Featuring Marc Jacobs Daisy. This week had a lower buy-in than usual at $40, with a corresponding lower value.
Daisy Eau de Toilette Mini, 0.13 oz @ $100/3.4 oz = $3.82 or @ $27/0.24 oz = $14.63
Daisy Eau So Fresh Mini, 0.13 oz @ $100/3.4 oz = $3.82 or @ $27/0.24 oz = $14.63
Daisy Eau de Toilette Mini Rollerball, 0.10 oz @ $100/3.4 oz = $2.94 or @ $27/0.24 oz = $11.25
Total value: $10.59 to $40.51
Marc Jacobs coffrets with four of the mini bottles retail for around $50; I don’t think I’ve seen the mini rollerballs sold anywhere but if you estimate the price based on $12.50/0.13 oz that would be $9.62 for a total value of $34.62. The value of this set really comes down to whether you care about the perfume itself, in which case this is a pretty lousy GWP for a $40 buy-in, or if you like the little bottles. Personally, I’m a sucker for perfume minis because I think they’re just so cute.
There’s a free-with-any-purchase GWP for a travel-sized It’s a Ten Miracle Daily Conditioner, which retails for at $11.96 for 2 oz (or value @ $42.96/33.8 oz = $2.54). That brings the total value of today’s GWPs to $13.13 to $52.47, so if you hit the $40 minimum spend exactly and were willing to pay retail price per oz for all the GWPs, you’d be saving 25-57%, which on the low end is by far the worst deal I’ve seen so far for a Beauty Break, but on the higher end is actually a better-than-average deal.
Naked Skin One Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector sample, 0.36 oz @ $34/1.3 oz = $9.42
Original Primer Potion sample, 0.06 oz @ $20/0.33 oz = $3.64
Revolution High Color Lipgloss in Savage sample, 0.05 oz @ $22/0.17 oz = $6.47
Eyeshadow Fireball Eyeshadow sample, 0.03 oz @ $19/0.05 = $11.40
Total value: $30.92
This is the lowest Wednesday Beauty Break value I’ve seen since I started tracking (the ones that pop up on random days are usually lower). The primer potion has been half off at Sephora for a while, which makes the value seem even lower.
There aren’t any gift-with-any-purchase items that I’m aware of. If you hit the $50 minimum spend exactly and were willing to pay retail price per oz for all the GWPs, you’d be saving 38%, which is lower than most Beauty Break values.
I made a purchase today to take advantage of a reward points multiplier, but waffled over it longer than I would have if the Beauty Break had been more impressive. I’ll use all four of these eventually, so in that sense it’s better for me than the skincare sampler from 10/19 (when I made my last purchase). Now that I’m looking at the list, I’m realizing that I liked the first 4 weeks that I tracked, was kind of meh about 10/19, and have since been unimpressed – am curious to see how the beauty break values will play out as we approach the holidays.
This week’s Beauty Break featured Julep, with a $50 buy-in. Their description appears to have an error; the listed size of the “When Pencil Met Gel” is the full size. They recently released a set of mini When Pencil Met Gel that were 0.02oz each so I used that size for calculations.
Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara, 0.2 oz @ $20/0.35 oz = $11.43
Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment in Sheer Pink, 0.12 oz @ $18/0.27 oz = $8.00
When Pencil Met Gel Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, 0.02 oz @ $16/0.042 oz = $7.62
It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Bisou, 0.07 oz @ $20/0.14 oz = $10
Total value: $37.05
I’m not at all impressed by the value of this set, especially since Julep Mavens (technically free to join I think, as long as you skip all the monthly boxes) get 20% off everything, and Julep routinely offers various promotions that easily take 50% off of even Maven pricing.
Ulta currently also has two free-with-any-purchase GWPs that I’m aware of:
Joico K-PAC Color Therapy Luster Lock, 1.7oz, $4.99 (now on sale for $3, cheaper per oz than the 4.7 oz size)
Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate – this is incorrectly listed as 0.5 oz online but I received my order from last week and it’s actually 0.27 oz, which retails for $20, or @ $175/3.4 oz = $13.90 value.
