Milk Makeup Mystery Bag Review – October 2019
Milk Makeup is a cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan makeup brand based in NYC that tends to pop up in many beauty boxes that we review. They don’t have a subscription but offer mystery bags from time to time for $59 that are hard to pass up! Mystery bags can be scary though! How do you know they’re worth it? Well- let me take you through what I got as an example of what you might receive in future offers!
FYI – this mystery bag is now sold out. 🙁
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About this Mystery Delivery from Milk Makeup
The Box: Milk Makeup Mystery Bag
The Cost: $59 + free shipping
- Holographic Bag
- 4 Full-Sized Products
- 3 Little Surprises
Ships to: The US
Milk Makeup Mystery Bag Review
I’m a little obsessed with Milk Makeup and have been slowly trying their new products as they launch them. Their packaging and presentation are exquisite and appeal to young and oldish (like myself) alike!
Sadly this mystery bag is already sold out, but I’m excited to show you what I received and it’s nice to know for future mystery bags!
Milk Makeup Resealable Flat Pouch
I don’t normally care about pouches but this one is a good size at 11.5″ x 8″. It is a frosted rubbery BPA-free plastic and lays flat but has a folded bottom that can expand once you stuff it full of items. I usually use a cloth zipper bag for my toiletries when traveling but I might try this one out since it’s easier to clean up if something spills in transit.
Milk Makeup Holographic Makeup Bag
Everything came in this SUPER CUTE holographic bag that I just ADORE. It measures 8″ in length x 6″ tall and has a depth of 2.5″ that allows it to also stand on its own. It is undeniably cool and I can’t wait to use it as my new travel bag.
Milk Makeup Stickers
Who doesn’t like some stickers? No one I know. Stickers rule!
Milk Flex Foundation Stick – sample pack
This is a great way to get an idea of which shade of foundation I should go for. I’ve been sort of in the market for a new one for a while, but I simply don’t want to deal with it, so this is sort of forcing my hand to at least try one. The pack has a total of six shades, that include two similar shades of light, medium, and dark that have either warm, neutral, or cool undertones but the full line has 36 shades in all. As you can tell by the swatch, I am a close match to the top swatch which is “Fair” (fair with cool pink). Inside each little bubble, you’ll find about two servings that should give me a full face of foundation. Since it’s a “stick” and not a liquid, I used my nail to carve a little bit out to put on my face. They call this one a medium coverage foundation, but since I use a BB cream, this felt heavier to me than I’d like. It did have great coverage that made my pores look smaller and it evened out any uneven tones but it simply was a little heavy for me. I couldn’t help but notice it settle into my forehead lines which made them more visible than normal. Although, I may have overdone it since it was my first time wearing a medium coverage foundation. Either way- it was nice to be able to test these out!
Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara, 0.1 oz. sample size – Estimated Value $7.09 (Buy the full-size 0.34 oz. for $24.00)
I actually bought the larger “mini” of this mascara when it first came out. I was really attracted to the heavy metal tube that this trial size doesn’t have. The wand on this one seemed a bit messy to me which made it a little harder to get a clean application and from wearing it in the past, I think this does tend to end up under my eye after long wear. It does deliver quite a bit of volume, but I think there are better mascaras out there.
Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Tint in Werk, 0.1 oz. sample size – Estimated Value $2.80 (Buy the full-size 1 oz. for $28.00)
They don’t have to convince me to like their lip + cheek tint with this sample- I already own the full size in this exact color and it’s my go-to cheek color! I don’t personally love how it works as a lip color, but I’m more than happy to get one type of use from this perfect rose shade. So little is needed for the right amount of color on the apples of my cheeks, so even this little version (which I plan to keep for travel) will last me quite a while!
Now- let’s see the FULL-SIZE items!
