Once again, I am reviewing the quarterly Mecca beauty loop box. Every quarter, Mecca gives out a free beauty loop box as part of its loyalty program. The contents depends on your level which is based on your yearly spend at Mecca (reviewed annually).
Level 1 – $300 – $599.99 spend per year
Level 2 – $600 – $1199.99 spend per year
Level 3 – $1200+ spend per year
I purchased my box online.
My Level 3 box contained the following:
NARS Blush / Orgasm X 1.2g
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate 5ml
Lancome Advanced Genifique 7ml
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy 7.5ml
Bro – To Twofer 5ml
As always I’ve done a price breakdown to see how much value of product you’re receiving:
NARS Blush / Orgasm X 1.2g $43/4.8g $8.96
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate 5ml $122/20ml $30.50
Lancome Advanced Genifique 7ml $168/50ml $23.52
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy 7.5ml $70/177ml $2.97
Bro – To Twofer 5ml $21/250ml 42c
Total Value $66.37
This box came with a complementary By Terry Hyraluronic Hydra Powder (1.3g).
Full size value = $79 for 7.5g
Sample value = $13.70
I do really appreciate the extra gifts that Mecca send to Level 3 members. I believe this is something they’ve been doing since they revised the program a few years back. As someone who struggles with having makeup stay in place and oily skin, I do love me some finishing powder/setting spray.
By Terry is quite a luxe brand and I’ve not tried much of this stuff and after this, I still won’t. This is tiny! In comparison, Mecca sent out complementary full sized body wash to its Level 3 members last quarter. You can see in my previous post.
Not only is it super tiny, I’ve always believed that By Terry catered to an older mature audience. Most of the reviews of this powder on the Mecca website are from people aged 35 and older. I don’t like to clickbait but I do think this is one of the worst boxes I’ve ever received from Mecca. Whilst the value of this box is higher than expected (and higher than last quarter), most of these products are focused on ageing, fine lines, etc.
I absolutely believe and advocate taking care of your skin in your early twenties to prevent ageing but I feel like these products are just not for me. I’m not going to get much use and the full-priced products are fairly expensive so I can’t feel like justifying dropping $100+ on a product I can only get a few uses of in a trial.
I have heard good things about the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate. It is a restorative overnight serum with hyaluronic acid. I love hyaluronic acid as it makes my skin look plump and glowy. However, my hyaluronic acid from The Ordinary is doing just fine. I can’t justify the $122 price tag. This went straight to mum.
Similarly, the Lancome Advanced Genifique is a very expensive serum also containing hyaluronic acid. If I can’t justify $122 I definitely can’t justify spending $168. I also gave this to my mum as she does use Estee Lauder and Lancome products. In fact, this product was also in Level 2 boxes so it feels a bit of a stitch up for us.
The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy is said to be a firming and smoothing body treatment. It is said to help reduce the appearance of thin, crepey skin, leaving it feeling stronger, smoother and firm. Judging by the review and the nature of this product, this would be more suited to my mum than myself.
The worst product to date I’ve received is the Bro – To Twofer. It was very much a moment of confusion. For a Level 3 member, I would not be expecting sachet samples… of body wash. I do like the idea of a 2 in 1 body and hair wash but come on. I would rather have those terrible samples of lipstick I would get when I was a Level 1 member but they would be on a piece of plastic.
Secondly, I detest the name of the brand, Bro-To, for some reason. I’ve not tried anything from the Go-To range and don’t particularly plan to. I’ve seen extremely rave reviews about their products but I’ve also seen negative reviews about break outs, products being overly fragranced and people having reactions to the products. I feel like I definitely would fall into the latter as I have eczema.
Worst of all, the body wash isn’t even rated highly on the Mecca website. People have commented on the weird smell. Someone said this smelt like dirt and ash. Now I don’t even want to give this away.
Wait – there is a positive. I will absolutely use the NARS Blush in Orgasm X. I’ve only tried the shade Orgasm which I have repurchased and considered one of my favourite blushes. Orgasm X is a lot darker and intense than the original. It looks more peach toned but it’s beautifully shimmery and pigmented.
At the end of the day, free stuff is good stuff. Unfortunately, I received a lot of products I don’t get much use of. Even if I did get a La Mer sample, I probably would still give that to my mum (and I have). I’m incredibly jealous of the Level 2 members this time round with a decent sized Glow Recipe Pink Juice Moisturiser and Tom Ford Bitter Peach perfume samples.