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DermStore Mystery Bags Available Now

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DermStore Mystery Bags

Thanks Lily for letting us know about the new DermStore Mystery Grab Bags. There are four options available: Skin Care ($45), Color/Makeup ($35), Hair ($40) and Body ($35)

If you’ve purchased a mystery bag from DermStore before, let us know if you think the value was there!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

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76 Comments

    • I haven’t heard of it. I did purchase it because it has natural and organic products 🙂

  1. I was so excited to receive my first grab bag. I ordered the makeover mystery bag. I was happy with most of the products in there. Unfortunately the product I got the most excited for (Dr. Brandt BB Matte cream) was already expired! How do they not check these things first?!? Some of the samples were also a little small but it still allows me to try them. They also sent me a yellow Cargo eyeshadow which is a good brand but a terrible color. Wont be using that. But I am excited to try the rest of it!

  2. May I ask how people are getting the 15% off coupons? I signed up for their emails to get the 15% off coupon, but they wouldn’t work on grab bags, and when I called, customer service said you can’t use any coupons on grab bags??

  3. I just received my order: Skin care A-listers, Color Connoisseurs, Mane Changers, and Body Beautifiers. With the exception of a few items, I received identical bags to others. I got a $10 off any purchase, no minimum. This is the first time I’ve purchased a grab bag from dermstore, so many of these are new products for me to try. I am very happy with the value for all four bags, although some were better value than others. Super excited to try a bunch of new hair, skin, face and make up products.

  4. ok. I received both the Body and Hair bags today. I am ok with everything.

    Here are the contents of the hair bag:
    Patterned cloth Dermstore bag
    Clear plastic makeup bag with handles(great for air travel)
    Zents Pear Oil concentrate 5 ML(roll on scented body oil)
    Pevonia Ligne Nymphea Dry Body Oil 1.7 oz
    Burts Bees Milk & Honey Lotion 1 oz
    Ahava deadsea water mineral body lotion 1.3 oz
    Bliss Lemon & Ssage Body Butter 1 oz
    Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant .25 oz
    Juara Candle nut Body Creme 1.5 oz
    Skylark Memoir Fragrance Collection( 3 scents 5.5 ml ea)
    Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes(25 wipes, fullsize)
    Medicell eye mask duo advance moisture( 1 mask for eyes)
    and a few foil packets

    As a mom, smaller lotions do come in handy because they fit great in my purse. I particularly like the Juara brand and Dr Brandt, so i am happy. I just placed a sephora order the other day which included some perfume and I think i’ll return it. The 3 vials I got smell great and they’re not tony samples!

    In the Hair bag:

    Patterned cloth Dermstore bag
    Clear plastic makeup bag with handles(great for air travel)
    Follimedica thinning hair therapy 3.4 oz full size!
    Nick Chavex Plum n Thick leave in conditioner 2 oz
    Leonor Greyl Paris Shsampoo 1.7 oz
    Harry Josh Carbon Tail comb
    Klorane dry shampoo 50 ml
    Nick Chavez Advanced Volume Hairspray 8 oz full size!
    Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date 6.7 oz full size!
    Deva Curl 3 step intro kit
    Tendu Treatment Mask 5 0z Full Size!

    Ok so the hair bag is definitely a WAY better deal as most of the products are full sized. I do wish there were a few more full size items in the body bag, but I am ok with my purchase personally.

    • I got the same items in my Body Beautifier bag as JennyJenny. I love skin and body items and I can use all of the items in this bag so it was a good value for me. I really liked the patterned bag and the smell of all the lotions/creams and the perfumed oils. My only complaint is that one of the three Skylark perfume vials was about a third less volume than the other two, which I thought was odd that they would still send it even though the volume is obviously off. But overall, I’m pleased and would be willing to buy another bag in the future. The bag also included a $10 off coupon but it didn’t mention a minimum order requirement; hopefully I can use it on another grab bag.

