The Glossybox Holiday Box was $40 and is now sold out. Subscribers who received the October box got a one-time use coupon code for 25% off the holiday box.
Here's what was in the 2015 Glossybox Holiday Box:
- Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Black (full size, worth $19)
- Pure Cosmetics Glossygloss in Pouty Pink Twist Top (full size, worth $20)
- Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite (full size, worth $15)
- L'Atelier Maquillage Mascara Keracare (full size, worth $32)
- AERIN Kaleidolight Palette (full size, worth $70)
- Nuxe Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse (full size, worth $45)
The Holiday Glossybox was worth an amazing $201! This year they had a beautiful rose gold theme. The box was gorgeous, although I liked last year's red velvet box with magnetic closure more. Besides the box pictures above, I'm going to include pictures of each individual item so you can get a better view of them.
First up, we had the Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Black. Given my surfeit of black eyeliner, this was last on the list of things I had hoped to see in my holiday Glossybox. I hadn't tried an Ardency Inn product before, though, so I was looking forward to giving it a try. I didn't like it at all. It didn't go on all that smoothly, which was surprising given that it is called Smooth Ride. Also, it was quite harsh looking and didn't smudge well. It was not flattering at all on my pale skin. Given the rose gold theme, I would have loved to have gotten a rose gold eyeliner.
Next, we had the Pure Cosmetics Glossygloss in Pouty Pink Twist Top. This was a nice rose gold gloss, so I loved the color. I'm so happy that rose gold is in fashion right now! The gloss wasn't as sticky as most lip glosses are, so that was a big plus. It didn't have the longest staying power, but I've never found a gloss that does. The special thing about this lip gloss is that, when you unscrew the cap, a very bright light comes on and you can put it on in the dark using the little mirror that is on the side of the gloss tube. I found the light to be way too bright! If you shine it on your face while looking in the mirror, you will see every little flaw. Pure also makes glosses that come in tubes that require you to press a button to turn the light on. I would have preferred that because you're not always going to want that light on. It is possible to turn the light off by holding down the teeny plastic buttons on the inside of the top, but you have to keep them held down. It would be hard to hold them down and use the wand to apply the gloss at the same time. I've included a picture of the Glossygloss with the light on below.
Have I told you that I absolutely love Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish?!!!! I got a bottle of it in a pretty lavender color in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and thought it was some of the best nail polish I had ever used. In this box, I got it in their new color, Champagne Socialite, a gorgeous rose gold. I found that the lavender I got a few months ago had great coverage after one coat, but this color was a little bit sheerer. If you want opaque coverage, you'll need a second coat of Champagne Socialite. If you want it sheer or if you want to layer it over another color, one coat will suffice. It has good staying power. If I say nail polish has good staying power, it really does -- I am unbelievably hard on my nails, so I constantly chip lesser polishes. In some light, the polish looked very pink on my nails, and in other light, it looked very gold. If all that isn't enough to make you want to buy Trust Fund Beauty polish, you should also know it is vegan, cruelty-free, and 5-free!
I had never heard of L'Atelier Maquillage before. I like that Glossybox is willing to bring beauty products from international companies that are relatively unknown in the U.S. to subscribers here. The only downside is, if you end up loving it, it will be very hard to find the product in the U.S. There's the internet, but shipping can get expensive! This is a really nice mascara. Like most European mascara, in my experience, this mascara is great on length and definition, not so great on volume. I have really thick lashes, so this is perfect for me. With the volume-happy U.S. mascara, I often have problems with clumping and don't quite get the length I want. This mascara perfectly defined each lash and gave me some serious length. I do realize that there are lengthening mascaras in the U.S., of course, but I'm speaking generally, in case that wasn't clear. If you have the same mascara needs as me, then I highly recommend this product.
AERIN is an Estée Lauder brand that that Aerin Lauder, Estée's granddaughter, runs. This is a palette that serves as blush, highlighter, and eyeshadow. It is mostly meant to be a highlighter. You're supposed to run a fluffy brush over the whole palette to blend the colors and add some subtle highlighting to your face. It worked perfectly fine, but it wasn't for me. I gave it to my sister and she really liked it. It's nice and all, but not $70 nice, in my opinion. I'm not opposed to spending some money on palettes occasionally, but this didn't wow me enough to make me want to spend that much on it. I did like the fancy gold case and the pretty pale pink pouch it came in.
Last but not least, we had the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, a dry oil for hair, face, and body. This is really nice oil. It soaks up quickly and moisturizes well. I have only used this on my body, not on my hair or face. This is heavily scented. I liked the scent, but if a strong scent bothers you, steer clear of this. It felt very moisturizing and didn't leave me feeling greasy. I would definitely recommend this if you are in the market for a multi-purpose oil. It has a very luxe feel to it.
For the $30 I spent on this after my subscriber discount, I definitely feel like I got more than my money's worth. Even if I had paid the full price of $40, I would have been happy with it, so no complaints here about the value. I loved the Nuxe oil, the Trust Fund Beauty polish, and the L'Atelier Maquillage mascara. The Aerin palette and Pure gloss were okay, but nothing I would ever go out and buy. I just don't recommend the Ardency Inn liner. Maybe I would have enjoyed it in a different color, but in deep black and with little smudgability, this was not meant for me. I'm sure it would look less harsh on someone with a deeper skin tone, but it's still nice to be able to smudge eyeliner a bit to avoid a severe line.
What did you think of the 2015 Holiday Glossybox? Did you end up getting one? Which products did you love and which did you hate?