So here's my box unopened (though I took it out of the cardboard box it shipped in) along with my Glossybox magazine. I'm really glad I got one this month; my first month I didn't get a magazine and figured it was just a fluke, and then April 2013 they had the magazine online in honor of Earth Day, so I was still unsure of whether or not I would get the magazine in my next box, but I did. Honestly, I'm not too impressed with it. I know it's just a free little extra, but it just feels too much like advertising than anything actually informative. Every other page is an advert, and the products they DO talk about are mostly brands featured in Glossybox or are incredibly expensive. I'd much rather subscribe to the Sample Society box and get a year of Allure for free.
What was so disappointing about this product? For some reason, Glossybox sent me the darkest color it comes in, Amber Gold. I thought maybe it was the only color it came in (a lot of things like this come in 1-3 different shades), but it does come in four different shades, with Amber Gold being the darkest. So why on earth did Glossybox send me the darkest shade, when my beauty profile lists my skin tone as "fair"? What was even the point of me filling out anything if they're just going to send me seemingly random colors? I wondered if other people had the same issue, so I looked on the reviews on Glossybox's website, and it looks like other fair-light skin toned people also got this shade. I then thought that maybe these were left over samples and everyone got the same color, but a few people commented that they got the correct color for their light skin tones. I was pretty upset; this product is basically worthless to me. It's so orange and so dark for me that I don't think I could ever make it work, not even for contouring.
The next item I was pretty happy to get.
Next are the foil packets.
The fourth item (or fifth, I suppose) in my box was a My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer.
This item was also a big disappointment, though it's less Glossyboxes fault this time and more of a personal preference.
This is going to sound weird, but I absolutely hate the smell of roses. I hate the smell of rose-scented candles, rose-scented skincare products, and even just natural roses. I 'm not sure why, but I just really, really don't like it. It gives me a headache if it's strong enough. The weird thing is that I love rose-FLAVORED things like rosewater ice cream. I don't really understand it either. I went to the Nicka K New York website to see what other scents this came in and I would have greatly preferred ANY other scent than this one. I know it's not Glossybox's fault that I hate roses, but this is another totally unusable product for me.
One thing I do take issue with, is that I don't think this is the kind of "high-end make-up brand" that Glossybox promised to include in its boxes. From what I saw on the website, the cosmetics that Nicka K New York sells are very cheap; their biggest eye shadow palette has 40 colors and is $9. That, to me, sounds more like a drug store quality product. Not that that is bad; there are plenty of inexpensive products that are fantastic, but I feel like it does go against what Glossybox promises to include a product from a brand like this. This is a full-sized item and is worth $14.99 (except not really since I will never use it. I'm actually having a hard time finding someone to give this to. Everyone I ask at first is kind of interested, but once they smell it, they don't want it. The rose scent is very, very strong and it smells very, very fake to me, like what they scent cheap candles with. It's incredibly off-putting).
Finally, my box ends on a high note.
While there were only two disappointments in this box, they were disappointments that are unusable for me, which basically means I lost out on a value of $22.99. This box was worth more than April at $47.80 (April was around $41), but significantly less than March (which was over $70 and had four full sized products). Minus what I can't use, my box is only worth $24.81, which is barely over what I paid for it. I know the point of these boxes is that you don't know what you're going to get and that it technically doesn't have to be worth more than you paid, but if they could make a box like March once, why can't they do it again? Especially since this box is supposed to be celebrating their 1st birthday! This box really made me consider canceling my Glossybox subscription, but I've already been charged for June, so I suppose I'll see what happens.
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