a dermatologist to determine whether she fucked herself up. As I am sure you could have predicted, her skin was dry, her wrinkles had deepened (probably because her fucking skin was dry), her skin was red, and her pores were larger. Well, okay. Fine. But then she notes something fascinating: "According to Dr Williams, the decline in texture was almost certainly down to me skipping my twice-daily moisturising routine." She was skipping her entire skincare regimen. No exfoliation. No peels. No moisturizing. You could just as easily conclude from this article that proper use of skincare is a good thing.

According to Pursglove, "The experts estimated that my skin was biologically approximately a decade older than before I began my no-cleansing experiment." However, she also parrots completely paradoxical information. "'You won't have done any meaningful damage in four weeks,' [the dermatologist] said. 'But long-term avoidance of cleansing while continuing to wear make-up could be detrimental to your skin in the long-run.'" You can't simultaneously claim that she has made her skin ten years worse AND that she hasn't done any long-term damage. You just don't get to have both of those things. I also don't need a dermatologist to tell me that caking more and more makeup on my face without removing it for, say, an entire year is a bad thing to do.

What's more, I think that revelation runs completely counter to her conclusions. If this woman can leave her makeup on and completely neglect her skincare for an entire month and not suffer any long-term damage... hell, what's one night?!

(Note: you should definitely wash your makeup off anyways.)

Review: NYX Taupe Blush

A perfect product is a rare thing. The NYX Powder Blush in Taupe is not quite perfect, but it's damn close. Contouring can be a tricky prospect for people with lighter skin. Most people contour with matte bronzers, which can end up looking dirty and orange. NYX Taupe is a wonderful alternative. Because the color is nice and cool, it comes across as a natural shadow, rather than a weird Oompa Loompa smear.

Yours will look less used, promise. Well, at first.
NYX Taupe has had a super weird relationship to the internet. People love it, but they are also bizarrely convinced that it has been discontinued. NYX has had a hell of a time squashing these rumors. They have said, though, "We don't have any plans to discontinue our Powder Blush in Taupe"

Swatch of NYX Taupe blush
This blush is awesome in terms of pigmentation, since it can easily be applied so that it's nice and sheer or built up into something dramatic. I do recommend diligently cleaning this blush in addition to your brushes, as I have found that oil builds up on this product pretty easily. Other than than that, my only complaint is the general bulkiness of NYX blush packaging... an easily forgivable flaw, certainly.

I have absolutely no visible cheekbones when I do not contour, and I think that the effect of this product is quite flattering. I have yet to find a higher end product that is as attractive and easy to use as the NYX Taupe Blush.

NYX Taupe Blush on Human Face
NYX Taupe Blush retails for $5 for 0.14 oz, putting it at $35.71 per ounce. Other products in this vein, such as MAC's Blush in Harmony, are pricier. Harmony, for example, retails for $21 for 0.21 oz, making it $100 per ounce.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I Spent HOW Much Money At Sephora?!: An Introduction to VIB Rouge

Apparently, Sephora has some high-spending customers that they are vaguely trying to cater to. Until now, anyone could become a Beauty Insider, and spending $350 in one calendar year made you a "VIB". Sephora just launched their "VIB Rouge" program for people who spend $1000 a year at the store.

Qualifying for VIB Rouge is a potent mixture of mild happiness and embarrassment. It's like someone pointing out you ate entire 1.5 quart tub of ice cream in one sitting, so you get a coupon. I'm just brimming with ambivalence.


Because I am a weirdo hoarder, I still have my VIB Welcome Kit, so you can see them side-by-side if you like. The VIB Rouge Welcome Kit comes in a box, and is slightly bigger. You also get a different font. The font change is really the sign that you're moving up in the world, I think.


Saying you have "a serious beauty addiction" is about as close as Sephora can get to telling you to re-examine your life priorities.

For some reason, people who shop online don't get a card, which is sort of irritating.


Sephora also released a limited edition lipstick by Bite Beauty for VIB Rouge members only. They included a 0.052 oz deluxe sample with the welcome kit.

