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I just received my first ever GlossyBox. I received a notification that it would ship on April 30 and it arrived on May 3rd. I was excited to give this a try because it’s big in the UK. I keep searching for one of those subscription box services that will fit me and I’ll be happy with, so I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to try out GlossyBox.


My package arrived packed inside a sturdy brown box filled with paper to cushion it. Inside it was a pale pink box.

Inside the box my items were wrapped in pretty pale pink paper and black ribbon. It looks really nice and I like the touch of the ribbon.

The first set of items was the Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection. These are large sample packets of 5 different products. I’m definitely interested in trying these out.

The entire Erno Laszlo full size collection costs $125, according to the sheet that came with the box.

Next was the C.O. Bigelow Lavender and Peppermint Shampoo.

While I like peppermint, I hate lavender. It ruins a product for me if there’s a lavender scent. Additionally, this shampoo contains SLS, which means I can’t use it. This product is $12.

Next we have Basq’s Cucumber Tea Eye Gel. This is $24 for .5 oz.

I really like eye gels, and gels in general. I’m looking forward to trying this. It has a weird smell, sort of a minty smell. It will be interesting to see how that feels on the skin.

Next is an OPI polish, which is typically $8.50 for .5 oz.

The polish is OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips. It’s a pretty hot pink creme. It’s a shade I think most people will love. I don’t typically go for cremes, and I own a lot of hot pinks, so it just sort of feels like a generic pink to me.

Next we have a Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip shine in Toffee. $18 for .135oz.

I have wanted to try one of the Kryolan High Glosses for a long time!

Toffee seems to be a milky brown color with a creme finish. I’m not fond of the color or finish. It’s a very natural shade.

Finally, we have Cargo EyeBronzer. It’s $22 for .035.

I really love the Cargo EyeBronzer color. It’s gorgeous. The delivery mechanism sucks because it’s one of those pointed sponge tips, and those are usually messy.

Now, out of the products I received, I would not use the C.O. Bigelow shampoo.
Nor would I use the OPI polish. I will likely put the polish in my ‘to trade’ pile, because I have a lot of other hot pinks that are more eye catching.
I’m interested in trying the Erno Laszlo and the Basq products, as I’ve never heard of either brand.
I wanted to try a Kryolan high gloss, and while I don’t like the color, I’m happy to be able to try the formula. And who knows, maybe it will look awesome on my lips. It was kind of meh on my hand.
My favorite item is the Cargo Eye Bronzer. I really love the bronzey-gold color. So out of 6 products, I really only like 1 (Cargo). I’m interested in using 3 (Erno Laszlo, Basq, Kryolan). I have 2 I wouldn’t use (C.O. Bigelo, OPI).

According to Glossybox there will be at least 5 products in each box. One of those items will be full size and the rest will be travel size items. With the exception of the Laszlo products, I believe everything I received was full size, so this is not what a typical box will look like.

Additionally, I read the lovely Viola’s blog, Killer Colours. If you don’t already read her blog, you should! She has beautiful looks! She posted her April Glossybox, which may be more of what a typical box looks like. I’m envious she got an Illamasqua gloss in hers! The Nails Inc nail polish looks like the mini size, she received 2 different types of skincare samples, a primer and a small travel size bottle of Redken shampoo. I can’t help but feel like I probably would have been happier with that box, but it’s probably just because of the Illamasqua and Redken products.

The Glossybox will cost $21.Considering that the Cargo EyeBronzer is $22 for the full size, if I’d gotten that as my full size and the rest as samples, I’d have been happy. If I’d have gotten the shampoo or nail polish as my full size, I’d be horribly disappointed.

While I appreciate the opportunity to try out Glossybox, I don’t think it’s for me. I think I’m too picky to enjoy this service, which is probably why I keep looking at subscription services and never committing. Plus, I have too many things that are deal breakers for me, such as refusing to use hair products with sulfate in them or skincare products with lavender.

I do think that you would be happy with this service if you’re not as picky as I am and if you enjoy surprises. I can see why these services have such appeal, especially if you want to get several nice products from brands you might not be introduced to any other way. I will keep up my search for the perfect monthly subscription box!

Just keep in mind that GlosysBox is 1 full size product and the rest are travel size/deluxe sample size. They’re not all full size products.

Tell me, are you interested in GlossyBox? Do you belong to a subscription box service? What do you think of this box?

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://glamfiend.blogspot.com Becky

      I just joined Birchbox and should get my box soon. It’s $10 a month so hopefully it comes with some good stuff. I actually had to sit on a wait list before I could get started.

      • Phyrra

        I can’t wait to hear what you think of it Becky!

