Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Are the VIB Value Kits a Better Deal? Or: A Guide to Sephora's Summer 2014 Makeup Value Sets

It's time for my biannual "let's see if Sephora's value kits are a good deal or not" post! For my methods, suggested uses, and caveats, please see my original post here.

As always, having a good value on paper does not mean the kit is worth it for you, but having the numbers and the breakdown by product can help you make an informed decision.

There is one noteworthy difference between this post and my previous posts. In an effort to increase perks for VIB and VIB Rouge Sephora members, the company has introduced a handful of value sets that are exclusive to their bigger spenders. (These kits are available here.) I was curious whether or not these kits were better values than the generally available sets. Thus, I separated the VIB exclusives and the regular kits in order to compare them. This may make for slightly more difficult browsing. The results of my comparison are available at the bottom of the post.

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VIB Exclusives

1. Living Proof Style Lab Travel Kit
Contains:
2 oz Prime Style Extender, retail value $12
0.17 oz Satin Hair Serum, approximate retail value $3.29
0.25 oz Amp² Instant Texture Volumizer, approximate retail value $3
3 oz Flex Shaping Hairspray, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $35
Actual Value: $33.29
Total Cost: $29
Percent: 114.79%

2. Philosophy Amazing Grace Set
Contains:
5 oz Amazing Grace Body Butter, retail value $28
8 oz Amazing Grace Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, approximate retail value $12
0.33 oz Amazing Grace Fragrance Rollerball, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $67
Actual Value: $60
Total Cost: $52
Percent: 115.38%

3. JINsoon Trio de Couleurs
Contains:
0.33 oz Nail Lacquer in Blue Iris, retail value $18
0.33 oz Nail Lacquer in Kookie White, retail value $18
0.33 oz Nail Lacquer in Tea Rose, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $54
Actual Value: $54
Total Cost: $45
Percent: 120%

4. Caudalie The Divine Collection
Contains:
1.7 oz Divine Oil, retail value $32
5.3 oz Divine Scrub, retail value $38
5.3 oz Divine Candle, retail value $48
Sephora's Stated Value: $118
Actual Value: $118
Total Cost: $82
Percent: 143.90%

5. Laura Mercier Inner Artist Quartet
Contains:
1 x 0.01 oz Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat, approximate retail value $4
1 x 0.01 oz Eye Basics in Wheat, approximate retail value $1.38
1 x 0.12 oz Translucent Loose Setting Powder, approximate retail value $4.20
Fan brush, retail value $30
Sephora's Stated Value: $35
Actual Value: $39.58
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 158.32%

6. Buxom Pout It Out
Contains:
0.14 oz Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Mai Tai, retail value $19
0.15 oz Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste, retail value $19
0.15 oz Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Yow, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $57
Actual Value: $57
Total Cost: $34
Percent: 167.65%

7. Josie Maran Four-Piece Glowing Beauty Set
Contains:
0.3 oz Argan High Gloss Lip Quench in Pink Honey, retail value $16
1 oz Argan Illuminizer Skin Brightener, retail value $28
0.39 oz Argan Beautiful Eyes Eyeshadow Set in Beautiful Purples, retail value $36
0.18 oz Cheek Gelée Blush in Pink Escape, retail value $22
Sephora's Stated Value: $102
Actual Value: $102
Total Cost: $60
Percent: 170%

8. Tarte Making Waves Best-Selling Summer Essentials Kit
Contains:
0.20 Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed, retail value $26
0.32 oz Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, retail value $30
0.04 oz LipSurgence Power Pigment in Exposed, retail value $24
0.24 oz Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara, retail value $20
Limited-Edition The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, retail value $32
Sephora's Stated Value: $150
Actual Value: $132
Total Cost: $75
Percent: 176%

9. Stila Come Up Roses Makeup Set
Contains:
In The Moment 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette, retail value $39
0.05 oz Lip Glaze in Shortcake, approximate retail value $13.75
0.5 oz All Over Shimmer in Rose Gold Shimmer, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $67
Actual Value: $72.75
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 186.54%

