June 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm #176896
I’m wondering how many of you have subscribed to a beauty box service – i.e. Glossy Box, Beauty Army, Birch Box, Glymm, etc, etc.
If you have had, or currently have a subscription to any of these or similar services, can you let us know your thoughts? Is it worth it? Have you tried different company’s services? Do you get more than your money’s worth of value?
Would love to hear back from you guys!
Thanks!June 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm #177347
Jenny del CastilloMember
Hi Cal! I assume you´re from the States, but anyway I will post my review here hoping is interesting for you or other girls
I´m from Spain, and I´ve been subscribed to Glossybox Spain for 3 months (october – december 2011). I subscribed because the first box (september 2011) they sent was so cool: it included a mini blush from MUFE, a nail polish from CND, a Nuxe oil for hair… Unfortunately I subscribed later and didn´t catch that amazing box but it encouraged me to subscribe for the next one. And here started the problems… (be ready, this is going to be a long post)
Glossybox Spain (as in other countries) promised to send high end brands products in decent samples (not miniatures) and full size products along with mid end brands known in the beauty market. Also, when you register in the website you must fill a full profile on how´s your skintone (fair, medium, dry, oily, etc.) what kind of colors you prefer (naturals, dramatic), what you prefer to be send (skincare, cosmetics, nail polishes & treatments) etc. so when you received your box, is a customized beauty box depending on your preferences.
The first box I received was not as good as I thought, but not bad: a 5ml Estee Lauder eye cream (which I loved), full size Kryolan gloss (I specified in my preferences that I prefered lipstick to gloss, but ok), and the worst part comes here, a cleanser and a moisturizer of 5 ml each for combo/oily skin (I have dry skin, and btw, the cleanser smelled horribly and was itchy on my mom´s combo skin), and a body lotion that smelled like dirty old lady from an unknown brand which I lately found it could be bought at what in the States you call “dollar stores” (yeah, high end brand lol)
The second box I received was pretty good: a sample of Moroccanoil, samples of a cleanser and a moisturizer from a french brand which really helped my skin because it was targeted to women with dry skin, a miniature nail polish from an unknown brand and a shower gel. The shower gel was nothing to write home about, and I do honestly thought “why they send me a shower gel to try from a brand I don´t know and that is not sold in the 90% of the stores here in Spain?”. The worst part was I specified in my profile I didn´t want any kind of nail polishes or nail stuff related, and they sent me the nail polish in an awful color. Also, there were negative feedbacks on the Glossybox Spain Facebook page because lots of girls clearly stated in their profiles they had combo or oily skin and they were sent a cleanser and a moisturizer for dry skin. This is when I realized the boxes were not customized: we all had the same boxes no matter if we stated on the Glossybox profiles that our skin was dry, or dark, fair, or oily.
I´m not gonna say a lot more, but the third box was the one which made me say “enough is enough”: more and more skincare products (4 out of 6 products were all skincare related; I specified I wanted to be sent skincare products but also makeup) and the best part: a shower gel from Rituals… FOR MEN! Not that kind of unisex gel, not, it had a so so MALE smell! The good part is I gave it to my boyfriend and he was really happy I (and other girls who posted about this on Facebook about the same problem) wrote to the Glossybox customer service and they promise to send us a Rituals shower gel for girls or at least with a less macho men smell in a week or two. This was in December, still waiting for that gel in June! LOL
Now sometimes I just take a look at the Glossybox Spain Facebook to see what´s going on and the negative comments and feedback about the products they sent and their customer service is increasing considerably (when I was subscribed, I was paying 10€ each month, now since May is 15€ a month and the last box they sent was worth 9,80€… yes, 9,80€ while you pay 15€ a month for each box).
I want to be clear and say this is in the Spanish Glossybox, don´t know if other countries have the same issues or are better products and conditions. But for me is clear: I won´t waste again money in any of these kind of boxes (I saw spanish bloggers who are subscribed to other beauty boxes like Box Privée, Glamourum, Going Chic, etc. and have same issues as Glossybox). I could save myself 30€ in those 3 months and spend them in other cosmetics I was really interested.June 21, 2012 at 10:07 am #177623
Thanks Jenny for your review! Yes – I’m here in the States, but I think it’s good if we have reviews that can help other MUGs in other countries too.
