SIGH. I had really high hopes for you, October. My heart sank the moment I opened my October Wantable box. With the exception of one product, they were all repeat brands. I like the subscription boxes because they help me discover new brands and try new things, but Wantable just keeps sending the same ones out. With this being my third box, I can only assume that this is just something you are going to have to accept if you have a Wantable subscription.
Each month, Wantable subscribers will receive 4-5 full-size premium makeup products for $36.00. It’s a pretty good deal if you end up with things that you actually want or need.
I fell in love with the Liberty Republic polish in my September box, so I wasn’t too annoyed with getting another in Premonition this month. I tested it out on a paper towel to see what the color looked like because I didn’t have time to paint my nails right away, and it was a deep, dark teal. “Works for me!”, I thought. I put two coats on later on, and if I’m being completely honest with myself, it’s black. It doesn’t even look teal in the sun. Boring. The formula is really smooth and dries quickly, but it doesn’t seem to have the staying power that Aura does. Within an hour or two of just doing normal people things, it started to chip away. I had to touch it up twice in less than 8 hours before I got around to taking a picture, which is pretty ridiculous. $14.00 value
Foundation is just one of those things I feel shouldn’t be sent out blindly in a subscription box because even labeling yourself as having fair skin doesn’t really tell anyone what color it actually is. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn mineral foundation, so I was eager to see if I’ve been missing anything, but I didn’t expect much in the way of quality with this Marsk Mineral Foundation in Nude because the mineral shadow I got in the last box wouldn’t even stick to my eyelids.
After swatching it on my wrist, I knew it probably wasn’t going to work out for me. I have a lot of pink tones in my skin and this foundation gives off a yellow/orange cast. It wasn’t very noticeable inside my house, but when I got into my car, I had full-blown carrot face going on. I have mixed feelings about how the foundation performs. Coming from someone who has very little to cover up to begin with, this foundation doesn’t give very good coverage. I have a few red areas, especially around my nose and on my chin, and the foundation did very little to even my skin tone out. The foundation stayed relatively matte all day, which is a plus for those like me who have oily skin, but at the cost of feeling very heavy and grimy. I couldn’t wait to wash my face that night. For the price of $55.20, I just don’t feel this foundation is worth it.
After last month’s Vincent Longo lip fiasco, I wasn’t looking forward to trying this lipstick out. WHAT IF I GET ZOMBIE LIPS AGAIN?!?
Vincent Longo Velvet Riche Lipstick in Carnelian Whisper looked amazing when I swatched it on my wrist, and even better on my lips. It’s a classic bright red with a touch of orange. It has a super smooth and moisturizing formula. It doesn’t settle into any creases on my lips and has a nice, uniform, opaque color that requires little effort to apply. It lasts a ridiculously long time and my lips never once felt dry from it. It’s a keeper! $23.00 value
I don’t really use lip liners that often, but occasionally it’s necessary. That being said, I don’t really know anything about matching lip liners to lipstick, so the MUD Mahogany Lip Pencil had me a little baffled at first.
The pencil is a rusty brown shade, so I didn’t think it was going to work with the lipstick I received. Initially, I wanted to be kind of mad at Wantable for sending me two things that should go together that don’t, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well they complimented each other.
Here are the swatches side by side. The lip pencil is probably one of the softest, smoothest ones I’ve ever used. The majority of the ones I’ve tried are hard and gunky, which is part of the reason why I rarely ever use them. This one glided on smoothly, blended with the lipstick perfectly, and kept it from feathering. It will also go with a lot of the Portland Black Lipstick Company Lipsticks I just bought, so I’m pretty happy with it. $13.00 value
Here are the products on my face:
Total box value is $105.20, which is pretty outstanding, but I really only will use the lipstick and lip pencil. After three months with Wantable, I have cancelled my subscription. For the monthly price of $36.00, I feel I should be able to like the majority of my box every month, and it just hasn’t happened yet. I love that you can return the products you don’t like for a refund, but I may as well just be going shopping on my own if I’m going to do that. I would like to be able to explore a wider range of brands as well, so this is definitely not a good fit for me.
They seem to have improved most of the issues I was having with their website since I last used it, so I can actually update my profile, review my boxes, and generate a referral link again. If those were your only concerns about subscribing and you are still interested, feel free to use my referral link here.