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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Ulta-Exclusive Essence and Catrice Gift Sets (Plus Free Gifts with Purchase and Discount Codes)

There are some new Ulta-exclusive online-only Essence and Catrice (sister company to Essence) gift sets now on the Ulta website, and I want to make sure you know about them--especially now with all the discounts floating around! Plus, there are gifts-with-purchase for BOTH brands right now, to sweeten the deal.

Once again, here are the codes you can use on non-prestige purchases (including Essence and Catrice):
  • Use code 304954 online for $5 off $10 (excludes prestige cosmetics; expires 12/31/15)
  • Use code 205730 online for $5 off $15 (excludes prestige cosmetics; expires 12/31/15)
  • Use code 302358 online for $15 off $75 (excludes prestige cosmetics; expires 1/9/16)
  • And don't forget the free 15-piece gift bag with any $50+ purchase

Now let's talk about the gifts-with-purchase:

With any $15+ Catrice purchase, you'll get a free full-size Lip Glow. And with any $10+ Essence purchase, you'll get a free full-size Lash Princess Mascara (this mascara is actually in my review queue at the moment--I love it, and I actually love every single Essence mascara I've ever tried--Germany really excels at eye cosmetics, right?).

Here's a look at all of the new gift sets (click an image to go directly to the item listing on the Ulta site, or click the direct links below the widget):

All full-sized products:
My widget was acting up, so please be sure to check out the listing for the Catrice Superstars set below; the photo above is incorrect.

Essence The Berries Holiday Gift Set - $10.99
Essence All About Eyes Holiday Gift Set - $17.49
Essence Fan Favorites Holiday Gift Set - $25.49
Catrice Superstars Gift Set - $31.49
Catrice Winter's Glow Gift Set - $31.99

I checked the retail value of the Essence All About Eyes Set (because I had a feeling some of you might want confirmation that these sets are actually a good value) and here's the breakdown:

All About Nude Eye Shadow Palette (1.76 oz) - $4.99
Longlasting Lipstick in Nautral Beauty 07 (0.64 oz) - $2.99
XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in Fuchsia 17 (0.08 oz) - $2.49
Longlasting Eye Pencil in Black 01 (0.16 oz) - $2.49
All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder (0.32 oz) - $3.99
Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara in Black (0.96 oz) - $3.99
I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara in Black (0.96 oz) - $3.99

Total retail value of this set: $24.93. 
Retail price of this set: $17.49. 

So yes, these are value sets. And you'll get an even better deal with one of those codes (plus the freebies). Hope that helps!


  1. When Essence came on my radar a few years ago, I noticed the makeup was made in Germany, I looked at a few of the shadows at Ulta a few weeks ago, and noticed they were made in China. I was sad about that. I just sent Catrice an email asking where the makeup was made.

    1. Thanks for the info--I hadn't noticed that. If I find out about Catrice (hoping to buy some products soon) I'll be sure to include country of origin in my reviews (I always do). I don't have an issue with products made in China when I know and trust the company (Too Faced, Wet n Wild, e.l.f., etc.) but I understand that not everyone feels that way! :)

    2. Hey Randi, I have some Catrice matt velvet eyeshadows, and they all say made in Italy, not sure if all their products are currently manufactured in Italy but the ones I own were. I hope this helps

    3. Yes! I noticed that as well, that many items were made in European countries but now has gone to China. I prefer Germany & Italy, as their standards are more ethical.

    4. Thanks D.A. . I wonder if the stores are carrying catrice?

  2. I love this post even though I don't have anyone to buy any makeup for. Lol.


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