February Glossybox got here a few days ago and I’ve finally gotten around to reviewing everything.
Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, I’ve been seeing their subscriptions at a deep discount at Gilt City and Rue La La these past few months. It might be worth waiting for another deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price. That’s what I did, and I got my annual subscription for a steal!
I really like the special Valentine’s Day packaging, but I received this box well after Valentine’s Day. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful as usual. I always reuse my Glossybox packaging to store stuff afterwards.
GlamGlow ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser | $7.80
I really like all of GlamGlow’s products, so I’m always pleased to see something from their line in a box. I’ve tried this before and think it’s a good cleanser, though I prefer the YouthCleanse (black packaging) more. You apply the cleanser to dry skin, then add water to create a lather. The clay takes a little work to completely rinse away, but has good results. Your face is left clean and fresh without feeling stripped.
BioRepublic Skincare Cucumber Breeze Soothing Fiber Mask | $4.98
Yay, more sheet masks! I’ve been going through my collection rather quickly since winter has severely dried out my skin, so I’m happy to get a new addition. As many of you know by now, I love sheet masks since they appeal to my laziness. No rinsing afterwards! This one had lots of extra serum left in the package afterwards that I was able to tap onto my face. It absorbed well and I woke up the next morning with very soft skin.
Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby | $22.00
I had never heard of this brand before, but I’m digging the graphics on the packaging. Every subscriber received the same color, which is a muted berry red that I think will work for a lot of skin tones. The finish is described as a “satin matte”, though it looks just like a regular matte to me.
I found the shape of the lipstick a little hard to work with, since I’m used to a thinner tip. But in the end I got it to work with a Q-tip for the edges.
Benefit The Porefessional Primer | $4.13
This is one of the staples in my beauty routine, so it’s nice to have little travel sized ones on hand. But it’s one of those products that we see so much of in subscription boxes that it isn’t exciting in the least bit. This is also a really tiny sample. I can usually get this sample size from a variety of stores that carry Benefit products for free.
Etre Belle Cosmetics Golden Skin Roll On Caviar Eye Gel | $30.61
It’s always really exciting for me when I get products from a different country, and I don’t think I’ve ever sampled anything from Germany before. This gel is lightly perfumed which I usually really dislike for anything in the eye area, but it’s light enough that I can tolerate. I haven’t noticed much difference since using this, but I’ve only been at it for a few days. Plus it’s kind of fun to put on, so I don’t mind.
The roller is cool and smooth, definitely feels very refreshing to put on! I like how the cap screws on because it’s much more secure than one that just snaps on. I feel like I can carry this around with me because of the cap design.
Overall value comes to $69.52, which is more than triple the cost of the box. I’m pleased with the value and have been enjoying the products, but most of the items felt a little boring to me. Even though I use Benefit’s Porefessional and GlamGlow cleansers, I have received a lot of their samples in the past (usually larger as well). Both samples were very small, and easy to obtain for free from various stores or online. The Teeez lipstick and eye gel were definitely the highlights for me!
Like I said last month, I think Glossybox should start marketing themselves as more of an “international beauty” box instead of a luxury full sized one. I think with their existing marketing it’s making a lot of customers upset because we don’t receive that many full sized products and a lot of brands they feature certainly don’t qualify as luxury brands.
I know for a fact that if I had paid $21.00 a month for this (full price), I would be more disappointed. I don’t think what Glossybox offers for the full price point is a good value compared to other beauty boxes out there. BoxyCharm charges the same price but delivers full sized products and almost always tops $100 in value per box. Birchbox charges less than half what Glossybox does and usually manages to deliver $35.00+ value per box, and even has a great points system as well. Guess we’ll see how the rest of this year goes. At this point, I would not resubscribe without a hefty discount.