Glossybox, $21 per month US (has many international versions)
I asked my baby bunny to make the most disapproving face he could. This is what he gave me. I think he has the famous bunny look of disapproval down.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends subscribers at least five (although occasionally six) items per month. They tend to be heavier on skincare and have higher end products. This used to be one of my favorite boxes, but it has seriously gone downhill this year, in my opinion. It's very disappointing. I'll explain everything below.
Here's what was in my July Glossybox:
- Eyeko Fat Stick in Satin (full size, worth $10.80, currently on sale for $8.70)
- Leighton Denny Miracle Mist (full size, worth $17.50)
- Fango Essenziali Purify Treatment Sheet Mask (one mask, worth $7)
- Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil (full size, worth $11.99)
- SinfulColors SinfulShine 2 Step Manicure Kylie Jenner King Kylie Collection, Step 1 in Miss Chief (full size, worth $2.99)
- GLOV Quick Treat (one Glov, worth $5)
My July Glossybox, which the ads said would be worth $95+, was worth $55.28, a $40 difference. You might remember how excited I was when I posted the spoilers. I thought this was going to be the best Glossybox we've gotten this year as they advertised three full size products, a value of over $95, and a Nuxe shimmer oil that I really wanted. I sent Glossybox a message on Facebook (don't even bother using their "Contact Us" section on their website because every single time I've tried over the past two years, they've told me they never received the message) and asked them about the value discrepancy. My message is in blue below, sorry it's a little cut off on the edges, but I think you can still read it all. You can see I didn't even mention the Nuxe oil, just the fact that the ads said the box value would be $95+. Apparently, they've gotten lots of messages about the Nuxe because they sent me back a generic message about the Nuxe and didn't address the value issue. I wrote back and pointed out that they hadn't answered my question at all and still have not heard back from them. They sent me this message yesterday, Wednesday, 07/20/16, at 9:33 a.m.
32 minutes later, at 10:05 a.m. you can see the e-mail Glossybox sent me. It clearly states that the Nuxe oil is in every box and that the value of the box is worth over $95. You'd think the person writing their Facebook messages and their advertising team would communicate better. I have sent Glossybox a screenshot of the e-mail below asking them why they are trying to tell me not everyone is getting the Nuxe and why they are ignoring my question about the box value and then sending out an e-mail completely contradicting themselves 32 minutes after their message to me. I'll update when and if I get a response.
I'm generally quite forgiving of mistakes by beauty boxes. If a company is communicative, happy to fix the issue, and isn't lying to subscribers or trying to ignore the problem, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. My issues with Boxycharm, LaRitzy, and Glossybox haven't been the mistakes they've made, but their atrocious customer service in response to the mistakes. If you make a mistake, apologize and fix it, and your subscribers will be perfectly happy. Lying and refusing to fix mistakes are what really piss me off.
Enough about that for now. Let's get to the product reviews!
The Eyeko Fat Eye Stick was the first spoiler Glossybox put out this month. This seems to be a discontinued product. Glossybox has been sending out lots of discontinued products as of late. I don't like when boxes do that. It makes me feel like I'm getting leftovers and, truthfully, there's usually a reason a product has been discontinued. Glossybox loves to send out Eyeko products. I've always found them okay, but nothing special. That said, I actually quite liked this eyeshadow. The pigment is fabulous, as you can see in the swatch above. Although it's kind of a basic taupe that you get all the time in beauty boxes, it has a really pretty shimmer to it, so I liked it more than most of the eyeshadows I get. It lasted all day and I didn't have issues with creasing, which is a problem I often have with cream eyeshadows. I liked this a lot more than I was expecting.
The Leighton Denny Miracle Mist was a spoiler for last month, so I'm not sure why we got it in the July box instead. I was excited to try it because I'm so bad about waiting for my nail polish to dry and always mess up my nails. While I didn't find that this worked as fast as Seche Vite, it did dry my nails faster than they would have dried on their own. Seche Vite is a topcoat, but with this spray, you have to use a separate topcoat. Also, Seche Vite is about half the price of this product. I'll use this because I have it, but I'd recommend buying Seche Vite if you need a product like this.
Fango Essenziali Purify is a sheet mask that is supposed to deep clean your pores. The mask fit well and was of high quality (as it should be for $7!!!). The scent wasn't my favorite, but the mask did make my face feel extra clean. I wouldn't pay $7 for it, but I enjoyed using it. There are equally good masks out there that are a lot cheaper than $7.
I've used many a shaving cream, but this is my first shaving oil. Tree Hut Bare's Moisturizing Shave Oil smells very fresh and clean and gave me a pretty good shave. I liked that is was very moisturizing. I find that regular shaving cream works about the same and costs a lot less. This is more moisturizing, but I can always use body lotion after a shower, so I don't feel the need to have a moisturizing shave oil.
A lot of people received SinfulColors polish last month, so I'm not sure why we're getting it this month. Don't get me wrong, I actually like SinfulColors and have bought many of their polishes. Their regular polishes are $1.99 each at Wegmans and they have gorgeous colors, so if I walk by the display and one catches my eye, I'll grab it. Is it the most long-lasting nail polish I've tried? No, but it's a good, cheap drugstore brand and I'd generally recommend it. This polish is from their new Kylie Jenner gel line, so it's $2.99 instead of $1.99. I haven't tried their gel effect polishes before. It's a two-step system, so I wish Glossybox had thrown in Step 2 to go along with Step 1. This is a pearly, pale pink, and the color is pretty. I can't say how well it really works because I don't have the second step polish to go along with this.
If you thought the Glov might be, well, a glove, you thought wrong! It's a little finger cot. You're supposed to be able to remove your makeup with this using only water. You might be able to do that with very light makeup, but this is useless on waterproof makeup and foundation. It's reusable; you just have to wash it when you're done. I don't think I'll ever really use this product again. Makeup remover works just fine for me.
Glossybox included a spoiler for next month! Too Faced Mascara Melt Off is makeup remover oil in a tube with a wand. I've never had an issue removing my mascara with regular makeup remover and no wand, but I'm willing to give this a try. I'm pretty skeptical that this is something that I need.
I'm quite unhappy with Glossybox this month. Advertising that a box will be worth over $95 and that all subscribers will receive Nuxe oil and then sending me a $55 box with no Nuxe oil makes me upset, especially when they lie about the ads when questioned. If I didn't have a year subscription, I would be canceling after this month. I guess I will have to wait it out until October to cancel. In October, I will have enough dots to get five free boxes, so I'll still get Glossyboxes after I've canceled, but at least I won't be paying for them. I used to really love Glossybox, so I'm hoping they will make this right and turn it around, but it's just not looking good. The Eyeko Fat Eye Stick is probably the only product I would recommend this month. The Fango mask was nice, but overpriced, as was the shaving oil. The SinfulColors nail polish might work well, but who knows without the second step? I would recommend getting Seche Vite instead of Leighton Denny Miracle Mist and I find the Glov to be kind of pointless.
What did you think of the July box? How much was yours worth? Did anyone get that Nuxe shimmer oil? If you contacted Glossybox, what did they say? I'd love to hear what you think because I'm really not happy right now.