Unfortunately, the didn't kick off their VIB Rouge exclusive lipstick on a positive note. Bite Beauty's normal lipsticks cost $24 for 0.13 oz ($184.62 per ounce). FOR LITERALLY NO REASON, the limited edition shade costs $4 more for the same size ($215.38 per ounce). I can only assume that their thought process was, "Well, if someone is qualifying for VIB Rouge, they obviously don't give a shit about their money." Bitch, if I'm spending $28 for a lipstick, I'll spend the extra $2 to get Givenchy.


It also kind of irritates me that they are claiming that this lipstick is "inspired by Sephora". Come the fuck on. It's just a different red. Are you trying to tell me you colored this red to match the website's "Add to Basket" button or something? Bull.

The color is a neutral, bold red that's almost matte (but not quite). For a matte lipstick, it's very, very soft and almost gooey in texture.


The big, meaningful perk for VIB Rouge is that you get free shipping on any sized order on the Sephora website. For someone like me, who is basically an online-exclusive shopper, this is pretty nice. It means that I don't have to wait until I have $50 worth of merchandise to get free shipping, and it means I can get WAY MORE SAMPLES. I made what would have been one $75 order in three $25 order batches and got a deluxe sample and three foil samples on each one, which was great. For people who live near a Sephora, they may not care about this. You also get free makeovers, which isn't relevant to me since I live so far away (and also because I find that Sephora employees will probably give you a makeover if you ask and they have nothing to do, regardless). Finally, we supposedly will get free shit sent to us, but I am not exactly holding my breath for anything worthwhile.

Sephora is kicking off the program with extra points on purchases from August 12-18th. Beauty Insiders get double points, VIBs get triple points, and VIB Rouge members get quadruple points. (If you know you're planning on buying cosmetics for Christmas presents, it might be worth it to grab them early during this event.)

Not-so-coincidentally, Sephora is also launching new ABSURD point perks on August 12th at 9am. Full info is available here. To give you a sense, it includes a 10,000 point trip to Paris for two. I strongly suspect that Sephora is hoping that many VIB Rouge members spend the $2,500 needed to get the Paris trip during the quadruple points event, even though only one is available. I suppose that we'll see what happens on the 12th...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Are All Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primers Equally Crappy?

My eyeshadow primer mega-comparison showed that Urban Decay Primer Potion doesn't live up to the hype. I speculated that its cult following stems more from its accessibility and Urban Decay's intelligently-done promotion of the product than from its raw priming power.

However, my mega-comparison method included only the original formula of the primer. Urban Decay also makes a shimmery champagne color called Sin, a matte beige-y yellow called Eden, and shimmery pale gold called Greed.

The original eyeshadow primer is solidly mediocre. But what about the other ones? I decided to test them.

Swatches of the primer by itself: Original is 1, Sin is 2, Eden is 3, and Greed is 4.
Please forgive the artificial lighting. 

I used Urban Decay's Half Baked as my eyeshadow for this test. When I originally swatched over the primers, it was clear that all four of them signification intensified the shadow in comparison to the control.

However (and this is probably un-shocking to you), the color of the shadow definitely changed based on the color of the primer. Sin was significantly cooler than its counterparts, and both Eden and Greed were more yellow. Sin and Greed played up the shimmer shadow even more.

This is important because it means that, even if one of these primers works dramatically better than the original primer, it still may not be a good fit for you based on the eyeshadow look you are trying to accomplish.

From left to right: Control (no primer), Original, Sin, Eden, Greed

As before, I waited four hours before checking on the status of my swatches.

Four hours later...
From left to right: Control, Original, Sin, Eden, Greed

As expected, the control swatch faded significantly more than the primed swatches. However, it seemed that Eden did even worse than the Original Formulation. Greed performed comparably to the Original formula and its shimmery nature resulted in more shimmer, even though the color intensity was no better.

Sin, though... Sin was a different story. It performed dramatically better than all of the other Urban Decay primers. In the original mega-comarison, it would have qualified as a "high performer".

If you don't mind the color change and the shimmer, and if you're looking for an Urban Decay primer in particular, Sin is definitely the way to go. Indeed, if you're looking for a primer specifically to intensify your shimmery shadow, it might even be, dare I say it, a really good choice.

All four primers retail for $20 for 0.37oz ($54.05 per ounce).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in Light 44

You know how Sephora has that evil lighting where you can see pimples but your makeup is shrouded in mystery? It's easy to convince yourself that something will work for you in that lighting.