10. Tarte Glow Beyond Bestsellers Set and Travel Bag
Contains:
Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self-tanning Face Towelette, retail value $2.10
0.2 oz Beauty & the Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad in Just Deserts, retail value $22
0.04 oz LipSurgence Power Pigment in Awakening, retail value $24
1.7 oz Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner, retail value $13
0.9 oz Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer & Cheek Tint in Park Ave Princess, retail value $32
Sephora's Stated Value: $107
Actual Value: $93.10
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 190%

11. Too Faced La Crème de La Crème Long Lasting Lip Collection
Contains:
0.01 oz Perfect Spice Lip Liner, retail value $17
0.11 oz La Crème Lip Cream: Spice Spice Baby, retail value $22
0.11 oz La Crème Lip Cream: Naked Dolly, retail value $22
0.12 oz Deluxe Lip Insurance, approximate retail value $15.20
Sephora's Stated Value: $74
Actual Value: $76.20
Total Cost: $38
Percent: 200.53%

12. Stila Here Comes the Sun Makeup Set
Contains:
0.05 oz Deluxe Lip Glaze in Peaches and Cream, approximate retail value $13.75
0.09 oz Eye Shadow Trio in Goddess, retail value $20
0.01 oz Smudge Stick Eye Liner in Lionfish, retail value $20
0.17 oz Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Bronze, retail value $20
0.5 oz All Over Shimmer in Liquid Bronze, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $88
Actual Value: $93.75
Total Cost: $44
Percent: 213.07%

13. Becca 24/7 Tints Kit
Contains:
0.24 oz. Eye Tint in Romanticism, retail value $24
0.24 oz. Eye Tint in Gilt, retail value $24
0.24 oz. Beach Tint in Raspberry, retail value $25
0.24 oz. Beach Tint in Grapefruit, retail value $25
Sephora's Stated Value: $98
Actual Value: $98
Total Cost: $44
Percent: 222.73%

14. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Duo
Contains:
0.34 oz Midnight Cowboy Lip Gloss, retail value $19
0.34 oz Obsessed Lip Gloss, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $38
Actual Value: $38
Total Cost: $9
Percent: 422.22%

Mean Percent Value: 185.80%



General Value Sets

1. BareMinerals Prime and Perfect Pair
Contains:
0.5 oz Prime Time Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $11.50
0.03 oz Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, approximate retail value $2.00
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $13.50
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 90%

2. Josie Maran Argan Lip and Cheek Stick Set
Contains:
4 x 0.21 oz Argan Lip & Cheek Color Stick in Beautiful, Pink, Coral, Twinkle, estimated retail value $33.60
Sephora's Stated Value: $56
Actual Value: $33.60
Total Cost: $34

Percent: 98.82%

3. BeautyBlender Duo Set
Contains:
2X BeautyBlender, retail value $28.95
5 oz BlenderCleanser, approximate retail value $14.95
Sephora's Stated Value: $43.90
Actual Value: $43.90
Total Cost: $39.95

Percent: 109.91%

4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics In Your Face Kit
Contains:
0.33 oz Lip Tar, retail value $18
0.42 oz Crème Colour Concentrate, retail value $20
0.04 oz Cosmetic Colour Pencil, retail value $16
Sephora's Stated Value: $67
Actual Value: $54
Total Cost: $47.50
Percent: 113.68%

5. Clinique Paired in Purple
Contains:
0.10 oz Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Grandest Purple, retail value $17
0.14 oz A Different Nail Enamel in Hot Date, approximate retail value $5.83
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $22.83
Total Cost: $19.50
Percent: 117.08%

6. Yves Saint Laurent Love and Lacquer Reds Set
Contains:
0.2 oz Rouge Pur Couture Vern is À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Lacquer, retail value $34
0.06 oz Mascara Volume Effete Faux Coils Baby doll in Black, approximate retail value $9.00
0.34 oz La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in 1 Rouge N Pop Art - Vibrant Red, retail value $25
Sephora's Stated Value: $74
Actual Value: $68
Total Cost: $58
Percent: 117.24%

