After a year long hiatus from Glossybox, this was my first box back. It is a monthly subscription box that costs $21 on a month to month basis and includes makeup, skincare, and haircare. While it is pricier than other beauty boxes (Birchbox and Ipsy are $10 a month, Allure is $15), I find that the value is often better since you get a lot of full size and higher end products. The only downside to Glossybox is the frustrating shipping: most beauty boxes charge in the beginning of the month and you have your product in the second week, Glossybox charges in the beginning but you may get your box anywhere from the second to the fourth week (my email said “arriving February 12th to 25th”).
The box comes with an insert that tells you a little bit about each product – similar to a sales pitch – and a tip or tidbit about how best to use the product or the history of one of the ingredients. This insert also included a glossybox exclusive coupon code for GlamGlowMud.com (it’s GB30 valid until March 31, 2016 if anyone is planning on ordering).
Item 1: BioRepublic Skincare Sheet Mask(Full size) $5.00 for 1 mask
Korean Sheet Masks are one of my favorite skincare indulgences. They can repair the driest of skin while scaring the bejesus out of anyone who sees you. This one is infused with natural extracts and vitamin E and promotes healthy, balanced skin in one sitting. The smell is a bit strong at first but goes away once you put it on. I find that even though this is a fiber mask similar to the Tony Moly ones I have used before, it is a little bit different than other sheet masks. This one is thicker, is beyond drenched in essence (the hydrating serum), and fits my face better – the others have shorter nose flaps leaving the bottom half inch of my nose exposed, this one actually almost covered it.
Above is an image of the back which shows the easy to follow instructions of unfold, apply to clean skin for 15-20 mins, remove and pat in remaining essence. I like to take it off before it dries on the face completely and put it back in the packaging to absorb more of the essence and then use it a second time a few days later.
Rating: 5/5. Overall, I liked it. Better fit than other sheet masks and hydrated my dry skin.
Item 2: Etre Belle Golden Skin Roll-on Caviar Eye Gel 0.34 oz worth $30.60 ($45 for 0.5 oz)
This is my first experience with a roll-on eye gel and I love it. This one has a plastic tube with a metallic tip which makes it easy to hold and refreshing to apply. The insert only says that it “firms and resuscitates tired skin around the eyes” without any mention of ingredients. Since I’m in my mid-twenties and do not yet have crows feet, dark circles, or sagging skin, I cannot say if this eye gel actually does anything significant. My crepey undereye looked the same with and without it. However, it is soothing and does make me feel a little more awake from the cooling sensation.
Rating: 4/5. I don’t think it actually does anything but it is refreshing and makes putting on eye cream a pleasure instead of a chore. Also, love how this one product is more than I paid for the whole box.
Item 3: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Face Primer 0.1 oz worth $4.13 ($31 for 0.75 oz)
This is the only product that I was unhappy to uncover but that is only because I have so many of these (all free from various beauty boxes/gifts with purchase/magazine samples) and my favorite primers are NYX and L’oreal. The product itself is good though, it gives an even finish that blurs imperfections and my massive pores. It helps my foundation/BB cream go on smoother and last longer than if I had not used it.
The insert gave an interesting tip that I had never heard of: “If your pores come out of hiding, or you notice problem areas that need extra attention, pat a dab of this oil-free translucent formula on your face and voila!” I don’t usually carry primer around after I have applied but I might try this the next time my cheek or nose pores decide to say hello.
Rating: 4/5. Great product but I really did not want yet another tube of it.
Item 4: Glamglow ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser 1oz worth $7.80 ($39 for 5 oz)
I was so happy to see this included. I own 2 of the $19 mini Glamglow masks (Thirstymud for hydration and Dualmud for pore purifying) and have seen the new cleansers being marketed heavily by Sephora but no matter how much I like the masks, I could never justify a $40 cleanser. Now I won’t have to!
This has the same interesting chemical coconut smell as the Thirstymud mask and feels thicker than regular cleansers. It creates a gentle lather which is nice and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
Rating: 5/5. It removed all of my skin makeup without leaving skin feeling dry or oily.
Item 5: Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby (Full size!) $22.00
I have never heard of Teeez Cosmetics before but this lipstick definitely stands out from all of my others due to the edgy packaging. It is a satin matte ruby red that claims to last 8 hours. While it did not make it through the meal I had 2 hours after applying it, it does look good and hold up well if you aren’t eating. It’s very pigmented and did not feather, bleed, smudge, or dry out my lips.
Rating 4/5. Good product but the plastic packaging feels cheap when I apply it.
Overall, this was a great box. The value for this $21 purchase is $69.53 with 2 of the 3 full sized products each being worth more than the box. I’m happy I got to try the Glamglow cleanser I’ve been eyeing and that I finally have a roll on eye gel.
If you like higher end products and don’t mind delayed shipping, I would recommend getting a Glossybox subscription and would even suggest cancelling Birchbox and/or Ipsy to afford it.