I asked for a sales associate to match me to both the Kat Von D concealer and to the foundation. I was so entranced by the glowing internet reviews for these products that I traveled a really considerable distance to get to the nearest Sephora (which is not-so-near to my home). He matched me to the lightest shade of the concealer (Light 16) and the second lightest shade of the foundation (Light 44).

As he spread the concealer under my eyes, I knew that it was clearly wrong, shitty Sephora lighting or no. The Sephora website says that the concealer in Light 16 has a pink undertone, but that is fucking bullshit. It looked like he was spreading yellow paint on my eye. He asked me, "What do you think of that?" and I responded, "Uh, that's clearly the wrong color." "Yeah, it's pretty yellow," he responded. Why Kat Von D is doing her concealers and foundations in different colors is a total mystery to me.


When he put the foundation on, though, it looked much better. I should have known, though, since he said that same fucking thing about it. "What do you think of that?" That's clearly code for, "this isn't working for you, but I'll sell it to you anyways".

I think I even knew when I was there, non-consciously, because I asked to try the lighter color, Light 42, but with my summer tan (I can't put on enough sunscreen to completely stay pale), it was too light.

I took home a sample, but I ended up buying the full size online. In the natural lighting of my bathroom, though, there was no denying it. It was the wrong color. Not only was it too dark, it was too yellow. Apparently unbeknownst to me, my skin has been cotton candy pink.

Yeah, the packaging is fucking gorgeous.
The product did everything it claimed, though, so I kept denying it. It's not heavy (at least not as heavy as many foundations that I have tried), and it fucking covers EVERYTHING. I am pretty sure that this foundation could make gaping woulds invisible in a single swipe.

So I kept using it. And if this was just a story about buying the wrong shade of foundation, I would still be using it, with some sort of mixer to add in some more pink and white.

But that is not what this is a story about.

At first, it just looked like a breakout. My skin was mad. Maybe it was time to change my pillowcase. Maybe my hormones were doing something wacky. Maybe I'd been touching my face without noticing. Thank god I had this awesome Kat Von D foundation to cover up these encroaching blemished.

But then the breakouts got worse. My whole chin looked like it was covered in tiny Mount Vesuviuses. There was pus. There was redness. I got frantic. Would more exfoliation help? A cleansing mask? A real-life mask that I can just wear on the street so no one looks at me and/or assumes I'm dressed up as Erik from the Phantom of the Opera? I began to use the Kat Von D foundation to cover up my acne and use something lighter on my as-of-yet-un-marred cheeks.

And then it got worse. I basically had a beard of acne. I basically looked like Zach Galifianakis but with pus instead of hair. I stopped taking pictures of myself for this blog. I drug up pictures I had taken in the past and wrote reviews on those products instead.

And then I realized. It was just on my chin and the sides of my face. The area on my cheeks, where I wasn't using Kat Von D? Totally fine.

Kat Von D Foundation in Light 44
I obviously can't prove that the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation was the cause of the seriously gnarly skin troubles, but I can tell you that when I stopped using it, the problems were considerably reduced. I'm still a little grosser than I was looking before, but I'm mostly back to normal.

I can also tell you that I ain't buying that shit again.

If Kat Von D makes your color and you're not affected by the skin-murdering issues that I had (people are affected by different things), this could be a great foundation. It really does have absurdly good coverage. But, for obvious reasons, the downsides by far outweigh the upsides for me.

At $34 for 1 oz, Kat Von D foundation retails for the easy-to-calculate price of $34 per ounce. For comparison, my usual foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation comes in at $22.35 per ounce.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cosmetics Company History: Vaseline and the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company

At risk of sounding like a corporate shill (or perhaps to counter my numerous negative or neutral reviews), I have decided to describe the history of those companies that have a relatively non-boring story. Unfortunately, I am starting off on a really bad note, since Vaseline is definitely a product, not a company, but I suspect that you'll get over it.

