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GlossyBox August

Welcome to another GlossyBox review! This time it’s the August box, and I believe that most people loved this box.

Bet you can’t wait to see what I think about it!


I’ve constantly said that I wanted more color and makeup in my GlossyBox. Well, they listened, sort of. They gave me brown. Brown is not my favorite color. Brown is my LEAST favorite color. Brown looks muddy on me. Sigh.

Ellis Faas Milky Lips – $35
full size
L209 Toffee Beige

I absolutely hate the twist up design. It took me probably 30 twists to get any product to come out, and once it came out, it was a huge mess all at once.

The color I received is L209 Toffee Beige. It looks more like a coffee brown. It’s extremely pigmented. While I like the texture, I hate the color. Additionally, we’ve seen a similar color from GlossyBox before, with the Kryolan High Gloss in Toffee. I think it’s bad to see a repeat of such a similar color so soon. Sadly, my initial thought was ‘the 90s called and wants their brown lipstick back.’ I would have preferred L201 Blood Red, L202 Dark Blood, L203 Plum, L205 Coral Pink or L208 Soft Peach.

Illamasqua Nail Polish - $14
full size
Taint Rubberized Nail Varnish

I LOVE Illamasqua nail polish! Unfortunately, I received the color Taint. It’s a stone brown shade in a rubber finish. There are very few shades of brown nail polish that I like. All of those brown shades are complex shades, not a dull, flat brown. This is not a color I like nor would I wear. I would have been much happier with Devotee, Prosperity, Faux Pas, Kink, Serenity, just about any other color of rubber nail polish offered. Strangely, I think Taint was from Fall 2011.

Initially when I opened the box and saw Illamasqua I got very excited, so it was a huge letdown to me that I got the one shade I wouldn’t wear. I would have even been happier to receive a dupe of a shade I already own.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - $48 for 1 fl. oz. (so say $24 value for a .5 fl. oz sample)
.5 fl. oz. sample
Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum.

  • Grapefruit and orange extract Purifying, astringent, brightening
  • Green tea extract Protects against damage with antioxidants
  • Rosehips extract Repairs and strengthens with concentrated vitamin C
  • Sodium hyaluronate Binds moisture to the skin
  • Vitamin C Calms, heals and strengthens collagen
  • Vitamin E Heals, restores and nourishes

Finally a skincare product that I’m happy to try out! One, I love good serums. Two, I love vitamin C. Three, this is actually a generous sample size of .5 fl. oz.

Biolage Exquisite Oil With Moringo Oil Blend Repleneshing Treatment – $22 for 3.1 oz. (but Amazon has it for $8.63)
.16 fl. oz. sample
This claims to  be a versatile treatment serum with a Moringa Oil Blend. It’s supposed to impart instant, weightless shine.

  • Delivers instant shine, nourishment and control to hair
  • Protects against breakage and split ends
  • Can be added to any Biolage treatment added brilliance, softness and manageability
  • Enriched with Moringa, Macadamia and Argan Oils
  • Suitable for all hair types

In general, I don’t like to bother with oils like this. I really prefer to use something like my Black 15 in 1 Miracle treatment (it adds shine, softens, smooths, detangles, prevents frizz, moisturizes, protects from humidity, repairs, protects against heat, protects against UV, strengthens hair, adds volume, soothes the scalp). Also, there was a hair masque included in the June GlossyBox. I really don’t think hair treatments should be in every box, but maybe I’m in the minority on that.

Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base – $20 for 1.13 oz.
1.06 fl. oz. sample
This is a primer that’s meant to be applied after your skincare routine and before your makeup. It’s supposed to firm and revitalize your skin, and allow for your makeup to be applied more smoothly.

  • Honey texture firms and revitalizes the skin, helping to promote the skin’s elasticity.
  • Hydro Complex – hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and honey extract work immediately to improve discolored skin and boost natural radiance.
  • 4 flower extacts help to keep the skin moist while relieving irritation.
  • Repair complex CLR helps to improve skintone.

This is actually another sort of product that I’m excited to get in a GlossyBox. I’ve only used the primer once (so this isn’t a proper review of it), but it definitely make your skin feel smooth and it’s clear.

Products I like:
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base

Products I’m disappointed with:
Illamasqua Nail Polish – so disappointed with receiving a brand I love in a color I hate
Ellis Faas Milky Lips – disappointed with receiving a color we’ve seen before in a twist style that I dislike.
Biolage Exquisite Oil With Moringo Oil Blend Repleneshing Treatment – another hair treatment? sigh.

I would say that this is the best GlossyBox that I’ve received, but only because of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. I cannot state enough what a huge letdown it was to receive an Illamasqua nail polish that I won’t wear. Again, I’m left with the feeling that if GlossyBox had a profile or something that you filled out, where you could mark down things like – hates the color brown, cruelty-free products only, sulfate-free products only, has no interest in shaving creams or heel creams, there would be better managed expectations and fewer letdowns. But a profile only works if the company pays attention to it.

What do you think about the GlossyBox August? Would you be happy with this box?

GlossyBox retails for $21.
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012

To the best of my knowledge:
Ellis Faas is cruelty-free.
Illamasqua is cruelty-free.
Ole Henriksen is cruelty-free.
I’ve seen conflicting information that Matrix Biolage is and is not cruelty-free, so I’m unsure on this product.
I sent an email to Touch in Sol inquiring if they are cruelty-free, but have not yet received a response.

