remember back when I was surprised by a GLOSSYBOX in the mail? I was super-excited to test out the five premium beauty products that came in the May 2015 box. trying new makeup products, hair products, and body care products is so much fun! it took me a bit to try out each product effectively, to give my best review, but now I’m done and, as promised, my take on the items I received is below.
1. Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer by Teeez Trend Cosmetics
color: “Vintage Taupe” is a warm, muted tan (colors varied by box)
consistency: sheer, smooth
outcome: sans base and top coat, required 3 coats – with base coat, required 2
full size: 0.24 fluid oz.
full size value: $14.00
sample size: 0.24 fluid oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $14.00
overall: first of all, I absolutely abhorred the color I received. but ignoring that fact, for the price tag of this polish, I was surprised that the quality didn’t exceed that of a typical OPI or China Glaze type of polish (which cost almost half). like a standard polish, it didn’t chip for a day or two and required a normal amount of coats to be a satisfactory manicure. the quality was nice, but the price definitely dashes it off of my list.
2. Mineral Matt Lipstick by doucce
color: “Cherry Blossom 907” is a cool mauve (colors varied by box)
scent: powdery, plasticy
consistency: dry, stiff, matte, tiny bit of shimmer
outcome: coverage was decent, stayed on for a few hours, not overly-drying
full size: 0.18 oz.
full size value: $20.00
sample size: 0.18 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $20.00
overall: the dry texture is a bit surprising, but isn’t a flaw, as I suspected it might be initially. while doucce describes it as “moisturizing,” I wouldn’t go so far. my lips didn’t get badly dried out, as they do with some lipsticks, but I did require regular use of a chapstick product during my test run. this color didn’t look great on me either – I probably won’t wear it again. but even if the color had been better suited to me, at the end of the day, there are superior lipsticks at $20 or less.
3. Retexturizing Gel by Clearista
scent: mild chocolatey, nutty
consistency: gel with a smooth granules added in, lightly foams
outcome: I noticed no difference in the look or feel of my skin
full size: 4 oz.
full size value: $79.99
sample size: 0.5 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $9.99
overall: unfortunately, because this product didn’t make a difference for me, there isn’t a point in adding it to my skincare routine. even if it had provided results, the lofty price tag is a little scary (I estimate it would cost $40/month to use daily, based on my use of the sample).
4. POWERMUD DualCleanse Treatment by GLAMGLOW
scent: subtle fruit, perfume
consistency: smooth cream with sparse, tiny grits
outcome: smoother, clean skin
full size: 1.7 oz.
full size value: $69.00
sample size: 0.5 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $20.29
overall: to date, I’ve tried all of the GLAMGLOW mask products, but it had been some time since I’ve used this one in particular, so it was nice to see it in the May box. with semi-regular use (every few days), I do feel that it has an impact; my skin feels tighter and refreshed. it’s still not my favorite of the GLAMGLOW masks because it doesn’t feel as powerful as the others. that’s what makes its equally high price tag a little tougher to stomach. whereas I’d spring for their Supermud Clearing Treatment anyway, I would wait for a sale for this.
5. STYLBRID 9 by Sebastian Professional
scent: kind of like baby powder, light vanilla
consistency: no residue/build-up feeling on hair
outcome: tamed my little fly-aways with a light coating after finishing my look in the morning. it seemed to hold throughout the day each time, but didn’t hold up as well on humid days. when the weather was unfavorable, I had to use a heavier hand.
full size: 6.2 oz.
full size value: $19.96
sample size: 1.55 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $4.99
overall: this was a nice spray to have on hand. it seems like a decent multi-tasker. the only thing that keeps me from buying salon hair sprays is my deep love for Aussie hair spray, which I can always find for $4.99 or less (the same price as this sample!). if we pretend for a minute that Aussie disappeared from the market, then I’d consider this product more seriously.
OVERALL BOX REVIEW
items: 1 nail polish, 2 skincare, 1 haircare, 1 makeup
variety: very satisfactory
total (estimated) value: $69.27
box cost: $21.00
rating breakdown: minus 1 point for both color variety items failing, minus 1 point for the gel which didn’t do anything, minus 1 point for prices (didn’t feel like $70 worth of samples)
overall rating: 7/10
all in all, this was a fun box for me, despite not liking the colors of the lipstick or nail polish. these were both colors I never would have considered for these products, but you don’t know until you try something out. this time, I happened to be correct in my assumptions, but that isn’t always the case (WAIT, WHAT?). it was satisfying to see a variety of product types (hair vs. makeup, etc.), which meant I could dive right in and try multiple items at once. while it’s nice to recognize the brands, especially ones I like, being introduced to new brands is important too. prior to receiving this box, I’d never heard of doucce or Clearista and didn’t have a lot of experience with the Sebastian Professional line. my only disappointment is that almost all of these products seem very expensive for what they are. when it comes to most purchases, that’s generally what stops me in my tracks the quickest. however, this is also what makes services like GLOSSYBOX perfect! it is A LOT cheaper to buy a $21 box each month and try out 5 mini products than it is to gamble on 5 full-sized products you’re not familiar with.
this review is based solely upon my own opinions. if you had a different experience with the same box, I’d love to hear about it – just let me know in the comment section! according to GLOSSYBOX, not all subscribers received the same items or the same colors. what other items or colors did you receive?
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