Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – February 2018
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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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
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 – 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.
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 – 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 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.
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:
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Value Breakdown: At $11 for this box, you’re paying approximately $2.75 per item.
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Do you have a fave Cult Crushes item this month?