Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes Beauty Review – September 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.

open Rickys Cult Crushes box

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contents of Rickys Cult Crushes

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.

info card back of info card

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 back of CNF Hydrating Lip Mask

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 Grande Stay Put Lip Liner with cap off close up of Grande Stay Put Lip Liner tip

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.

NYX Liquid Lingerie Lipstick open NYX Liquid Lingerie Lipstick

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim – Retail Value $7.00 (found here for $4.90)

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.

LA Splash Lumos Highlighting Palette, closed open LA Splash Lumos Highlighting Palette close up of LA Splash Lumos Highlighting Palette back of LA Splash Lumos Highlighting Palette

LA Splash Lumos Highlighting Palette – Retail Value $39.99 (found here for $35.99)

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.

makeup swatches on arm

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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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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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24 Comments

  1. I had hoped since this was their last box they would have gone out with a bigger bang!

    • Last box?? What do you mean

  2. I don’t know a lot about either… But wondering if you could use the liner to layer on a thick enough boundary around your lips to hold the mask on?

  3. Their email sounded to me like they might come back someday 🙁 I’m very sad because I heard about them here after the Nylon box (which I loved) had to quit.

    I love invisible lip liners because I’m a Woman of a Certain Age and I get a lot of feathering without lip liner. I also love the pink highlighter. I was hoping to see them go out with a big bang, but I guess you really can’t when there are money issues, which I assume is their case.

    • They might be back, they finally have their online store back up and running. When they first announced everything was marked as sold out. I thought they were just 100% going to be gone. But they now have products for sale so it is a good sign…..hopefully

  4. So has anyone received this yet?

    • I got mine on Friday.

    • Yep, last week. Friday I think. So sad it’s the last box….sigh…

    • I got mines on saturday, i really like the palette, nyx liquid lipstick and the lip mask, it has a cute bear on it… I wish cult crushes will come back soon.

  5. Put a face sheet mask on top of lip and eye patches/masks. It helps them stay in place. You still can’t be too physical, but you can at least walk around or sit up.

    • That is such a great idea. I struggle with single use masks falling off and being too large so I started cutting them up so they fit better instead of hanging off my face like a very small ghost costume.

      • LOL @ “very small ghost costume”!!

    • Great tip, Amanda! I’ll have to try that next time!

  6. I heard that you can wear a sheet mask over lip masks to keep them in place.

  7. I love NYX lipsticks but this formula & shade are just ok. Definitely didn’t need any more highlighters but it’s nice to have them in a palette since mine are usually singles.

    I think Alexandria Ryan said in her video she only curated parts of this box, it sounded to me like they asked her input but she didn’t have any say so in the actual choice of products.

    I was with CC since December & was happy til the price increase. Hopefully they’ll come back sometime. I got 4-5 really good palettes during my sub with them

    • I agree, 9 really likdd cult crushes im hoping that they come back stronger and better with more choices and different products thannother boxes like they were doing before.

  8. Bummer. I started in December last year. It was a great deal for $10/$11, but the brands didn’t really warrant the $14-$15 price. I actually miss Nylon Box the mostest!!!! They gave fun, different and quality brands.

    • I LOVED the Nylon Box; it was everything! So unquie, fun and definitely worth the price. I quit this box awhile back as the products became bland and boring.

    • I definitely miss Nylon Box too. 🙁

  9. My account hopefully was cancelled, as requested, prior to charging date. What a sad fizzle. I started kind of early with the box, so I did receive some great boxes. This is definitely not what got them so popular. Wishing them luck in their endeavors, and hoping they can return with the magic that was their initial boxes. xx

  10. I still have not received my Sep box??? I was billed mid month. Is there a number to contact?

    • Hopefully it’s still on its way!
      You can contact Ricky’s NYC (who runs Cult Crushes) customer care at 877.44.RICKY (74259) or email them at [email protected]. I’ve had a pleasant experience emailing them in the past so they should be able to help!

      • Thank you for the info, I just got back from vacation and sent them an email.

    • I got mine on Friday, so hopefully your’s is on the way!

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