The story of Vaseline starts in the 1800s, when Robert Chesebrough, a British industrial chemist, was laboriously working to clarify kerosene from sperm whales.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RobertChesebrough.jpg
Sperm whales have an organ on their heads that is used for highly effective echolocation (way fucking better than dolphins). It is filled with a waxy substance known as spermaceti, which is made up of wax esters, such as cetyl palmitate, and triglycerides. (This is actually totally not relevant, but I like marine biology.) Whalers would kill and decapitate the sperm whale, drill a hole in the head, and drain up to 500 gallons of the gunk. Afterwards, it was processed by chemists such as Chesebrough.

Yes, "junk" and "melon" are the technical terms.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sperm_whale_head_anatomy_(transverse_%2B_sagittal).svg
Whaling in the 18th-20th centuries resulted in the near extinction of sperm whales. Whale oil was not commercially banned internationally until 1972, and, even then, some countries (cough cough Japan) did not adhere to this legislation. In the mid-1800s, when Chesebrough was active, sperm whale populations were around 29% of their pre-whaling numbers. Iron-rich sperm whale feces facilitates the growth of phytoplankton, who sink to the depths of the ocean in death, bringing atmospheric carbon with them. The historical legacy of sperm whale hunting has caused an additional 2 million tons of carbon to be released into the atmosphere every year, contributing to global warming. Whaling has taken a huge ecological toll; some ecologists view sperm whales as a keystone species for the deep-sea, meaning their numbers dramatically affect the environment and populations within the environment.

Luckily, petroleum rendered sperm whale oil obsolete in the 1840s, when James Young discovered a process to distill kerosene from the substance. Not only was this cheaper and less ethically distasteful than whale oil, petroleum rarely fights back when approached by humans attempting to collect it. Thus, Chesebrough needed a new job.

In 1859, the precursors to petroleum jelly were observed by oil rig workers, who found that the substance built up on the machinery, resulting in frequent mechanical malfunctions. Chesebrough traveled to the United States to visit this Pennsylvanian rig, hoping to find a commercial application for this nuisance. He found that the black "rod wax" could be distilled to form a light-colored gel.

Random oil rig from the 1800s.
Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/50/Los-angeles-oil-rigs.jpg/260px-Los-angeles-oil-rigs.jpg
When the workers told him that thought the rod wax helped to heal their cuts, Chesebrough knew that he had a spin. He began to injure himself, and found, to his delight, that it did help soothe his self-inflicted wounds.

Chesebrough opened a factory producing the product under the name Vaseline in 1870. The name is rumored to have come from a combination of the German word for water (wasser) and the Greek word for oil (έλαιον). Chesebrough patented the process of making petroleum jelly in 1872. His patent describes vacuum distillation and a bone char filtration process.

Source: http://www.cosmeticsandskin.com/companies/images/testing-lamps.jpg

Disappointingly, Chesebrough couldn't find a buyer for his miracle product. Drugstore owners seemed unimpressed. Undeterred, Chesebrough took to the streets of New York, burning his skin using acid or open flames, spreading Vaseline on his unpleasant wounds, and demonstrating his past burns that were supposedly healed by the power of Vaseline. He then offered free samples of his product to onlookers.

Unfortunately, we now know that Vaseline has no effect on cuts or burns, so Chesebrough spent his time injuring himself for no real reason. However, the man was clearly a weirdo about Vaseline in other ways as well. He claimed to eat a spoonful of the stuff every day, and insisted on being coated in Vaseline from head to toe when suffering from a viral infection.

She loved Vaseline.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Queen_Victoria_by_Bassano.jpg
In 1883, Chesebrough was knighted by Queen Victoria, who gleefully told the inventor that she used the product every single day. (What for? We can only speculate.)

Chesebrough died a wealthy man in his New Jersey home in 1933 at the age of 96.

The Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, the company used to distribute Vaseline, remained highly profitable. They were listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and continued to be profitable even during the Great Depression.

Source: http://pics1.ds-static.com/prodimg/13346/300.jpg
In 1955, it merged with Pond's (the cold cream people), becoming Chesebrough-Ponds. In 1987, they were purchased by Unilever, the dickwads who make Axe Body Spray (as well as, to be fair, lots of brands I like. Hard to hate Ben & Jerry's.)

Review: Miscellaneous Shiro Eyeshadows

The last time I reviewed a product from an indie company, the owner of company took to facebook to write about how my makeup is bad, my reviews are bad, and I should feel bad. (My review wasn't even particularly negative.) As a result, I just kind of decided to stick to products that are popular enough that the owner of the company doesn't give a shit about what I say. Less hurt feelings that way.

