Well, it finally happened. Glossybox and I have officially broken up. I will be receiving one more box after this, and then I’m done. I subscribed to Glossybox because I was under the impression that I would be getting makeup products tailored to my tastes, but over the past six months, my boxes have mostly been one disappointment after another. The samples are not always necessarily bad, they just rarely fit my specific needs or preferences and are mostly skin care products or boring lip products.While the value is generally high for only paying $21/month, that number is relatively meaningless if I’m receiving a bunch of junk I’m never going to use. Glossybox does have a beauty profile you can set up to help them pick products that would be most fitting, but I find it to be pretty useless since most of the questions are geared towards makeup (which I rarely get) and only one is about skin care. Despite revising it several times, nothing has improved, so I’ve officially unsubscribed.
My July Glossybox was the last straw. It was the usual lotion, skin care, lip product, and hair care. While none of these samples are horrible products, I wasn’t excited about any of them.
Lotion is lotion. You can give it a fancy name like body cream, but it’s still lotion. There are ones that moisturize and there are ones that don’t. The Mitchell and Peach Body Cream was nice and moisturizing and had a decent, subtle scent, but there is no way I am spending $61 on a bottle of lotion that achieves exactly the same thing as my giant $4 bottle of lotion I buy at the grocery store. 1.4 oz, $14.05 value
The Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm is a shiny, clear lip balm with a tiny hint of a mojito scent. This one belongs on my bathroom cabinet to use before bed or when I’m just hanging around the house. It is very hydrating and my lips still feel moisturized when I wake up in the morning. This is actually a great balm, but since it’s clear, I don’t really feel there is anything special about it since I already have an assortment of clear balms I use before bed or just for when my lips feel dry. 0.20 oz, $6.86 value
Glamglow is one of those brands at Sephora I keep seeing that looks super fancy, but I haven’t had a chance to try any of their stuff until now. The Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is really hard to apply because it has giant tea leaves in it that crumble off and take the rest of the mask with it, resulting in probably using more product than is necessary because you have to cake it on to keep the tea leaves on. This had more of a burning effect on my skin rather than a tingling effect. After 10 minutes, I rinsed the mask off while moving my hands in a circular motion in order to exfoliate. A mask with a bunch of weird crap in it like mud and tea leaves can make almost anyone feel special, but I didn’t experience any spectacular results (or any at all) after using this. I used about half of the tube, so a full size would MAYBE get 4 uses. For $69.00, I find it hardly worth it. 0.5 oz, $20.29 value
I’m not a fan of repeat brands unless they’re good. The Philip B product I received two boxes ago was not something I’d ever use, so I wasn’t too eager to try the Philip B PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist in my box this month. I didn’t look closely at the label before I opened it up to smell it, and it reeked of vinegar. I checked the ingredients and figured out why. Apple cider vinegar. Fortunately, my hair didn’t continue to smell like apple cider vinegar once the product dried. Unfortunately, it made my hair feel thick and very coarse. Philip B, you lose again. 2 oz, $11.35 value
The Skin Inc. Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum is a watery, clear serum with multi-colored capsules filled with Q10, Marine-Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid that dissolve when applied to help skin appear more youthful. I put the serum on under my moisturizer (as directed) one night and noticed almost no difference in my skin the next morning with the exception of it being a lot oilier than usual. I used it for about a week, applying it twice daily, and it had no effect on any of the fine lines around my eyes. My pores look a bit smaller and my skin tone looks a little more even, but that’s about it. Since oily skin is not my friend, I won’t be rushing out to purchase more of this when the bottle is empty. Full size 0.34 oz, $45.00 value
Total box value is a whopping $97.55. Still, it’s not enough to keep me around if Glossybox is going to continue the trend of rarely putting makeup products in their boxes.