For those of you not already familiar with Glossy Box, here is a brief explanation. For £10 a month, you are sent a box with 5 luxury products in a variety of sizes, most generous samples. You don't pay postage and the idea is that gradually the boxes will be adapted to suit the individual.
I placed my order/subscription (you can cancel at any time) a couple of hours after the May box sold out and I can't tell you how annoyed I was when I saw a full size Nars Orgasm illuminator in it! However, I waited patiently and on Friday morning I got a pleasant surprise when my June Glossy Box arrived.
|My June Glossy Box - £10|
- OPI Designer Series Mini Nail Lacquer in what appears to be a silver colour. There is no name on it but I have a full size silver one and it seems identical to that.
- Bio Effect EGF Serum in a large sample size but again, no ml measurement given.
- Batiste Original in a 50ml size
- Lalique Perles de Lalique Eau de Parfum 4.5ml
- Abahna White Grapefruit and May Chang Bath & Shower Gel 100ml
The shower gel smells nice and I've used it in the bath a couple of times, but I wouldn't purchase a full size. 250ml retails for £17 so at just under half size, I suppose the value is reasonable for the 100ml sample. It is a brand I've never heard of and having had a browse of their website they seem to have some lovely scents so in that way Glossy Box have done what they set out to, introduced me to a new brand.
The perfume sample is an EDP and at 4.5ml, larger than the usual vials. Again, I haven't tried it yet and I know nothing about Lalique but having looked up the price of the full size, around £50 for 50ml, the sample is worth about £5. I hope that Glossy Box continue to use harder to find perfume samples as that is the one product I find difficult to buy from blog reviews alone as scent is so personal. Fingers crossed for some Jo Malone or Illuminum in the future!
As I mentioned above, I already have a couple of the OPI Designer Series colours and have a comprehensive collection of their ordinary colours (think 3 figures). Considering the theme of this month's box was Summer Essentials, I thought the silver colour was an odd choice. It screams winter to me, but each to their own. What would have been more impressive would have been a full size or even a miniature of the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. That way I would have felt more like I was receiving the latest offerings from brands, rather than products left over from previous seasons. As the shade is not named, I suppose there is a chance it may be from a future OPI release, but it looks suspiciously like a DS colour I bought last year full size so I doubt it.
Finally, Batiste. It is somewhat ironic that the product I had the biggest issue with is the one I like the most. I seemed to have been blissfully unaware of the cult that is Batiste but after trying it last night, I can now proclaim it a miracle! I have been really suffering with my hair since coming off the pill last September. A week later, my hair was oily and lank, and that was right after washing. I tried different haircare ranges and a lovely friend sent me some American SLS free products to try which helped for a while, but seemed to lose effectiveness after a few washes.
I had lost all hope of ever being able to wear my hair down as it looked such a state, but one spray of the Batiste solved this. I cannot believe I never thought about using a dry shampoo before. I may have a degree in Classics but I freely admit I am an idiot. The only problem with the Batiste is as a brunette, I look like I have grey hair. Tomorrow though I will be rushing out to buy the full size brown version. Problem solved.
Judging purely on the box, it definitely has the novelty factor. I mean who doesn't like receiving a beautiful package of surprise goodies through the post? However, the May box seemed vastly superior in terms of contents and value. The Nars Illuminator and full size All For Eve Lipstick far outshine this month's offering. However, I will wait and see what July brings, giving Glossy Box one more chance to impress before I cancel my subscription.
Finally, I thought I'd flag up another issue that I have only just been made aware of. I know that a lot of bloggers were sent out complimentary Glossy Boxes as samples but I want to make it clear I was not one of them. I paid for my subscription and as a result, I got an email from them a few days ago about some recent changes. Apparently the free postage is only for the first 4 Glossy Boxes, I think they put it as a thank you for having faith in them from the beginning. From September each Glossy Box will cost £2.95 more, to account for postage.
I may be wrong but I don't remember anything about originally postage being free for just four months. If I had known this I would definitely have thought twice about it. The cynical part of me can't help thinking that Glossy Box has had a lot more customers than they anticipated as they sold out of May, June and July boxes. As a result, maybe they think they can up the price, and postage is one way to do this without looking totally money grabbing.
With the original cost of £10 a box, the postage increases this price by nearly a third. Unless the boxes rapidly improve and they start doing the personalisation they initially promised, I will be cancelling my subscription after the last box with free postage. I had high hopes for this venture but they are rapidly falling. The email left a bad taste and my opinion of the company has gone down significantly.
I hope that this review has given you a better idea of what the Glossy Box scheme as a whole as well as an insight into what the June box contains. Do let me know what you think of the contents and the idea behind it. Would you hand over £10 for the box now you know what is in it? Is anyone who is already a subscriber upset about the postage charge? I know that Glossy Box is available in Germany and Birch Box is a similar scheme run in the US. Do you pay for postage in those countries and how have you found the contents of your boxes?
NB - Having been away from blogs and twitter for most of the week I wrote this before I saw a number of posts already on Glossy Box and the differing contents of some of the June boxes. Fee at www.makeupsavvy.co.uk has written and excellent post showing oyu the contents of both the May and June boxes and is well worth a read. I do think the huge difference between a full size Rouge Bunny Rouge Lip Gloss and a large sample of shower gel is not on, even if the products are different the value should be the same. I'll still be sticking with lLossy Box until September though so will keep to posted on what next month brings (hopefully a bit quicker this time!)