    • http://electricallure.com/ Amanda

      They only reason I’m not jumping on this is because it’s $21 a month. At least with Birchbox if I receive something I’m not going to use I don’t feel as bad because it’s only $10/month. The girls in the UK always seem like they get great stuff but I’m still not sure I’m willing to pay double (even though we are guaranteed one full size, but then again Birchbox will throw in a full size product ever so often too).

      • Phyrra

        Yeah the $10 a month is a much easier price point Amanda.

    • gothchiq

      That Kryolan gloss would be awesome on me. If I do really bright eyes, I tone down the lips, and if I do super loud lips, I do neutral eyes. That cafe au lait shade seems to be good on pale olive ppl like me. I had one by Milani that looked just like that in fact. I used it all up. It was called “endulge.”

      I never tried Erno Laszlo products, but I once had a boss who was like addicted to them.

      • Phyrra

        I’ll have to give this gloss a try. It is so pigmented!

    • http://www.outinapout.com Jessica Allison

      The Kryolan gloss looks like the perfect shade to pair up with deep, smokey eyes- just enough depth and pink in it to make a good nude-not-dead look! I know it’s not your usual, but you should try it!!!

      • Phyrra

        I will give it a try Jess, because you really are talkin’ it up :)

    • http://xifeng.livejournal.com Lee

      No, I have nothing better to do than spam your blog. :D Subscription boxes aren’t my thing; $21 seems pretty steep to me, and from the reviews I’ve read, I’m not sure that I’d get enough use out of everything to justify it.

      It’s a pity about the shampoo; I haven’t used it, but I’ve liked everything I’ve used from C.O. Bigelow, so I’m guessing I might like the shampoo if I bought it. Peppermint and lavender seem an odd combination to me, though.

      I agree with you about the nail polish. It is pretty, but nothing special. Eye Bronzer, however, is gorgeous! :D

      I might like the Kryolan gloss; I don’t know. In photographs (yours and Pink Sith’s), it looks like the kind of shiny nude I favor, but if it’s more brown than pink, it wouldn’t work on me.

      • Phyrra

        I’ll try it soon and then you can decide :) I just rarely reach for that sort of shade so it holds little appeal to me.

      • gateau

        I’m like you on the sample boxes, Lee. I tried Birchbox for a few months, but I found little there I was really interested in, lots of stuff that was just meh, and too many items that were flat-out useless to me or insultingly lame (like the friendship bracelet, the hair elastic). I realized that $10 a month isn’t worth it for the fun of opening up a surprise package, if what’s inside is disappointing. I’d rather pick something fun out with that $10 that I know I want.

        The Glossy Box looks like a nice box, but since they’re sending something extra deluxe for the early reviewers, I’d like to see how it looks a few months from now. Will try to check out that eyeshadow, though, in the meantime. It looks like everyone’s favorite item from this box.

    • http://www.geniabeme.com Eugenia

      I like the products, but I don’t know if I can shell out $21 for a box of things that will be a surprise. I do Birchbox because its only $10.

      • Phyrra

        See, this is why I’ve hesitated over the little black bag!

    • http://www.prettymaking.com Mandy

      I’m interested in Glossybox because it seems better than a lot of USA-based sample services, but the price is off-putting and not being able to have more freedom in choose what items that *I* would like to try makes me not want to spend the money. I love the idea of a subscription service with quality products, but with the option to choose from sort of an handful of choices.

      • Phyrra

        Mandy, I think you nailed it exactly! I think that’s what I’m looking for, a subscription service with quality products and the option to choose.

    • http://brightlycoloredperson.wordpress.com/ Daena

      I keep looking at these boxes, trying to decide which to try and I can never pick. I think I’d too picky about stuff as I wouldn’t want skin care OR hair care products — just makeup, perfume and nail stuff.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah I think it’s best if you can say ‘I want X products, I don’t want Y products, EVER’

    • http://myhighestself.wordpress.com/ Tina B

      Very nice review, I appreciate your honesty! I’m so curious about Glossybox that I think I may sign up to see what it’s about. I always loved seeing what was in everyone’s Glossybox UK boxes. I’d love to try Kryolan and even the Cargo product looks interesting!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Tina! I’m glad for your feedback! I need to try the Cargo as soon as my eyes can handle makeup again.

    • http://oohcutenails.blogspot.com Helen

      I want to give glossybox a try, and I think your box had some great stuff. I don’t think I can fit it into my budget though. I already get myglam bags, birchbox, and julep maven boxes.

      • Phyrra

        Wow, that’s a lot of Boxes Helen! Which are your favorite?

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