    • ARG. Thanks for posting this but I’m totally bummed. I got the hair bag last time and I expected it to be different this time around so I ordered this one. It’s basically the same thing as last time :/ I wish they would have included the Klorane Desert Date conditioner because now I’ll have THREE full size shampoos once I get this bag (one from the regular mystery box, one from the last hair grab bag and now one from this one). Don’t get me wrong… I love the shampoo and how it smells but without the conditioner, it’s waste to use it because I have to mix it with another conditioner that has a different smell. Ugh. I knew I should have went with the colors/makeup bag instead…..

    • Hmmm. Got my body grab bag today. I got the same items except I didn’t get the wipes. Wonder if I was supposed to get those. Did others get all the same items?

      • I got everything but the wipes too. But, I got a tiny sample of exuviance heel repair cream. Not quite the same value, but I’m ok with it. I have tons of body wipes from elf, so it’s ok.

  5. I received the makeup bag today, I got exactly what Sara posted when this first was first reported:
    Laura Geller Glam Lash Mascars (one full size, one travel size)
    Laura Geller i-care waterproof eyeliner in purple sapphire (It’s a light purple, might be fun to try for spring, also has a built in smudger and sharpener)
    4 Skylark nail polishes (mine are more fall/winter colors, but still nice)
    jane iredale In Touch Highlighter in “comfort” -should go nice with the popsugar set!
    Lavanila pure vanilla fragrance (sample size)
    and a Sigma travel size blending brush all packed with a really cute dermstore branded makeup bag with a poppy chartreuse lining. The mascara box alone is marker $24, so I think it was well worth the price and I checked the Jane Iredale lot #, it was manufactured in May 2014 with a 36 month shelf life. Didn’t see Laura Geller on the website I used however.

  6. Mine arrived today. I got the Color Connoisseurs -same cotents as Sara listed. I’m very pleased!

    Also got the winter SkinCare bag. It included 8 items and a bag. I’m very pleased with this one as well. Most items were full sized.

    I’d definitely try their mystery bags again.

    • Was this the Winter Wonders Skin Care Bag for $29.99? Can I ask what was in it?

      • Hi Laura, I also received the color grab bag with the same items included. I especially enjoyed getting a La Vanilla sample and 3 Laura Geller products. I was happy with my purchase and the value.

      • Hi Laura,

        Yes it is the Winter Wonders. Here is what was included:
        Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Cream, 1 oz / 30 g, RV$58;
        Pur-lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer w/ spf 30, 1.7 oz / 50ml, RV $55;
        Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, Concentrated Glycerin Formula, 1.25 oz / 33g, RV $16;
        Game Day Charging Spray, Energizing Facial Tonic, 1 oz / 30ml, RV $7.50;
        Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroil Water, 1 oz / 30ml, RV $10;
        Laura Geller i-care Waterproof Eyeliner in Purple Sapphire, Full Size, .012 oz / .35g, RV $20;
        Dr Loretta Stemulous Cream, sample size, 3ml;
        MyBody Take Control Calming Gel Cleanser, sample size, .17 oz / 5ml;
        Same 9” x 7.5” bag as the cosmetics came in.

        • Oh, that is interesting. That was a gift with purchase they once offered and I received (I think a $125+ purchase was needed). It was a pretty good GWP.

  7. I received my grab bags today. I purchased the mane changers and the body beautifiers grab bags. I was unsure of the body one but the skincare a-listers had sold out and I really wanted to use my $10 off coupon, so I went for it. I have to say the mane changers grab bag is absolutely fantastic. Almost every product is full size and I’m very impressed with the selection. It was definitely worth the money. The same however cannot be said for the body beautifiers bag. It was a complete collection of WTF. It had no full-size products except for a repeat Skylark perfume from the previous grab bag. So one was good and one completely missed the mark all the way. I wasn’t looking for the moon but a full size body cream would have been nice. It was a bunch of small one ounce samples and discontinued items. I’m terrifically disappointed in it. So there you have it, one was spectacular and one was a disaster. Now, I realize grab bags are gamble but this was like night and day insofar as the value and quality. I’m wondering if everybody will get the same thing?