Sorry to hear about you experience – but thanks for sharing!June 21, 2012 at 11:37 am #177634
Jenny del CastilloMember
You´re welcome Cal! But again I want to point that it was in the case of the Glossybox Spain, maybe in the US the products and customer service is better!June 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm #177905
I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for only a couple months but so far I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve received and totally worth it. My first box was in May and I wasn’t super pleased but it wasn’t a bad box at all. I did receive a conditioner I was interested in trying but the most exciting was the full size Fusion Beauty Lip Fusion balm in clear. This balm retails for $22 but the box was only $10 so that one product alone made it worth it. This month’s box blew me away though! I received a nice box of cute designer band aids, eyeko liquid liner pen, the balm stainiac and some rose water mist. I think some of these subscription services are really nice. If you’re able to, you should check out Birchbox or even my glam. I’m not a subscriber of My Glam but the posts I see about their bags are always pretty nice and mostly makeupJune 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm #177941
Jenny, we don’t have Glossybox in the US; it’s solely a European service. But there are quite a few European MUGs on here, and they’d get more benefit from your comments even if they may not live in the same country.
I’m not subscribed to any of the US services (e.g., Birchbox, Beauty Army, MyGlam). However, I’ve read quite a lot of negative things regarding MyGlam, especially when it started up.
I had my eye on Beauty Army when it was getting ready to launch, and I still have an eye on it, but it doesn’t have many brands I’m, personally, interested in. I do like their flexibility in regards to the monthly boxes, though (you have the option to skip a box, and it won’t count against you).
I’ve kind of forgotten about Birchbox, though. Heh.June 28, 2012 at 11:29 am #178447
Glossybox has recently become available in more countries, including the US, in the past couple of months. I was just able to subscribe myself a couple of days ago. (I guess you’re only able to sign up when the next box is available to purchase, unlike other subscription services that put you on a waiting list and email you when you can sign up.) I’m anxiously awaiting the box that is said to ship out sometime in the next few days. I’ve seen reviews for the past two boxes and was impressed with the contents (so was my sister who also signed up for Glossybox).
I also currently am subscribed to Birchbox and Beauty Army. Birchbox hasn’t really impressed me yet but I’m willing to give them a few more chances as it costs only $10 each month. I like the concept of Beauty Army, you choose up to 6 samples each month that cater to your beauty profile. The best part about Beauty Army is that if you don’t like what’s available that month you’re able to skip that month and you’re refunded the $12 monthly fee.July 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm #183399
If you are interested in nail polish I really like Julep Maven, its $19.99 a month (as far as I know its only available in the U.S. and Canada though) and if you use the code COLOR2012 you can get your first month for $0.01. You fill out a profile and they choose two colors for you plus you get a bonus item like a pedi cream. The thing I really like about it is that they show you what is going to be in your box beforehand so you can choose to skip the month if you don’t want to pay for it or you don’t like anything in it. Also you can look at what is in the other boxes for other profiles and can switch if you prefer one of those better. Additionally you can choose to send your box to a friend that month as a gift and you can cancel at any time. The polish is really good quality too, I would say they are very similar to Butter London. Their nail polishes retail for about $14 each normally so $19.99 for two plus an extra item is a pretty good deal.July 30, 2012 at 11:49 am #183799
Thanks ladies. @Shelly – I also have read and heard about major fiascos with myglam. I also feel like consumers are lead astray a bit too when the girls on youtube are sent ‘boxes’ by the companies that contain full size products, so they rave about them, and then as a consumer we receive just deluxe or (not deluxe) samples… I have yet to find a company that I feel like I can trust.
Would love to hear from others on this!July 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm #183999
I’ve been a member of Glymm.com for about 8 months now. IThey use to send their stuff out in tese really cool pink glossy boxes but have switched to little cosmetic bags in block colors. I do like them, as they have sent some full size products. I am not sure why I got a hair extension sample in one box, as I never indicated any interest in that on my profile. I have used nearly everything they have sent me.
I was a member of Luxe Box, but I found them to be less and less relevent as each month went by.August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am #186178
Wow — how did they think something like that was a good idea?
Do they think people would be impressed with the size on the video, sign up, and then not realize the size difference when they got theirs?August 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm #186203
@Nick: I’ve absolutely no idea how they thought that. Maybe they thought those who’d sign up would not notice a difference in product size. In any case, it’s false advertising and, IMO, ridiculous.August 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm #186897
HAS ANYONE TRIED MYGLAM YET?
YOU GUYS/GALS SHOULD!!!
THEY ARE AMAZING AND HAVE OVER THE TOP SERVICE!August 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm #187059
No. Even though they’ve fixed a lot of their issues, I wouldn’t go near it. I have reasons.December 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm #204749
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