Glossybox is a new-comer to Canada, and their inaugural box was sent out this February. Glossybox is well known across Europe as an excellent beauty box subscription, and I decided to enroll for a box. I have been on the waiting list for a Topbox (which I won't get until May). I have closely studied the contents of Glymm and Luxe boxes and in my opinion, neither are worth the money. If I am going to shell out $12 for samples, I want samples of things I will actually use. Topbox seems to offer the best samples for my interests and age-range, and obviously other people agree as they are now sold out until June '12! Sign up here to get on the Topbox waiting list.
Glossybox was founded in Germany, and this year they are expanding to 20 new countries, including Canada. Glossybox is the most expensive of all the Canadian beauty box subscriptions available currently: it is $15 a month all in. However, it promises a minimum of 5 beauty samples per box, where the other brands only promise 4 (although it is common to get more than 4 per box).
|My well-packaged Glossybox!|
Now I will admit: I had already read multiple reviews of other peoples Canadian Glossyboxes. Many bloggers had been sent out 'press boxes' that contained what I assumed I would also receive. Unfortunately, that was incorrect and probably increased my levels of disappointment when I got my box.
The press boxes contained a full-sized Essie polish and a 50ml bottle of Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Body Lotion. My box was missing these attractive items.
AHAVA Mineral Body Cream (40 ml) (full sized retails for $28.00/250ml)
Skin Care Moisturizing Stick by Elizabeth Grant (3.5 g) (full size retails for $12.00/5g)
WELLA Brilliance Shampoo (50 ml) (full sized retails for $13.99/300ml)
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love perfume sample (4ml) (full sized retails for $62.00/30ml)
Prevage Intensive Anti-Aging moisture cream (7 ml) (full sized retails for $160/50ml)
+ a bonus item: Beauty So Clean sanitizing wipes and mist - 4 wipes, 8ml mist
Compared to press boxes, I was given the shampoo sample instead of a full-sized Essie polish, and the teeny tiny Oscar de le Renta perfume sampler instead of a 50ml lotion. This is obviously disappointing. I think it was a bad PR move for Glossybox to send out ~amazing~ press boxes to get subscribers excited about their own boxes, only to send out a much less amazing box to the 'regular people' who are actually their majority of clientele. I already expressed my disappointment on the Glossybox facebook page and I was surprised to get 11 (and counting) comments from other people who felt similarly to me.
So, overall I would say I am disappointed with my first Glossybox. Anti-aging products? Whats the point in filling out a beauty profile describing my likes and dislikes if it is ignored? The only thing I am certain I will use in this box is the bonus item! I might as well use the shampoo sample, but let's be honest: I could easily get a shampoo sample like that in the mail from any hair company. The same goes for the perfume sample: it is so small. I could get a sampler this size at any department store. The true value of this box comes from the lip care item, which I have no need for because I already love my own lip care staples by LUSH. The anti-aging cream sample is valued at $22.50 making the box worth well over the $15 I paid for it, but it is just not well-matched to my wants and needs.
I intend to give Glossybox one more month to redeem themselves. If they do not, I will sadly cancel my subscription. I was ever-so excited to see what they brought to the table, and I was dismayed by their lack of ANY make up or nail care items in their inaugural box. If Glossybox wants to charge $3 more a month compared to its competitors, it has to be willing to live up to high expectations. That being stated, the box itself was lovely, I adore the packaging and the prompt shipping was appreciated. If you wish to sign up for Glossybox, click here to sign up for next months.
Tell me ladies: what did YOU think of the Glossybox debut? Did you get any variations on what I received?