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!
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:
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?