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://www.passionforpolish.com Ashley

      Thanks for the honest review. It’s refreshing when I see reviews that say they really didn’t care for the product. I’m on the fence with “boxes”. I end up liking a select few products and normally don’t get my money’s worth in the end. But I do like getting a “surprise” in the mail, LOL!

      • Phyrra

        When you look at the cost of this box, which is $21 and the most expensive sample service I know of, you end up with products worth more than the cost, but I’m left feeling unhappy with the products. It’s like… so I got a bunch of expensive crap I don’t like and won’t use. That doesn’t feel like getting my money’s worth to me.

        Plus, I can’t get over getting ANOTHER brown lip product and crappy brown polish :(

    • http://orangelipstickblog.blogspot.com/ OrangeLipstickBlog

      I’m soooo not about boxes. I agree with that you said – there needs to be a better profile where you can list your likes/dislikes. I would rather just save up and buy something big at the end of the year than spend $21 each month.

      • Phyrra

        I agree. I can’t convey how much it sucked to see ‘Illamasqua’ and then get the ONLY dud in the rubber line (to my taste).

        • http://orangelipstickblog.blogspot.com/ OrangeLipstickBlog

          Ugh, I can imagine. That would totally bum me out. Prosperity or Optimist would have been my picks! (And I agree that Taint really seems like the only dud out of those rubber finishes.)

          • Phyrra

            I just didn’t understand why they’re sending BROWN. Ug.

            • http://orangelipstickblog.blogspot.com/ OrangeLipstickBlog

              Probably because Illamasqua couldn’t sell Taint and wanted to get rid of a bunch of them! Lol.

    • blueraccoon

      It’s such a shame you got a bummer color – this was my first GlossyBox, and I got the Illamasqua polish in Glory, a silver metallic. I *love* it and immediately painted my nails with it. I wish you’d gotten a better shade!

      • Phyrra

        Aww, see, I would have loved any of the regular polishes, too. I have Baptiste, Phallic, Scarab, Stance, Bacterium, Radium, and Poke. I would have liked ANY other polish, or a repeat of one I have.

    • http://www.ivoryandolive.com Ivory

      I received my Glossybox but haven’t reviewed it yet. I got a shrek yellow color polish and a different lipgloss but everything else was the same. Call me a teenage boy but Taint is a terrible name. Lol. I’ll let you know what I think soon! -Ivory

      • Phyrra

        I hope the polish and lipstick are colors you like :)

    • http://www.eaumg.net Victoria

      Seems like really great products in crummy, unwearable shades :(
      I’m still debating if I should subscribe to Glossybox or not.

      • Phyrra

        It seems like everyone else got great colors. I just got crappy ones (literally!)

    • Hip Mama

      I’m starting to think these box things are like the TJ Maxx of beauty-they sent you the stuff that didn’t sell when it first came out or overstocks, etc rather than the new and popular products.
      Part of me wonders if the lip & nail choice was random or if they tried to get colors to match for people who like that type of thing. Personally, I can’t think of many people that brown lipstick would look good on. As for the nail polish, maybe the right top coat can help.

    • RobinAdler

      I am a new beauty box addict! There’s just something so exciting about seeing that box in the mail! I will only use organic/natural products though so my choices for boxes are Goodebox and green grab Bag. It stinks that you didn’t like so many of the products you received…last month I got this cranberry toner that reeked so bad! I used it on my face and smelled the sickeningly sweet smell all night! Better luck with next months box!

    • Moxiereviews

      Sorry!! I wonder if anybody who received similar colors, etc. were happy with it?!! To receive only one product that you would actually use is sad–especially considering the price of the box, too!! 

    • http://www.sparklysexycool.com SparklySexyCool

      that Illamasqua shade is horrible!! Sorry but to me that reeks of ‘end of the line’ stock. I dont really like the lip stuff either. Ive not heard great things about glossy box recently to be honest – although ive heard She Said Beauty is good. x

    • misfitgirlie

      I completely agree with you. That lip shade is atrocious, hair oil – meh, and WHAT A LETDOWN to get *that* Illamasqua!!! Maybe it can be saved with glitter or with a Cult Nails Deceptive topper? I think the serum and primer are decent additions. I guess it’s an improvement over July’s, but still not thrilling.

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    • http://www.healthynaturalbeautylv.blogspot.com Jamie

      Oh my gosh this comment made me laugh: “Sadly, my initial thought was ‘the 90s called and wants their brown lipstick back.’”

      I totally remember being a teen in the 90′s and ALL the magazine ad models were wearing those brown lipsticks. Who do they actually look good on? No one!

    • http://vulcanbutterfly.blogspot.com Vulcan_Butterfly

      That Milky Lips colour is probably the ugliest lip colour I have ever seen (and I like ugly lip colours like green, etc). Please please please do not let the 90′s brown lip thing come back!!!I used to have a lipstick the colour of terra cotta and it was so ugly nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    • thecakepie

      I think it seems pretty inefficient for a service to have no way of determining which colors a customer might want. Improving that could be valuable for market research as well as for the customer.

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