Glossybox Review, March 2017

Glossybox, $21 per month (has many international versions)


This baby bun loved how the Glossybox brought out the pink in her eyes!  She is a 3-week-old Mini Satin and a little sweetheart.  She loves to give kisses.

Glossybox is a beauty box that sends subscribers five to six products each month.  The samples are often full size or deluxe sample size.  You tend to get more skincare than makeup in this box, but there is always a mix.  Glossybox used to send mostly higher end brands, but their boxes for the past year have included a lot of brands I've never heard of.  Glossybox likes to include products from European brands that don't sell their products in the U.S., so, if there is a product I really like, I may not be able to buy it.  There is a lot of product variation, so some subscribers receive boxes that are worth much more than those other subscribers receive.


Here's what came in my March Glossybox:

My March Glossybox was worth $112.59!  As you might remember, my Glossybox subscription expired in the fall, but I had enough points to get me free boxes through February.  I hadn't been happy with Glossybox, so I decided not to resubscribe.  Of course, at the end of March, they had a sale where you could get your first box for half off.  I liked what I had seen of the March box and I liked the spoilers for the April box, so I ended up subscribing.  The March review is late because I didn't order this box until March 30th, so I got it in April.  We got seven products this month and four of the products I got were full size!  I got three makeup products, three skincare products, and a nail product, so it had a good mix.

tarte cosmetics BB Tinted Treatment Primer in Medium

tarte cosmetics BB Tinted Treatment Primer in Medium

All subscribers received a full size tarte cosmetics product in March.  Subscribers got either tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion or BB Tinted Treatment Primer in Medium.  I was hoping to get the primer, but I didn't realize that they were only sending out the Medium shade.  As you can see above, it is way too dark for my skin.  It is a primer, so I tried it on my face and then put my foundation over it to see if I could make it work, but it was a definite no.  Glossybox has subscribers fill out surveys, so they have a basic idea of subscribers' skin color. While foundations are just about impossible for boxes to choose for subscribers, this is a primer, so it doesn't have to be an absolutely perfect match, and this primer comes in five shades, so it wouldn't have been hard for Glossybox to select an appropriate shade for each person who got this product.  While this should work for most people with medium complexions, those of us with pale skin or dark skin aren't going to be able to use this.  If they could only send this one shade for whatever reason, they should have sent it to subscribers who this shade would work for and send all the other subscribers the tarteguard.  I love my tarte foundation and concealer, so I was really looking forward to seeing how this worked.  It went on smoothly and was sheer enough that this could work for anyone whose skin color was somewhat similar to this shade.  I have a friend who this will be perfect for, so I will pass it along to her.  Has anyone tried this?  How did it work for you?

Swatches of Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches of Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette

All subscribers received the Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette.  I had never heard of Catrice before, but it's sold at Ulta, so it isn't an obscure brand as I initially assumed.  This is a $7 palette and it performs like a $7 palette.  The pigment is seriously lacking and this won't stay on your lids for very long without a primer.  Except for the dark color on the right, I had to really build up the color to get the swatches you see above.  


Glossybox sent me the être belle Golden Skin Roll-on Caviar Eye Gel in the February 2016 box, so I was surprised to see it again.  You're supposed to apply this product below your eyes to smooth and firm the skin.  I do see some results, but I haven't noticed anything too dramatic.  I wouldn't buy this product, but I'll use it while I have it.

Swatches of Studio 10 Brow Lifting Perfecting Liner, highlighter (left) and brow (right)

Swatches of Studio 10 Brow Lifting Perfecting Liner, highlighter (left) and brow (right)

I originally got the Studio 10 Brow Lifting Perfecting Liner in my April 2016 Glossybox, so I was surprised to see another product that I had already gotten.  That's not like Glossybox, so I'm not sure what they were thinking.  This is a product all subscribers received, so most, if not all, subscribers who have been subscribed for a year or more already had this product.  Studio 10 worked with the international cancer charity Look Good Feel Better for this product.  For each one of these purchased, Studio 10 will donate one to the charity.  One end of the stick is a highlighter and the other is a brow pencil.  The brow pencil side worked well for me.  It filled in my brows, but didn't make them look overly dark or unnatural.  The highlighter side was a little dark to work as a highlighter on me.  If your skin is darker than mine, though, putting a little of the highlighter just below your brows and blending it out will make you look more awake.


I've tried many a nail wrap, but this is the first nail appliqué I've tried that is made of real nail polish.  These contain a base coat and a top coat in addition the color nail polish and these can be removed with nail polish remover.  All subscribers got Incoco appliqués, but styles varied.  My style, Masterpiece, is marbled blue, pink, white, and purple, and it has a lot of shimmer.  These were easy to apply and file down to my nail size.  There are sixteen appliqués, so there is enough for one manicure.  These held up for days without chipping on me.  I love these and hope to get more in the future.


Finally, I got two samples of eb5 Skincare products, the Anti-Aging Cleanser and the Anti-Aging Toner.  I had gotten an eb5 Daily Repairing Eye Cream in the September 2016 Glossybox and ended up trying a selection of other eb5 items after that.  I've tried the toner before, but the cleanser is new to me.  The toner has a very light scent to it.  It is an alcohol-free toner, so it won't dry your skin out.  It is moisturizing and helps control oil.  The cleanser is both moisturizing and exfoliating.  I love the eb5 line.  They make high quality skincare that is quite affordable.  

This month's Glossybox was better than many have been recently, but it was just okay.  I'm glad I paid half price for it.  I love the Incoco nail appliqués and the eb5 products.  The brow pencil and the eye gel were okay, but not amazing.  I was not a fan of the Catrice palette.  While the tarte primer seemed great, the color didn't work for me, so I won't be able to use it.  March was far from the worst month I've seen from Glossybox, but it's also far from the best month.

What did you think of March box?  Did anyone get the other variations?