One positive about the Sephora Sun Safety kit is that the cost has stayed about the same. The kit was $32 last year, and it was $32 again this year, though it's important to note that the estimated retail value of the 2015 kit was $155 and the estimated value of the 2016 kit is $127 (I looked back even further and found some interesting prices/values: in 2012 it was $30 for about $194 in value, in 2013 it was $30 for $210 in value, and in 2014 it was $32 for about $177 in value). Another positive is that Sephora partners with the Skin Cancer Foundation for these kits and donates $20 for each one sold (I'm sure it caps off at some point, though); if you look at it that way, after donating $20, you're only paying $12 for the products, so it has an added value beyond the samples.
On to the products! Many of these are repeats, both from past bags and other sample sets I've purchased throughout the year, but since these are skincare/sun protection products, I don't mind getting dupes since I know I will get use out of them. I also don't think there's anything too new or groundbreaking here; the intention of this kit is more to show people the variety of sun protection options available and less to introduce them to new brands/products.
And that's everything in the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit for 2016! I apologize that this post is so long, but I wanted to be as informative as possible without rambling on too much. I do think this kit was (and still is, if you find it in stock) worth $32, but it is quite telling that, while the price of this kit hasn't changed much over the years, the value of the products has gone down significantly. With the other Sephora kits, I've argued that the smaller sample sizes are because the prices of the full size products are rising, so, in order to keep the cost to us down, Sephora includes smaller samples. In this case, I can't make the same argument because, if it was just the sizes of the samples changing, the overall value of the kit wouldn't decrease so noticeably. There was also a lack of SPF eye products, which is sad because it can be difficult to find a sun protection product that won't irritate the delicate eye area (...or your eyeballs). Hopefully, the 2017 Sun Safety kit brings back some of the sparkle of previous years.
Thanks for reading! <3