7. 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%

8. 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%

9. 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%

10. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trio Set
Contains:
3 x 0.33 oz Lip Tar in Clockwork, Hush, Memento OR 3 x 0.33 oz Lip Tar in Nylon, Harlot, Trollop, retail value $54
Sephora's Stated Value: $54
Actual Value: $54
Total Cost: $39.50
Percent: 136.71%

11. Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss Collection Nudes and Brights
Contains:
6 x 0.06 oz Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in MWAH, Dolly, Yes You, Cha Cha Cha, Strut It, Pucker Up, approximate retail value $7.60 each
Sephora's Stated Value: $51
Actual Value: $45.60
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 142.50%

12. 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%

13. 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%

14. Blinc Amazing Eyes Discovery Collection
Contains:
0.12 oz Mascara Amplified in Black, approximate retail value $10.40
0.03 oz Eyeliner Pencil in Black, approximate retail value $15
0.06 oz Eye Shadow Primer in Light Tone, approximate retail value $10.29
0.06 oz Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette, approximate retail value $10.29
Sephora's Stated Value: $52
Actual Value: $45.98
Total Cost: $32
Percent: 143.69%

15. Too Faced Pardon My French
Contains:
0.11 oz Shadow Insurance, approximate retail value $6.29
Bonjour Soleil 2014 Eye Shadow Palette, retail value $36
0.25 oz Lash Injection Extreme Volume Tubing Mascara, approximate retail value $10.71
0.04 oz Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $83
Actual Value: $71
Total Cost: $49
Percent: 144.90%

16. 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%

17. Make Up For Ever Birthday Beautiful Set
Contains:
0.07 oz HD Pressed Powder, retail value $22
0.04 oz Aqua Eyes in Purple 11L, retail value $19
0.04 oz Lip Line Perfector, retail value $19
0.84 oz Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser, approximate retail value $5.96
Sephora's Stated Value: $66
Actual Value: $65.96
Total Cost: $45
Percent: 146.58%

18. 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%

19. Givenchy Art of Mascara Set
Contains:
0.05 oz Le Rouge in 103 Brun Creatéur, approximate retail value $15
0.24 oz Phenomen'Eyes Mascara in 1 Phenomen'Black, retail value $30
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $45
Total Cost: $30
Percent: 150%

20. Josie Maran Model Citizen Kit
Contains:
2.2 oz Argan Infinity Creamy Oil, retail value $28
0.55 oz Argan Color Stick in Pink, retail value $22
0.5 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, retail value $16
Sephora's Stated Value: $66
Actual Value: $66
Total Cost: $44
Percent: 150%

21. 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%

22. 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%

23. Too Faced Cause a Scandal
Contains:
0.02 oz 3 Way Lash Lining Tool, retail value $22
0.27 oz Better Than Sex Mascara, retail value $23
0.35 oz Shadow Insurance, retail value $20
Boudoir Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, retail value $36
Sephora's Stated Value: $101
Actual Value: $101
Total Cost: $65
Percent: 155.38%

24. Stila Pretty Pick Me Ups
Contains:
0.05 oz Lip Glaze in Guava, approximate retail value $13.75
0.07 oz Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Peony, approximate retail value $11.67
Sephora's Stated Value: N/A
Actual Value: $25.42
Total Cost: $16
Percent: 158.86%

25. Tarte Cheek Stain Collector's Vault
Contains:
8 x 0.50 oz cheek stains in Flush, Blushing Bride, Blissful, Exposed, Tipsy, True Love, Fearless, Natural Beauty, retail value $30 each
Sephora's Stated Value: $240
Actual Value: $240
Total Cost: $150
Percent: 160%

