Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – September 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: $14.00 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: The price went up from $11.00 to $14.00 in June of 2018.
Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes September 2018 Review
Sadly, this is the last Cult Crushes box. To read more about it, check out our post from August.
First, you’ll see an info card that lists all of the items. This month’s box is curated by beauty YouTuber Alexandria Ryan.
CNF Hydrating Lip Mask
The packing for this lip mask from Korea is super cute, but I wasn’t able to find it available online anywhere to get a price. I’ve tried a few lip masks like this in the past that are a plump jelly material and I can’t for the life of me figure out a good way to keep them put for 10-15 minutes as directed. Unless I am lying on my back completely still, this just slips right off of my lips and renders me helpless. I can feel a bit of a tingle just placing it against my pout but I can’t sit still long enough to get the “soft and voluminous” outcome it says it delivers.
Grande Stay Put Lip Liner – Retail Value $15.00
Even though I love lip products, lip liners are one thing I seldom use. I normally wear matte liquid lipsticks and have a feeling that they bleed very little which I think is the main reason lip liners exist. I know they can also be used to define a more crisp edge for your lips as well, but this one is invisible so it’s not as easy to see what you’re doing. Since this one doesn’t have a color, it’s universal which is nice, but I try to be minimal in my makeup routine and just don’t want another product to have to use.
Ok, I’m actually really impressed with this lipstick! I love the color since I am a lover of natural tones and the formula here is really great. It almost has a rubbery feel to it but not in a gross way. It glides on and stays flexible even after it dries so it doesn’t feel chalky or crumbly. It also wears pretty well and doesn’t easily come off while eating or smooching.
The final item from the final Cult Crushes box is a four-color highlighter palette from LA Splash. Cult Crushes is no stranger to sending palettes but they can sometimes be too bold for many subscriber’s tastes. I think that this one is pretty wearable and it’s nice to get four tones that go well with my skin tone. Not sure if everyone will feel the same way, so I kind of lucked out. I find the pigment to be nice and they can be used subtly or be built on to become bolder. I’m happy to add this to my highlighter collection as I have so few that are powders and I feel like they do well going over foundation.
Here are swatched for the highlighter and lipstick.
Verdict: The last Cult Crushes box was pretty decent because of the palette and lipstick but I personally didn’t have much need for the liner or mask. It’s sad for me to see this subscription go since I didn’t even have it for a year, but the products were pretty hit or miss and a lot of subscribers had lost faith once the price increased. For a $14.00 box that sends full-size products though, this one will be missed.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly no. This was the last Cult Crushes box ever.
Value Breakdown: At $14.00 for this box, you’re paying $3.50 for each item.
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