Glossybox May 2016 Review

After the drama from last month’s Glossybox, I was really interested to see what kind of box we would all be receiving. Since I seem to always be one of the last people to receive my box, I get to see what everyone else got in their boxes and get an idea about the different variations that are sent out. I’m happy to report that I got the combination I wanted! Also, the variations didn’t have such a huge price difference this month, which is always a good sign.

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, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price. I certainly would not be shelling out the full $21/month for this subscription.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Box looked more substantial this month! The sizes seemed a bit bigger than what the past couple months have been.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

RITUALS Cosmetics Shower Foam in Zensation | $3.75
Very pleased to see a RITUALS item in this box. I love this brand! It feels very luxurious yet is reasonably priced. I usually buy a few of the shower gels from Barney’s when they have the gift with purchase beauty events. This shower gel turns into a soft foamy texture when you use it, and is very gentle on the skin. It also smells absolutely divine! At $12 for the full size (which lasts forever, by the way), it’s a nice little treat that doesn’t break the bank. I’m glad to have a travel sized one now, thanks to Glossybox.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Talika Photo-Hydra Day | $39.50
Yay for more French beauty items! I do enjoy discovering European brands through Glossybox and think that is currently their most interesting selling point. This is a lightweight gel moisturizer and I’m surprised by how much I like it. I usually don’t like gel moisturizers, but this one is so lightweight and works really well with my skin. My face feels moisturized and soft, but there wasn’t any shininess that I had to cover up with powder. I’m glad we got such a large bottle to play around with. If my skin doesn’t react poorly after this tube, I will probably purchase more.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme | $8.50
This was the item I was hoping to get, so I was really happy when I saw this in my box! Usually my main issue with Estee Lauder products is the heavy fragrance used in many of the creams. This moisturizer has a light fragrance that I found quite refreshing, and it definitely gave my skin a great boost of moisture when I used it overnight.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

The cream has a thick texture and feels like it’s going to be heavy, but it actually absorbs really quickly and well. I would only use it as a night moisturizer though, since I think it would be hard to apply makeup on top of the moisturizer.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Benefit Roller Lash | $8.00
As much as I like this mascara, I’m not excited about this sample at all. It feels similar to when we got a sample of Benefit’s POREfessional a couple months ago–I love the product, but the sample is so easy to obtain. Sephora gave these mini mascaras out for free when the product first went on the market, and I’ve gotten several of them within the past year. I just feels boring and old to get another roller lash mascara sample from a box that is supposed to be “luxe” and “full sized”. With all that being said, I do like this mascara. It doesn’t provide much volume for me, but it gives great curl and length. I like to layer it with my current favorite, Armani’s Eyes To Kill.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

NIOXIN System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner | $10.00
I’m a bit confused about these products, since it’s not entirely clear if this is meant for people who are currently worried about thinning hair but still have normal hair, or if it’s meant for people who are already dealing with thinning hair. Either way, I don’t think I really fall into either category. If anything, my hair is too thick! I was hoping it would maybe provide a lot of volume, since my hair is thick but tends to lie flat (or get really frizzy). Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver any additional volume. The cleanser claims to “help remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residues from the scalp skin”, thus stimulating more hair growth in the future. Not sure how effective this is, but it’s just not a product I’m that interested in.

 

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Overall, it was a decent box. I found a moisturizer that I really like, and got travel sized versions of two products I already use. The value comes out to $69.75, which is more than triple the cost of the box.

My main issue with this subscription is the same thing I’ve been talking about for months now: it doesn’t feel exciting. Some of the products that Glossybox sends are items that have already been featured in boxes before, so there isn’t a sense of discovery. With so many other beauty subscription boxes out there, I feel like Glossybox can’t really claim to be a “luxury” box or a “full sized” box. Not a single item I got in my May box was full sized! Glossybox also sends out variations for their boxes but does not take your profile into account, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be getting the products that match with your interests/lifestyle/skin tone. Everyone got the same shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair, even though that’s a vey specific concern. It just feels odd to send it to everyone!

The one thing I really do enjoy about Glossybox is the inclusion of international brands. It’s fun to get European products and I think they’re the only beauty box that consistently offers brands from Europe month after month. Despite that,  I don’t see myself resubscribing when my year is up. And definitely not for the full price.

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