26. Makeup Forever Makeup Artist Picks 
Empty 4 Eye Shadow Palette
0.08 oz x 2 Eye Shadow Refill in 126, 164, retail value $42
0.08 oz Diamond Shadow Refill in 311, retail value $21
0.08 oz Powder Blush Refill in 92, retail value $21
0.14 oz x 2 Aqua Shadow in 28E, 20E, retail value $40
0.04 oz x 3 Aqua Eyes in 25L, 0L, 11L, retail value $57
0.40 oz Aqua Seal, retail value $21
0.07 oz Diamond Powder in White 1, retail value $25
0.24 oz Aqua Black, retail value $23
0.23 oz Smoky Extravagant, retail value $24
0.20 oz Brow Seal, retail value $18
1.01 oz HD High Definition Primer, retail value $34
0.30 oz HD High Definition Powder, retail value $34
0.08 oz x 2 Aqua Rouge in 2, 8, retail value $48
0.04 oz x 2 Aqua Lip in 2C, 8C, retail value $38
0.12 oz x 2 Rouge Artist in Natural N9, Intense 39, retail value $40
Sephora's Stated Value: $478
Actual Value: $486
Total Cost: $300
Percent: 162%

27. Stila Most Wanted Vol. II Eye Liner Duo
Contains:
0.01 oz Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, approximate retail value $12.50
0.01 oz Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Violet, retail value $20
Sephora's Stated Value: $32
Actual Value: $32.50
Total Cost: $20
Percent: 162.50%

28. Laura Mercier Hi-Lite Kit
Contains:
0.10 oz Mini Lip Glace in Bare Baby in Nude, approximate retail value $16.67
0.06 oz Deluxe Matte Radiance Baked Bronze in Highlight, approximate retail value $8.31
Sephora's Stated Value: $18
Actual Value: $24.98
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 166.53%

29. Too Faced Sexy Lips and Lashes
Contains:
0.05 oz Lip Injection, approximate retail value $10.50
0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara, approximate retail value $14.48
Sephora's Stated Value: $25
Actual Value: $24.98
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 166.53%

30. Laura Mercier Flawless Color Favorites for Face, Eyes, and Lips
Contains:
0.05 oz Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Violet Asphalt, retail value $23
2 x 0.03 oz Eye Colour Duet in Chocolate/Cashmere, Sable/Morning Dew, retail value $22 each
0.06 oz Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze – 03, approximate retail value $8.30
0.4 oz Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara in Black, retail value $24
0.15 oz Lip Glacè in Cherub, retail value $25
1 oz Foundation Primer, approximate retail value $18.86
Sephora's Stated Value: $146
Actual Value: $143.16
Total Cost: $85
Percent: 168.42%

31. Too Faced Little Black Book Of Bronzers
Contains:
0.35 oz Milk Chocolate Soleil Light Bronzer, retail value $30
0.35 oz Chocolate Soleil Medium Bronzer, retail value $30
0.35 oz Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer, retail value $30
0.35 oz Beach Bunny Custom-Blend Bronzer, retail value $30
0.35 oz Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer, retail value $30
0.28 oz Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer, retail value $30
0.25 oz Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer, retail value $30
0.26 oz Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer
Sephora's Stated Value: $240
Actual Value: $240
Total Cost: $139
Percent: 172.66%

32. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Flawless Face
Contains:
0.2 oz Amazing Concealer, approximate retail value $16.80
0.4 oz Anti Aging Face Primer, approximate retail value $13.60
0.32 oz Velvet Mineral Powder Set, retail value $36
Concealer brush, retail value $15
Sephora's Stated Value: $88
Actual Value: $81.40
Total Cost: $47
Percent: 173.19%

33. 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%

34. 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%

35. Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Complexion Kit
Contains:
0.18 oz Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise, retail value $22
1 oz Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20, retail value $34
0.5 oz Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, approximate retail value $21
1.7 oz 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light, retail value $48
0.03 oz Argan Illuminizer, approximate retail value $0.84
Sephora's Stated Value: $128
Actual Value: $125.84
Total Cost: $68
Percent: 185.06%

36. 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%

37. Too Faced Paparazzi Ready
Contains:
0.35 oz Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Milk Chocolate, retail value $30
0.13 oz LashGASM Mascara in Black, approximate retail value $6.83
0.10 oz Sweet Sun Shines Lip Gloss in Mocha Freeze, retail value $16
0.35 oz Tinted Beauty Balm in Cream Glow, approximate retail value $7.93
0.04 oz Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black, retail value $18
Sephora's Stated Value: $87
Actual Value: $78.76
Total Cost: $40
Percent: 196.90%