Total value: $16.90 to $24.99
If you hit the $50 minimum spend exactly and were willing to pay retail price per oz for all the GWPs, you’d be saving 52-55%, which on paper is pretty much in line with values from previous weeks, but the fact that Julep can easily be obtained at a discount makes this Beauty Break unimpressive to me.
This week the buy-in was $60 for a mixed-brand skincare set, with a step-up gift at $75 featuring Philosophy.
Edit 10/26/16: I received my order and some samples were not the listed sizes; corrections have been made below.
The $60 beauty break, claimed $125 value:
Clinque Even Better Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, 0.24 oz @ $48.50/1.7 oz = $6.85
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive, 0.25 oz @ $39/2 oz = $4.88
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, 0.25 oz @ $60/1 oz or $15/0.25 oz = $15
Clarins Multi-Active night Cream, 0.5 oz @ $56/1.7 oz = $16.47
Strivectin Tightening & Sculpting Face Cream, 0.25 oz @ $95/1.7 oz = $13.97
Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, 0.33 oz @ $45/3.3 oz = $4.50, or @ $29/1.6 oz = $5.98
Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque, 1 pc @ $65/6 pc = $10.83
Hey Honey good Morning Serum, 0.5 oz @ $41/1.0 oz = $20.50
Total value: $93.00 to $94.48
Pretty significantly short of the $125.
The $75 Philosophy step-up, claimed $18 value:
Purity Made Simple 3-In-1 Cleanser For Face And Eyes, 1.0 oz @ $36/16 oz = $2.25, or @ $11/3.0 oz = $3.67
The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, 1.0 oz @ $42/16 oz = $2.63, or @ $15/4 oz = $3.75
Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, 1.0 oz @ $55/32 oz = $1.72, or @ $37/16 oz = $2.31
Renewed Hope In A Jar Refreshing And Refining Moisturizer, 0.25 oz @ $75/4 oz = $4.69, or @ $47/2.0 oz = $5.88
Total value: $11.28 to $15.60
There’s a bag shown in the Philosophy photo but it’s not mentioned in the description. If that’s included, I think the claimed $18 value is reasonable; if not, it falls a bit short.
Ulta currently also has three free-with-any-purchase GWPs that I’m aware of:
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream, 0.014 oz @ $48/2 oz = $0.34, or @ $16/0.5 = $0.45; I think this is probably a typo in decimal placement (should be 0.14 oz), so total value $3.40 to $4.50 edit: sample is actually 0.237 fl oz, so @ $48/2 oz = $5.69 or @ $16/0.5 oz = $7.58
Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, 0.5 oz @ $175/3.4 oz = $25.74, or @ $20/0.27 = $37.04 edit: sample is actually 0.27 oz which retails for $20, or @ 175/3.4 oz = $13.90
Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara 0.13 oz, @ 21/0.24 oz = $11.38, or @ $10/0.1 oz = $13
Total: $37.45 to $50.49, or $40.47 to $54.52 if I’m right about the typo. edit: $30.97 to $40.58
Grand total: $141.72 to $164.60 edit: $135.25 to $150.66
If you hit the minimum spend ($75) exactly and were willing to pay retail price-per-oz for all the GWP items, you’d be saving 70-73% edit: 64-67% off. If you only went for the $60 set, you’d be saving 68-71% edit: 62-64%.
I actually did make a $75 purchase this week, not because of this beauty break in particular (not my favorite, to be honest) but because several things I usually use and have run out of were on sale. I’m overloaded on skincare and probably will try to swap or sell most of these.
It’s hard to compare this week’s beauty breaks to previous ones since the buy-in is different and it features a mix of brands rather than just one. The value of the GWP is higher than the buy-in price, which is unusual, but the mix of brands and products means it’s more likely you’ll encounter something you dislike (i.e. something which therefore has no value to you).
Ulta did Beauty Breaks on the 7th (Friday) and 10th (Monday) which is atypical. I did calculate the values for those, but they were much lower than usual, so I’m choosing to exclude them from my Beauty Break roundups.
