Okay. I'm so far behind with my blog posts that the product I'm about to tell you guys about is not even available any more. Well, technically, the products themselves are still available in full size, but the special kit they came in, along with some of the sample sizes, are not. I had an internal debate about whether or not I should still post about it and (obviously) I decided it was still worth it: you can purchase the products individually and Sephora seems to come out with a similar type of customizable skin kit every year, so it would be a good comparison if they do release another one.
Nouveau Cheap posted that it had become available online. Sephora has released at least one other Sephora Favorites kit with the 'Soko To Tokyo' name, but that one was one customizable. There was a little bit of drama when Sephora listed it, then took it down right away, but they put it back up about eight days later and I made sure to grab one as soon as possible. Since this is a customizable kit, there were initially thirteen products to mix and match and, with customizable kits like this, the best products 'sell out' fast. For $25, you get five products of your choice out of the thirteen. Each product is listed as having a $20 value; you add five to your cart, then add the kit itself for $25, which gives you a $100 'credit', bringing your total to $25 for everything. It's very convoluted, but if it works, it works. You could still purchase the kit even after some products sold out, but there were less options to choose from (I think Sephora took it down when there were less than five products available since the discount wouldn't work anymore).
I have no idea if this was ever released in stores or not (it could have been; Sephora has come out with customizable kits you can purchase in store, though I've mostly seen them at the JCP Sephoras), but I wanted to get mine before the samples I wanted sold out, so I purchased it online. I also finally caved in and got the $10 Flash Shipping since I didn't want to have to add anything else to bring my total to the $50+ free shipping threshold (and now I get free shipping on anything, including the $10 worth of sale nail polish that I just purchased...). When Nouveau Cheap posted about the 'restock', she listed the values of each of the samples. I couldn't find the post when I was ordering, so I got the samples that I wanted to try the most with no regard for values; I do regret getting some samples I did over other, more valuable ones, but overall I'm content with what I got.
Overall, I got five deluxe/full size products that I picked out of a selection of thirteen (like I said, I bought mine right when they were 'restocked', so all the products were still available) for a total value of about $37.66. Which isn't all that good, really, especially since this kit was $25. Normally, you get a lot more value with Sephora Favorites kits, though you don't get to pick the products. I like these customizable kits since you're more likely to get use out of the products because you picked them out yourself, but more often than not, the products that you want/are most valuable sell out quickly and you're left with some options that aren't always your first choice (which then defeats the whole purpose of being able to customize in the first place). I think these kits are worth it, especially if you get to pick from the full selection of products, but be careful with sizes/prices if you're trying to maximize value.
Thanks for reading! <3