Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – February 2018

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Rickys Cult Crushes box

Cult Crushes is a monthly subscription box from Ricky’s NYC that gives you the chance to test their hottest brands and products – both classic and new – and learn how to optimize them through exclusive online tutorials lead by influencers they love.

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Rickys Cult Crushes box, open

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Full contents of Rickys Cult Crushes February 2018

About Cult Crushes

The Box: Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes

The Cost: $11 per month + free shipping

The Products: Each month, subscribers receive a themed selection of handpicked products in cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and fashion.

Ships to: US

Good to Know: As a subscriber, you also get 25% off all online purchases and free shipping on purchases of $50 or more when you shop with Ricky’s NYC.

Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes February 2018 Review

 Rickys Cult Crushes info card Rickys Cult Crushes contents listed

First, you’ll see an info card that lists all of this month’s Cult Crushes. The theme is “Flirt Your Heart Out” for February.

Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette in box Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette bottom of Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette open Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette close up of Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette

Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $25.00

Whoa, even though this palette is full of what I think of as fall colors, I’m still impressed with this size of it! There are plenty of peachy nudes among the orange and copper tones to use year round and they’ve mixed both matte and shimmery hues within the 12 offerings. I’m happy to see that this is also cruelty-free as well so I can rest easy knowing they didn’t test any of this on animals. The case itself is a nice size and comes with a mirror and a rather nice dual-ended brush to use these eyeshadows either wet or dry. Truth be told, I’ve never applied an eyeshadow wet, so I will have to experiment with it more.

swatches for Chi Chi Diva Eyeshadow Palette

As you can see, they are quite pigmented and run the gamut from subtle to bold. I almost ran out of arm space!

Rickycare False Eyelashes Wispy Kit back of Rickycare False Eyelashes Wispy Kit eyelashes and glue from Rickycare Wispy Kit

Rickycare False Eyelashes Wispy Kit – Retail Value $9.99

Cult Crushes always includes an item from the in-house line at Ricky’s NYC called Rickycare, and this month it’s a set of 5 pairs of false lashes with accompanying glue. I’ve received a pair here and there in boxes in the past, and though I am far from being an everyday false lash gal, they are fun to have on hand if I’m feeling like my eyes need more volume for a special outing. This set was no longer available on their website, but Jenai from our community pointed out the very obvious $9.99 price tag on the back which I somehow spaced on, so I got the value there (Thanks, Jenai!). The lashes themselves are kind of outrageously long-looking in their packaging and are made from “natural hair” but I’d love to have a go with them some night with a gang of girlfriends before a night out.

Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray with box back of Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray with cap off

Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray in Watermelon, 1.01 oz. – Retail Value $16.00

I love that they included a setting spray because I find it to be a crucial product when wearing makeup. Gerard Cosmetics makes a pretty large variety of this spray in different scents and I received the delightful watermelon one. It smells a lot nicer than the setting spray I currently use and has a really soft mist which is important to me. Since the setting spray I already use is a large bottle, I’m glad Cult Crushes included this smaller travel size so I can take it on a plane or fit it easily into my makeup bag.

Leopard print heart shaped Nippies nipple covers in package back of Leopard print heart shaped Nippies nipple covers package Leopard print heart shaped Nippies nipple covers instructions and both sides of Leopard print heart shaped Nippies nipple covers

Nippies Leopard Print Domenico Heart, 1 pair – Estimated Value $7.50 (Buy a set of 2 for $15.00)

The last item I find kinda fun and unique. Nipple covers aren’t something I would probably ever purchase, but getting them in this box makes me secretly happy. I’ve gone braless from time to time and usually throw caution to the wind in hopes there isn’t a nip slip, but these would be a safer bet in public. It looks like they normally sell them in pairs (two sets), so by the looks of the sticker on the back of the package, this is a single pair promotional set. It comes with one pair of full size leopard print heart nipple covers, a pair of “pads” that actually cover your sensitive skin before sticking on the decorative heart, and a pair of small “mini-nippie patch tests” that allow you to see how your skin reacts to the adhesive before committing to wearing the large pair. This whole set makes it pretty easy to use, seeing as though all you have to do is remove the backing for the adhesive and pop it on. The cover is made from stretchy lingerie fabric so that it curves around your body and stays wrinkle-free. Alternately, these can be used without a top at all if you’re feeling saucy and confident in the right setting.

Verdict: Cult Crushes this month didn’t necessarily include only items I’d use every day (although that setting spray I would and the palette is great), but I liked the variety they offered and was tickled by the nippies. I estimate the overall retail value of this box to be about $58.49 which is nothing to shake a stick at for the $11.00 cost. Usually, it only takes one item to cover the cost here, so I’m still pleased that I got some things that will live in my beauty closet until the special occasion that I use them (looking at you, falsies and nipple covers).

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, the cutoff date is the 25th, but is sold out for March and April, so sign up today to get May as your first box.

Value Breakdown: At $11 for this box, you’re paying approximately $2.75 per item.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

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  1. I’m a new RCC subscriber; just got the February box, and my daughter liked mine so much she wanted one, too, so I subscribed for her, but her box starts in March. I’m wondering what day they bill for the sub box, and once subscribed, you don’t have to do anything, right? It automatically renews each month? It’s different than boxycharm or Ipsy, where it’s one box per email. I have our two subscriptions on one account, but I’m wondering when I will be billed, and should I be worried that the boxes are sold out through April? It’s frustrating that they have no FAQ page.

  2. This is such a fun box to get every month. I have a daughter that is in dance so the fake eyelashes in this box are awesome for us!

  3. I sub this box for my teenage daughter who was in love with the palette. After the one month with the foil packets, I was worried that it wouldn’t pay off but based on this box and the spoilers for March, I’m actually surprised that they give so much for so little. (I’m even tempted to say that it’s been a better value than her Ipsy and she loves that one.)

