Unboxing Macy’s December 2015 Spotlight!

Macy’s recently announced that they were going to do a monthly subscription box, called Spotlight and you could sign up for a waitlist.  The waitlist is now closed, so I am not sure when they will offer this subscription to everyone, but it is supposed to be 5 to 7 beauty and fragrance items, with one full sized item in each box for $9.99.   Macy’s sent their December box to me for review purposes


Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion I own this and use it quite a bit.  Eye shadow primers are really helpful when you are dealing with lightly pigmented shades or glitter shadows, as they will help intensify the color as well as ensure that it stays on for longer wear with no creasing.  This stuff goes on silky smooth and becomes invisible on my eyelids when I apply it.  This is the original shade which is nude and blends nicely with most skin tones.  Sample Size 2 mL RV $3.65

Ingredients: Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Propylene Carbonate, Water. [+/- (May Contain): Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride)].


Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream This is an oil-free gel cream that is a “drink” of moisture for your skin and it is for all skin types.  It helps hydrate in the most driest of conditions, so this is a great size to take with you when you air travel!  Or travel in general.  I have lots of creams open right now, so I will save this one for when I need to travel or my skin really needs to try this out.   This cream has lots of nice ingredients, including some fermented extracts and green tea, as well as sodium hyaluronate, peptides and vitamin E.  Sample Size  .21 oz RV $4.41 

Description: A multitasking, lightweight cream-gel that instantly replenishes skin with 24 hours of soothing hydration. This refreshing, oil-free cream-gel is a “drink” for skin, continuously plumping it with hydration. Its luxurious, addictive texture and ultra-hydrating formula make it a frequent fliers’ favorite. It improves the appearance of fine lines, flakiness, and tightness, leaving skin looking and feeling happier and healthier—even through shifts in humidity. It immediately cools and refreshes for a soft, smooth complexion. It can be used as a five-minute moisture mask, or over makeup for instant glow.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sucrose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Trehalose, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Sorbitol, Oleth-10, Tromethamine, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 , Yellow 5  cosDNA.com analysis

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Undressed  This lip gloss is a Macy’s exclusive and Undressed is a nude shade.  I mean really nude.  The type of nude gloss that doesn’t look good on the vast majority of the human population.  It would be a great concealer color, however ~ not that I would use it as a concealer ~ the ingredients and shine make it unsuitable for that.    That said ~ this gloss is very similar to Mac’s LipGlass and has great pigmentation  and great shine, despite its awful color.   I just wish Macy’s had picked a better color to put in the box, such as Vintage, as this was the big ticket, full sized item in the box.  Swatches after Benefit’s LolliTint.   Full Size RV $16.00

Benefit LolliTint Cheek & Lip Stain This is a nice shade that is described as “candy orchid”, as it does look like a bright orchid shade, but it dries down to a pretty delicate mauve shade.  This can be used as a lip tint or a blush and I think this is just a pretty color that is very long lasting. You dab it on, blend and that’s it!  To get a nice glossy shine, add a lip balm or clear lip gloss over it.   I did the swatch below at night, washed my hands and in the am, I still saw the stain!!  Sample Size .08 oz RV $5.71

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Squalane, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polysorbate 60, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, CI 45410 (Red 27), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 15985 (Yellow 6)

  1. Benefit LolliTint (not blended)
  2. Benefit LolliTint (blended)
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Undressed


Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black  Lancome makes some really nice mascaras and I know my eldest niece LOVES Lancome, so I will put this in as a stocking stuffer for her.   This is an 2007 Allure Best of Beauty award winning mascara that helps create natural, but long lashes.  Sample Size .07 oz RV $8.37

Description: This mascara’s bio-selective polymers cling to the lashes through electrical attraction. Bristles are arranged in a “hedgehog” pattern for maximum coverage with no clumps, and they’re grooved to hold the product, allowing gradual application and even spread of the formula. This product is ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free, and suitable for contact lens wearers.

Ingredients: Water, Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille, Acacia Senegal/Acacia Senegal Gum, Palmitic Acid, Cera, Carnauba/Carnauba Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Simethicone, Bht, Silica, Polyquaternium-10, [+/- May Contain: Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77007 /Ultramarines, Mica, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 75470/Carmine, Ci 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide].

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium This is one fragrance that I am excited to try  ~ it has notes of Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence and  Patchouli Essense and is Allure Best of Beauty award winner.  It is very sensuous and although the description states floral, it is really isn’t.  It has a richness with the deep wood-scented notes and the coffee accord with vanilla gives it a mocha scent.  Really a wonderful perfume!  I have to get a larger size of this now! haha   Sample .04 oz RV $3.03

Marc Jacobs Decadence I was also excited to try this until I read that it had rose in it 😦  Oh well.  This is, I believe, the latest fragrance from Marc Jacobs and since I am allergic to rose, I will just repeat the description here:

A sensual, luxurious, and woody fragrance, Decadence embodies the spirit of irreverent glamour. The fragrance opens with sultry top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. The heart combines luxurious notes of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, and orris. The indulgent dry down reveals the base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.  The bottle is a new twist on putting perfume in your purse. The cap features a deep green python print and a gold chain adorned with a black tassel that can be used to carry the bottle.

Notes: Italian Plum, Iris Flower, Saffron, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris, Vetiver, Papyrus Woods, Liquid Amber.

Sample Size .04 oz RV $3.40

Also included is this wonderful black bag with gold sparkles on it, so it is very classic.  Love it!   I was not expecting a cosmetic bag 🙂

What do I think of December’s Macy’s Spotlight box?  I think that it had a nice variety of new items, classics and exclusives.  I think that there was too much repetition in this bag ~ two lip products and two perfumes.   With all of the makeup samples Macy’s has access to, it just seems that the 2 perfume samples was just overkill in here.   The full size lip gloss is in an unfortunate shade ~ I hardly know anyone that can pull that color off well ~ only Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez comes to mind ~ but I am sure that others will love this color.   The cosmetic bag was a great touch and I do think that that once Macy’s figures out how to balance the products properly, they will have a great winning subscription service!   I have heard that it will be available in January ~ I do hope so!   This month’s Spotlight was worth a retail value of over $44.00, which is over 4 times the $9.99 subscription rate.   I am very thankful that Macy’s sent me this box for review, as I was extremely interested.

What do you think of December’s Spotlight box?   Are you interested in getting Spotlight?  Let me know in the comments below and if you can actually wear Undressed shade – I would love to know how you pull it off!!


[ this box was sent to me complementary for review purposes.  All opinions are my own and are unbiased ]

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One thought on “Unboxing Macy’s December 2015 Spotlight!

  1. If they keep the price at $9.99, this box is going is going to kick Ipsy’s ass. It seems like they are gunning for ipsy, though–mostly make-up samples, cosmetic bag? Those are way better samples than anything Ipsy has given out. I agree that 2 perfume samples are a bit much, since most people are extremely picky about perfumes. I’d be interested in getting it.

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