38. Buxom Red Hot Set
Contains:
0.01 oz Pen & Ink Long-Last Eyeliner in P.S. Ciao, retail value $20
0.33 oz Sculpted Lash Mascara in True Black, retail value $19
0.03 oz Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona, retail value $19
0.15 oz Full-On Lip Polish in Krystal, retail value $19
Sephora's Stated Value: $77
Actual Value: $77
Total Cost: $39
Percent: 197.44%

39. Sephora Favorites Meet Your Match
Contains:
0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, approximate retail value $10.80
0.06 oz Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Elite, approximate retail value $14.40
0.17 oz Formula X Nail Color in Invincible, approximate retail value $7.09
0.03 oz Hourglass Cosmetics Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child, approximate retail value $4.94
0.13 oz Nails Inc. Devonshire Row Nail Polish, approximate retail value $3.74
0.05 oz Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Strangefruit, approximate retail value $8.46
Sephora's Stated Value: $52
Actual Value: $49.43
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 197.72%

40. Sephora Favorites Summer Stash
Contains:
0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten, estimated retail value $22.40
0.08 oz Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder, estimated retail value $10.86
0.095 oz Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape, estimated retail value $11.61
0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid's Dream, est. $10.80
0.018 oz Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L, est. $8.55
0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave with Lip Brush, est. $4.36
0.23 oz Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus, est. $3.22
0.5 oz Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, est. $7.50
0.09 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer, est. $9.75
Sephora's Stated Value: $123
Actual Value: $89.05
Total Cost: $45
Percent: 197.89%

41. Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings
Contains:
0.14 oz Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, approximate retail value $12.00
0.17 oz Primed & Poreless Face Primer, approximate retail value $5.10
0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara, approximate retail value $14.48
0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, approximate retail value $9.71
Sephora's Stated Value: $42
Actual Value: $41.29
Total Cost: $20
Percent: 206.45%

42. 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%

43. Stila Ready, Set, Summer! Set
Contains:
0.34 oz Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm, approximate retail value $9.94
0.08 oz Lip Glaze in Mango, retail value $22
Sephora's Stated Value: $29
Actual Value: $31.94
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 212.92%

44. Bite Beauty Best Bite Set
Contains:
4 x 0.05 oz High Pigment Matte Pencil in Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry, Madeira, approximate retail value $53.33
Sephora's Stated Value: $55
Actual Value: $53.33
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 213.33%

45. Clinique Colour Cravings
Contains:
0.14 oz A Different Nail Enamel in Sweet Tooth, approximate retail value $5.83
0.16 oz All About Eyes Shadow Quad in Olive in My Martini, At Dusk, Blushed, French Vanilla, retail value $28
1.0 oz Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, approximate retail value $21.76
0.10 oz Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Plushest Punch, retail value $17
0.28 oz High Impact Mascara in Black, retail value $16
Sephora's Stated Value: $93
Actual Value: $88.59
Total Cost: $39.50
Percent: 224.28%

46. Too Faced Better Than Sex Amazing Eyes Set
Contains:
0.17 Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, approximate retail value $14.48
0.03 oz Deluxe Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Perfect Black, approximate retail value $13.50
Sephora's Stated Value: $25
Actual Value: $27.98
Total Cost: $12
Percent: 233.17%

47. 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%

48. Tarte The Best For Lash 4 Piece Deluxe Eye Set
Contains:
0.14 oz Deluxe MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer, approximate retail value $9.63
0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, retail value $10
0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara, approximate retail value $11.35
0.002 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner, approximate retail value $4.22
Sephora's Stated Value: $46
Actual Value: $35.20
Total Cost: $15
Percent: 234.67%

49. 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%

50. Benefit Cosmetics You Go Gals
Contains:
0.25 oz That Gal Primer, approximate retail value $19.59
0.25 oz The Porefessional, retail value $10
0.25 oz Girl Meets Pearl, approximate retail value $18.75
Sephora's Stated Value: $49
Actual Value: $48.34
Total Cost: $18
Percent: 268.56%

