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We know that you’re a sample connoisseur (it takes one to know one, after all)—and in the Mystery Sample Bag, we’re bringing you top-shelf samples plus a place to store your product stash, free with any purchase of $75+ in the Shop. This exclusive kit contains three samples of products we’re absolutely wild about right this minute, bundled in a stylish makeup bag. The truly awesome part: The products’ identities will remain secret until you receive your order.
This bag should come automatically on orders over $75.00 as those of us in the " we spend a lot of money with Birchbox" should get the bonus not have to waste a promo code.2
Nothing to be excited about here: itty bitty sample of Suki exfoliate foaming cleanser, a tiny coastal scents eyeshadow sampler that I already had, and Gilchrist & Soames shower gel, which I'm sure I already had from a hotel. Maybe it's worth like $3, but I am bummed I had to use a promo code which could have been used for something of higher value or a discount. It's true, this was free, but they should not have hyped this up and said these are things they are "absolutely wild about right this minute." That cannot possibly be true.2
I'm a little disappointed with my Ace Bag, but maybe I just had my hopes too high. There were 3 samples (eye shadow, face scrub and body wash), 2 of which I have already received in my monthly box. I wouldn't really consider any of them to be a deluxe sample. Its also discouraging that we have to use a promo code to obtain an Ace perk.3
This seems basically be a bigger version of the mystery samples add on, except that you have to use a code to get it. Like many of the reviewers, I received the Costal Scents palette in ballerina, the Suki exfoliant foaming cleanser, and the Gilchrist and Soames stimulating sea wrack body wash. While the bag is cute and comes in a useful size, it really wasn't worth using a code for. Also, I've already received the costal scents eye shadow twice, in a birch box and as a mystery sample. The cleanser was teeny tiny and while the body wash was a nice size, it's not too exciting.
I agree with the other reviewers who have suggested that there be no code associated with this. After all, you are spending $75 in order to get what appears to be leftover samples from monthly boxes (just like the mystery samples).
The makeup case itself is really cute and a good size, but I was disappointed with the samples. They were small and all things that I have received before...Not sure if this is worth using up a promo code unless youre looking for a new smaller makeup case.2
Like many other reviewers I also received the suki lemon face scrub (which I've gotten as a normal sample and really liked), the Gilchrist and Soames body wash and the Coastal Scents eye shadow palette in Ballerina (which I'm in love with, the colors are gorgeous!)
The bag is also very cute and a perfect size for traveling, love that the inside is pink!
My only gripe would be that you have to use a promo code for it instead of just being able to add it to your cart like the normal Mystery Sample Pack.
2/3 samples were a disappointment. The Coastal Scents eye shadows have always felt cheap to me, I'm pretty sure I've seen the Gilchrest & Soames boady wash as mediocre hotel toiletries in my recent travels, so neither of those were impressive or things that seem worthy of an Aces perk. I find it hard to believe that these are things that the Birchbox Team is "absolutely wild about right this minute," with the exception of the Suki sample, because their stuff rocks.1
I originally thought the samples were ok, but now that I have read other's reviews, I'm disappointed. It seems like everyone gets the same 3 samples:
gilchrist 1.3 ounce body wash,
suki foam wash sample
coastal scents eye shadow sample
Same as me? Come on, BB, change it up a little bit...
I used the code ACEPACK (not ACEBAG), but that listing has been removed. It looks like the difference is that I did not get a bag with mine, but I received 5 samples instead of the 3 now advertised with the bag.
.5oz DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer ($25 value)
1.2 oz Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner ($9.38 value)
.1oz Sarah McNamara Skin Transformer Face Spotlight SPF 20 ($4.80 value)
.16oz Jurlique Purely Bright Radiance Serum ($9.28 value)
Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler ($3.40 value)
Total value $51.86. I'm pretty pleased with the assortment and I guess it was worth sacrificing a promo code to get it, but having to use a promo code is only reason I'm not giving 5 stars.
Will stay away from these "ACE" bags in the future. The bag will be given to Good Will, it's very cheaply made, and not something I would use. The samples are boring; the body wash was the same given to me at my last hotel stay. Th e eye shadow afforded ugly colors. The face scrub was what I received in a box two months ago ... and I didn't care for it then either.2