Is Beautycon Worth It? Recapping Beautycon NYC ’19

Beautycon NYC 2019

From IMATS to Sephoria, IPSY Live and Beautycon – there is no shortage of beauty conventions in the States. But which of these conventions lives up to the hype? In today’s post we’ll be asking the question, “is Beautycon Worth it?”

If you like beauty and you like drama… then this Beautycon NYC 2019 Recap is 100% for you! This year’s event was full of awesome moments, but unfortunately, the overall experience didn’t live up to the hype that was promised online.

Is Beautycon Worth It? Thoughts on the Brand Experiences

I’m salty that many of the major American prestige brands did not exhibit at Beautycon NYC this year. Also, I was annoyed that certain brands were advertised but weren’t there (Bondi Sands, Dermablend, Essie, and Say Yes To). Nevertheless, I was impressed by the level of effort that the attending brands put forward.

Best Experience

My favorite booth at the event was Sexy Hair’s “Knotty Bar” where visitors were able to have their hair styled by a professional hair stylist.Β I had my hair french-braided on the top and then wrapped into two teased, space buns. I felt super cute and bold the entire day. πŸ˜€

Also, Maybelline created a cute experience for attendees. Booth visitors were able to travel through a Metro-Inspired Station full of photo opportunities. Also, they gave out a free fake tattoo and a free brow product.

Honorable mention to Love Beauty and Planet who were encouraging attendees to recycle. I loved this message because of its importance to society and the environment.

Beautycon NYC 2019 x Love Beauty & Planet
#SmallActsofKindness with Love Beauty & Planet

Friendliest Staff

CVS Health had the friendliest staff at the event. Visitors could tell that the staff had a passion for the brand. I loved that the booth was manned by people who work in the corporate office AND staff who work directly in stores.

Best Freebies

CVS Health, Sally’s Beauty, Revlon, and Pixi by Petra offered the best freebies. CVS Health gave out prescription bags filled with $30 worth of products from some of the new brands sold in their stores. Revlon gave attendees ~$30 worth of products by providing a full-size foundation, liquid lipstick, and some cute hair products. Pixi gave away an eye pencil, eyeshadow duo, and lipstick. Finally, Sally’s gave attendees everything they needed to take their hair color to the next level with a full hair dye kit.

Beautycon NYC 2019 x Jouer Cosmetics
Away with Jouer Booth

Best Discounts

I nearly screamed when I saw that Sol de Janeiro was selling products for 25% off. Similarly, I was impressed by Pixi’s 20% off discount (which was also extended after the convention).Β  Jouer had an INSANE discount on the Skinny Dip Palette ( 2 for $15.00 USD… for a $40 palette)!

Is Beautycon Worth It? Beautycon NYC Event Organization

This event was a mess. To summarize the experience as briefly as possible:

  • Early Access attendees who arrived early on Saturday were left waiting outside with no clear direction of where to queue
  • Early Access attendees were shuttled into the convention center late due to inefficient line management (anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes after the promised entry time)
  • Hauler Bags were miss-filled (more on this below)
  • Talent arrived late (more on this below)

Is Beautycon Worth it? Thoughts on the Hauler Bag Drama

If we’re friends on Twitter, you’ll have seen my tweet regarding the lackluster Hauler Bag. To say this in the simplest terms:

  • Beautycon overhyped the Hauler bags and they were more than half empty (and were a third of the value of previous years)
  • Hauler bags mainly consisted of haircare products, but the products don’t work for all hair types (ex. they don’t work for my hair)
  • Half the Hauler Bags weren’t stuffed correctly, so many attendees (including me) were missing all of the full-sized products in the bag
  • Both the staff and the CEO were rude when customers brought these issues to their attention and did nothing until a group of us refused to leave the customer service area
  • Many individuals never received the correct bag, but those of us that had our bags refilled had to wait more than an hour for a resolution
  • The CEO was antagonizing people on Instagram and Twitter with rude comments

Is Beautycon NYC Worth It? Thoughts on the Celebrity Panelists

  • Cardi B, the main headliner, arrived 3 hours late to the event
  • The MainStage hall at the Javits Center was not properly managed, so people flooded the aisles and the entire room from front to back
  • Beautycon staff locked people into the hall and we weren’t allowed to leave and re-enter because the MainStage area was over the max capacity
  • Those of us that waited for the longest to see Cardi, couldn’t even see her when she arrived, because of the latecomers who flooded the aisles
  • Women started a brawl in one aisle as tensions rose while everyone waited for Cardi to arrive

Is Beautycon NYC Worth It? Will I Go Again?

I was Β so shocked at the complete mismanagement of this event given how Beautycon was hyped online. I had a good experience at the LA convention, but this year’s NYC convention was frustrating.

The attitude of the CEO was unprofessional. So many of us had to save up to attend this event, but Beautycon failed to deliver on their promises. Also, the event mismanagement actually put people in danger on Sunday.

Unless Beautycon does something to make the situation rightt and unless they secure more prestige brands in 2020, I would not attend again.

So is beautycon worth it? To me, the event was not worth the money or hassle.

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Is Beautycon Worth it? Beautycon NYC 2019

Interested in seeing what I snagged last year at Beautycon LA 2018? Check out this post on the LA Hauler Bag, my Beautycon LA Purchases, and my Beautycon LA 2018 Experience.

Have you gone to Beautycon NYC before? What was your experience? Is Beautycon is worth it to you? Please let me know in the comments below.

14 thoughts on “Is Beautycon Worth It? Recapping Beautycon NYC ’19

  1. Wow, LP! I had no idea all of that happened while you were there- the mismanagement and locking you inside, the fighting, that’s all scary! It’s unreal about the bags, too. Thanks for writing up your review. β™₯️

    1. What’s funny is that prior to the negative experience at the end of Day 1 (when I got my half empty bag), the event actually exceeded my (low) expectations… but Sunday really solidified the event as being a major letdown.

  2. All this time i wanted to go to Beauty Con. All I ever been to has been Generation Beauty here in NYC and I’m planning on going to what will be called Ipsy Live instead of Gen Beauty. Thank you for giving your insight and that about the bags are a total bummer.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment – I’ve never gone to Gen Beauty / Ipsy Live but I’d really love to go in the future. I’ve always heard such positive things about Gen Beauty. I enjoyed Beautycon L.A. last year, but this year was a major let down. I haven’t written Beautycon off permanently, but next year I think I’m going to branch out to try Sephoria, Gen Beauty, or IMATs.

  3. Wow!! I cannot believe they were mad about you guys wanting the hauler bags re-stuffed & weren’t going to do anything about it until you guys refused to leave. The CEO even wrote rude comments on Twitter about it? That’s bananas. & they locked you out because they were over capacity?! That’s ridiculous!! You deserve some money back from this event.

    1. Oh girl – the whole thing was a little crazy, BUT they’ve been working to rectify the issues so I’m hoping that next year will be better. I did really enjoy the LA convention.

  4. That’s truly disappointing to hear! It started off really nice and organized a few years back. Thank you for sharing your honest opinion. I appreciate bloggers like you!

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