Glossybox, $21 per month US, has many international versions
Glossybox is a monthly beauty box that contains a mix of skincare, hair care, and makeup. At $21 per month, it is more expensive than ipsy and Birchbox, but the samples are generally bigger and higher end, making it worth the extra money. Glossy is heavier on skincare than makeup, so if you're looking for tons of makeup samples, this might not be the right box for you. Glossybox is available in many countries, but the versions are different in each country. Oftentimes, though, something that you see in a Glossybox one month in Country A, you might see in the Glossybox for Country B the next month. Because Glossybox has a heavy presence in Europe, they often include European brands that aren't readily available in the U.S. in our boxes over here, so it's a great way to discover international brands you wouldn't normally encounter.
Sweet little Eleanor just had to see what was in the March Glossybox. She was sad there were no bunny treats inside. The bunnies cannot figure out how the box companies keep forgetting them!
Here's what was inside my March Glossybox:
- I Love... Cosmetics Super Soft Hand Lotion in Raspberry and Blackberry (full size, worth $5.40)
- Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Moisture Day Cream (two small samples, worth $20.74(?), full size costs $146)
- Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner (deluxe sample, worth $11.43; full size costs $20)
- Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua (deluxe sample, worth $8.40; full size costs $21)
- Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush 504 (worth $16)
My March Glossybox was worth about $61.97. This isn't an extremely high value for a Glossybox, but it's still almost three times the purchase price. The Vine Vera cream samples weren't marked with a size, so I compared it to other similarly sized beauty samples I've gotten in the past and estimated each one to be about ⅛ ounce , for a total of ¼ ounce as there were two sample jars. I could be off by a little bit on the size of the Vine Vera samples, of course.
I Love... Cosmetics is a British company that specializes in skincare. This is my first time trying one of their products. Subscribers could get a variety of scents and I happened to get the Raspberry and Blackberry. I'm glad it wasn't plain raspberry because I don't like how raspberry smells at all, but the blackberry scent in this makes it tolerable. I Love... advertises that these lotions contain coconut oil and shea butter, but the lotion is water-based and the coconut oil and shea butter are pretty far down on the ingredients list. This lotion was a lot thinner than I was expecting and it took a lot to cover my hands. It reminded me a lot of Bath and Body Works lotion, so it definitely isn't anything special. The one thing I will give it credit for is that it absorbs quickly for a water-based lotion. That said, I would advise skipping this product.
These samples are teeny, so I'm glad they gave us two of them! The Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Moisturee Day Cream contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps fight signs of aging and protect your skin from further damage from the sun. Resveratrol is found in many plants, but grapes are probably the most well-known source of this antioxidant. The highest concentrations are found in the skins of the grapes. This day cream contains resveratrol from the Merlot grape. I've used this a couple of days and have enjoyed it, but it would take longer to see real effects from a facial cream. It has a nice, light scent to it that goes away after a couple of minutes. Resveratrol might very well be the best thing ever for anti-aging, I honestly don't know, and the science on that is still out. However, at $146 for 1.83 oz., I am confident you can find an anti-aging cream that is almost as effective, if not more effective, than this cream at a much lower price point.
I've tried many an Eyeko product in the past and have liked them for the most part, so I was looking forward to trying the Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. I wish it weren't yet another black eyeliner, but I was willing to try it. Sadly, this is my least favorite Eyeko eyeliner. Once you have it on, it is on; there is no smudging. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you want to do with the liner. The tip is very small and is great for tightlining. Unfortunately, because the tip is so small and the liner won't budge once it's on your skin, if your line isn't perfect, it's glaringly obvious. This comes off easily with water, so if you can correct with that, you'll be fine. While the Eyeko Eye Do Eyeliner isn't the worst eyeliner in the world, it's just not for me. I've included a swatch of the liner below.
I've mentioned a few times here that liquid lipstick is my favorite. OCC lip tar is at the top of my list, but Too Faced Melted comes in second. I was excited when I heard that there would be a Too Faced Melted lipstick in this month's Glossybox, but I was disappointed to learn that all subscribers would be getting the color Chihuahua. I have only five Melteds, but, of course, Chihuahua is one of those five. Even better, of the five I have, Chihuahua is my least favorite. I would never have bought Chihuahua on my own, but it came in a holiday four-pack with three really pretty colors. Big, bold reds, medium purples, and bright pinks are more my style. I don't have any other colors like Chihuahua in my enormous lipstick collection because it's a little neutral and boring for me, but it's been good for interviews and events that require a slightly more conservative lip color. I find that Melted lipsticks don't hold up quite as well as OCC lip tar, but they stay on my lips better than regular, non-liquid lipsticks. The pigment is amazing and there are lots of beautiful colors. This is a matte shade, but they also have metallic colors in the line. I took a picture of my old Chihuahua applicator tip and that of the new one so you could see how the applicator works and I also included a swatch of Chihuahua. The tube makes Chihuahua look pink with a hint of tan, but it's more on the tan side with a hint of pink. If you haven't tried Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks, I highly recommend them. My favorite colors are Metallic Jelly and Metallic Macaron.
Finally, there was the Luxie Large Angled Brush 504. I actually got this exact same brush in a beauty box last year. I believe it came in an ipsy Glam Bag, but I'm not sure. This is a contour brush that can be used to highlight, contour, bronze, or apply blush. I've never used this for contour, highlighter, or bronzer, but this is my go-to blush brush. It applies my blush perfectly, so I'm happy to have a backup of this brush for when the old brush is past its prime!
This was a really disappointing Glossybox! I didn't particularly like the I Love... lotion or the Eyeko Eye Do Eyeliner. I thought the Vine Vera day cream was okay, but hideously overpriced. You can find much cheaper cream that is probably just as good, possibly even better, than the $146 Vine Vera cream. The two items I loved, Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick and Luxie Large Angled Brush, I already had in my collection. Glossybox hasn't knocked it out of the park for a few months now. I'm really hoping April is better!
Did you get the same products in your Glossybox? What did you think? Have you also been let down by Glossybox recently? I'd love to hear all about your Glossyboxes (including international versions) in the comments!