  4. Definitely try applying your shimmers wet sometime! It really does make a huge difference in color payoff and it ruduces fallout. Once you try it, you’ll never go back! 😉

    • I spritz my brush with setting spray then add pigment. Similar concept.

  5. Gotta love the pasties. What’s with the orange eyeshadow I’m seeing. Yuck. Not a fan of fake eyelashes but hell for 11 bucks it’s a good subscription.

  6. I got the coconut spray with mine. I can’t wait for this month! And to think I was just about to cancel. Glad I didn’t!

  7. All these palletes that are made in China totally irritate my eyes not sure why. Ugh

  8. Ricky’s is such a fun sub! Even if you end up only liking two of the items (like my December box), you still got your money’s worth. I love the experimenting with items I wouldn’t have thought of buying/spending money on otherwise.

    Your Gerard spray bottle looks non-full (unless you used it multiple times before taking the photos for the review). Mine was full.

    I dropped ipsy for Ricky’s, and I am one happy camper.

  9. i signed up 2/19 before they put up the wait list cant wait to get my march box

  10. I went to sign up two days ago and there is a wait list. I’ve been loving this box for a couple of months now so I was kind of bummed because I bet the box is just going to get better.

    • The spoilers are out for March and yes it’s another great box! The Balm Meet Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette is one of the items! A $40 palette in a $11 box? YAY!!! I’m loving Ricky’s so far! (this is my 2nd month)

      • I just watched that video, that *is* a nice box (although I now flinch involuntarily every time I see a Grande Lips product, lol, but thankfully you only get that one if you put in her promo code), but I just looked at the Ricky’s NYC page, and they have a wait list until May!

        Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to do with the other 150 palettes in my possession. 😉

        • Haha, Juju! Only 150 others?! You poor thing! 😛

          • Lol, yeah, exactly 😄

  11. There were a lot of variants this month! The shadow palette, the setting spray, & the nippies were all variants.

    The Chi Chi palettes that I saw people receive were Spices, Diva, OMFG, & Pop Princess. The Gerard setting spray variants I’ve seen are Cucumber, Mango, Peach, & Watermelon. The Nippies variants I’ve seen are leopard hearts & black stars.

    I got the OMFG palette, cucumber spray, & star nippies.

    • And hot pink glittery hearts!
      I got the pop princess palette, mango spray and heart pasties.
      Such a fun sub, and only $11!

  12. I was initially tempted to get this box, but the palette is really not my colors (I can’t pull off warm-toned), and those nipple covers, if anything, would only make your nipples more obvious, I don’t see the point of that product. Why not include a nice mani/pedi tool or something instead?

    I was also initially interested in that setting spray, until I checked out the ingredients and saw that it was alcohol-based.

    Unfortunately since that epic September box, all the Cult Crushes have been more miss than hit for me. 🙁

    • The setting spray is great for eye shadow application. And not all Chi Chi Palettes were nude. Look up OMFG, it’s a HOT Palette. The nippies are to adorable too. I actually used a pair for patches on my Levi jacket. Hehee

      • I suppose OMFG is unusual compared to everything else we’ve seen in beauty boxes, but it would have been an even poorer fit for me.

        I do kinda like the Spices one.

  13. I use nippies in the summer when my clothes are more sheer. I worry about places with A/C.

    • Smart thinking, Susan!

  14. I am so happy I signed up for this box 2/20 while March was still available. I saw March box on YouTube and it will contain House of Lashes in temptress , Ricky’s beauty sponge, LA girl primer, a black liquid eyeliner forget brand and Meet Matt Trimony pallette!!! So guess why you can see why they have wait list.

  15. The back of the lashes has a label that says $9.99, so that might be the retail price. 🙂

    • Goshhhhh what a stupid oversight on my part! Thanks for pointing out the obvious, Jenai! I’ll be updating the value in the review. 🙂

  16. The colors you got Marne are the colors for spring and summer. I know they look like fall colors. But their all over Pinterest and spring/ summer beauty books. I’m surprised too. Try mixing the Diva colors with a pretty metallic blue in the middle of the eye lid and the Diva colors on both sides of the eye lid.
    Great review Marne. 💜

    • I am clearly behind on my Pinteresting!! Thanks for the heads up, Bella!

    • Chi Chi Cosmetics is an Australian company. Australia is heading into Fall now, so it makes sense that this palette would be hot now.

      I got the same palette, the peach setting spray and the black star nippies. I love how interesting and fun this box is.

  17. Wow, this is a super awesome box! I love how unique and outside the box (no pun intended, ha!) they go for beauty boxes. They are already sold out for the next 2 months sadly, but I joined their mailing list and hope to get in for May!

    • Look at their sale list. You can get lipstick for 1-2 dollars. And being a member you get daily discount. I love Ricky Cult! Their customer service is excellent too and they carry brand names. They carry The Ordinary too

  18. I loved my box too. I received the Chi Chi Palette in OMFG! And that’s exactlty what I said when I saw the colors. The pigment is incredible using my brush dipped in the spray and then eyeshadow. OMFG! Lol. Those lashes are bomb too and the nippies, well lets just say hubby loves them! Heheee
    One of my favorite boxes.

    • I received the same palette! I am thrilled with the colors, pigment is amazing and blendable! I got the setting spray in the peach scent which I haven’t tried yet but am happy to have it! I am loving Ricky’s so far. Feb was my first box! So glad I’m already a subscriber since they’re sold out until May now. I wanted a sub that sends different items than the boxes I get already and Ricky’s does that with the nippies and a whole pack of lashes WITH the glue! lol

    • The OMFG palette is so fun! It has some really unique colors that I haven’t seen in any other palettes!

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