Nouveau Cheap and when I purchased mine. I was pretty happy with this kit at first; it has products I like from brands I trust and for $14.99 it was a good deal. After doing a little more research, however, I discovered that there are some discrepancies between the kit I received and the kit I was promised.
Overall, I like shopping at Macy's. I particularly like shopping at my local Macy's because the people at the MAC counter are super nice and I much prefer to shop there than at the stand-alone MAC store (actually, almost all the people I've interacted with in the beauty department of my local Macy's have been very nice). I don't want this post to be super negative or anything, especially towards anyone or anything in particular, but I do feel a little...lied to with this kit. I was promised certain items in certain sizes and I feel like I got different products because I paid less. I don't mind getting less if I'm paying less, but nothing in the item description for this kit said that the products would differ from what was listed. This kit is no longer available for purchase, but it is still on Macy's website (here if you're interested).
This is the point where I would talk about the Clarins UV Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Non-tinted Sunscreen, but you may notice that I have no picture of it. That's because this product was not included in my bag. I didn't notice that this product was missing at first since I didn't read the 'what's included' list on the item description too closely when I bought it, but discovered the error when I checked the listing again to prepare for this post. All the same issues I had with the smaller than described perfume sample I have with this missing sample, except that, you know, this time it's just not there instead of in a smaller than promised size, which is a bit more frustrating. Since it's been so long since I got this product and it's now listed as 'unavailable', I'm not going to contact Macy's Customer Service about it, but I am not happy about my bag being different from what was promised in the listing (especially since it doesn't say any where in the listing that products may vary).
And that's the Macy's Sun Essentials Kit! Nothing super interesting, and at the full $38 price tag, also not the best value, but at the $14.99 I paid, shipping included, I do feel like I got my money's worth (though just barely). If I had paid even the $19.99 sale price, I probably would have been a lot more disappointed in this kit, especially since I kind of feel lied to because one of the samples was in a much smaller, less valuable size then what was listed, and one sample was completely missing from my bag. I'm not sure if this was just a dud that was sitting around and I was unlucky enough to receive it, if Macy's had a bunch that were returns/damages that they sent to people who paid the sale price instead of the full price, or if something happened during packaging, but it's definitely disappointing to receive a product that was not as described, regardless of why.
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