Value: Ulta Beauty Break 10/19/16

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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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).

9/21/16 featuring Becca: minimum spend $50, value $45.40 to $46.84
9/28/16 featuring Philosophy: minimum spend $50, value $41.12 to $46.95
10/05/16 featuring Benefit: minimum spend $50, value $31.60 to $32.74 + cosmetic bag value
10/12/16 featuring Living Proof: minimum spend $50, value $20.47 to $39

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