    • Noo! Those are the same two bags that I got! I’m overwhelmed with face stuff and have literally no body or hair products so I was hoping these grab bags would get my by!
      I’m moving to Europe in just over 2 weeks and have been trying to stock up…and at the same time save a little money.

      Glad the hair one is good but I’m disappointed to hear about the body bag. I am hoping there are variations!

    • The body one is the one I got too. It’s arriving today, but I wonder if I should refuse the package. Can you give more specific details of what was included. I don’t use perfume, so already there we’re off to a bad start. It talked about firming skin, not fragrance….

    • Would you mind sharing what was in the “mane changers” grab bag? I’m trying to decide if I should order it. Also, I missed out on the “Skin A-listers” bag as well… however, they created a “Skin A-listers 2” grab bag which I was able to snag and I think is still up for grabs.

      • @CM I posted what I received in the mane changers grab bag earlier today! Awesome value!

  8. I was all ready to go and then saw that they don’t ship to Hawaii..uugghh…we are a part of the USA people! LOL!! It is soooo frustrating sometimes when places don’t ship to Hawaii. Does it take a little longer, yes…will it cost a little more in shipping, yes, and we expect that and usually don’t mind paying it (as long as it’s not like insane). Just a bummer!! 8-( Much Aloha!

  9. Not sure if this will work with the grab bags, but got an email today from them with a 20% off coupon EXPERT20

    • It’s not valid for the grab bags. :/ Thanks for sharing anyways!

      I grabbed the hair bag last time and I liked it. I’m in for this one… I just hope it doesn’t contain any repeats from the last bag!

    • No code EXPERT20 Does Not work for the grab bags. But if you repeatedly visit dermstore.com in private browsing mode U can get a pop up that will give u 10$ off of 50$, enter an email address that’s never been registered with derms tore.com and in about 15min you’ll receive a special code, it’s a one time use only code! I registered 2 so I could get more grab bags!!

    • Even though the coupon codes don’t work with the Grab Bags, they will add an extra sample to your order if you try to use one.

  10. Does anyone understand the “secret saving” of between $5-100 when you get a mystery grab bag?? Not getting it.. Received email in regards with some lucky shopper getting secret saving but don’t know where to find info on coupon code

    • From my understanding, a coupon for $5 to $100 savings will be included in the mystery bag when shipped but not everyone will get one.

      • Thanks for the information. I wasn’t aware of the coupon included in the bag.

    • I received my Skin Care A-Listers Mystery Box today. I had a card included in my box that said “Congratulations? You’ve just received up to $100 worth of savings at DermStore.com”. On the other side of the card it gave me the secret code but it looks like the discount really isn’t a secret. I think if you spend $50, you get $5.00 off. Spend $75.00, get $20.00 off, spend $150.00, get $50.00 off, and says if you spend $200…you might get $75.00 or $100.00 off. The card says brand exclusions apply. I tried to go in and order more mystery boxes and use the code, but the code didn’t work. I thought maybe the mystery boxes might not qualify for the discount so I added a variety of brands totally over $200.00 and I still couldn’t get the code to work. Anyone else experiencing the same problem?

      • Mine didn’t work either. I’ll call them Monday since they don’t respond to email.

        • I called them yesterday before they closed and they weren’t very helpful. The lady on the phone told me that I must have been trying to use the code on items that were excluded from the coupon. I told her I had tried about 10 different brands that weren’t on the exclusion list and it still wouldn’t work. Then she suggested I was using the wrong website, and I confirmed I was signed into DermStore.com. She said she really didn’t know why it wasn’t working, but told me the code should be fine, even though she didn’t even ask me what the code was. She told me to place my order of the phone and they would apply the coupon. Hope you have better luck when you call.

  11. I also ordered the color makeup bag but haven’t yet received it. I hope my bag is similar to what you received. Sounds like some fun products. I’d love to get the La vanilla perfume. It’s a product I’ve been wanting to try.

