Sephora’s value sets are always…well, a great value. Because of this, it’s no surprise that these kits fly off the shelves. In fact, I’m surprised to see that the two I recently purchased are both still available. With that being, said: Get ‘em while you can. They’d make great gifts, either to yourself or to someone else.
The best part about these sets isn’t just that you get five or six products for the price of one or two – it’s the fact that you can try out each product, see how it works with the rest of your makeup and decide which works for you, at which point you decide to buy that one product over and over again.
For me, that one product is the Stila “Stay All Day” Waterproof Liquid Liner from the Draw The Line set. I’ve never even considered wearing liquid liner before because I have shaky hands and my idea of liner used to be a pencil smudged along my water line (not a good look.) The ‘value’ of this value set is that it forced me to try something new, only to discover I actually love it.
Overall I would definitely recommend the “Draw The Line” set. The “Give Me Some Lip,” on the other hand…well, I could take or leave that one. Don’t get me wrong: It’s a nice collection of lip colors, and someone who wears something on the lip regularly would probably love it. Personally, though, I wish I had held out for this set instead because Tarte Lipsurgence crayons are some of my favorite products. But let’s look at the merits of both these sets.
Draw The Line: This set may be worth it for the Stila liner alone. I can’t say enough good things about this liner. It’s got a fat felt tip that doesn’t go anywhere you don’t want it and it really stays put on the lash line. I love the dramatic look it gives my deep-set eyes and I love the fact that I can actually apply it properly. Runner-up for best product in this set would have to be the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner, which is similarly easy to work with but slightly less intense than the Stila liner. I’d use Stila’s take for night, Eyeko’s for day – they’re both great liners, and I do enjoy the slightly translucent, smudgy look of the Eyeko version. I haven’t used to other products as much, but I do have one gripe about this set: The lack of variety. I wish they had thrown in an edgy colored liner or perhaps a smudge pot. Still, I got six high-end liners for $30, so who am I to complain?
Give Me Some Lip: To be completely honest, I’ve thought about returning this set but I have opened it and sampled some of the colors, so it just seems a little tacky to try to take it back now. My main complaint is that the colors just don’t really work on me, which is no fault of Sephora’s. If you think about it, it is much easier to create a set of liners that’ll work on everyone than it is to curate a collection of lip colors – after all, skin tone plays a huge role in determining how a lip color will look on you. I like the Tarte Lip Luster shade: “Glitzy” is a lovely, easy to wear champagne shade, but that’s really the only color I see myself wearing. Turkish Delight, a gloss by Nars, was particularly disappointing for me. This shade got really popular when Kim Kardashian announced that she wears it all the time, so it makes sense that it appears in the set….but it is, IMHO, very hard to wear. I’m surprised, because Kim and I have very similar complexions, so you’d think that a color she loves would flatter me too. Instead I just look like a corpse when I try to wear “Turkish Delight.” It’s very pale, almost milky in color, and really washes out my skin. Also, as much as I love NARS products, the finish of this is just sticky and smells of chemicals. Not a winner. The other shades in this set are fine. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in “Rhubarb” is a nice, neutral reddish brown that I plan on giving to my mom as it just seemed to age my whole face. If you’re a major lip color person, get this. If not, maybe opt for this set….
Lash Stash: I didn’t actually buy this set but I think I might have to since I just realized it includes two of the only makeup products I actually use regularly. My go-to makeup game pretty much includes just concealer and mascara, and for the latter I’ve been switching back and forth between YSL’s “Babydoll” and Benefit’s “They’re Real,” both of which are fantastic. I actually got both of these free (as samples) but I realize those won’t last forever, so I may have to take the plunge and get this set. You should too because “Babydoll” might be the best mascara ever created.
Images from Sephora.