Glossybox, $21 per month (has many international versions)
This baby bun has some attitude! He's such a cutie. Don't tell the others, but he's one of my favorites.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty box that sends subscribers five to six full size or deluxe sample size items. The products are usually higher end and they are a little heavier on skincare than makeup. It used to be one of my favorite boxes, but it's been a while since I've loved a box of theirs (besides their special edition Fighting Pretty box, which I highly recommend). Values tend to be $50+. The packaging is always gorgeous and the boxes are sturdy and great for storage or to put presents in. Glossybox does have box variations and some end up being worth quite a bit more than others, causing some serious box envy among subscribers.
Here's what came in my September Glossybox:
- eb5 Skincare Daily Repairing Eye Cream (full size, worth $19.99)
- ModelLauncher Cosmetics Brown Duo Pencil in Taupe (full size, worth $12)
- MONUspa Rosewood Reviving Mist (deluxe sample, worth $10.80; full size costs $27)
- Lierac Paris Demaquillant Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water (deluxe sample, worth $6; full size costs $24)
- Korres Volcanic Minerals Twist Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (full size, worth $18)
My September Glossybox was worth $66.79. I couldn't find the Korres eyeshadow on sale individually, so I used the price Glossybox listed on the card. There were three skincare products and two makeup products, so I'm happy with the mix of products. Isn't this month's box gorgeous? I love the design. The illustrator is Antonio Soares. The inside of the lid, and the sides and bottom of the box have flowers and birds on them, too.
This month's box was actually exceeded the $60 value Glossybox advertised for the September box! That's the first time in months the value hasn't been below what Glossybox was advertising. That said, I saw on one part of Glossybox's website that there would be five items this month, and on another part that there would be six. Of course, I got only five items. I don't know why Glossybox's advertising department can't consult with the rest of the company to make sure that they are putting out honest, accurate ads. It shouldn't be that hard to do.
First up is eb5 Skincare Daily Repairing Eye Cream. I think eye cream, brow pencils, and black eyeliner are the three things beauty box companies could stop sending me right now and I'd still have a lifetime supply. This is a full size product, so that's a plus, and it's supposed to firm and moisturize the skin surrounding your eyes and minimize dark circles. It's fragrance-free and vegan. That said, it doesn't absorb as quickly as I would like and it leaves a waxy, bordering-on-greasy feel to my skin. This is not my favorite eye cream. Some subscribers got a Vince Camuto Capri perfume mini and I would have preferred to have gotten that.
I don't know what it is with Glossybox and brow pencils, but they sure like to send them out a lot! All subscribers received a brow pencil this month. Brow pencils last me forever, so there's really no need for Glossybox to send them as often as they do. I had a hard time getting a swatch from this, as you can see above. I really had to build it up to get that, so I was skeptical that this would work well. Surprisingly, this worked a lot better than I expected. It filled my brows in well and looked very natural. I forgot to take the cap off the other side, but there is a spoolie on one end so you can shape your brows after filling them in. This color wouldn't work for people with dark hair and complexions. ModelLauncher has this pencil available in four shades -- Light Brown, Dark Brown, Light Grey, and Dark Grey. My pencil says Taupe on it, so I am not sure if they're out of Taupe, Taupe has been discontinued, or if they renamed it Light Brown. I don't know if Glossybox sent everyone the same color or varied it based on subscriber profiles. I like that they have Light Grey and Dark Grey available. You don't see grey offered as colors in brow pencils often, so it's great that people with grey hair have an option that will look natural on them.
The MONUspa Rosewood Reviving Mist can be used to set your makeup, as a light perfume, or just to refresh your skin. This has a mix of sandalwood, rosewood, and lemon oils. It has a natural scent that is bordering on peppery, and the scent really isn't for me. I've never been one who likes face mists as I always worry about messing up my makeup. I haven't had a chance to try this as a setting mist, but I don't think I will as I really don't want the scent on my face all day.
I love micellar water, so I'm always happy to get a new one. To use micellar water, you apply it to a cotton pad and then rub it over your face to remove makeup and cleanse your face. No rinsing is required. I still like to use a regular face wash after I've used micellar water, but if you don't have an oily face that is prone to breakouts, you could probably get by with micellar water alone. Micellar water also moisturizes and softens your skin. I liked the Liera micellar water, although I've tried other micellar waters that I've liked better. It easily removed my makeup and left my skin feeling somewhat clean, although I definitely still had to use regular face wash to finish the job. This does have a somewhat strong scent to it, but it's nice.
The final product was the Korres Volcanic Minerals Twist Eyeshadow. All subscribers got either this eyeshadow or Korres lipstick. I couldn't find these eyeshadows on sale individually. The color of this eyeshadow isn't listed anywhere, but it looks like it's Golden Bronze, based on the Korres eyeshadows I could find online. The pigment in this is amazing and once this stuff is set, it is on for the entire day, even without a primer. I was really impressed by this eyeshadow. While this is in the tan family of eyeshadow colors, it's a little different and sparkly, so I even like the color. I've tried Korres skincare products, but this is my first time trying their makeup. Did anyone get the lipstick? If so, how did it work?
Glossybox has been including a spoiler for the following month's box on their cards lately. Next month, all subscribers will get an Emité Make Up Lip and Cheek Tint. I might like it as a cheek tint, but I don't know about as a lipstick.
This month was okay for Glossybox, but not great. It's better than the past couple of months have been. I absolutely loved the Korres eyeshadow, so it had that going for it. The Lierac micellar water and the ModelLauncher brow pencil were okay, but not my favorites, while the MONUspa spray and the eb5 eye cream were not for me. I liked three of the five items, so that is something. I hope Glossybox steps it up for the end of the year. The December box has always been fabulous and I hope this year is no exception.
What did you think of the September Glossybox? Did you get the same products? If you got the Korres lipstick, I'd love to hear if it works as well as the eyeshadow! Also, if you got the Vince Camuto Capri, how was that?