This is the Dr. Brandt Skincare VIB Gift deluxe gift with purchase. This set came out in December, along with two other options, but those have since sold out, and this is the last set (which I am completely fine with, because Dr. Brandt is my favorite). If you are a VIB or VIB Rouge you can still try and get it with the code VIBFACIAL. This is a high value gift with purchase that I am happy to see Sephora offering.
I was thoroughly confused when I opened these boxes. The lids fit perfectly in their boxes, and so I was just staring at this black box within a box, perplexed at how to get it out. Eventually I found that you just have to tip it upside down for like 30 seconds and it will slide out. ( I honestly had it opened on both ends and was trying to push it out. The harder I pushed the more it wanted to stay put. Like a non-Newtonian fluid, it was just not having it. Gravity to the rescue again.)
Hopefully you can see here why I was so confused.
This is the set taken apart. I may be nit-picking here, but the lids are really difficult to get on and off. When I try to put the cap on the ridges slide into the wrong groves and get stuck, and it's a hot mess. If the cream weren't so thick I would have lost all the product to this poor design. I was just trying to get the lid off (after putting it on incorrectly-which is easier to do than one might think) and the bottom half of the packaging (a.k.a. the important stuff) fell onto the floor; I sure hope the full size packaging is better designed. After you read the price breakdown, I'm sure you'll see why I'm not willing to spill a drop of this stuff.
Here's the cost breakdown:
Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Time Reversing Cream .35 oz $27.18 (the full size is $132... this is the kind of cream you hope you don't fall in love with.)
Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Dream Night Cream .35 oz $27.79
Dr. Brandt Needles No More .085 oz $15.13 (Full size is $88 for 0.5 oz *sobs*)
The total retail of this gift is $70.01, which is fantastic, because I only spent $35 to redeem it; I get to try new products that are way out of my price range, and I get smoother skin. Win win win. I often complain about VIB Rouge's not getting enough of these special gift with purchases, but this has made me very happy. Keep it up, Sephora, and you may keep my business. (Who am I kidding, you already have my loyalty.)
This little guy is the real treasure, here. It instantly relaxed my wrinkles, and it's glorious. The other two are great, too, but I'm not considering paying full price for them. However, this little miracle might be coming home with me from Sephora one of these days.
Thanks for reading,