51. Sephora Favorites Lash Stash To Go
Contains:
0.17 oz Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara, approximate retail value $14.48
0.135 oz Lancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Mascara, approximate retail value $16.88
0.16 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, approximate retail value $13.33
0.08 oz Blinc Inc. Blinc Mascara, approximate retail value $9.90
0.18 oz Bare Minerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black, approximate retail value $8.77
Voucher for full-size featured mascara, retail value $18 to 27.50
Sephora's Stated Value:
Actual Value: $81.36 - $90.86
Total Cost: $25
Percent: 325.44% - 363.44%

Mean Percent Value: 170.66%



So, how did the VIB Exclusive sets fair?

To compare the VIB/VIB Rouge exclusives and the generally available value sets, I went ahead and did a simple t-test. I found that there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups, t(63)=0.9322, p=0.3548. Indeed, without the last, high-value kit in the VIB Exclusives Set, which drags up the mean percentage value to 185.80%, the mean percentage value would be lower than the generally available value sets at only 167.61%.

In other words, the mere fact that a kit is VIB/VIB Rouge Exclusive doesn't mean it's any more likely to be a better value. There are high value exclusive sets, but there are also high value sets that are available to anyone.

This doesn't mean that this isn't a perk for VIB/VIB Rouge members, as they are able to purchase both exclusive and non-exclusive sets. It's just means that rushing out and buying a ton of exclusive sets without thinking is likely unwise.

Note: For kits where a range of values was possible, I used the lowest of the values in my statistics.

14 comments:

  1. I LOVE these posts. I would never bother to do all of this math yet I find the results FASCINATING. Thanks! Well done!

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  2. Thank you !! even tho Canadian prices are a bit higher the same Math still applies ! I appreciate your hard work and now I know for sure it the kits I have been wanting are worth it !

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  3. "33. BareMinerals Get Started Kit
    Sephora's Stated Value: $186
    Actual Value: $119.80"

    I will never stop WTF-ing at the imagined values of some of these sets.
    Also, the value of the Lip Junkies is a bit inflated--although they are still full price on Sephora, they're $5 on UD's site due to being discontinued. It's really only a savings of $1.

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    1. I was just about to say...anytime an item of UD's goes on a seemingly heavy discount, it's either discontinued or about to be. Ulta had the since d/c'ed primer potion in Greed at a great price during their...however many days of beauty that sale is. Soon after? Gone.

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    2. I found a TON of UD Greed Primer Potions at Nordstrom Rack late last year, so that definitely clued me in that they were discontinuing it. Right now UD is trying to unload their supply for $8 on the site.

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  4. These are my favorite posts of yours. I love how much time you take to do this, it is SO appreciated.

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  5. Holy crap! I was JUST on the Sephora site, itching to buy some random goodies and I thought to myself "Man, I wish Robyn had one of those value sets posts up now cause I really don't know what to buy." I get off the page, randomly check Facebook...here it is! Thank youuu!!! :)

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  6. Great post as usual. I always want to know the real value of these "value" sets.
    But I have to say, I find it pretty funny what Sephora is characterizing as a perk for VIBs. That exact same Too Faced lip set was available to everyone 6 months ago--it was one of their holiday sets (I bought it during the VIB sale). The brush and makeup bag included in the Tarte Makin Waves set are leftovers from a QVC TSV up for sale a year ago.

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  7. JUST discovered you! This is fabulous! Thanks for the comparison :D New follower to your blog! Looking forward to seeing your posst!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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  8. Used this post to justify a Sephora purchase �� So thanks!!

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  9. Sweet jesus, this must've taken AGES. I am so impressed with your incredible work! It really helps us readers make informed decisions and I am so so grateful for that. So thank you!

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  10. You're amazing! This post is amazing, thank you!

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  11. This is a fantastic list! I was always curious if my VIB "membership" *cough*shoppinghabbit*cough* was worth anything at all. Cheers to t-tests! :)

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