Glossybox, $21 per month US, has a few different international versions
This 2-week-old baby bun wanted to take a nap in the squiggles!
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends subscribers five to six deluxe or full size products. The samples are usually bigger than those you would find in Birchbox or ipsy, but the subscription is also a little more than double the price. Glossyboxes are generally worth $60+, but sometimes the value can go over $100. The products you'll receive in Glossyboxes are usually from higher end brands and you'll often get products from European companies that don't have much of a presence in the US. The boxes are sturdy, pretty, and perfect for storing makeup. While the box is usually a light pink, some months have a different box for a holiday or theme. Glossyboxes do have some variation from month to month, but, despite having subscribers fill out a profile, they don't seem to actually customize the boxes based on the profiles.
Here's what I got in the June Tony-themed Glossybox:
- Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara (full size, worth $18.61)
- Lué by Jean Seo (full size, worth $15)
- LA Splash Lip Lacquer High Pigment Collection in Sugar Rush (full size, worth $6.99)
- TanTowel Half Body Classic (two towels, worth $5.40; 10-pack costs $27)
- Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce (small sample, worth $2.68; full size costs $18.95)
- Sebastian Professional Dark Oil (teeny sample, worth $0.65; full size costs $31)
- Caolion Premium 02 Bubble and Cool Pore Pack Duo (small sample of O2 Bubble worth $3.64; full size of O2 Bubble costs $26; small sample of Original Pore, worth $1.40, full size costs $20)
My June Glossybox was worth $54.37. That's considerably less than most Glossyboxes I've gotten. Their website currently says that the June box is worth $60+, so this is annoying. I used to be the biggest Glossybox fan girl, but Glossy is starting to lose me. I've even questioned whether I will continue my subscription after my prepaid subscription ends in December. This month's box had a Tony Award design, but the products don't seem to have anything to do with the Tonys.
I wasn't familiar with Icona Milano, which, strangely enough, appears to be based in the Netherlands and not Milan. My impression is that this company has gone out of business as their website does not work (the website it up, but try clicking on anything and you'll see what I mean) and their Facebook page has only 38 likes and hasn't had a post since March. Maybe I'm completely wrong and they are still in business, but it doesn't look good. Did Glossybox buy out whatever was left from this company's inventory? This mascara is very strange. You know how when you pull your mascara wand out of the tube and there's always a little suction? That's not the case with this mascara. It makes me wonder how much mascara is actually in this tube and whether it's starting to dry out because there is absolutely no resistance when I remove the wand. The mascara's performance didn't impress me. It clumped and didn't give me much length and I ended up with little black flakes under my eyes by the end of the day. I would just steer clear of products from this company.
Lué by Jean Seo is a tincture that is supposed to help with cystic acne. It has a wand applicator inside the bottle and you apply the liquid with the applicator to wherever you may feel a pimple starting to come in. You hold the applicator on the baby blemish for thirty seconds. I get cystic acne each month (yeah, I'm 34 and still break out around my period), so I was hoping this would work, but I was more than a little skeptical. My face had been clear for a little while, but, as luck would have it, I could feel a pimple starting to come in on my chin. It was little, but I could tell it was going to grow into one of those huge, painful red bumps. I used Lué before bed and in the morning, the pimple was smaller than it was the night before. Normally, it would have grown. It wasn't gone completely, but it was smaller. I had another one I felt coming in the next day, so I tried it again and had the same results. I hope that this is not just a coincidence and that this is actually working because I really need this. You just need a small amount of liquid per use, so this should last for a good amount of time, but it's only $15 for a tube of this. Has anyone else tried this? If so, did it work for you?
LA Splash's Splash-Proof Eyeshadow Sealer and Base gave me bad contact dermatitis that made me look like I had two black eyes. It was horrible. I had to go to the eye doctor because it was so bad. I was hoping to never see an LA Splash product again, but then I got their Lip Lacquer this month in my Glossybox. I was planning to wear this for a day, but I ended up removing it a couple of minutes after I put it on because the stickiness was unbearable and the color wasn't very flattering. I couldn't find this particular product on the LA Splash website, so I suspect it has been discontinued.
I've tried Tan Towel before and have had good results. Each towel is good for half of your body, so I'm glad Glossybox sent two of these. If you use these just on places that will be exposed and you're not going to the beach in a bikini, you can probably get away with one sheet. This has that horrible self-tanner smell, but it isn't as strong as that of some self-tanners. The color doesn't appear immediately; it gradually shows up after a couple of hours. I hope Glossybox took subscribers' skin color into account when deciding who to send these to, but I doubt they did.
Hairspray is something I never use, so I wasn't excited to get Sebastian's Shaper Fierce. I tried it out and it has some serious hold. If you happen to like hairspray, you'll probably like this. It came with a teeny sample of Sebastian's Dark Oil, which I did like. It's basic hair oil and it made my hair soft and shiny without making it greasy.
Finally, there was a package with two Caolion masks -- the Pore Original Pack and the Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack. I tried the O2 Bubble mask and loved it. You apply it to your face, massage it for a couple of minutes, and then let it set before massaging it one more time and rinsing it off. It bubbles up while it's setting. The bubbles give the pores a deep cleaning and, I have to say, my pores looked considerably better after I used this. The Pore Original Pack exfoliates and moisturizes skin. I liked the Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack more than the Original, but they were both good masks. I like that Glossybox is starting to include K-Beauty products in its boxes!
I loved the Lué and the Caolion pore packs, but that's about it. The Tan Towel is okay, but not something I really wanted. The hairspray, mascara, and lip lacquer were not for me at all and will definitely be given away. I used to love Glossybox so much. I'm still getting the occasional great product from them, but I used to get whole boxes that I loved. It seems like the boxes have been like this since the beginning of the year. I am annoyed the the Denny Leighton Miracle Mist nail spray was a spoiler, but no one seems to have gotten it. Maybe I'm wrong and someone out there got it, but I haven't seen it in pictures of other subscribers' boxes. I really wanted to try that!
What did you think of the June Glossybox? I know there was some variation this month, so did you get anything I didn't? Have you found Glossybox's quality to be going downhill?