Value: Ulta Beauty Break 11/9/16

Urban Decay, $50 buy-in. Low value.


  • 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.

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
10/19/16 featuring assorted brands; step-up featuring Philosophy: minimum spend $60, value $93.00 to $94.48; step-up minimum spend $75, additional value $11.28 to $15.60 + cosmetic bag value
10/26/16 featuring Julep: minimum spend $50, value $37.05
11/2/16 featuring Smashbox: minimum spend $50, value $49.32 to $52.07

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.


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