  12. Anyone who received their grab bag get a mystery savings coupon? They said not all bags would have them, so just curious…..

  13. I was excited to find out the March bag restocked and I also wanted to try one of these mystery bags only to find out they don’t ship to Hawaii =( WAHH!

    • Which one is the March bag – I don’t see one called March?

    • Oh – I found it.

  14. I actually don’t understand why people are getting upset with dermstore mystery bags (and/or the subscriptions). Dermstore offers lots of dermatologist-approved skincare products and thus should be the essence of their bags/boxes. The products may look boring but at least they may work better than your commercialized ones. If the popular ones are what you’re looking for, then don’t consider dermstore at all. I mean, you can always google past unboxings and see if you like their boxes or not. They may also often offer stocked up products, but who doesn’t? It’s simply how things work. Dermstore tends to focus on anti-aging a lot, so if you need this, it is very nice option.

    • It seems to me the complaints center not on the brands sent but on the bags not living up to the promised/advertised value, poor customer service, and instances of not sending what customers actually ordered (e.g., cosmetics instead of skincare, etc). Those issues would be deal breakers for me, too, especially if I had waited for my (backordered) purchase for a long time and when it finally arrived it wasn’t what I ordered in the first place.

  15. I purchased the Time Traveler Bag last time they had mystery bags available. It was okay, not great by any means. Personally, I did not see the value and would not order again.

    • I got the Eye bag last time. With the 15 percent discount code, and the people magazine offer..I think it only cost me $10 or so. (They offered a magazine sub but if you didn’t want it you could get $30 back from the magazine offer place). Don’t miss that part if that is something they still offer with purchase!

    • Same here. I ordered 2 bags last time (time traveler and the eye one) and they were a bit of a let down. Too many skin medica and medicell repeats and other non-exciting brands. I ended up giving most away or swapping. And it included more sample sizes and foil packets than I thought it would. I wouldn’t have been happy with the value without the magazine rebate option. I’ll have to see some reviews for this cycle before I consider purchasing again. On a side note, I ordered the sample society mystery box (15 items for $25) and it has some great products and brands. It’s the first box I can say I will use every single item.

  16. Thanks for the heads up! FYI they are now out of the skin care bag, which is what I *really* wanted. I still caved & ordered a hair and color bag – couldn’t resist with the additional 15% plus 4% at ebates! Will post when I receive. 🙂

    • Where did you see 15% off? I see the 4% on my rebates offers.

      • You get 15% off if you sign up for their newsletter.

        • Oh – I think I used mine last time – probably can’t do it again.

          • Probably not… if you have a secondary email account you can maybe try signing up again using that one to see if you can get another 15% off on a second account.

  17. It bums me out that my comment was deleted. I think people should know that Dermstore was not fair or honest with some customers the last time they offered mystery bags.

    • Hi Emily – it wasn’t deleted, it just had to be approved first. It should be visible now!

      • So sorry, Liz, I should have realized!

        • No worries! 🙂

  18. I ordered an anti-aging mystery bag the last time they offered these (December?) and was extremely disappointed; the bags were on back order when I purchased, and when mine finally arrived NONE of the contents had anything to do with anti-aging. I did get a really nice eyeliner, lip gloss, and face wash, which I have made the best of, but also a lot of hair stuff and small body lotions, a few other random sample-sized things that made me think they were just clearing out old stock, screw the theme.

    Aside from the misleading theming versus the contents, the value did not add up to what was promised. Customer service completely ignored my first message and was very dismissive of my following messages. All around a very bad experience and I will not be ordering from Dermstore again, probably ever.

    In summary: they lie and their CS is terrible.

  19. I purchased the eye grab bag and I think the it was the time traveler one and was extremely disappointed it felt like just a bunch of random samples tossed together, definitely did not reach the value promised and I got a weird phone call saying the wrong order was sent and new order was being sent to keep both but I only received one. It was very odd I called back the number they left in the voicemail and was put on hold for a long time so I gave up. Wouldn’t purchase a grab bag from them again and wouldn’t recommend it sadly. Hopefully these are better this time around. Good luck ladies!

