After tweaking my Wantable profile a bit last month, I couldn’t wait to get my September box. I am over summer and so ready to start wearing bold fall colors. 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. This month, however, was a complete bomb.
To start off, I was pretty disappointed to be getting two products from brands that were already in last month’s box. They were good products, but in a way, it kind of feels like a repeat. I knew this Chella Luscious Light Brown Eyebrow Color pencil was going to be way too dark before I even unwrapped it and swatched it.
I am about 99.99% convinced that when cosmetics companies make eyebrow pencils for blondes, they match them to the dark roots of dyed blondes, and not natural blondes. Most of them are far too warm to even remotely look natural on my face. The red and yellow tones stick out like a sore thumb and look ridiculous. Needless to say, I didn’t even bother trying this on my brows because based on the swatch, it is way too dark and leans too red. $18.00 value
The Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Aura is the only thing I kept from my box. It’s a gorgeous salmon pink with a gold shimmer. It’s very sheer and would probably look great over a black or white polish, but alone, it takes about 3 coats to be opaque. I usually hate anything that takes more than two coats because I barely have time to paint my nails to begin with, but this dries so quickly that it’s not an issue. This is some of the most durable, chip-resistant polish I’ve ever used. It survived my nail polish durability test (aka washing dishes) not once, but twice. I don’t think any nail polish I’ve tried has ever survived washing dishes. Pretty and tough as nails? I’ll take it. $14.00 value
SIGH. Another repeat brand. That’s not really what I’m upset about, though. I like lip stains. I drink 43627859465342 sips of water a day and can’t keep lippy stuff on to save my life. This stuff, man. LET ME TELL YOU.
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Magic Potion is a reddish plum stain. I had a bad feeling about it when I swatched it on my wrist. It was patchy and took several swipes to build up a uniform color. I made sure my lips were exfoliated and moisturized like I always do before using lip stain, but what happened next was downright horrifying.
WHAT. THE. HELL. Is this actually zombie makeup? It looks like I took a cheese grater to my lips. Am I bleeding? Did I black out and down a bottle of red wine? WHAT IS THIS?
Yeah, NO. All of the stain gathered up on the inside of my lips and crusty, red flakes were everywhere. Who on earth buys this for $24.00? If the cost was $1, I’d still go through the trouble of returning it just to get it out of my house. Luckily, I had some lipstick that would cover this train wreck up.
Out of all possible eye shadow colors in the world, Wantable sent me the one I hate the most. Purple eye shadows do not usually work well on me unless they lean warm. Marsk Mineral Eye Shadow in Orchid Glow is as cool as cool can be. I would consider myself relatively adventurous, so I gave it a chance anyway.
The color is shimmery and swatches nicely, but it was a totally different story on my eyelids. Expecting some intense color payoff, I used a very light taupe shadow as a base and tried to blend the Marsk into my crease, but it just would not stick, even with primer. Layer after layer, I just decided to put it on my whole lid and ended up with something like this:
The taupe shadow warmed up the Marsk shadow just enough to compliment my skin and the plum lipstick I used to cover up the stain. Not a bad result for so many things gone horribly wrong. $24.00 value
Total box value is $80.00. I was expecting this box to be significantly better than last month’s after trying to be a little more specific about what I like and don’t like, but it was awful. Two of the products were garbage and one was not a good fit for me. I love the nail polish, and that’s it. Fortunately, Wantable allows you to send back products you don’t want, no questions asked, so that is exactly what I did. The process was extremely simple, and I should be getting a $30 refund. The bad news is that they are currently redoing their site, so it’s all wonky now and I can’t alter my profile without starting a whole new subscription. I also can’t even generate a referral link currently because of it, but if you are interested in subscribing, you can visit the website here.