Review: June’s Glossy Box

At $21/month, GlossyBox is one of the pricier beauty subscription boxes (compare to MyGlam or Birchbox, both at $10), so we were curious to see what it would offer.

We have to say that the packaging is gorgeous – a glossy pink box that instantly brightened our mood! And some of our friends have gotten even more creative with it. But what about the products inside?

  1. Beauty Addicts Showoff Mascara in Jet Black: This mascara, like all expensive mascara, has a debate-worthy price. It has a unique curved brush that gets to those hard-to-reach outer and inner lashes, but it’s also hard to control and smudges quite easily. We certainly had more trouble preventing smudging and applying an even layer of mascara than it was worth, even at $20 a pop. Thank you Glossy Box for this insight. $20 for this size (full). 
  2. A Perfume Organic in Urban Organic: We hated this, and it seems our online pals did as well. The supposedly “sweet lemon sorbet with bourbon, tangy lime peel, basil, and ginger” smelled like a musky, lemony cleaning solution. It was also an oily solution (interesting for a perfume), and we can’t really see this being something you spritz on for a nice smell. This was a bonus sample product.
  3. Shea Terra Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter Body CremeNow this, on the other hand, smelled like sugar cookies. And for us, that is a very, very good thing. As a body moisturizing cream, it felt super-luxe and decadent, leaving our skin smooth and smelling faintly of vanilla without being overpowering. We loved this. $2 for travel size.
  4. First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream: We heard good things about this shaving cream, and we weren’t disappointed. This is a nice, odorless cream that leaves your legs feeling soft after shaving. The biggest difference between this and a drugstore shaving cream is probably how thin the cream is when applied; it doesn’t foam as much as other shave gels from the can, and it was a nice difference, causing a softer shaving experience. $7.50 for travel size.
  5. Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment: This hair mask was a nice product and fairly-sized, with enough to keep our hair silky for a week or two. Our only complaint is that this treatment is only for “fine to normal hair”, which has us wondering what Glossy Box thought women with thick or curly hair were going to do with it.  $2 for travel size, but we found this size at Ulta for $5.
  6. Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream: Unfortunately, it’s a bit early to tell if our faces and necks are really becoming firmer, but the expense of this product ($98 for full size) and its serious-looking packaging makes us hope we’ll be seeing results soon. $13.84 for sample size.

These added up to over $45 worth of product!

To conclude: In terms of savings, we got a lot of bang for our $21 bucks — well worth it. On the other hand, $21 is, as our co-founder Judy exlaimed, “serious money!” and we wonder if we wouldn’t rather have spent it on something we definitely like.  The lotions and shaving creams were nice, but we would’ve liked something more… fun. We hoped for Burberry lipsticks! Nail polishes! Eyeshadows! Ultimately however, we admit that the surprise element of receiving a beautiful package in the mail definitely made our day. If you’re an adventurous gal or want to treat yourself once in a while, we recommend the GlossyBox for its value.

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