    • The same thing happened to me last time. Placed an order for two bags, then got a phone call saying they sent me the wrong one for one of them, but when the package arrived, only one bag was included. When they “re-sent” the “correct” bag it was a random assortment of stud that had nothing to do with anti-aging and they tried to persuade me that the anti aging bag was *supposed* to have products that saved you time while you were out and about. Then after I read them their own product description from their website that admitted they shipped customers a different bag after they sold out or the original bags but let customers place orders for it anyway.

      Overall I thought the products themselves were fine, but Neither bags met the advertised value and the whole shipping/delivery/customer service process was a mess.

  20. Anyone order and receive the hair or body one yet? I almost pulled the trigger on the body one and the skin one, but after seeing the items in the skin one, glad to pass as I’ve got too many similar products!

    • I ordered it, but probably won’t receive until some time next week.

  21. I got two mystery bags last time they offered the mystery bags. When I got them I was very disappointed. Almost everything was samples. It looked like something I could get for free of in a random $10 bulu box. That was my first purchase and my last from them

  22. Just ordered the Body Beautifiers Grab Bag (9 piece). Signed up to get 15% off discount, bringing the price to $29.75, plus I got free 3 day shipping and free 2-yr subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine. I think $3.31 an item sounds like a pretty good deal! With 9 items, I’m sure there’s bound to be a few things I like.

    • Let us know what you get when you get it. I ordered it too and have my fingers crossed I will like it.

      • Will do Laura.

  23. I am very tempted to get the Skin Care A listers . But I did not think the Eye Grab Bag, received last time, had reached the promoted value and I was not interested in the products they sent. Need to think about it…

  24. I bought the A-Listers with 15% coupon ($45-15%=$38.25).
    I got the following:

    Vitivia Pro Vitamin A15 (full size)
    Vitivia Pro Vitamin C10 (full Size)
    Cosmedix Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep (full size)
    Zensation Super Redefining & Firming Eye Cream (full size)
    Mlab Anti-aging cleanser (full size, this may be a little older then the other items but smells fine)
    La Roche-Posay Redermic Eyes (R) .16 oz (deluxe sample)
    Vichy Aqalia Thermal Riche (.5 oz) (deluxe sample)
    and a little bahhie of DCH samples and some serum sample.

    I felt this was a pretty good haul for $38.25

  25. Ugh…I just purchased the Color one and the Body one. I seriously need help. My name is Laura and I’m a subscription box addict.

    • Hi, Laura.

      😉

    • Hi Laura 🙂

  26. I had never signed up for this website before so I got a 15% coupon which they allowed me to apply towards this so I got the Color Connoisseurs bag for only $29.95! I can’t wait to see what’s in it!

  27. I just purchased the hair one, so I will let the group know what is in it!

  28. The other day I ordered the Color Connoisseurs Grab Bag (7 piece) and already got it. It values at over $110! I got Laura Geller Volumizing mascara, travel and full size, Laura Geller waterproof eyeliner, a Skylark nail polish set, Jane Iredale highlighter, a Sigma travel brush and Lavanila pure vanilla perfume and a really nice big makeup bag from the Dermstore. Plus when I ordered it I got a 2 yr subscription to Martha Stewart Living. I’m impressed with their grab bags, this is the 3rd or 4th one I’ve ordered.

    • La vanilla is one of my favorite brands. What size perfume did you get?

      • It’s a small spray bottle, .13 fl oz, I think they’ve been in blush bags before, not sure.

        • Thank you for letting me know. Even the smal sprays can be pricey. Sound like a great bag.

          • You’re welcome, I was impressed with the bag, I love Laura Geller and the bag itself is really cute and nice. The Jane Iredale highlighter is just gorgeous, plus the perfume is delicious.

    • Hi Sara! Thanks for sharing. Do you mind me asking what color eye liner you received? I love Laura Geller too!

      • It was called purple sapphire.

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