Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 Review

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 - cover of bag | nopurch-affonly

Don’t you hate those moments where you completely ignore your gut, and of course that gut feeling turns out to be right? That is exactly what I went through with the 2016 Beautylish Lucky Bag. I don’t hate the bag I received, but I am also not a big fan of it.

The Lucky Bags went on sale December 26th. My gut said ‘do not buy,’ but I loved last year’s bag, so I went ahead and dropped $80 [$75 + $5 shipping] the day after Christmas. I have tons of nieces and nephews in my family that I purchased Christmas gifts for, so $80 on December 26th was a large chunk of change. My wallet was already hurting.

The day my bag arrived, I checked out Instagram in the morning to view all the incredible Lucky Bags. Each one I saw was fantastic, which made me especially excited for my bag to arrive. Unfortunately, when I opened mine up, I was slightly disappointed. I should not have previewed what everyone else received!

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 - products first impression |

I equally like and dislike my bag, so it’s meh. Compared to all of the others I saw on Instagram, I think my bag is a bust. The brands included are amazing, and I’m excited to try my first Charlotte Tilbury product. But looking at all the individual products together as a whole was not mind-blowing. I feel like I just wasted $80. I don’t mind wasting $10 or $15 on mystery beauty bags, but when I drop $80, I expect to be amazed.

I know I went in not knowing what I would receive, but when Beautylish said the bags would be better than last year, that’s what I believed. I think that’s why I am disappointed; I had high hopes considering last year’s bags were a win. That, and all the awesome Instagram shots I mentioned above.

Let’s see what’s inside:

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 - all products | Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016 - cheek and eye product closeup |

Becca Backlight Priming Filter $38
This is the one product I’m most eager to try. It says it “acts as an instant filter” and “gives skin a healthy, luminescent glow.” Becca creates amazing products, and I hope this one is, too.

Charlotte Tilbury ❤ Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Healthy Happy Lip & Cheek Glow $58
This is a very pretty coral shade that leans more toward red instead of orange. I’ll definitely try it out on my cheeks and hope I like it.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes! $24
Of course I would receive this. I love It Cosmetics and have tried this mascara before, but it was only ok. I almost never use non-waterproof mascara because they really drag down my lashes, plus I have allergies with watery eyes on occasion. This is going straight into my niece’s makeup bag.

Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pigment Primatif in Mistress $48
I can’t deny this shade is gorgeous. It’s a pretty pewter that I can see myself wearing often.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution [mini] $6.95
I received the full size version of this at The Makeup Show last year and really like it. I don’t use it daily – just on those super tiresome nights I don’t want to wash my face the regular way. My other bottle is still very full, so this will go to my niece as well.

Beautylish promised $150 or more worth of products. They did deliver. The retail value of everything I received is $174.95.

I don’t know if I’ll be buying next year’s bag. What do you think of the products I received?


  1. Keley West says:

    If you end up not liking the Charlotte Tilbury cream blush, I would be interested in buying it off you or swapping for it. I also purchased the Beautylish Lucky Bag this year and was happy with most of it but I did get 1 really crappy throw-away item that I was very surprised and disappointed they included, especially when I saw many reviews that got 6 full-size large high-end awesome items. Anyhoo, I’m happy overall… Sorry to hear you weren’t too thrilled. Let me know, thanks!

    • Beautzy says:

      I ended up selling the CT blush already. That sale made of the cost of the other 4 items bearable =P. Glad you liked your bag!

  2. Tracey E. says:

    I think you did well with your Lucky Bag. I love that Charlotte Tilbury blush so much that I bought a backup for me and one to gift to my mother-in-law who loves beauty and fashion. Your bag is the first Kevin Aucoin eyeshadow I’ve seen, so that was a new and neat variation. I’ve never given BECCA much consideration, so this is a would be a way to try the line with a product that many quite like. The others are nice extras. At my request, I won’t receive my Lucky Bag until next week. The comparisons distort the bounty. For $80, I’m getting exposure to a range of high-end products that I mostly chose not to buy and likely wouldn’t have with that $80. I understand the deflated feelings at seeing the very generous lucky bags. Had we not kniwn, we would be more pleased. Enjoy your bounty!

    • Beautzy says:

      I love to hear everyone’s different opinions. Comparing the different bags really affects the overall view, like you mentioned. I like and have purchased Becca and Kevyn Aucoin, and have no issue buying these products at their regular price. But I just wish “better than last year” really meant better than last year. Of course, they can’t please everyone. I’m glad you liked my bag. I hope you receive some amazing products!

  3. I LOVE that blush color! You only received five items not seven? My bag came to over $200 and all the products are great but I’m like you – wish I didn’t go on Instagram because I saw some people got Viseart palettes and I wanted that. I will buy the 2017 bag when it comes out in December

    • Beautzy says:

      Yeah this was all I received. I was really hoping for a palette, any palette!

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