Today’s Beauty Break is also atypical. The buy-in is higher, at $75, and the setup is odd – they’re simultaneously introducing a new GWP set with the same buy-in that doesn’t appear to be tied to the Beauty Break (i.e. won’t expire when the Beauty Break does), but instead of adding the Beauty Break set to your cart like normal, you add the GWP set to your cart and pick the Beauty Break from a dropdown menu in your cart (as a a GWP to the GWP set). Yeah.
The actual Beauty Break for this week isn’t that impressive.
Living Proof Timeless Shampoo 2 oz @ $59/24 oz = $4.92, or @ $12/2 oz = $12
Living Proof Timeless Conditioner 2 oz @ $59/24 oz = $4.92, or @ $12/2 oz = $12
Living Proof Timeless Plumping Mousse 1.9 oz @$28/5 oz = $10.64, or @ $15/1.9 oz = $15
Total value: $20.47 to $39
In terms of the Beauty Break itself, this doesn’t hold up favorably compared to previous weeks. Ulta is advertising the value of the Living Proof Set + beauty bag as $179, so we’ll see if that’s true.
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe sample
ULTA Eye Primer in Nude Matte sample (0.1 oz)
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer sample (0.25 oz)
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip in Gwyneth sample (0.02 oz)
Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum sample (0.05 oz)
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum sample (0.05 oz)
Acqua di Gioia for Her sample (0.06 oz)
Total value: $104.08 to $114.74, plus the value of the bag itself
Total value including Beauty Break: $124.55 to $153.74
In any case, the value of the Living Proof Trio + beauty bag falls short of the stated $179, unless you generously value the gold bag as being worth >$25.
Right now there’s also a free-with-any-purchase deluxe size of Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick, 0.06 oz at $21/0.16 oz = $7.88, bringing the total GWP value to $125.22 to $161.62. So if you hit the minimum spend ($75) exactly and were willing to pay retail price-per-oz for all the GWP items, you’d be saving 63-68% off, not including the value of the GWP bags (which look pretty nice, in my opinion). In terms of pure value, this is definitely a good deal.
Benefit likes to do cute novelty items for their GWPs, often cosmetic bags, which I personally really like. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good way to calculate value. Sometimes they’ll list the bags for sale on their main site, but right now at least I don’t see this one offered.
The minimum spend for this Beauty Break was $50. For value calculations, as always, I used the smallest size and biggest size (i.e. the lowest buy-in and the best value) available at Ulta. Confusingly, the email and photo advertise a sample of the Total Moisture Facial Cream, but the item descriptionI already have more Benefit mascara samples than I can use (one of They’re Real and two Roller Lash) and the Ka-Brow isn’t my color. instead includes a sample of Ka-Brow.
They’re Real! Beyond Mascara mini, 0.1 oz @ $24/0.3 oz = $8.00, or @ $12/0.14 oz = $8.57
They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer mini, 0.1 oz @ $24/0.3 oz = $8.00, or @ $12/0.14 oz = $8.57
Ka-Brow in 03 Medium mini, 0.03 oz @ $24/0.1 oz = $7.20
BROWVO Conditioning Primer Nutrient-Rich Eyebrow Primer, 0.03 oz @ $28/0.1 oz = $8.40
Pink emblem case, unknown value
Total value: $31.60 to $32.74 plus value of case
Their stated value was simply “over $30” which is definitely true. If you value the case at $10-15, the value holds up pretty well compared to the last two weeks.
I’m not aware of any free-with-any purchase GWPs this week. If you hit the minimum spend exactly, were willing to pay the retail price-per-oz for the GWPs, and value the case at $10, you’d be getting 45-46% off.
Personally, I already have more Benefit mascara samples than I can use (one of They’re Real and two Roller Lash) and the Ka-Brow isn’t my color. I’m interested in trying the lash and eyebrow primers, and I do have a soft spot for cosmetic bags that I really don’t need, but it’s not uncommon for Benefit to offer significant brand-specific GWPs that can be stacked with Beauty Breaks or other promos, so this isn’t particularly tempting.