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Ulta Kits (featuring products from other brands) are typically only released for major events, like The Love Your Skin Event that runs 01/07/18 through 01/27/18. There are 5 new kits discussed in detail inside the above article on that. For 2018, I am not writing a separate article for kits. All kits will go into articles for their corresponding event. Kits I purchase will get a dedicated article of their own. If you are looking for kits for a specific event (21 Days of Beauty, Gorgeous Hair, etc), type the year and event into the search bar. The article with the kits and all other information on the event should pop up.
I track all Ulta offers. Major promotions usually include at least one Sampler or Try Me kit curated by Ulta. Some events get multiples and there are times when an event does not get any. It is uncommon to see these kits outside an event, other than just before it starts or shortly after it ends. When I cover the events (in separate articles that I will link below), I will update details on new kits in this article. If a kit pops up outside of an event, and I notice it, I will list it below. These kits are almost always deluxe-sized items, but some drugstore brands include full-sizes. Although I have never seen a full-sized prestige brand in a kit, anything is possible. The size of the item is always specified in the product description, so you know what to expect.
Most kits have a value that is a lot higher than the retail price, but I suggest calculating personal value before purchasing any kit. It is not worth it if you are spending more than the value for the items you want to try, unless you are buying it with gifting in mind. Personal value is what the items you will actually use/try are worth, which excludes the ones you give or throw away. Even if you hate them, you get the value when you try them. You would not know you hated it if you did not try it, and there are not a lot of people you can give used items to. If I purchase any of these kits, I will link my review near the product description. Otherwise, I will usually not suggest getting them or not. I’d love to read reviews from people whether I purchase one or not, so feel free to comment that information below.
I always use the exact or smallest available size to calculate value, because it is the cheapest buy-in and likely the closest to the item in a kit. There are times when the price-per-ounce is cheaper on the smaller size, and I will always let you know when that happens. If you like those products, it is better to purchase it in the smaller size. Those who calculate value using the larger size underestimate value (in my opinion), so their numbers may not match mine. Although I love foils (to test new things), I never calculate any value for a foil (unless it is a true single-use product, like a sheet mask). Single-use samples that cannot be re-sealed and are usually considered bonuses by most companies.
The Ulta Beauty Collection Fresh Start Kit is $15 during the event, but it is listed at $29.50. If this kit lasts past the event, Ulta may charge the full-price. It includes seven samples and a $5 gift card. Ulta advertises this with a $62 value, which is very close to my estimate ($63.52).
-0.17oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum ($20.06)
-0.5oz Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask ($5)
-0.06oz Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar ($1.41)
-1 pair Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($3.75)
-0.1oz Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate ($16.80)
-1oz First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($6.50)
-1 Leaders Daily Wonders Pore Gone For Good Pore Refining Mask ($5)
-Bonus: $5 gift card
Ulta Beauty Collection Clean Slate Kit is $15 during the event, but it is listed at $29.50. If this kit lasts past the event, Ulta may charge the full-price. It includes seven samples and a $5 gift card. Ulta advertises this with a $62 value, which is far off my estimate ($49.86). Those who calculate foils could label the DERMAdoctor foils with a $20.47 value pushing this box over the advertised amount.
-1oz Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($3.56)
-1 pair Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches ($2.50)
-1oz Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($3.50)
-12 Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots with Salicylic Acid ($5)
-3 x 0.2oz foils of DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Amethyst Clay Detox Mask ($0)
-0.25oz StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream ($15)
-0.17oz Murad Environmental Shield Advanced Active Radiance Serum ($15.30)
Bonus: $5 gift card
The Cleanse + Conquer set is $9.99. It includes nine samples. Ulta does not advertise a value, so I cannot compare its estimate to mine ($21.78).
-1oz Biore Baking Soda Liquid Cleanser ($1.03)
-1oz Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil ($2.67)
-1.7oz Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foaming Face Wash ($2.91)
-1.69oz Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser ($2.99)
-1oz Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub ($1.60)
-1.69oz La Roche-Posay Micellar Water ($2.50)
-7 Neturogena Makeup Remover Towelettes ($1.99)
-7 Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes ($1.68)
-1oz Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser ($4.41)
The Hydration Sensations $9.99 set is $9.99. It includes seven samples. Ulta does not advertise a value, so I cannot compare its estimate to mine ($37.75).
-0.4oz Andalou Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream ($5.88)
-0.5oz Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($6.47)
-1oz Cetaphil daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion ($1.06)
-0.5oz Lumene Vitamin C Sleeping Cream ($5.88 -no longer available at Ulta)
-0.7oz Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream ($6.59)
0.17oz RoC Multicorrexion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($2.75)
-0.5oz Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream ($9.12)
The Mask + Relax set is $7.99. It includes two samples. Ulta does not advertise a value, so I cannot compare its estimate to mine ($10.99).
-1 Biobelle Hydrating & Nourishing Sheet Mask with Vitamin E and Almond Oil ($4.99)
-1 Maskeraide Detox Diva Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask ($6 -no longer available at Ulta)
The Show Off Your Style Professional Hair Styling and Finishing Sample Kit is $9.99. It includes seven popular deluxe hair samples and 2 foils. This kit was technically released in 2016 when the Liter Sale started. The liter sale (more details in the link) usually starts at the beginning of January, so I decided to start this article with this kit (as the liter sale could return to a January start date in the future). Ulta does not advertise a value, so I cannot compare its estimate to mine ($42.75).
-0.6oz Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler ($2.76)
-2oz John Masters Organics Hairspray ($6)
-2.5oz KMS California FreeShape Hot Flex Spray ($6.99 -no longer available at Ulta)
-2.3oz Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Plumping Mousse ($5.54)
-1oz Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment ($2.46)
-1oz Unwash Dry Cleanser ($9)
-1oz Redken Curvaceous CCC Spray ($10)
-0.68oz foil of the AG Hair Cleansing Cream and the Moisture Mask ($0)
I will continue to post offers I am aware of, so no worries if you happen upon this post after the offers above expire. If you have questions about any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types. Targeted Offers are exclusive to UltaMate Members, so I do recommend joining. New members get $10 of their first purchase with a referral. Remember to check all Ulta offers before placing an online order, because there are always general or brand specific offers that are not targeted. Deal stacking is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. See all Ulta articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Ulta. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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