Value: Ulta Beauty Break 9/28/16

The beauty break this week didn’t look as good to me as the Becca set from last week.

16-09-28
Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser sample (2 oz),  Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath sample (2 oz), Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash sample (2 oz), Uplifting Miracle Worker Cool-Lift & Firm Moisturizer for Face & Neck sample (0.17 oz), Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cool-Lift & Firm Eye Cream sample (0.17 oz)

The minimum spend for this Beauty Break was $50. For value calculations, I used the smallest size and biggest size (i.e. the lowest buy-in and the best value) available at Ulta.

  • Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser sample, 2 oz @ $11/3 oz = $7.33 or @ $36/16 oz = $4.50 (2 oz)
  • Amazing Grace Perfumed Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, 2 oz @ $25/16 oz = $3.13 or @ $38/32 oz = $2.38
  • Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash sample, 2 oz @ $15/4 oz = $7.50 or @ $42/16 oz = $5.25
  • Uplifting Miracle Worker Cool-Lift & Firm Moisturizer for Face & Neck sample, 0.17 oz @ $65/2 oz = $5.53
  • Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cool-Lift & Firm Eye Cream sample (0.17 oz), 0.17 oz @ $69/0.5 oz = $23.46

Total value: $41.12 to $46.95
Notably, their stated value for this set was $35.

Right now there’s also a free-with-any-purchase deluxe size of Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (0.1 oz @ $22/0.4 oz = $5.50, or @ $10/0.13 oz = $7.69, but Ulta also has a value set @ $24/0.53 oz total product = $4.53), bringing the total GWP value to $45.64-$54.64, so if you hit the minimum spend ($50) exactly, and if you were willing to pay the retail price-per-oz for the GWPs, you’d be getting about 48-52% off. This is comparable to last week’s beauty break ($45.40 to $46.84 without the additional GWP, or $49.73-51.84 with) but the practical value definitely isn’t there for me.

Personally, I think the Philsophy GWPs in general tend to be underwhelming, probably because they tend to include low-unit-value fillers (shower gel, lotion, face wash, etc.) and overpriced skincare products with pretty meh ingredients. Also, they tend to feature the same products over and over again, which is nice if you particularly like their products and travel a lot, but is otherwise boring.

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