As part of my series on subscription boxes I tried out two different boxes from Glossybox that were sent to me for review by a company representative. One was for June and the other July 2012.
Glossybox has better packaging than most of the boxes and includes a mini magazine that actually has some decent material in it. It appears that the boxes normally contain one full size product and 4-5 sample size items. From talking with bloggers, it also appears that there are at least 2 different versions each month, so you might get one box, while a friend might get a different one. The cost is $21/month which is higher than some of the boxes, but lower than a couple as well. Subscribing for longer takes a few dollars off.
Here is a look at the July box that I received. The box itself could be reused for storage, as it is attractive and rather sturdy. I like my subscription boxes to be nicely packaged, which this one is. That makes opening them more fun!
Here is a look at the mini magazine cover.
Inside is information about the products and a few substantive articles.
Here are the products from the July Glossybox.
Alessandro International - Pedix Heel Rescue Balm (sample size): This is a foot cream, which goodness knows I need since I am a runner with ugly feet!
Sebastian - Color Ignite Multi Tone Shampoo (sample size): Advertised as moisture for color treated hair. However, this is not sulfate free, which in my mind makes it less than ideal for protection color. I also won’t be able to use it since I require hair items to be sulfate free because I do Keratin straightening and also wish to protect my color and avoid breakouts.
Sebastian - Color Ignite Multi Tone Conditioner (sample size): A conditioner to go with the shampoo. I did not see sulfates on the ingredients for this, so maybe I’ll test it.
Figs & Rouge - Lips, Face & Body Balm (sample size?): This is multi-use tin balm that looks interesting.
Senna Cosmetics - Mineral Eyes Shadow Trio (full size): An eye shadow trio with neutral, beachy shades. This is a nice looking product.
Blushed Fragrance by Ruddy Water (sample size): A fragrance towelette. I’m not a fan of fragrance samples, so this does not interest me.
Here are the products from the June Box.
Beauty Addicts Show-OFF Mascara (full size): A curved brush mascara that I look forward to trying
First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream (sample size): I’m always more than happy to try a new shave cream, although it would not be my first choice in products for these boxes.
Kinerase Restructuring Firming Cream (sample size): Kinerase samples show up all the time in various things. So I am not really impressed with one being here. This is not to say that Kinerase is bad - it isn’t. But if I am paying for samples, I want unique items.
Shea Terra Organics Ultimate Moisturizing Creme (sample size): A white chocolate shea butter cream that smells nice. This appears to be a pretty nice item.
Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment (sample size): I did not see sulfates in the ingredient list on this one (although the shampoo in the line has them), so I might give it a try.
I give the Glossybox a pretty good grade. At $21 it is pricier than some of the boxes, but it also offers more items, including a full sized item, and the packaging and magazine are nice. I usually can find something wrong with any subscription box, and in Glossybox it is the inclusion of fragrance and perhaps that it is heavy on skin and hair care. But I suppose they probably have fragrance loving customers, and skin and hair care are to be expected. It is likely hard to make a perfect box for everyone.
Here is my video review of the Glossybox:
Disclosure: This review is based on items sent to me by a representative of Glossybox.