However, I was so pleased with the eyeshadow that I received from Shiro Cosmetics this past week that I figured y'all should hear about their awesomeness.

All my eyeshadow purchases together.
I purchased twelve minis and was given three samples on top of my order. The owner, Caitlin, also included some candy along with my package, which was promptly consumed. (Don't expect banana Laffy Taffy to last in my hands.) The minis have a little sifter, which is blocked off by a sticky pad. I explicitly purchased colors that are fucking fun, since fun colors are sometimes easier to get with indie brands.

Sticker
Shiro eyeshadows are in collections based around some theme, such as the Hunger Games or Lord of the Rings. The website boasts that it is "makeup and geekery". I know it is very charming to some people but is a little too silly for me. Honestly, it's probably because her chosen themes are things I'm not particularly fond of. I might be more easily enticed by a collection named after famous psychologists, mathematical theorems, developmental genes (we all know what color Sonic Hedgehog, SHH, would be!), or elementary particles.

Honestly, though, if her themes aren't to my taste but her eyeshadow is good, big fucking deal. I'll take the awesome eyeshadow. And, thankfully, that is exactly what happened.

As always, my swatches are two swipes of color over no primer. Worth noting: every single shade was a glitterbomb.

Here's what I purchased--

From left to right: Whiteout, the Truth, Snake, Cornucopia
Whiteout: A sparkly golden cream.

The Truth: A true, sparkle-filled white.

Snake: A yellow-leaning chartreuse.

Cornucopia: A dark, golden color.

From left to right: Whiteout, the Truth, Snake, Cornucopia

Pigmentation on all of these suckers is top notch.

From left to right: Rupee, There And Back Again, Lingered in Twilight, Vine Whip

Rupee: A lime green.

There And Back Again: A true, medium green (much less blue than it appears on the Shiro website).

Lingered in Twilight: This is a shimmery dark green. Unfortunately, in a lot of lighting, it comes across a little bit like a glittery black.

Vine Whip: I think that this is my favorite out of all the shadows that I purchased. It's not as described-- the website says it's a "bright, shimmering grassy green with a hint of a gold undertone", and the picture is in accordance with that description. I received a turquoise... but it's a turquoise that's fucking beautiful.

From left to right: Rupee, There and Back Again, Lingered in Twilight, Vine Whip
Again, super solid pigmentation on all the colors.

From left to right: Attercop Attercop, Team Rocket, Majora's Mask, Eye Contact

Attercop Attercop: I didn't like this one, but it's because I'm a failure and only looked at swatches instead of reading the description. I was hoping for a dark blue (which is what I observed in the swatch). What I got was exactly what was described-- a black with blue glitter. Whoops.

Team Rocket: This is another one where I didn't get quite what I was expecting. The website shows a really deep, bright, royal purple. In actuality, the shade is much lighter; it's sort of a warm, medium-purple. It was also really hard to built the pigmentation up, which is very unusual for a loose pigment like this.

Majora's Mask: A medium purple filled with multidimensional glitter in a wide range of colors.

Eye Contact: A lovely fuschia.

From left to right: Attercop Attercop, Team Rocket, Majora's Mask, Eye Contact 

Team Rocket, Majora's Mask, and Eye contact were all a little less buildable than I might have hoped, but they still look pretty good.

From left to right: Philosopher's Stone, King Under the Mountain, Rebellion

Philosopher's Stone: A dark, muddy red.

King Under the Mountain: An earthy brown with lots of blue sparkle.

Rebellion: A black.
From left to right: Philosopher's Stone, King Under the Mountain, Rebellion

I will admit that I would have preferred to try out some more bright colors as opposed to neutrals (I am pretty sure I have enough brown eyeshadow to paint all my walls taupe at this point), but I can only assume she looked at the whacko colors I bought and thought, "How the hell are you going to wear all this shit?! Have some damn brown!"... which is probably fair.

