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Beautylish Lucky Bags Review – January 2019

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakFeb 3, 2019 | 18 comments

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Closed Box Top

Beautylish is an online retailer for prestige skincare and beauty brands. Once a year, they offer a "lucky bag" for sale, which will contain a mystery assortment of products they currently sell. This year they offered the original lucky bag ( $75 for $150+ worth of products), the lucky bag XL ($150 for $350+ worth of products), a buy one give one bag ($150, you get an original lucky bag and two are donated to a Children's hospital), and the Jeffrey Star lucky bag ($75 for $150+ worth of Jeffrey Star products).

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Open Box 1

This is a review of the original lucky bag, which is no longer available for sale.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Open Box 2

These lucky bags were inspired by the Japanese tradition of Fukubukuro!

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Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Group Shot Top View

About Beautylish:

The Box: Original Lucky Bag

The Cost: $75 +$10 shipping

The Products: A mystery assortment worth at least $150

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 Review

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Frot 1 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Frot 2 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Frot 3

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette – Retail Value $42

I will be honest- when I first pulled out this palette I was a bit disappointed. I was really hoping for a Viseart or Natasha Denona palette, and Subculture was incredibly controversial when it came out due to a manufacturing defect. In fact, most major retailers like Sephora and Ulta aren’t even carrying Subculture anymore, though you can still purchase it from both Beautylish and ABH directly. That being said, however, this palette surprised me. The pigment is absolutely beautiful, and these pans do not have the pressing issue that caused such a stir. This palette has two duochrome shades, one metallic shade, and eleven mattes. I can genuinely say I don’t have many of the colors that are in this palette, and the colors were buttery to apply and felt like velvet. When I was applying the shadows, I noticed that a lot of powder was wasted if I swirled my brush- it kicked up more powder than I could use. I solved this by pressing my brush against the palette rather than swirling, and I could build up the intensity of the shadows depending on how much I blended them out.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Swatches On Hand Top View

Here are the swatches. All of the shades are single finger swipes.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Stila Glitter And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set In Iridescent Top View Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Stila Glitter And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set In Iridescent Open Front View

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set in Iridescent – Retail Value $25

I was nervous when I was watching the unboxings of other lucky bags and saw a lot of Stila sets- not because I don’t like them, but because I LOVE these glitter and glow eyeshadows, and have about eight already. Luckily, this set includes three shades that are brand new to me! Stylish is a warm platinum with duochrome gold pearl, Dollish is a sparkling pink with duochrome gold pearl, and Embellish is a lilac bronze with a duochrome multicolor pearl finish. These shadows are really versatile if you don’t mind a hint of sparkle- you can use them on their own, you can layer them on top of other eyeshadow, or you can grab an eyeliner brush and use them as an eyeliner.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Wayne Goss Precision Blending Eyeshadow Brush #19 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Wayne Goss Precision Blending Eyeshadow Brush #19 With Hand

Wayne Goss Precision Blending Eyeshadow Brush #19 – Retail Value $23

I was really hoping to get a Wayne Goss brush- I have heard great things about them, and I wanted to try them out for myself! To be honest, though, this brush didn't impress me. Yes, it performed well- but not any better than most of the eyeshadow brushes I have from various subscription boxes. Maybe I just need to use it more to discover its magic- any recommendations?

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Beautyblender Pro On The Go Top 1 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Beautyblender Pro On The Go Top 2

Beautyblender Pro on The Go – Retail Value $40 ($65 value)

This was the first item I pulled out of the box and I was incredibly happy with it. I love my beautyblenders, hate paying $20 for one, and use them for a lot longer than I probably should as a result. This set comes with a beautyblender original, a beautyblender pro, a beautyblender micro mini pro, a bloterazzi pro, and a black mini beautyblender cleanser. The bloterazzi is a sponge designed to help you blot oil throughout the day without messing up makeup, and while I have tried a sample before I am excited to see how the full-size version performs. I have never been one for the beauty blender micro minis, but then I tried a new brow product that gave me brows thicker than tree trunks. Rather than having to wipe it all off and start over, my micro mini came in clutch with applying concealer on my brows without messing up my eye makeup. The cleanser is infused with charcoal to help purify your sponges and brushes, and in theory, the proline is great for long-wear makeup. I plan on using the pros the same way I use my original beautyblender, but I am so happy to be stocked up on sponges.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio Set 1 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio Set 2 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio Set 3

Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio Set – Retail Value $39

After trying out the Jouer Cosmetics mystery box I learned that Jouer makes some incredible highlighters- they are buttery soft and blend incredibly well. This set came with three mini highlighters in the shades Ice (an icy holographic pearl), Skinny Dip (a shimmering golden peach), and Rose Gold (a shimmering rose gold). I like that these can be lightly applied for a more natural look, or built up to really pack the shine.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Swatches On Hand Close View

Here are the highlighters swatched (one swipe) above the Stila shadows. From top to bottom we have ice, rose gold, skinny dip, stylish, dollish, and embellish.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum Front 1 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum Front 2

Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum

This is a bonus item that was included from a yet-to-be-released brand, Good Molecules. Everyone who got a lucky bag got a product from them, and mine is the super peptide serum. I haven't used this yet, as I am going to wait to learn more about the product and company when it officially is released for sale.

Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Selfie 1 Beautylish Lucky Bag January 2019 - Selfie 2

Here is the look I did! I did my regular base using my beautyblender to apply my Nars tinted moisturizer. For my eyes, I started with a base of Dawn, an ultra-matte sand. Next, I took Axis, an ultra-matte blue-green, and blended a small amount into my outer corners, making sure a bit of it carried over to my undereye. I then used Untamed, an ultra-matte tarnished green, to blend into Axis and carrying the softer green out onto my lid. I then took Adorn, a stunning metallic bronze, and patted it onto the inner corners and center of my lid, as well as lining the rest of my lower lash. To finish, I took Electric, a duochrome lime-gold, and blended it into my crease with broad windshield wiper motions. I wasn't feeling a traditional black eyeliner, so I actually grabbed my eyeliner brush and used Stila in Stylish as an eyeliner. For highlighting, I chose Jouer Skinny Dip, and I applied it to my nose (perhaps with a heavy hand on my nose, looking at the pictures), my cupids bow, the highest points of my cheeks, and my temples. I also used the pointy end of my damp beauty blender to set my under-eyes with setting powder to prevent flaking and creasing., I finished with brow gel, mascara, and my Estee Lauder lipstick in Strapless from my December Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.

The Verdict: Overall, I think my first lucky bag was a success! I think one of the traps with this is if you’re watching what everyone else is getting, you may not be happy with yours- even if it objectively is a great box. I am happy that all of the products are new items that I don’t already own, and I think everything came in super pretty, wearable colors. And I am really stoked about being stocked up on beauty blenders! This box cost $85 ($75 + $10 shipping), and I calculated a value of $169 for everything except the serum. I definitely will take my chances and order a lucky bag next year!

The Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, this is only offered once a year on December 26.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $85, which means that you paid $14.16 per item. Take the Good Molecules serum out of the equation, and you have a definite $169 value. That means you would pay the following:

  • Subculture: $21.12
  • Stila Iridescent Set: $12.57
  • Wayne Goss: $11.57
  • Beautyblender Set: $20.11
  • Jouer Highlighter Trio: $19.61

Are you going to get a lucky bag next year? If you got one this time around, share your box contents below!


Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Wow! Your hair and your makeup are *so* pretty in these pictures!

I was just reading the review to see what kind of products come in the bag so I know if I want to get the 2020 one. I know that this is almost a year later, but I have seen all the above products at TJ Maxx now. So I think I might be better off to just wait and buy something I know I want at TJ Maxx.

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That’s funny I just came on here for the same reason!

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Jessica, your makeup is sooo pretty! You did a fantastic job!

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I got a jouer lip cream, a small viseart palette (not nearly as impressed with this as I thought I’d be, but still nice colors) a random eyeshadow brush, the small size of oribe’s hair oil, kevyn aucoin mascara which is AMAZING and the serum.
A perfectly fine box, but this isnt something I’ll feel compelled to do again next year!

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This was my 2nd lucky bag and still not sure I would do it again. Last years box was a tiny bit better than this year. For some reason I’ve gotten Charlotte Tilbury palates both times! I also got a WG brush #19 which I do like. Other than the serum which everyone got I can’t even remember the rest of my items. I was too ashamed to pic & post thats how big of a snooze it was.

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would LOVE to swap!

