Glossybox, $21 per month; has many international versions (Canada, UK, France, Germany, etc.)
Glossybox is a monthly subscription box that tends to be a little higher end. It has a mix of hair care, skincare, and makeup, but is often heavier on the skincare. It's usually one of my favorite boxes each month. It offers one of the best unboxing experiences out there because the boxes are of such high quality and are so pretty.
I had some very high hopes for the December box. Last year's December box was absolutely amazing, so I expected something similar this year. Did Glossy meat my expectations this month? Let's find out!
What did I get in my December Glossybox?
- Color Club Nail Lacquer in Feverish (full size, worth $8.50)
- Gold Label Cosmetics Creme Lipstick in Private Jets (full size, worth $14)
- Glossybox Eyeshadow in Glossybox Mauve (full size, worth $11)
- MTJ Cosmetics High Definition Mascara in HD Black (full size, worth $21)
- Simple Sugars All-Natural Body Scrub in Candy Cane (full size, worth $14)
Everything was full size this month! My box was worth $68.50. There was some variation in boxes this month. I believe everyone got the mascara, the nail polish, and the eyeshadow, but the other two items varied. Subscribers got different nail polish colors, but everyone got the same eyeshadow color.
This was my first time trying a Color Club nail polish. I've heard good things about this brand, so I couldn't wait to give it a try. I was a little disappointed in this nail polish. The first coat gave my nails a nice, sheer burgundy color. The second coat seemed to make this color opaque, so I stopped there and then applied a top coat. After everything was fully dry, I noticed some streakiness to this color on my nails. It also chipped pretty quickly. This definitely wasn't everything I hoped it would be.
I hadn't heard of Gold Label Cosmetics before getting this Glossybox. I was happy to learn that Gold Label is marketed toward women of color. I like that a mainstream company like Glossybox is branching out and working with companies that are creating beauty products with women of all colors in mind. When I opened my lipstick, the top of it was stuck to the cap. The tip of the lipstick came off, but it wasn't a big deal. Other subscribers had similar problems. My friend, Emma, said her lipstick was completely broken off in the tube. I got the color Private Jets, a rosy pink color. The pigment was impressive, but it didn't have the staying power I like in a lipstick. It lasted for a while, but it couldn't hold up to eating or drinking.
The first spoiler this month was for this eyeshadow. I wasn't all that excited about it because it is Glossybox's own brand. I've gotten a Glossybox brand blush before and wasn't impressed. This eyeshadow was actually quite nice. It gets its shimmer from crushed pearls. It had good pigment and staying power and blended quite easily. All subscribers got this eyeshadow in the same color. Glossybox described this eyehadow as being mauve, but I wouldn't call it mauve at all. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful color.
I had never heard of MTJ before. It appears to be a relatively new Italian cosmetics company. I couldn't find much about MTJ in English online. I tried out one coat of this mascara and wasn't impressed at all. It gave me no volume and just a little length. After a second coat, though, my lashes looked amazing. I couldn't believe how much of a difference there was between the first and second coats. If you were disappointed in this mascara and hadn't tried a second coat, give it another chance. It gave me more length than volume, so, if volume is what you are looking for in a mascara, keep looking. If your lashes need more length, though, this is the mascara for you.
I know I say it every time I get a sugar scrub, but I love sugar scrubs! I couldn't wait to try out a candy cane scented scrub! Subscribers got a variety of scents. They all sounded so good! I especially wanted to try cranberry, but the candy cane scent was fine, too. It had a strong peppermint smell to it. I was surprised by the oiliness of the scrub. Even after I rinsed myself off thoroughly after using it, I felt oily. I really didn't like that feeling. Simple Sugars advertises that you don't need to apply lotion after a shower if you use their scrubs, so I am guessing the oil in it is meant moisturize your skin enough to not need lotion. I would rather use some lotion after my shower than get out of the shower feeling like I am coated in oil. What did you think of this product? Did the oiliness bother you?
This wasn't my favorite Glossybox. The eyeshadow, mascara, and lipstick were okay, but I wasn't a huge fan of the scrub and the nail polish. Nothing in here was a great discovery for me. What did you think of this month's Glossybox? Was it a bit of a letdown for you, too? I'd love to hear about your beauty boxes in the comments!