Here are some looks I've put together using the above Shiro eyeshadows:





Caitlin doesn't have a mass listed for the sample size (she lists it at 1/4tsp), but I weighed them and found that they are all about 0.6 g/0.02oz (obviously, not counting the baggie). This quickly called into question her listed masses on the website. The mini is supposedly 1g/0.035oz for $3.50 ($100 per ounce) and the full-size is 2g/0.07oz for $5 ($71.43 per ounce).

The reason that I found these numbers suspect is that the sample size, based on my measurements, comes out to only $50 an ounce, making it a better deal than either the mini or the full size. That would be terrible business, because it would dis-encentivize purchasing the full size product.

I ended up dissecting one of my minis to test whether it was 1 gram. Sure enough, it was. That means that, based on the sample sizes that I received, the samples are a better deal than buying the product. Because I purchased minis, I basically managed to get the worst deal on the site.

Shiro also offers discounts for larger purchases. 10 of anything gets you a 10% discount, putting the price per ounce at $45 per ounce for samples, $90 per ounce for the minis, and $63.39 per ounce for the full sizes. A purchase of 25 full sized versions gets you a 20% discount, making it $57.14 per ounce... which is still more expensive than stocking up on samples!

It is worth noting that you do get a sifter jar for mini and full size purchases, which is obviously much more practical than lugging around tiny baggies.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ipsy July 2013 Review

Oh, Ipsy. I know you're trying. Well, I don't know. But I assume. Still, your alleged effort seems to be consistently for naught.

Another month, another bag of junk. As per usual, WOW this clear, pink, plastic bag is unbelievably tacky. It would look at home filled with Lisa Frank merchandise.

Not to mention: Why are you getting here so damn late in the month? If you were my period, I would have taken about eight pregnancy tests by now.

Here's what I got:



BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sample (estimated 0.09 oz), estimated retail value $0.62



This sample epitomizes what I hate about Ipsy. Is it a sort of reasonable-looking size? Yup. Is it acceptably packaged? Sure. Is it so low-quality that I would have snubbed my nose at it in middle school? DEFINITELY.


There are three colors: Hollywood, a royal purple, San Francisco, a medium brown, and Malibu, a gold. These eyeshadows have virtually no pigmentation when swatched dry. Using a damp brush alleviates some of the intensity issues, but leaves them looking muddy.

Dry swatches on top, wet on bottom. 
To be frank, I would much prefer to get a smaller sample that has decent quality.

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush (0.1 oz), approximate retail value $4.17



I am convinced that everything Pop Beauty touches turns to crap. There's no way they can be this bad on accident, right?


I like the color, but the product is patchy, easily smeared, greasy, and quick-to-fade. I will say that I appreciate the fact that these are twist up, removing the need to sharpen them.

Coola Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer (0.23 oz), approximate retail value $4.87




Coola is apparently under the impression that you can make tinted moisturizer and only make it in one color. I don't know who suggested that is the case to them, but, as someone who would prefer not to dramatically change skin colors, I'd love an apology. This orange gunk had to immediately be washed off my face.


Even leaving aside the color problems, though, this product was a fail. At a mere SPF 20, it's not really appropriate for summer. And, although it claims to smell like roses, it smells like roses where there is something "off" about them, rather than a nice fresh scent.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray (1.7 oz), approximate retail value $8.88




This was probably the best product that I received in my bag. I am super glad I checked my mail with wet hair today, since spraying this on my damp mop led to relatively pretty results. It takes a bit of a punch to get body into long hair, and this did the job successfully.

Nailtini Nail Polish in Mai Tai (0.5 oz), retail value $6




Mai Tai is an orange-y, coral-y red that is opaque in two coats.

Bonus: Nicole By OPI Nail Polish in Pretty In Plum (0.5 oz), retail value $7



 My "Oh, hey, I guess you referred some people" bonus was another nail polish. (Clearly Ipsy doesn't know how much nail polish I own.) For some reason, this nail polish is Selena Gomez themed.

Messy manicure using the nail polishes I got from Ipsy.
Total Box Value: $24.54 without the bonus, $31.54 with it.

A look using the shadows, the lip pencil, and the hair shit.

Overall, I'm obviously pretty displeased with this bag. It doesn't help that other people received Benefit products and/or a nice-looking facial scrub, which would have been much more pleasing than the stuff I received.

If my grumbly review mysteriously convinced you to join this service, please feel free to use my referral link here.

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%
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