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So i learned of these Lucky Bags during unboxings last year. Put a not in my calendar and signed up. Waited 11 months to order. Was so exciting even though i wanted the XL i ended up not being fast enough. Then waiting the last three weeks from order to arrival was torture!! In the end it was worth it.
I received an ABH Sultry pallet, #18 Goss brush, Cover FX Aurora drops, Ardell Natural Demi Lashes, Sugarpill Liquid Lip in Strange Love, Oribe Mystify Spray, and the new serum. $161 value not including serum. The Sultry and Aurora drops were both on my list at Sephora and i so wanted a Goss brush and i use eye brushes more than any other so squealed with joy over that as well. The lip is a color that i use often and is a very long lasting product.
Now the countdown begins until next Dec 26!!!

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I wait for it the whole year as well! It’s my very favorite beauty purchase.

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Thanks for reviewing this MSA! My bag was ok, it had two expensive hair products which I will give away since I don’t like dry shampoo and hair mask. The other items were eye serum, Jouer set of mini nude liquid lips, Goss brush, and Natasha Denona cranberry palette. It’s true what you say about watching unboxings; as soon as I saw lots of Viseart palettes, I wasn’t as happy about mine.

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Julie, I’ve been trying to swap for the cranberry palette with no luck, but I got a Viseart Tryst palette 🙂 I’m still not convinced it’s anything special, but I’ve only tried it twice.

The palettes I wanted:
anything Viseart
a Natasha Denona palette in colors I can use
Anastasia Soft Glam

Now someone needs to tell me that Natasha Denona is not anything special…

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Leah I would’ve been happier with the Soft Glam! I have two of the mini Viseart palettes and love them so I may have to actually buy a big one. The cranberry palette is nice but definitely not an everyday palette. Pretty colors but very sparkly. But hey, at least I finally got a ND. Last year I got the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette which is great.


I got the same brush. It preforms very well so I am not complaining, I think it is just a less used type of brush. I have his highlighter brush which is amazing. My lucky bag was better than last year’s.

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I love your bag. One of the best I’ve seen. Most of this year’s bags aren’t tempting for me, looks I could just buy all the stuff in sephora with -50% discount or even higher. Absolutely pass for that boxes

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Jenn K

I got my first lucky bag from Beautylish this year and I was really happy with it. I received:
*Viseart Theory palette in Amethyst
*Wayne Goss #17
*Avene Cicalfate 1.3 oz
*Klorane Mango Oil Spray 4.2 oz
*Jouer Best of Nudes mini lip creme set
*Beautylish gift card $20
*Good Molecules Wake Up Eye Serum

Total without adding in the good molecules (since no one knows yet what the RV is on that) is $173. More than the promised $150 by a fair bit and I’ll use everything in it. I get tired of seeing people whine that they didn’t get as good a box as so and so on Instagram and it isn’t fair. Was I a little salty when I saw someone get Charlotte Tilbury cream that costs over $250 in a regular lucky bag? For about 10 seconds. Then I remembered that I still got a great bag full of things that I actually like and will use. So congrats to the lucky sobs who got better bags than me, but I haven’t given up. I will try again next year.

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My regular box was better this year than mine was last year. This year I got Viseart’s sultry muse palette, Becca Glow on the Go, Sonia G crease brush, Sugarpill Liquid Lip in Nurse, Avene cold cream, and the serum. I gave most of what I got last year away and will use everything this year, so this bag was lucky for me!

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Great review, Jessika, very detailed, I liked it a lot.
This was my first lucky bag and I am a bit disappointed. I got delux sample of bioderma micelar water, which I have five of them from other boxes. Also, as you, I got Subculture palette. It is nice palette, but I got this palette in December from TJ Max for $20,
In conclusion: is the value there? yes. Will I buy it again? probably not. I expected little bit more high end product.
On the other hand, I watched unboxing of Jeffree Star lucky box and I with I got that, all of them included palette. I would absolutely love that.

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I was eagerly waiting for this post! Wanted the xl bag, but it sold out (in 1 minute as stated by cs). I’m glad I passed on the original lucky bag bc the subculture palette would’ve been disappointing(!!!), bUT other original lucky bags may have lucked out. Palette was half price on sepHora for awhile w/ horrid reviews. Looking forward to the lucky bags this yr!

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