Glossybox Review, October 2016

Glossybox, $21 per month US, has many international versions


This angle makes this little bun look gigantic, but it's still a teeny little thing!

Glossybox is a monthly beauty box that sends subscribers five to six products per month that are usually higher end, although they occasionally have some drugstore brands thrown in.  The sample sizes tend to be bigger than that of Birchbox and ipsy, but you're also paying double the price.  Glossybox tends to be heavier on skincare than makeup, although they generally have at least one makeup item per box.  Glossyboxes used to routinely be worth $75+, sometimes even over $100, but they've gone downhill this year and the values have been more in the $50 to $60 range as of late. 


Here's what I got in my October Glossybox:

My October Glossybox was worth $72.82!  That's the highest value Glossybox I've seen in a while!  This month, I got one makeup product, a hair product, and three skincare items.  From what I've seen of other subscribers' boxes, everyone got the UNANI cleanser, the Decleor serum, and the Emité Makeup Lip and Cheek Tint.  All subscribers received an OGX product, but the product varied, and everyone also received a Masque Bar mask, but there were several different mask types. 


The first product was the Decleor Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum.  This little bottle is worth $24.83!  I got this same serum in my August DermStore BeautyFix box and, unfortunately, I didn't like it.  I tried it again this month and my opinion hasn't changed.  The bottle has a wide mouth, making it easy for way too much to come out at once.  When you have such an expensive product, that's not good!  While this might work for those who have dry skin, if you have oily or combination skin like I do, this is probably going to make you feel like a greaseball.  While many facial oils are surprisingly lightweight and don't leave your skin with a greasy feeling, that's not the case with this oil.  You'd better absolutely love the scent of neroli if you use this product because the scent is very strong.  Even if it didn't make me feel greasy, I still wouldn't be able to use this because I found the scent intolerable.  Did anyone have better luck with this than I did?  If you have dry skin, did it leave you feeling greasy?  


The next product was the Masque Bar by Look Beauty Anti Blemish-Prone Mud Mask.  The masks subscribers received varied -- you can see the whole line of masks here; it looks like subscribers could have gotten any one of those masks besides the eye patches.  Most of the masks were sheet masks, but the Anti Blemish-Prone was a mud mask and the Pore Refining was a créme mask.  I was glad I got the Anti Blemish-Prone!  This is a very lightweight mud mask.  I used it and didn't notice any immediate results, but I'd probably have to use it a few times to notice a difference.  I like my mud masks to be a little heavier, so I wouldn't purchase this product, but I enjoyed using it.  If you got a different kind of mask, how did it work for you?  

Swatches of Emité Makeup Lip and Cheek Tint.  Left, applied to skin; right: applied to skin then blended out.

Swatches of Emité Makeup Lip and Cheek Tint.  Left, applied to skin; right: applied to skin then blended out.

Glossybox includes Emité Makeup products quite often.  I've never seen this brand anywhere else besides my Glossybox.  This is a liquid lip and cheek tint that you apply and then blend out to give yourself some subtle color.  I liked this as a blush.  It gave my cheeks a healthy pink glow and looked very natural.  It's buildable, so you can go subtle or bold or anywhere in between.  I tried this a lip tint, but it was much too subtle for me, even when I tried building it up on my lips.  I like my lip color to be bolder, though, so if you want just a flush of color on your lips, this would work for you.


I've loved most OGX products I've tried, so I was happy when I learned that Glossybox was sending all subscribers a full size OGX product this month.  If you're not familiar with the company, OGX is a drugstore hair product brand.  It's one of my favorite drugstore brands and I often buy their shampoo and conditioner.  Unfortunately, I got the Bamboo Fiber-Full Thickening Root Booster, which was the last product I needed.  I tried this out and didn't really notice much extra volume.  It didn't seem to do anything to my hair at all, which surprised me.  If you're a subscriber, which OGX product did you get?  How did it work for you?


The final product was the UNANI Il-luminate Milk Cleanser.  UNANI is a Spanish brand  This is the second time I've seen their products in a Glossybox.  The Il-luminate Milk Cleanser is a lightly scented face wash that made my skin feel clean without drying it out.  I'd recommend removing your makeup first and then washing with this.  It will get off traces of makeup, but I wouldn't rely on it to take a full face of makeup off.  This is a pretty average cleanser.  It worked, but there wasn't anything special about it.

I liked three of the five products this month, so it's been better than most Glossyboxes this year.   I liked (but didn't love) the Masque Bar mask, the UNANI cleanser, and the Emité Makeup Lip and Cheek Tint.  They were good, solid products, but nothing made them stand out.  The OGX product didn't do anything at all for my hair and the Decleor serum was too strongly scented and left my skin feeling extra greasy, so those weren't for me.  I have to say that this box reminds me more of that past Glossyboxes that I loved than probably any other box I've gotten from Glossy this year.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with the October Glossybox.  I'm hoping November and December will be even better, but we'll see.