Milk Makeup Roll + Blot Hemp Blotting Papers, 100 ct. – Retail Value $10.00
Milk comes off as very “420 friendly” since they have a full line called “Kush” and now I know for certain that they are since these blotting papers can also be used for rolling… ahem… tobacco. This pack is full-size and contains 100 blotting papers in a slim pack not unlike rolling papers. It all makes sense. Very clever. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews about blotting papers, I tend to overdo it with oils or skincare products sometimes so this is a great item to have on hand to sop up some of that before doing my makeup. They definitely do the trick removing oils, but I can’t speak to the other usage.
Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Hotel Lobby, 0.34 oz. – Retail Value $24.00
Here is another item I’ve been wanting to try since liquid eyeshadow has been so popular. I like that they sent a nice neutral color like this that I find pretty wearable even for me who normally only wears matte shadow. The color “Hotel Lobby” has a nice metallic gold finish to it dries like a powder. It’s a little tricky to get the hang of applying it with my long acrylic nails, but I just have to move quickly since it really STAYS PUT once dry. I found it easier to add to my hand first and then take it from there to my eyelids and quickly dab it and smooth it out. It really adds quite a nice pop of brightness to my otherwise dark lids which is pretty without looking over the top.
Milk Makeup Glitter Stick in Techno, 2 oz. – Retail Value $30.00
I love highlighters but normally shy away from anything too sparkly or glittery. I happened to get this full-size glitter stick though, so time for me to suck it up and try some fun makeup! Right away, I don’t find this stick to be particularly soft or creamy. It’s a little on the dryer side, but the glitter is PLENTIFUL so not too much pressure is needed to get plenty of holographic glitz onto my skin. In addition to the normal highlighter usage on cheekbones, nose, and brows, Milk also suggests using this all over as body glitter which I can see happening at a music festival. I swiped some of this onto my upper cheekbones without any foundation on since I didn’t want to sort of erase that base, and whoa mama: this has a lot of glitter. It’s definitely too much for me on a daily or normal-use level but can see it being really fun for more adventurous people or for a costume as say, a unicorn? The photos above really don’t do it justice, but take it from me- serious color here. (Take a peek at the swatch photo at the end though)
Milk Makeup Cooling Water, 1 oz. – Retail Value $26.00
I think this product is my favorite of all time to just look at. I’ve been super into its beautiful clear blue color and round cylindrical shape ever since it came out and recently got a mini size in a Sephora kit to satisfy my curiosities. I was sort of perplexed on how to use that mini but luckily reader Holly gave me a great tip to use it to depuff eyes after crying (so like, I’ll keep this in my car where I do most of my crying) or when those allergies hit. I can’t help but agree that this feels great to simply roll around my eyes because it truly is cooling but doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or weird. I really need to keep this one on hand.
Milk Makeup Kush Clear Brow Gel – Retail Value $20.00
Well, this is just grand. I actually have this brow gel but in one of the colors while this one is clear. The brush is small but the color one I have can be a little tricky to be precise with. That’s why getting this in clear is great for me. I can use powder for my brows but then put this gel on top to hold them in place. My eyebrows can be unwieldy at times, so using a product like this helps out.
Here are swatches for the (top to bottom) lip/cheek tint, glitter stick, and eye pigment.
The Verdict: I am pretty pleased with my Milk Makeup Mystery Bag. I was impressed to receive so many full-size items and although the glitter stick was a miss for me, I still love the cooling water stick, eye pigment, blotting papers, brow gel, minis, and the two bags which total $119.89 (without knowing the value of the bags and assuming the foundation and stickers are a free sample). That’s double the $59 cost and much better than what I expected since they sent popular items. Reading the comments on our original post about this launching, it seems like everyone got the same items so even though it’s not as much of a random grab bag as I thought, it’s still a great value if you wanted to try Milk at a discount.
To Wrap Up:
Can you get this box if you order today? No, sadly this is long gone. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one! We’ll post about it as soon as we see it!
Value Breakdown: At $59.00 for this kit, here’s what you’re paying per item:
- Mascara: $3.49
- Cheek Tint: $1.38
- Blotting Papers: $4.92
- Eye Pigment: $11.81
- Glitter Stick: $14.76
- Cooling Stick: $12.80
- Kush Brow Gel: $9.84
+ two makeup bags for free!
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