See the 2020 Beautylish Review.
My 2019 Beautylish Lucky Bag review is below, because my bag arrived on January 22nd. To keep everything regarding this deal in one place, I used this article to let people know the bags were about to go live and review my bag after I received it. I hoped that would serve as a reminder for anyone who forgot or did not already know about the bags. A quick recap is the XL bags were gone in four minutes, and I was not one of the lucky people who scored one. Thankfully, I did get a regular bag in fair to medium, and I look forward to seeing how it compares to the bag I received last year. Once I receive my bag, I will review it here.
What is a Lucky Bag?
The day after Christmas every year Beautylish sells Lucky Bags. Inspired by Fukubukuro, a grab bag of surprises for Japanese New Year, these bags usually have double the value of their cost. As someone who loves subscription boxes and trying new things, I love the idea of mystery bags. It is a gamble that you could win or lose. Anyone can get an “unlucky bag,” but people who are very particular with products should not purchase mystery bags or subscriptions. It is only a good deal if your personal value exceeds the cost of the bag. People who admit they are hard to please will almost surely find the cost exceeds their personal value. Very few bags could actually make them happy, which makes it a poor investment.
How Do I get a Lucky Bag?
Putting your name on the sign-up list yields your best chance. Those who sign up get an email with the link for early access. I got the email with the link to the bags at 9:01am. Bags usually sell out quickly, but the fair to medium bags (the 2018 bag I got) were available for a while last year. My reminder email and schedule for bag release arrived on the 25th. According to the email, I could purchase a bag at 9am PST on the 26th. If there was an earlier start time for those who spent over $1000 at Beautylish this year (as there typically is most years), it was not advertised. The start time for the public was 10am. That means early access was only an hour this year.
Thankfully, I was constantly refreshing, so I was able to get right in. When I entered at 9:01am (those who got the email faster could have entered right at 9am) the XL bags were still available. I assumed this was finally my year. Sadly, I had some other items saved in my cart and did not even realize it. Instead of getting an order confirmation when I hit purchase, I got a pop-up memo that the beautyblender set in my cart was out-of-stock. Rather than removing the beautyblender item, it reset my screen and removed everything from my cart. By the time I went back through the ordering process, the XL bags were gone.
How Much does the Lucky Bag Cost?
The XL bags are $150 and have a guaranteed value over $350 while the Lucky Bags are $75 and have a guaranteed value over $150.
Two new options popped up this year. You could order a Lucky Bag for yourself and donate one to teen at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Each bag has the same $75 cost, but you get free shipping on both bags with this option. Beautylish also donates another bag for everyone who donates one. That makes this a you buy two and Beautylish sends three bags option. A Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lucky Bag has the same price as the regular bag. His products may still appear in the main bags but ordering his bag will result in only receiving his products. No matter which option you choose, Beautylish claims each customer may only order one of one type. That increases the chances more customers can at least score one bag. I noticed the Get One, Give one option sold out around 9:10am in early access. It opened up again during general access after 10am. The XL bag never came back in stock after it disappeared at 9:04am.
What is the Sales Tax and Shipping Cost
Lucky Bags have a $10 shipping fee, and XL bags have a $15 shipping fee. Beautylish claims it can offer more items in each bag by charging shipping. Those who live in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas also have to pay sales tax. Regular bags are available for shipment to most countries for $15-$20, but XL bags are US only. Consumers are responsible for duties.
At 9:04am, I grabbed a screenshot of my order. Because of the shenanigans mentioned above, this order never came to pass. After already getting burned once, I chose not to screenshot the regular bag I got instead and just rushed to checkout.
Here is a screenshot from my order history though. Last time, I received my bag on January 12th. Based on the later shipping quote, I am guessing it will come later this time. This time, my bag arrived on January 22nd, a full ten days later.
My Beautylish Lucky Bag 2019 Review
Almost a month after I ordered it, my Lucky bag arrived. It was totally worth the wait, because I find it very lucky!
I do not own any of the six items I received, and I would like to try all six. That makes this a huge success. If it’s possible, I like this even more than my 2018 Lucky Bag.
The 1.7 Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil retails for $38. I have yet to try anything I dislike from Oribe, and I love the way the products smells. This is a product I’ve never tried. With super dry and frizzy hair, I love hair oils.
The 0.49oz Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette retails for $49. I love the Viseart formula, especially the mattes. This is a palette I did not already own, and I really enjoy the colors.
Viseart packaging is usually pretty cheap. My theory is they invest in product quality over packaging, but this package is very nice. It is hard plastic with a metal, embossed front.
The mirror covers the entire surface area of the top allowing me to see my full face. Between the compact palette, the sturdy packaging, and the beautiful mirror, I am guessing this would make a great travel palette.
The shade names are on the removable plastic insert, and that is one drawback of this palette. I never save those inserts, because it already takes me long enough to do my makeup. Removing and reapplying a plastic insert every time is an extra step I do not want.
Most of these swatched beautifully with only one pass. The three that required two passes were Dangereuse (top left), Illicit (middle right), and Paramour (bottom left).Dangereuse looks a little chalky and Illicit looks a little patchy. Once I wear this, I will add photos and provide a review of how they perform on the eyes.
The 0.18oz Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara retails for $28. My first thought after admiring how beautiful this packaging is was how can a 0.18oz mascara be full size? I have samples that are bigger than that. Yet, this is the full-size. That makes this mascara a whopping $155.56 an ounce. This is one of the most expensive mascara formulas ever. Even if I end up loving it, I doubt I could bring myself to repurchase it. I will love trying something like this that I would never purchase for full price though.
The 0.21oz Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme in blush retails for $18. This is a formula I already own, but I did not own this shade. These lip cremes dry down completely and will remain mostly transfer proof after about 5 minutes. It takes multiple passes to get even application. While it is not the most drying formula ever and I can tolerate it as long as my lips are moisturized before I apply it and I apply moisturizer when I remove it, this is not a comfortable formula either. My lip lines always look accentuated. Though it looks beautiful from far away, my lips look parched up close. After about 4-5 hours, it will start to flake. That means it lasts longer than a bullet lipstick, but it does not fade as nice as a bullet lipstick does. Keep an eye on it to avoid awkward patches of product at the corners and butthole lip in the center.
This pink shade is beautiful, and it is a great nude for my skin tone. It is almost the color of my lips. I do not wear liquid lipsticks a lot, but I like the color enough to wear this one when I need something long-lasting. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The Sonia G. Pencil Pro retails for $26. Why am I so excited to receive this brush from a brand I had never even heard of? Two reasons. I have yet to find a pencil brush I love, and I feel it is one brush I am missing from my collection. This one looks really promising. It has soft bristles, but they are malleable and firm. My immediate thoughts are this might be the one. The second reason is this is a beautiful brush both in appearance and grip. Here is a brush that could quickly lead me down the rabbit hole to a new (to me) brand.
The 1oz Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum retails for $12. This formula has tri-peptides to target fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. All three of those claims sound great to me. I love the glass bottle this serum comes in, because it looks very classy.
This $75 2019 Lucky Bag is worth $171. My personal value is also $171, because I will keep every item in this bag. While I cannot say I would have purchased any of these separately, especially the brush or the serum, which I had not heard of, I am happy with all six. That makes this the second year where I got two brands that are new to my collection. At first, it disappointed me that I missed the XL bag again this year. Now that I really love my regular bag, I think everything worked out for the best. Hopefully, next year, I can finally nab an XL bag though. They need to stop selling out in minutes, because that might help.